Northwestern vs. BC ($) vs. Iowa ($$$)

(Rankings, Profiles, Tuition, Student Life, . . . )

What school should I choose?

Northwestern - sticker (180k debt)
36
60%
Boston College - 15k/year scholly (105k debt)
11
18%
Iowa - full tuition scholly (20k debt)
13
22%
 
Total votes: 60

lsfall2011
Posts: 9
Joined: Sun Oct 31, 2010 10:37 pm

Northwestern vs. BC ($) vs. Iowa ($$$)

Postby lsfall2011 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 11:05 am

I have some money saved up so the following amounts are for loans I'd have to borrow:

Northwestern - sticker (180k debt)
Boston College - 15k/year scholly (105k debt)
Iowa - full tuition scholly (20k debt)

I am open to work in any mid-size or large legal market. Big law would obviously be nice for a few years, but I am also interested in clerkships.

Primary focus is a good job that will allow me to manage my debt repayment. Thoughts on the above schools? Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

User avatar
ndirish2010
Posts: 2951
Joined: Mon Dec 14, 2009 4:41 pm

Re: Northwestern vs. BC ($) vs. Iowa ($$$)

Postby ndirish2010 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 11:26 am

Iowa doesn't seem like a bad option for you. I think you can get rid of BC.

lsfall2011
Posts: 9
Joined: Sun Oct 31, 2010 10:37 pm

Re: Northwestern vs. BC ($) vs. Iowa ($$$)

Postby lsfall2011 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 11:27 am

How limited are Iowa's job opportunities?

User avatar
BarbellDreams
Posts: 2256
Joined: Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:10 pm

Re: Northwestern vs. BC ($) vs. Iowa ($$$)

Postby BarbellDreams » Tue Feb 22, 2011 12:36 pm

If you only want firms or clerking you basically forced your hand. Go to NW.

User avatar
Tanicius
Posts: 2957
Joined: Sat Feb 07, 2009 12:54 am

Re: Northwestern vs. BC ($) vs. Iowa ($$$)

Postby Tanicius » Tue Feb 22, 2011 12:45 pm

Iowa probably has more clerkships set up with Iowa alumni in the state and close by than Northwestern does. Northwestern's clerkships would be more badass, most likely, but your odds of actually getting one out of Northwestern are quite slim. Take the option where you're not royally screwed by debt.

CanadianWolf
Posts: 10439
Joined: Wed Mar 24, 2010 4:54 pm

Re: Northwestern vs. BC ($) vs. Iowa ($$$)

Postby CanadianWolf » Tue Feb 22, 2011 12:52 pm

It's tough, although understandable in your situation, to turn down Northwestern. The quandry, of course, is that your post law school options will be both limited & expanded if you attend Iowa on a full tuition & fees scholarship---limited by OCI opportunities & expanded by freedom from debt.

P.S. I voted for Northwestern, but I would select NU over any other Top 14 law school except for Stanford or Yale.
Last edited by CanadianWolf on Tue Feb 22, 2011 2:35 pm, edited 2 times in total.

User avatar
Patriot1208
Posts: 7044
Joined: Tue May 18, 2010 11:28 am

Re: Northwestern vs. BC ($) vs. Iowa ($$$)

Postby Patriot1208 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 12:59 pm

Do you mind living and working in iowa for most of the rest of your career?

User avatar
bjsesq
TLS Poet Laureate
Posts: 13383
Joined: Fri Nov 19, 2010 3:02 am

Re: Northwestern vs. BC ($) vs. Iowa ($$$)

Postby bjsesq » Tue Feb 22, 2011 1:04 pm

Is this the full ride scholly at Iowa with the top 1/3 stipulation? That's pretty important info to include.

09042014
Posts: 18282
Joined: Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:47 pm

Re: Northwestern vs. BC ($) vs. Iowa ($$$)

Postby 09042014 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 1:17 pm

Are there stipulations on Iowa's scholarship?

lsfall2011
Posts: 9
Joined: Sun Oct 31, 2010 10:37 pm

Re: Northwestern vs. BC ($) vs. Iowa ($$$)

Postby lsfall2011 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 2:32 pm

JOBS - While I would like to work for a firm or clerk during my summers in law school and after graduation, I am still undecided on what specific area of law I will practice. As a result, I may move in another direction and am looking to attend the school that will provide me with opportunities and still be an intelligent financial investment.

