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Northwestern v. Georgetown
I want to work in international human rights, ideally for an international body, or perhaps an NGO or a governmental body. Location is unimportant, although most of the jobs for this are in NY or DC. Also not opposed to ending up somewhere like The Hague or Geneva.
Note: This is not one of my biggest considerations, since I plan on doing public interest work, but should nonetheless be considered.
• NU: $72,000 x 4 = $288,000
• GULC: $68,000 x 3 = $204,000
Length of time after graduation to qualify:
• NU: Must enter PI immediately.
• GULC: 2 years
Expected contribution at $60k/year
• NU: $7,391/year, or $616/month
• GULC: $0
Qualification after clerkship:
• GULC: Yes
Total benefit: Georgetown’s LRAP is considerably better. If I make less than $75k/year, I will be reimbursed for all loan payments made.
• NU: Very familiar/comfortable with Chicago. Most of my friends and family live in the Chicago area. Know how to find affordable apartments, and which neighborhoods I would like to live in.
• GULC: Loved living in D.C. Perfect location for what I want to do after school.
Very Slight Edge: Georgetown
JD v. JD/LLM
• NU: Would be going for 4 years and getting a JD and an LLM in International Human Rights. I’m honestly not sure if having this would be a huge advantage or not, but one of the program requirements is a semester-long externship at an international organization, which would be awesome and look good on the resume/give me an interesting opportunity for work experience generally not available to law students. I also think it would show my dedication to this field in a way a regular JD wouldn’t.
• GULC: Would be getting a regular JD. Upside: 3 years instead of 4.
Edge: Northwestern (???)
• NU: High placement in large firms, even in current shitty economy. While this isn’t what I want for myself, I’m going to assume that it is indicative of a decent overall placement rate.
• GULC: Known for good placement in government and DC, though these are slightly negated by its large class size.
• NU: Places best in the Midwest, but sent 31% of its 2008 class to the east coast (where most of the jobs I’m interested in would be located). The problem is that I don’t know where on the east coast these people went. I’ve been told that they place better than GULC in NY, but don’t have hard data to back this up.
• GULC: Definitely beats Northwestern for placement in DC. DC location after graduation is not really important to me, but it is where a lot of the jobs are for what I want.
Clerkships (2009 data)
• NU: 6.8% of class in Article 3 Clerkships
• GULC: 5.6: of class in Article 3 Clerkships
Note: I have been told repeatedly that NU is significantly better than GULC for clerkships. While this may hold true for SCOTUS, in general I’m not seeing that in this data. Am I missing something?
Slight Edge: Northwestern
• NU: 250
• GULC: 590
• NU: Externship with international organization required as part of LLM. Has Center for International Human Rights within the Bluhm Legal Clinic, and International Team Projects during spring break for 2L and 3Ls.
• GULC: Many semester and summer study abroad opportunities. Human Rights Institute. Huge Center for Transnational Legal Studies.
Both have journals on international law.
Slight Edge: Northwestern (???)
• NU: Known for being more business oriented, but trying to up its public interest and international reputation.
• GULC: Known for public interest and international law programs.
What am I missing? Also, even after all this I'm still undecided. I fail.