Stringer Bell wrote:Better start to a career is in the eye of the beholder, but I'm talking about biglaw, market paying lit boutiques, etc. Obviously there is a very real possibility of striking out from either school, but your statement that it's as simple as deciding whether or not it's worth double in loans to work in Chicago is inaccurate. That's part of it, but as big a part is whether it's worth double the loans to increase your odds of getting a good job. The answer to that question is going to be different for everybody.
My point was that if the goal is biglaw, I think the loan increase is justifiable (though probably still not the rational choice to make). If the goal is prestigious PI (which I think was the OP's goal), and especially if the goal is an Art. III clerkship, I am not so convinced that the cost is worth it.
The two definite, significant advantages I feel that NU confers over WUSTL are biglaw placement and Chicago placement. Yes, there is an advantage for Art. III's but I don't think that advantage can justify double the cost when it is still far and way unlikely coming out of NU. I would hazard, though it is harder to bear this out with numbers than it is with Art. III's, that NU has an advantage over WUSTL with prestigious PI. However I feel like this sort of thing is still damn hard out of NU and so again I am not sure that NU is worth the additional 100k here.
NU might be worth it for prestigious PI, I'm not entirely sure. NU is worth it for biglaw and placing in Chicago. The question is whether 100k is justified in this case and I'm not inclined to think it is.