IOWA - I don't want to live and work in Iowa after graduating, and the scholarship is full tuition the first year (no stip), full tuition the second and third years as long as I work at least 10 hours/wk in a research assistant position they provide.

User avatar
Patriot1208
Posts: 7044
Joined: Tue May 18, 2010 11:28 am

Re: Northwestern vs. BC ($) vs. Iowa ($$$)

Postby Patriot1208 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 2:42 pm

If you don't want to work in iowa I wouldn't go to iowa. And, of course nu is far better for big firms and the better clerk positions. You have to decide if the money is with it.

sullidop
Posts: 351
Joined: Sat Dec 06, 2008 8:02 pm

Re: Northwestern vs. BC ($) vs. Iowa ($$$)

Postby sullidop » Tue Feb 22, 2011 2:45 pm

Try to grab more money from BC by leveraging Iowa's offer.

lsfall2011
Posts: 9
Joined: Sun Oct 31, 2010 10:37 pm

Re: Northwestern vs. BC ($) vs. Iowa ($$$)

Postby lsfall2011 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 5:12 pm

At what cost difference (discount) do you think BC becomes a better option than NU?

Do you think BC would be likely to increase its offer with information about an Iowa full ride? How soon should I approach this?

CanadianWolf
Posts: 10439
Joined: Wed Mar 24, 2010 4:54 pm

Re: Northwestern vs. BC ($) vs. Iowa ($$$)

Postby CanadianWolf » Tue Feb 22, 2011 5:26 pm

BC with a full tuition & fees scholarship becomes a better option than NU at sticker price. I doubt that BC will pay attention to an Iowa scholarship option simply because many applicants will pay full tuition to attend BC law due to its location. But, you'll never know unless you try.

P.S. Last USNews showed BC's acceptance rate at 20% versus 44% for Iowa. Location matters, apparently.

lsfall2011
Posts: 9
Joined: Sun Oct 31, 2010 10:37 pm

Re: Northwestern vs. BC ($) vs. Iowa ($$$)

Postby lsfall2011 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 7:39 pm

Do you think the NU acceptance would help get more money from BC? Should I mention it along with the Iowa scholly or just mention one or the other?

CanadianWolf
Posts: 10439
Joined: Wed Mar 24, 2010 4:54 pm

Re: Northwestern vs. BC ($) vs. Iowa ($$$)

Postby CanadianWolf » Tue Feb 22, 2011 7:46 pm

In my opinion, Boston College doesn't need to "buy" students since so many well qualified applicants want to live in the Boston area. Make a polite inquiry & see what happens. Be open & honest.

User avatar
BarbellDreams
Posts: 2256
Joined: Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:10 pm

Re: Northwestern vs. BC ($) vs. Iowa ($$$)

Postby BarbellDreams » Tue Feb 22, 2011 8:10 pm

Try leveraging both Iowa and NW against BC. I think if you could get BC's debt under 6 figures it may be worth considering over NW at 180k.

lsfall2011
Posts: 9
Joined: Sun Oct 31, 2010 10:37 pm

Re: Northwestern vs. BC ($) vs. Iowa ($$$)

Postby lsfall2011 » Wed Feb 23, 2011 11:38 am

What do you think the total economic value difference is in attending Northwestern vs. BC?

09042014
Posts: 18282
Joined: Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:47 pm

Re: Northwestern vs. BC ($) vs. Iowa ($$$)

Postby 09042014 » Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:01 pm

I wouldn't pass up T14 for a mere 15/year scholarship. Though Iowa is tempting.

User avatar
tome
Posts: 275
Joined: Thu Jul 03, 2008 6:17 pm

Re: Northwestern vs. BC ($) vs. Iowa ($$$)

Postby tome » Wed Feb 23, 2011 5:41 pm

Is this even being asked seriously? NU is the clear and only choice.

lsfall2011
Posts: 9
Joined: Sun Oct 31, 2010 10:37 pm

Re: Northwestern vs. BC ($) vs. Iowa ($$$)

Postby lsfall2011 » Wed Feb 23, 2011 6:52 pm

There are a number of questions asked by people in similar situations where they are deciding between T-14 and a 20-30 with $. I think the poll and discussions in this thread indicate that the question is indeed a serious one. I would value your reasoning behind why NU is the clear and only choice.




Return to “Choosing a Law School”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: neptunian and 4 guests