Georgetown vs. BU (American Law w. half tuition)


Ostriker

Any thoughts on that?

Appreciate it!

Any thoughts on that?

Appreciate it!
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Ostriker

Don't intend to push the topic but deadlines are running short. Any thoughts welcome.

Don't intend to push the topic but deadlines are running short. Any thoughts welcome.
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laodeshu

hi Ostriker!
i'm probably very biased cuz I will go to georgetown;) but to choose, you can take into account:
1. money: 1 point for BU
2. location: it depends on where you want to work and what you want to do afterwards. if you plan on working in an international org, well DC is the place, law firms, i don't know about boston, but it seems that they are more opportunities (if any) in DC; if you intend on going back to your country after the LLM, well, both boston and DC seem to be nice places.. then it's just your own "taste"
3. programs: what is the program you were accepted in at GULC? you can compare the courses offered by each and then it may help you to choose, according to your specialisation, the number of courses in your field, the possibilities to attend other courses to broaden your knowledge etc.
4. ranking (if that matters to u): 1 point for GULC

I chose GULC for many reasons, among which: the large number of classes offered, inter alia in int'l law, the location, the possibility to do the externship program and therefore to work a few hours per week in an int'l organisation, etc. of course the half tuition waiver is an important factor, and considering the current economic situation, it's always better to spend less... now if you can afford the full tuition at GULC, my advice would be to go there

I don't know if that's very helpful.

good luck in choosing anyways!

hi Ostriker!
i'm probably very biased cuz I will go to georgetown;) but to choose, you can take into account:
1. money: 1 point for BU
2. location: it depends on where you want to work and what you want to do afterwards. if you plan on working in an international org, well DC is the place, law firms, i don't know about boston, but it seems that they are more opportunities (if any) in DC; if you intend on going back to your country after the LLM, well, both boston and DC seem to be nice places.. then it's just your own "taste"
3. programs: what is the program you were accepted in at GULC? you can compare the courses offered by each and then it may help you to choose, according to your specialisation, the number of courses in your field, the possibilities to attend other courses to broaden your knowledge etc.
4. ranking (if that matters to u): 1 point for GULC

I chose GULC for many reasons, among which: the large number of classes offered, inter alia in int'l law, the location, the possibility to do the externship program and therefore to work a few hours per week in an int'l organisation, etc. of course the half tuition waiver is an important factor, and considering the current economic situation, it's always better to spend less... now if you can afford the full tuition at GULC, my advice would be to go there

I don't know if that's very helpful.

good luck in choosing anyways!
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Llisbon

GULC for sure!
I have an offer+scholarship for BU but I did not take it and went for KCL(no scholarship) instead
although BU is a good university but if you can afford it, do not think about it twice

GULC for sure!
I have an offer+scholarship for BU but I did not take it and went for KCL(no scholarship) instead
although BU is a good university but if you can afford it, do not think about it twice
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Ostriker

Thx both of you. I'm admitted to GULC International Business and Economic Law vs. BU American Law International Business Practice Concentration. I intend to go back to Germany afterwards. Surely, the externship is a big plus. Also, the connection between Europe and DC is extreme since there are so many European companies with offices in Washington.

On the other hand, I really liked the personal touch of BU. The staff has been just great. Also, I talked to two German alumni and both were absolutely excited about their BU experience (but who wouldn't?). Finally, I have a strong personal connection to Boston since one of my best friends (he's US citizen) pursues an MBA at MIT until next year. So it probably would be easier to get access to people in the area.

Well, thinking about that for several days but still no decision.

Again thx for your sharing your ideas.

Thx both of you. I'm admitted to GULC International Business and Economic Law vs. BU American Law International Business Practice Concentration. I intend to go back to Germany afterwards. Surely, the externship is a big plus. Also, the connection between Europe and DC is extreme since there are so many European companies with offices in Washington.

On the other hand, I really liked the personal touch of BU. The staff has been just great. Also, I talked to two German alumni and both were absolutely excited about their BU experience (but who wouldn't?). Finally, I have a strong personal connection to Boston since one of my best friends (he's US citizen) pursues an MBA at MIT until next year. So it probably would be easier to get access to people in the area.

Well, thinking about that for several days but still no decision.

Again thx for your sharing your ideas.
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Hedek

Tough one. Laodeshu summed it up pretty well.
Any other year I'd have said GULC without a doubt. 20k is negligible over an entire career.

But in the current situation, it's hard to turn down. Getting a half tuition waiver also means that BU thinks you're above their average student. So you should have an easier time graduating in the top 10% there than at GULC. However, I'm not certain of the value of class rank beyond getting your first job. After that, only the reputation of the school matters, not your personal rank.

Tough one. Laodeshu summed it up pretty well.
Any other year I'd have said GULC without a doubt. 20k is negligible over an entire career.

But in the current situation, it's hard to turn down. Getting a half tuition waiver also means that BU thinks you're above their average student. So you should have an easier time graduating in the top 10% there than at GULC. However, I'm not certain of the value of class rank beyond getting your first job. After that, only the reputation of the school matters, not your personal rank.
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Ostriker

Just for information - I accepted BU's offer over GULC. Surely, Georgetown is a big name with an excellent program in international business law and econcomic. However, I like BU as a very personal university. Since the LLM program consits of mixed JD classes, a lot of the respective courses are taught by professors. Whereas GULC is known for having a lot of adjunct professors lecturing llm classes. Also, the American Law program with the international business practice concentration offers me the opportunity to not only take relevant business courses but also 1L JD courses that might be very useful for a potential upcoming ny bar exam. For GULC - as far as I read about - JD courses are rare. Another important point is the size of GULC's LLM program. Being one of the biggest in the nation, I feel more comfortable with a smaller one. Last but not least - money is definitely an issue. Anyway, its quite a relief to finally have a decision. Now I'm looking forward to my time in Boston and forget about GULC, and Columbia's as well as UCLA's waiting lists ;).

Cheers,
Ost

Just for information - I accepted BU's offer over GULC. Surely, Georgetown is a big name with an excellent program in international business law and econcomic. However, I like BU as a very personal university. Since the LLM program consits of mixed JD classes, a lot of the respective courses are taught by professors. Whereas GULC is known for having a lot of adjunct professors lecturing llm classes. Also, the American Law program with the international business practice concentration offers me the opportunity to not only take relevant business courses but also 1L JD courses that might be very useful for a potential upcoming ny bar exam. For GULC - as far as I read about - JD courses are rare. Another important point is the size of GULC's LLM program. Being one of the biggest in the nation, I feel more comfortable with a smaller one. Last but not least - money is definitely an issue. Anyway, its quite a relief to finally have a decision. Now I'm looking forward to my time in Boston and forget about GULC, and Columbia's as well as UCLA's waiting lists ;).

Cheers,
Ost
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