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Choices

Posted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 7:10 pm
by Blindc1rca
I am in at Berk/NYU/Penn/Michigan/Duke. I have a 15k/year from Michigan, and for the purposes of this thread let's assume I also have 15k/year from Penn and 20k/year from Duke. Understanding that I'd love to be in the Bay Area, NYC, Miami or D.C., and that I really want Public Interest / Clerkship (Art.III?) / Government (DOJ/USAO?) which would you choose and why?

Re: Choices

Posted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 7:13 pm
by duckmoney
If you could narrow down area that would help. NYC --> NYU. Bay Area --> Boalt. DC --> Penn or Duke, depending on which campus you like better.

Re: Choices

Posted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 7:15 pm
by bk1
Do you have ties to Miami or the Bay Area?

If you don't then none of them is really going to get you Miami and the only one that would get you the Bay Area is Boalt.

Honestly in this case I'd lean towards NYU or maybe Boalt and intend on LRAP if you are aiming for PI.

Re: Choices

Posted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 7:42 pm
by Blindc1rca
bk1 wrote:Do you have ties to Miami or the Bay Area?

If you don't then none of them is really going to get you Miami and the only one that would get you the Bay Area is Boalt.

Honestly in this case I'd lean towards NYU or maybe Boalt and intend on LRAP if you are aiming for PI.


I have ties to Miami/Bay Area. Stronger in Miami. I don't really have ties to D.C./NY.

edit: Location preference order would probably be: DC/Bay Area, NYC, Miami.

Re: Choices

Posted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 7:43 pm
by bk1
Blindc1rca wrote:I have ties to Miami/Bay Area. Stronger in Miami. I don't really have ties to D.C./NY.


You don't need them for the latter two, but you're gonna need some amazing grades for DC.

Re: Choices

Posted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 7:46 pm
by Blindc1rca
I'm not sure if this should be factored into the equation but Berkeley has fascinated me since I was 11 years old and visited the bay for the first time.

Re: Choices

Posted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 7:48 pm
by bk1
Blindc1rca wrote:I'm not sure if this should be factored into the equation but Berkeley has fascinated me since I was 11 years old and visited the bay for the first time.


I'd avoid letting that influence you. :P

Re: Choices

Posted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 7:50 pm
by Blindc1rca
bk1 wrote:
Blindc1rca wrote:I'm not sure if this should be factored into the equation but Berkeley has fascinated me since I was 11 years old and visited the bay for the first time.


I'd avoid letting that influence you. :P


oh but it's so damn hard!


:oops: *feels bad for complaining that anything is hard given the awesomeness of my situation

Re: Choices

Posted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 7:52 pm
by bhan87
Blindc1rca wrote:I am in at Berk/NYU/Penn/Michigan/Duke. I have a 15k/year from Michigan, and for the purposes of this thread let's assume I also have 15k/year from Penn and 20k/year from Duke. Understanding that I'd love to be in the Bay Area, NYC, Miami or D.C., and that I really want Public Interest / Clerkship (Art.III?) / Government (DOJ/USAO?) which would you choose and why?


I would choose NYU because 15-20k is not a large amount of money in the long scheme of things, especially considering your interests would qualify you for LRAP:

http://www.top-law-schools.com/tls-guid ... rsity.html

In addition, NYU will open a lot more doors.

Re: Choices

Posted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 8:43 pm
by SupraVln180
Those are some good choices. I would choose Duke, but that is just based on my own personal preference and love for the school.

Re: Choices

Posted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 8:45 pm
by bk1
bhan87 wrote:
Blindc1rca wrote:I am in at Berk/NYU/Penn/Michigan/Duke. I have a 15k/year from Michigan, and for the purposes of this thread let's assume I also have 15k/year from Penn and 20k/year from Duke. Understanding that I'd love to be in the Bay Area, NYC, Miami or D.C., and that I really want Public Interest / Clerkship (Art.III?) / Government (DOJ/USAO?) which would you choose and why?


I would choose NYU because 15-20k is not a large amount of money in the long scheme of things, especially considering your interests would qualify you for LRAP:

http://www.top-law-schools.com/tls-guid ... rsity.html

In addition, NYU will open a lot more doors.


You realize it's 15-20k per year right and not just 15-20k total?

Re: Choices

Posted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 9:59 pm
by Blindc1rca
no clear winner... this is interesting.

those of you who chose berkeley... tell me why! if i end up there sticker i want to be able to justify it beyond that Berkeley is the happiest and favoritest of my favorite places.

Re: Choices

Posted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:20 pm
by Blindc1rca
my god... NYU's LRAP is fantastic. any clues on the likelihood that it wont switch over to dovetail IBR? as it sits right now it's purely institutional, which is awesome.

Re: Choices

Posted: Fri Jan 28, 2011 11:07 am
by Law Sauce
I chose Berkeley because you want to go there the most and because they will probably match any of those scholarships. http://www.law.berkeley.edu/6957.htm

Re: Choices

Posted: Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:13 pm
by Blindc1rca
Law Sauce wrote:I chose Berkeley because you want to go there the most and because they will probably match any of those scholarships. http://www.law.berkeley.edu/6957.htm


i've heard it's damn near impossible to get a matching scholarship.

Re: Choices

Posted: Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:20 pm
by Patriot1208
I don't think you can justify berk at sticker with your other options.

Re: Choices

Posted: Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:25 pm
by trudat15
I think you should put totals in the poll. I just saw it and assumed 15k total, not per year.

Good options to have. Where ever makes you happiest. Though I wouldnt choose B at sticker over NYU at sticker. Even if they wont match fully, they might throw some money your way given your other money offers (via their matching program).

Re: Choices

Posted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:01 pm
by Blindc1rca
aw jeez this has not helped my decision one bit.

Re: Choices

Posted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:07 pm
by bloopyblooper
NYU leads public interest on the east coast above any of its peer schools (e.g. Columbia, Penn) - they hold an annual career fair that students of other schools will attend, and because of their relationship with the top PI employers, NYU students are known to receive first pick in that field.

Edit: Here are some school-specific commentary:
Berkeley: Would be 2nd to NYU since they have great LRAP. Choose only if you want to stay on west coast after grad.
Duke & Mich...I don't think those are compelling options for your desired field.
Penn: Not for PI, and definitely not, considering that you have NYU.

If I were to rank em, I'd say:
1. nyu
2. berk
3. mich (if you can stand the weather)
4. duke
5. penn

Re: Choices

Posted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:10 pm
by bloopyblooper
Because of your commitment to PI, I don't think any of those scholarship offers would be a game-changer. The fact of the matter is that you'll have a great loan repayment program wherever you go - if you work many years in PI, your loans will all be nullified.