All of that aside, I think you hit the nail on the head with the point that the money consideration is what this should come down to. Any particular likes/dislikes between the schools, OP?
First off, thank you for the generously helpful and substantive post. (And to everyone else who has contributed as well--thanks! I suppose I'm a little surprised to see everyone being so thoughtful and constructive, after seeing so many of these threads devolve into harsh nit-picking of the OP.
Re: likes/dislikes - It's a bit tough because I haven't had the chance to visit Michigan, but I'm trying to swing it before the end of April. But here is a rough break down:Substantive thingsPI support:
NYU's PILC seems pretty stellar - they run a giant OCI-style PI career fair at the end of 2L summer, which is appealing to me not just for the ease but also for what it says about how NYU has tried to institutionalize and formalize its support for PI. Michigan = ?LRAP:
NYU's, from what I can tell, has historically been more generous, but I think it's gone the way of Chicago (glorified IBR). I think it still has a higher cap than Michigan. If someone would like to educate me about either school's LRAP, by all means.Clinics:
This is very important to me. I think clinical education is fantastic, and I'd like to do two while I'm in school. I think Michigan's have a solid reputation as well, but NYU's are famed. I was solidly impressed by what I learned about the program and by the answers I received to my questions this past weekend at NYU's ASW.Clerkships/academia:
I think you are all correct that this one is pretty much a wash. Are there any current Michigan 1/2/3Ls with a similar interest browsing who can speak to availability of profs there/ availability of mentoring? One draw at NYU was my perception that profs do what they can to make themselves available and to encourage students with academic dreams. (Also, any current NYU 1/2/3Ls feel free to disabuse me of this notion if I'm wrong.)Fluffy thingsWeather:
It's a wash. I grew up in the northern midwest. I can deal with Ann Arbor. I suppose NYU is a tiny bit better, but I doubt enough to matter.City:
It's a wash. I have lots of friends in NY, I'm an ace at public transit, and I own a couple pairs of skinny jeans so I think I can swing it in the East Village. Friends, museums, food, etc. great. Living in a room the size of my current foyer not great. Ann Arbor has some appeal in that I could live in a decent apartment, ride my bike in the 1 not snowy month of the year, and take my car to get groceries. Also it does not cost 1 bajillion dollars.School culture:
I really can't comment on Michigan, but I can say that I really loved it at NYU. All of the current and admitted students I met were smart, interesting (they'd done neat things since graduation), and laid back at the same time. A lot of PI people, which is... nerdy and encouraging. Current students all seemed like they knew each other (casual observations of hallway interactions) and were friendly. I guess I'm a little wary that Michigan will be, in addition to "collegial," a bit collegiate. I wouldn't want to live in the Lawyer's Club, and it's a little unnerving to me that half the 1L class thinks LC is a good idea. (A dorm with no kitchen and a common bathroom? Seriously? The last time I did that was freshman year of college... 8 years ago.) Also, is it going to be packed full of midwestern kids who never want to live MI, WI, IL, IN, OH, etc? I don't mind going to school there, but I think it was not entirely accurate to say I have no geographical preference for after. I might end up in the midwest, but most likely I'd rather go to the East coast or the Southeast. I'm sure I could do that from Michigan, but it would be a bit depressing to think most of my classmates are of a different mind. (My high school experience all over again.)
Sorry for the novel. TL; DR is a totally fair response for anyone.