crumpetsandtea wrote:It honestly sounds like you came here just to try to get us to validate your urge to go to Cornell. Just so you know, no one here can make this decision for you. We are all commenting based on our own personal preferences -- what kind of law do WE want to practice? How debt averse are WE? Which area do WE prefer? These issues are going to bias the responses that you get here.
If I were you, I would take the $90K at USC. ESPECIALLY if you're ok with making less than $160K and you're okay with staying in California. I'm one of the people on this board that was ready to take a lower T14 at sticker (though luckily I've been saved from that option, kinda) but only because I had no better offers in any of the regions I wanted to practice in. If I'd had an offer like yours, I would have taken it in a heartbeat.
The problem is although I am okay with making less than $160K, I am 100% not okay with making less than 90K. Cornell from what I hear is a cool place and it can feed into BigLaw easier, which is better than making nothing. That is where the issue lies my forum friends
but thx so much for all your tips so far theyve helped me weigh the plusses and minuses well
I know this is a tough decision, and it seems like you have listed out the pros and cons of attending either USC or Cornell. You are correct, you can feed into a biglaw job with greater ease at Cornell. The number of 80% placement into firms of 100 attorneys or higher may seem like it's unbelievable, but I doubt a school like Cornell would relay false information, their reputation speaks for itself and they have no desire to jeapordize it.
A quarter of a million dollars in debt is a lot of money though. However, if you live frugally, use your SA money to pay off some of that accrued interest, and land that biglaw job, then in my opinion it would be worth it. I know working 70+ hours is not for everyone, but ulitmately those of us that do want biglaw recognize that hard work comes with the territory. The opportunities you will have from Cornell, and then biglaw, will most likely surmount what you would achieve from USC from a career perspective. A lot of people get out of biglaw afte 5 years and go in-house etc. You WILL have more/better options coming out of biglaw.
Of course this is my view, but if you want a career in biglaw and the opportunities that come with it, I would seriously consider Cornell, even at sticker.