Columbia vs. Northwestern vs. UCLA

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Columbia 20K total vs. Northwestern full ride vs. UCLA full ride

Columbia
19
14%
Northwestern
108
81%
UCLA
7
5%
 
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Re: Columbia vs. Northwestern vs. UCLA

Postby shumpshump » Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:38 am

Samara wrote:LOL @ NYC. I enjoyed that chart you posted showing how everybody makes way more than NYC people when you adjust for taxes/COL. Even small markets, like Grand Rapids, with much smaller base rates kill NYC after adjustment. I'll never understand why people are gung-ho about NYC.


Jobs, jobs, jobs. If I had legit job security, I'd totally move to California but being from the NY area, it's the only real place I have some certainity I'll be able to find a job I like.

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Re: Columbia vs. Northwestern vs. UCLA

Postby Kikero » Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:39 am

heeloftar wrote:
Samara wrote:
rayiner wrote:The Kirkland dude getting 2x Cravath bonus but paying Illinois taxes and Chicago cost of living has as much spending money in his pocket every month as the WLRK dude making 9x Cravath bonus but paying New York taxes and Manhattan cost of living. And probably bills fewer hours. And both style on the Cravath dude making 1x Cravath bonus.

LOL @ NYC. I enjoyed that chart you posted showing how everybody makes way more than NYC people when you adjust for taxes/COL. Even small markets, like Grand Rapids, with much smaller base rates kill NYC after adjustment. I'll never understand why people are gung-ho about NYC.


anyone have the link to this chart handy? rayiner has a lot of posts, and I'm not all that great at sifting through this site


Here's one from 2010, not sure if there is a more recent one:

http://www.nalp.org/buying_power_index_class_of_2010

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Re: Columbia vs. Northwestern vs. UCLA

Postby Samara » Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:41 am

Tiago Splitter wrote:
Samara wrote:
rayiner wrote:The Kirkland dude getting 2x Cravath bonus but paying Illinois taxes and Chicago cost of living has as much spending money in his pocket every month as the WLRK dude making 9x Cravath bonus but paying New York taxes and Manhattan cost of living. And probably bills fewer hours. And both style on the Cravath dude making 1x Cravath bonus.

LOL @ NYC. I enjoyed that chart you posted showing how everybody makes way more than NYC people when you adjust for taxes/COL. Even small markets, like Grand Rapids, with much smaller base rates kill NYC after adjustment. I'll never understand why people are gung-ho about NYC.


I'm only gung ho about needing a job.

Yeah, but I'm talking about people who target NYC. And blather on about how NYC firms do all the best deals or whatever. Who cares?

BruceWayne wrote:Where's a link to that chart?

Here you go: viewtopic.php?f=23&t=186930
In fairness, the chart is about partner pay, but I imagine there's a corollary with exit options, too.

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Re: Columbia vs. Northwestern vs. UCLA

Postby bjsesq » Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:42 am

Got to Columbia, OP. Go there because I fucking hate you, and I want to see you make a bad decision. Have fun living caviar dreams, brah.

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Re: Columbia vs. Northwestern vs. UCLA

Postby shumpshump » Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:47 am

Samara wrote: Yeah, but I'm talking about people who target NYC. And blather on about how NYC firms do all the best deals or whatever. Who cares?


Who cares about doing the best deals? I'm assuming people who care about the quality of the deal they're working on. To each their own, right? No need to shit on people who have that opinion.

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Re: Columbia vs. Northwestern vs. UCLA

Postby Samara » Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:50 am

shumpshump wrote:
Samara wrote: Yeah, but I'm talking about people who target NYC. And blather on about how NYC firms do all the best deals or whatever. Who cares?


Who cares about doing the best deals? I'm assuming people who care about the quality of the deal they're working on. To each their own, right? No need to shit on people who have that opinion.

To each his own, I guess. I just don't get NYC. It's so much more expensive than anywhere else in the country and doesn't really have anything that Chicago or other big cities don't have. Why would you essentially take a huge pay cut to work there?

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Re: Columbia vs. Northwestern vs. UCLA

Postby Ruxin1 » Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:52 am

Samara wrote:
shumpshump wrote:
Samara wrote: Yeah, but I'm talking about people who target NYC. And blather on about how NYC firms do all the best deals or whatever. Who cares?


Who cares about doing the best deals? I'm assuming people who care about the quality of the deal they're working on. To each their own, right? No need to shit on people who have that opinion.

To each his own, I guess. I just don't get NYC. It's so much more expensive than anywhere else in the country and doesn't really have anything that Chicago or other big cities don't have. Why would you essentially take a huge pay cut to work there?


Exactly, and combine that with NYC Biglaw attrition rate, in secondary markets, most people stay in much longer, with less hours.

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Re: Columbia vs. Northwestern vs. UCLA

Postby rayiner » Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:54 am

Tiago Splitter wrote:
BruceWayne wrote:LOL I've been saying all of this for years and whenever I did it was called "Anti NYU trolling". Regardless of what people who have this odd since of obssessive level allegiance to "CCN" say, for the most part unless your goals are NYC biglaw (and in the case of UChicago Chicago biglaw) those schools aren't significantly different from the rest of the non HYS top 14--especially NYU. And for the most selective jobs there doesn't seem to be a difference at all.


