Holly Golightly wrote:Dignan wrote:Holly,
Tough choice. There's no clear answer for you. Point by point:
"I want PI, and ideally international stuff."
Edge: Georgetown, mainly because of its DC location.
"Location after school is not super important, though I do want my degree to be portable."
Edge: Tie. Both degrees are similarly portable. Georgetown has a bigger alumni network, which might give you more options in a few more markets.
" I feel like NY and DC are the two main markets for what I want to do"
Edge: Georgetown, particularly for DC.
"Oh, and I wouldn't mind clerking if possible."
Edge: Northwestern. NU places a higher percentage of its class into federal clerkships, and a significantly higher percentage into COA clerkships.
This sounds like a cliche, but you should go to the school that you would be happiest at. Be sure to visit both schools and talk to as many current students as you can. Good luck.
Thanks for the input, those are basically my exact sentiments. I'm trying to do more comparisons before I make my final decision, but it keeps ending up in a tie! Not a bad decision to have to make, but a tough one nonetheless.
My only suggestion is that if you end up at GULC, it would be super-cool of you to pull some strings and get me your spot at NU.
(Seriously, though, NU is way cooler. The clerkship opportunity is a big one, at least for me.)