dixiecupdrinking wrote:I wouldn't expect to go to California from any of these schools if you don't have any connection to the west coast. It's possible, but won't be easy. What's next on your list of preferences?
I do not understand the poll, which seems to indicate that people believe Columbia is worth more than $45,000 more than Michigan while NYU is not. That, basically, makes no sense.
NYC is next on the list, and could move to the top anyway, so that's not a big deal. And people must see some advantage that Columbia has over NYU, that's what I'm trying to figure out. The rankings would suggest that there's something, but since they're so close I don't think it can be that much, especially if you want a firm job in NYC. That's what I'm starting to think, anyway. Are there any placement statistics that show an advantage either way?
The only thing is that NLJ numbers have typically pegged CLS as placing a bit higher in firms. I think it's almost entirely noise in the data/public interest self-selection at NYU. The "PI self-selection" response is often ridiculed as NYU apologia and I dunno, maybe it is, but I still believe it. Going to NYU and having friends at a number of other T14 schools, I truly think the proportion of people who are genuinely dedicated to public interest from the start is higher at NYU. FWIW the schools reported identical percentages of 2Ls at last year's (Fall 2010) OCI who received a job offer. So, there's that fact, whatever the value of it.
The poll results are probably because anonymous TLS 0Ls have a hard-on for Columbia. Also, given a choice between the two schools in a vacuum with no additional information, I suppose you might as well pick CLS since it's the higher ranked one, will impress a few more people in bars, etc. But throw in any scholarship differences, personal preferences between them, etc., and those should be the determinative factors.