dukey wrote:rad law wrote:dukey wrote: however, going to Vandy will really limit your ability to go NYC and many other locations.
Not as much as you'd think; it's the 2nd most popular location for Vandy grads after TN.
Sorry, I should have been more clear. Columbia gives you a much better chance at NYC biglaw in general and hence, a 6 figure salary. Columbia also gives you a better shot at better firms, which have better exit options than what you'd get at Vandy.
Grads @ Vandy can prolly go to NYC, but would likely access < prestigious, < $ jobs.
So much to say about this post. But I'll make it short: (1) OP explicitly said that he/she did not care about prestige for prestige's sake; (2) OP doesn't want to work n NYC; (3) Columbia grads don't get a secret bonus for having gone to Columbia, so NYC biglaw salary is the same whether you went to Vandy or Columbia.
duckmoney wrote:Columbia is worth sticker here. The money at Vandy is tempting, but if you want to work in the South and have ties there then if you go to Columbia you will have your pick of the best firms there. From Vandy you will be competing against everyone else from Vandy / Emory / Schools in the home market as well as Duke and UVA grads who will outshine you just based on their name.
Columbia will set you apart. You will be able to repay the debt.
There may be some truth to this, but it is far from a blanket truth. First of all, it depends on what firm/market you are targeting. Second, you will still have to do well at Columbia to get those jobs (although perhaps a little less well). Third, while OP might be able to get the job he wants from Columbia, he also might be able to get it from Vandy (for less money). Your answer seems to assume that a Columbia grad will automatically cakewalk into a job in his market ("you will have your pick of the best firms there"). I'm going to stop short of what I want to say to that, but I'd like to know why you are making that assumption.