CCN or Duke?

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CCN or Duke?

CCN $
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Duke $$
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ohiodem
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CCN or Duke?

Postby ohiodem » Fri Apr 02, 2010 2:07 pm

Caught between two great options: a CCN school offering about ----- and Duke offering about ----- (give or take). Here are some factors to take into account:

1. Have always wanted to live in a big city for a few years out of undergrad.
2. Interested in international PI (human rights/humanitarian/war crimes/diplomatic policy). Know how tough these jobs are to get, so Duke's lower prestige is a consideration.
3. Possibly interested in academia down the road, but not necesarily law academia.
4. The CCN in question has a great area studies department for the area I'd want to work with if I end up working on diplomatic policy down the road, possible dual degree (JD/MA)?
5. The CCN was my dream school during the application process.
6. Strength of LRAP isn't a huge concern; plan on working biglaw for a few years anyway after graduation.

Basically, looking for someone to tell me to swallow the $25,000+COL (even though this means in real terms that Duke roughly doubled the CCN scholarship). Am I crazy for taking on the debt?
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toolshed
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Re: CCN or Duke?

Postby toolshed » Fri Apr 02, 2010 2:09 pm

No, you aren't crazy. HTH.

Edited for clarity.

Edited X2 to laugh at the word "swallow".

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Re: CCN or Duke?

Postby JollyGreenGiant » Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:00 pm

Well, look at it this way. Are you going to be completely happy knowing you turned down your "dream school" for $15,000?

Also, how much do you think $15k will affect you in the long-term?

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Re: CCN or Duke?

Postby GeePee » Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:07 pm

Every one of your pieces of information was presented in such a way that it put the CCN school in a better light. With only 20k difference in scholarship grants you're likely to have a higher expectation on your financial situation out of the CCN school anyway.

Follow the dream!
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Re: CCN or Duke?

Postby soullesswonder » Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:10 pm

I think Duke is a great school, and I may find myself facing a similar decision soon, but for you I see no reason to take the extra money here. Enjoy Columbia.

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Re: CCN or Duke?

Postby Ragged » Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:19 pm

I would listen to Dr.House if I were you and would run with Columbia. I only wish I had a choice like that.

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Re: CCN or Duke?

Postby worldwithoutend » Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:25 pm

Ragged wrote:I would listen to Dr.House if I were you and would run with Columbia. I only wish I had a choice like that.


This sounds right to me.

Ragged, I looked at your LSN profile, and except for the fact that I didn't apply to Stanford, our cycles are identical.

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Re: CCN or Duke?

Postby Ragged » Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:33 pm

worldwithoutend wrote:
Ragged wrote:I would listen to Dr.House if I were you and would run with Columbia. I only wish I had a choice like that.


This sounds right to me.

Ragged, I looked at your LSN profile, and except for the fact that I didn't apply to Stanford, our cycles are identical.


I'm sorry you have such a shitty cycle then. :lol:

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worldwithoutend
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Re: CCN or Duke?

Postby worldwithoutend » Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:40 pm

Ragged wrote:
worldwithoutend wrote:
Ragged wrote:I would listen to Dr.House if I were you and would run with Columbia. I only wish I had a choice like that.


This sounds right to me.

Ragged, I looked at your LSN profile, and except for the fact that I didn't apply to Stanford, our cycles are identical.


I'm sorry you have such a shitty cycle then. :lol:


Hey, it could be worse. I actually came to really like Duke, which is fortunate, because I might not have much choice.

And, who knows, those holds at Columbia could turn in our favor.

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Ragged
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Re: CCN or Duke?

Postby Ragged » Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:42 pm

worldwithoutend wrote:
Ragged wrote:
worldwithoutend wrote:
Ragged wrote:I would listen to Dr.House if I were you and would run with Columbia. I only wish I had a choice like that.


This sounds right to me.

Ragged, I looked at your LSN profile, and except for the fact that I didn't apply to Stanford, our cycles are identical.


I'm sorry you have such a shitty cycle then. :lol:


Hey, it could be worse. I actually came to really like Duke, which is fortunate, because I might not have much choice.

And, who knows, those holds at Columbia could turn in our favor.


Yea, who knows, they might also offer us full scholarships. :wink:

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soullesswonder
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Re: CCN or Duke?

Postby soullesswonder » Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:52 pm

:lol: I don't actually know that OP is referencing Columbia...I just know that high COL = NYC and that Columbia has its own School of International and Public Affairs

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Re: CCN or Duke?

Postby Dany » Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:19 pm

You know the answer to this. :) Points 1-6 above indicate that you know you want to go to CCN, and $15,000/COL really isn't that much, especially since you plan on biglaw. $60,000 is an amazing scholarship for CCN, it's a wonderful offer, and - in my humble opinion - you'd be crazy not to take it, given your preferences/interests. You don't want to end up regretting not choosing your dream school for such a small price as this.

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Re: CCN or Duke?

Postby DallasCowboy » Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:22 pm

You sound like me. We both know where we want to go but need encouragement to make the leap financially.

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worldwithoutend
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Re: CCN or Duke?

Postby worldwithoutend » Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:25 pm

Yeah, Yeah, I think OP has his answer. Can Ragged and I get back to griping, now?

In all seriousness, go for CCN, and congratulations.

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Re: CCN or Duke?

Postby ohiodem » Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:34 pm

Hey everyone thanks for the responses...and for choosing the school that I pretty obviously wanted you to. Good luck to everyone in closing out this year's cycle!

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Re: CCN or Duke?

Postby Antipodean » Sat Apr 03, 2010 3:01 am

ohiodem wrote:Hey everyone thanks for the responses...and for choosing the school that I pretty obviously wanted you to. Good luck to everyone in closing out this year's cycle!

You made the right choice. Be sure to drop by the Columbia thread in the "Discuss Your Law School" forum if you have any questions; a bunch of us 1Ls have been chipping in with answers.




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