Gemini198 wrote:Thanks! This is useful info. I'm really having a hard time deciding b/c I feel like I would definitely enjoy Northwestern's surrounding area and Chicago far more than Penn's area and Phillly in general. Plus NU is giving me more $$ (although you're right, its not that much when CoL if factored in). But like you said, I've heard absolutely GREAT things about the environment at Penn, everyone has told me that its very collegial and allows for a great law school experience. I only have until Monday to decide..
Can anyone else whose visited both schools share their experience? Thanks!
Disclaimer: I'm going to be attending NU this fall.
I've visited both NU and Penn (though ASW for NU and not ASW for Penn), and I REALLY LOVED both experiences. I had a GREAT 'tour guide' for Penn who showed me and my friend around the city to different bars, restaurants, really talked up the school, and generally made me fall in love with Philly. Penn is a great school, and though I haven't met many students from there, the ones I do know seem to be great people.
HOWEVER. I know a LOT of incoming and current Northwestern students, and they are some of the coolest, friendliest people I've ever met. They're fun, friendly, and incredibly supportive. I spoke to a lot of 3Ls at ASW (some of which were not actually working at ASW) and they all said that they would be sad to be leaving law school and that they loved NU. The professors I've interacted with at NU have been extremely open and accessible, even to 0Ls.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that Northwestern has just as much of a reputation for being collegial/having a great LS experience. If that is the only big factor weighing in Penn's favor, I would definitely take the money and run with it. It's easy to say 'Just do one more year of biglaw!!!' now, but when you actually get there and you hate it (which you might not), one year can be a LONNNNNGGG time.