NJPitcher wrote:So while I had made this thread mostly as a conjecture in the event that I did get in to NU, it's now an actual choice that I have until the 14th to decide (they actually made a decision on a hold candidate?!)... and I'm not much closer to a decision. I had finally sold myself on the softs of Vandy and the ability (enough) to wind up back in the NE, but now gap is starting to look bigger/scarier, but I also remind myself I'll be in 2/3 the debt out of Vandy compared to NU. I guess this bump doesn't really add much information, just that I'd like more help :-/
Since you last posted, Vandy has posted C/O 2011 data. You can now compare them directly: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=181415.
Also look at the data for people who ended up at small firms, state clerkships, or unemployed: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=181723&p=5370502#p5370502.
NU is 61% big firm/clerkship, 25% unemployed/undesirable jobs
Vandy is 41% big firm/clerkship, 42% unemployed/undesirable jobs
One thing to note is that for both schools, those two categories account for ~85% of the whole class. The rest is government/PI which is very competitive to get and not a place for people who failed to get big law. So make your decision in light of the fact that you're basically either set or screwed--there isn't much of a comfortable middle ground to fall back on.