CUNY vs. Hastings (Public Interest)

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1styeargrinder
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CUNY vs. Hastings (Public Interest)

Postby 1styeargrinder » Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:47 pm

I am a former very prolific poster that is now a first year at a firm.

A friend of mine was accepted to both Hastings and CUNY. For most people on this forum I presume this is an easy choice. But my friend thinks that he should go to CUNY because Hastings will be too hard and is worried that he will not fit in due to his socioeconomic background. I tried to advise him against this but I really do not know what to tell him at this point. Any advice to help prevent my friend from making this odd choice would be appreciated.

He is 100% dedicated to public interest with absolutely no plans of every working for a law firm.

-zeezoo

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Re: CUNY vs. Hastings (Public Interest)

Postby Ded Precedent » Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:54 pm

Did he get $$$ at either?

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Re: CUNY vs. Hastings (Public Interest)

Postby 1styeargrinder » Wed Mar 21, 2012 2:03 am

I don;t think financial aid has been finalized. Does it really matter much? Isn't hastings just significantly better?

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Re: CUNY vs. Hastings (Public Interest)

Postby 20160810 » Wed Mar 21, 2012 2:07 am

If he got into both, I'm thinking he should have gotten close to a full ride at CUNY, in which case, go for it unless the stips are insane. Otherwise, gotta go with UCH.

ETA, if your friend is used to NYC, he'll do fine in SF. The two feel similar in a lot of ways.

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Re: CUNY vs. Hastings (Public Interest)

Postby CanadianWolf » Wed Mar 21, 2012 2:09 am

Does your friend currently live & work in NYC ? Does he or she want to live in California or New York after law school ?

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Re: CUNY vs. Hastings (Public Interest)

Postby 1styeargrinder » Wed Mar 21, 2012 2:12 am

he doesnt live in either city

hmm i guess this board has changed i expected a bunch of OMG WTF R U CRAZY responses lol

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Re: CUNY vs. Hastings (Public Interest)

Postby Gleason » Wed Mar 21, 2012 3:50 am

Keep in mind that CUNY is 6k instate and 10k outofstate. That's "almost a full ride" compared to normal tuition. (Hastings is something like 46k/52k!)

If your friend is 100% set on PI, and would want to do it in NYC, CUNY is not that bad a choice. It's cheap. It places sort of decently in PI in NYC. It seems to me that CUNY is a special case among the very poorly ranked. It concentrates on NY PI. It's no guarantee. It's really really really far from it, but with the tuition being so cheap I could understand the thinking.

On the other hand, if your friend is 100% set on PI, Hastings has good LRAP, so he very well might end up paying very little back. Still, it's more of a gamble. 46/52k a year should be scary for someone with no interest in private practice.

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Re: CUNY vs. Hastings (Public Interest)

Postby Napt » Wed Mar 21, 2012 3:56 am

Retake.

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Re: CUNY vs. Hastings (Public Interest)

Postby eringobragh » Wed Mar 21, 2012 2:02 pm

Gleason wrote:Keep in mind that CUNY is 6k instate and 10k outofstate. That's "almost a full ride" compared to normal tuition. (Hastings is something like 46k/52k!)

If your friend is 100% set on PI, and would want to do it in NYC, CUNY is not that bad a choice. It's cheap. It places sort of decently in PI in NYC. It seems to me that CUNY is a special case among the very poorly ranked. It concentrates on NY PI. It's no guarantee. It's really really really far from it, but with the tuition being so cheap I could understand the thinking.

On the other hand, if your friend is 100% set on PI, Hastings has good LRAP, so he very well might end up paying very little back. Still, it's more of a gamble. 46/52k a year should be scary for someone with no interest in private practice.


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