John 1990 is, per another thread, in the process of negotiating a bigger scholarship from Dozo. It's clear that he wants to go there, and so he's being defensive about Dozo, especially vis a vis Brooklyn because, I'm sure, he's convinced himself that Dozo is a more prestigious place to go.
And, (not that John 1990 needs me or anyone else to say it), that's totally normal and fine, and, well...whatever. Everyone who ends up at law school convinces themselves that their choice was a good one, otherwise they wouldn't go. I go to a WUSTL/MN/IL, and I did so for own reasons, but I seriously considered a free ride+ from Brooklyn and a huge scholly from Dozo. So I've run through this hypo in my head in earnest.
My advice to anyone considering either Dozo or Brooklyn at anything more than $75K in total debt is to apply to Rutgers. Do it now, if it's not too late. If you can get a $20K/yr Scholly from Brooklyn, you can get a $5K/yr from Rutgers, plus you'll get instate tuition for all three years if you sign a lease in NJ. I know that this arrangement isn't ideal for OP in particular because he/she can live with parents, but do the math:
Rutgers-N: $25K/yr (instate).
So, effectively, by going to Rutgers, you are automatically giving yourself a $23K/yr scholarship, plus the living expenses in NJ will be probably 2/3 what they would be in NYC. For OP, assuming you get a $5K/yr scholly from R-N, you'd be able to A) have the same-to-slightly better job prospects (albeit in NJ), B) get to live on your own for three years, and C) avoid a horrendous commute (that will likely run you, what? $120 a month going from Yonkers to Manhattan?).
If you don't have parents to live with, and will have to take out living loans, the choice is, frankly, obvious: roughly $170K for Dozo, or $100K for Rutgers? I'm not saying either (at that cost) is a good choice, but one is a hell of a lot better than the other.
I know NJ gets a bum rap, and mostly for legitimate reasons, but when I see person getting conned into paying sometimes 2x the money to go to Brooklyn and, increasingly, Dozo and not even considering Rutgers, I see a person who hasn't really thought about the decision hard enough, and asked the tough questions. Because the only reason I can see, given the factors faced by a typical 0L, for going to Dozo/Brook over Rutgers is some sort of Ranking/Prestige/OMG NYC! thing, and that's just falling right into the trap that's being set for you.
In five years, will being able to say "I went to Cardozo-Yeshiva for law school, in New York City!" really be worth the extra $50K-$70K? Trust me, it won't be.
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