I came back this morning expecting to have a few replies but 6 pages? Whoaaah! Although most of it wasn't directly related, I still enjoyed reading your replies. Thanks guys
And this is exactly the case:
democrattotheend wrote:Is the issue that you'd rather be at Berkeley but feel like you can't rationally turn down Columbia with money?
I love the California weather, the convenience of having a car and driving it every day (I am nuts about cars) and living in relatively large apartments. I have never been to NYC before but I've lived in London and I'd take LA anyday over London, despite London's great culture and superior public transportation system. From what I have heard, NYC is rather similar to London and I don't think I will be a happy camper living in a shoe box and riding the metro for 3 years. I am also not aiming for Biglaw after graduation, mostly because I care too much about "living my life" and don't like the idea of 2,200 charge hours a year.
All that said I still can't justify giving up Columbia+ money and pick the lower ranked Boalt, which many people say is not even worthy of its current ranking.
Are prospects of tranferring out of Boalt to HYS really better than Columbia or is it that less people @ Columbia even want to transfer?