- got nothing from UVa and got 45k from Cornell, but with higher tuition, higher Cost of living, and possibility of getting in-state at Virginia, the difference in cost would likely only be 10-30k over the three years.
Really liked Virginia, and also really liked Cornell (felt very much at home there, I am from the northeast)
Weather in Virginia would be sweet, though Ithaca's would not kill me
Worried about larger class size and higher medians of UVA giving me a better chance of getting hosed
Would love to clerk after, also interested in going to a firm in Denver, Philadelphia, DC, Grand Rapids MI, or almost anywhere else besides NYC or Chicago. (I could go to NYC, but it would not be my first choice by far). I am also interested in government work, but I dont really know that much about it.
Liked Cornell's lrap better because it offers flexibility to go back and forth between lrap and private practice (not sure how many people actually do that), and b/c it has no top out
Virginia's lrap scares me as a back up plan because it is on IBR, there is a top-out limit, and because I'm not sure it is a good fall back if you end up unemployed (but it would be better if you do put in your 10 years of PI IBR)
UVa seems chiller
tl;dr Cornell's small class size and lrap make me feel a little safer going there than UVa, but it this a foolish choice since UVa is a better school at similar costs? even if I liked Cornell a lot (liked UVa too)?
Edit. Added a Poll, where would you go?