woeisme wrote:Well first of all, let's get this straight. For NYC biglaw, Cornell > Duke/NU. For Chicago biglaw, NU > Cornell/Duke.
This is why I'd still cross-off Duke. Even keeping it on, I'm not sure OP would necessarily like Durham more than Ithaca. I got the impression that OP was just listing Ithaca as being "terrible" for purposes of providing a CON on the PRO/CON list. Few people are really going to argue that Durham is far and away a better place than Ithaca. And many would argue that Ithaca has the edge for being a trendier more happening little place with natural beauty to boot.
To the extent that I'm wrong and OP really has that much of a dislike for Ithaca, then I agree with beachbum's sentiments (regarding steering clear of Cornell), and I'd suggest NU.
Unless you can actually produce evidence that NYC firms favor Cornell students over Duke students, I'm gonna have to call bullshit. The schools have roughly equal NLJ+A3 placement power (I actually did a direct comparison with the data in another thread, though I can't remember which thread it was), and both schools send a large percentage of the class to NYC. And all anecdotal evidence I've heard is that firms look at them as equals.
Also, maybe I missed this in the thread somewhere (I admittedly skimmed most of it), but I'm working on the assumption that what OP wrote in the first post is what OP actually thinks. So I'm working on the assumption that OP hates Ithaca, and has a mild dislike for Durham. And this certainly seems reasonable to me; I'm fine living in Durham, but I would blow my brains out if I was forced to live in Ithaca for three years. To each his own, though.
bk1 wrote:Disagree - but in the end it actually does matter in certain cases. If OP does actually do well and has the opportunity to split between NYC/Chi NU will open up opportunities that Duke does not. Maybe OP gets to OCI and loathes K&E NYC but loves K&E Chi. At the top end OP gets exposed to more opportunities for firm offices that OP might prefer to other offices that NU gets OP access to that Duke does not.
I don't think this is a big factor since (1) biglaw is biglaw, and (2) there is no shortcoming of NYC firms to choose from, but it is something to think about.
Sure, and I guess that's something you could take into consideration, though it seems awfully speculative. Like you said, there are a ton of firm in NYC - chances are that OP will find one he likes. And then there's always Cali (I'm assuming OP has ties), if OP wants to compare cultures.