Michigan vs. Georgetown (PT) vs. Cornell vs. BU ($81k)

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Michigan vs. Georgetown (PT) vs. Cornell vs. BU ($81k)

Postby Octa14 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:41 pm

I thought I’d tap into the collective wisdom of TLS as a resource to help with my decision on where to go to law school. I am choosing between four schools, Michigan, Georgetown, Cornell and BU. I am a New Englander, married, six years out of undergrad, and I’ve spent most of my working career in state politics and government (I’m currently working in the private sector). I’m not sure where I want to be right out of school, but I do see myself being involved with politics/ government down the road. I have some savings to help offset debt even when paying sticker. Here are my thoughts each school:

Michigan (at sticker): Ann Arbor is far from family and I’m worried it will be difficult for my wife to find a good job. While some creativity might be required to work out our situation, Michigan is a great school with a national network that will offer the most flexibility post graduation.

Georgetown (part-time): I regret checking the "both" box on the application now, because I think part-time is a deal breaker. However, D.C. is a good fit with my political background.

Cornell (at sticker so far): My wife is from western NY, so Ithaca is near family and friends. It is a strong school and I like its small size. However, 55k tuition is a lot, especially considering Michigan is an option for less.

BU (81k scholarship): Boston is appealing for three years, but I don’t know that it is definitely where I want to make my career. With the scholarship the price is right and I could graduate with very little debt. Boston would be a more certain job transition for my wife. However, stacked against the other schools I feel like I’d be passing up great opportunities just to avoid 100k in debt.

Any wisdom would be very much appreciated. Thanks.

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Re: Michigan vs. Georgetown (PT) vs. Cornell vs. BU ($81k)

Postby Tadatsune » Tue Mar 20, 2012 3:06 pm

Difficult choice. If you wanted Boston, I'd say go with BU... but if you want to have the most options, BU is probably not the best choice. Still, give the family situation...

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Re: Michigan vs. Georgetown (PT) vs. Cornell vs. BU ($81k)

Postby Chucky21 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 3:17 pm

It seems like GULC would be your best bet for government work b/c that is this school's specialty really. But Cornell is close to family, but Biglaw is Cornell's specialty. But really, you can do whatever from both schools. I don't know how part time at GULC will affect your job search, it will allow you to work though and cut down on debt. Hopefully your decision will be easier when Cornell gives you some money.

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Re: Michigan vs. Georgetown (PT) vs. Cornell vs. BU ($81k)

Postby Octa14 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 3:34 pm

Chucky21 wrote:It seems like GULC would be your best bet for government work b/c that is this school's specialty really. But Cornell is close to family, but Biglaw is Cornell's specialty. But really, you can do whatever from both schools. I don't know how part time at GULC will affect your job search, it will allow you to work though and cut down on debt. Hopefully your decision will be easier when Cornell gives you some money.


Thanks. I feel lucky to have been accepted to the schools I have been so I'm not holding my breath, but it would certainly make a difference in my decision.




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