To be clear, Rayiner just said he might pay an extra 100K for Columbia over Northwestern.


I don't disagree with anything in BruceWayne's comment. My willingness to pay more for Columbia is based entirely on the extra security for the bottom of the class that results from NYC having 1/3 of all big law SA openings. BruceWayne is of the opinion that bottom of the class is better off bidding on secondary markets where they have ties, so his calculus is different.

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Re: Columbia vs. Northwestern vs. UCLA

Postby rayiner » Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:56 am

Samara wrote:To each his own, I guess. I just don't get NYC. It's so much more expensive than anywhere else in the country and doesn't really have anything that Chicago or other big cities don't have. Why would you essentially take a huge pay cut to work there?


To be fair, NYC big law was far more attractive when Cravath's bonus scale started at $35k + $10k special bonus for first years. Top Chicago firms matched salary, but besides Kirkland nobody paid NYC bonuses. These days the major Chicago firms match NYC market, because the bonuses are so small why not?

To an extent WLRK's reputation among associates is also partially built on when they used to pay 100% bonuses, rather than the 40% they're paying these days.
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Re: Columbia vs. Northwestern vs. UCLA

Postby shumpshump » Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:57 am

Samara wrote: To each his own, I guess. I just don't get NYC. It's so much more expensive than anywhere else in the country and doesn't really have anything that Chicago or other big cities don't have. Why would you essentially take a huge pay cut to work there?


I totally agree if you have ties to a big city like Chicago (which I really like), LA, or SF, don't care about doing top-level financial work, or aren't risk averse. The thing is that some of those things don't apply to lots of people so NYC is the best choice.

By the way, I earn less than 160k pre-law school in NYC and have never had money issues in doing the things I want to do. It may be overstated how much money you need to be happy in the city.

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Re: Columbia vs. Northwestern vs. UCLA

Postby Ruxin1 » Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:59 am

rayiner wrote:
Samara wrote:To each his own, I guess. I just don't get NYC. It's so much more expensive than anywhere else in the country and doesn't really have anything that Chicago or other big cities don't have. Why would you essentially take a huge pay cut to work there?


To be fair, NYC big law was far more attractive when Cravath's bonus scale started at $35k + $10k special bonus for first years.


Rayiner, for someone that would want to stay in biglaw or I guess regional biglaw (read: southern markets) for majority of their career, wouldn't you say that would be valued much higher than NYC exit options?

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Re: Columbia vs. Northwestern vs. UCLA

Postby rayiner » Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:07 pm

Ruxin1 wrote:
rayiner wrote:
Samara wrote:To each his own, I guess. I just don't get NYC. It's so much more expensive than anywhere else in the country and doesn't really have anything that Chicago or other big cities don't have. Why would you essentially take a huge pay cut to work there?


To be fair, NYC big law was far more attractive when Cravath's bonus scale started at $35k + $10k special bonus for first years.


Rayiner, for someone that would want to stay in biglaw or I guess regional biglaw (read: southern markets) for majority of their career, wouldn't you say that would be valued much higher than NYC exit options?


I think if you want to make a legit run at partner, you should definitely opt out of NYC and start at a top regional firm. A lot of these firms hire like 6-8 associates each year and make a couple of partners each year. When you factor in people who leave for legit reasons, along with the lower hours expectations at these firms, that's a hell of a lot better than the 3-5% or so shot you have at a place like S&C or CSM.

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Re: Columbia vs. Northwestern vs. UCLA

Postby rayiner » Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:14 pm

shumpshump wrote:I totally agree if you have ties to a big city like Chicago (which I really like), LA, or SF, don't care about doing top-level financial work, or aren't risk averse. The thing is that some of those things don't apply to lots of people so NYC is the best choice.

By the way, I earn less than 160k pre-law school in NYC and have never had money issues in doing the things I want to do. It may be overstated how much money you need to be happy in the city.


NYC definitely does the best finance work, hands down. Finance work, on the lawyering side, is also thankless and boring. The exit options are relatively secure and lucrative though. If you're risk-averse, you probably prefer a decent shot at $300k in-house at a bank than a decent shot at $300k as a partner in a regional firm.

But it's not sensible to look at "how much money you need to be happy in the city." What's important is what you can buy with the money you make slaving away for 2200+ billable hours a year. Kirkland associates can live in glass-and-steel high-rises with lake views within walking distance of work and tons of great bars and restaurants. Cravath associates live a bit further out, in a bit crappier place, and pay a bit more for the privilege. The real groaner is the extra $800/month or so that the State of NY and the City of NY take out of your paycheck, not to mention that dudes who work Cravath hours at Kirkland make 3x Cravath bonuses.

But, you know, New York girls are skinnier in the alcoholic/chain-smoker sort of way New Yorkers are, so that's gotta be worth a couple of bucks.

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Re: Columbia vs. Northwestern vs. UCLA

Postby shumpshump » Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:22 pm

rayiner wrote:NYC definitely does the best finance work, hands down. Finance work, on the lawyering side, is also thankless and boring. The exit options are relatively secure and lucrative though. If you're risk-averse, you probably prefer a decent shot at $300k in-house at a bank than a decent shot at $300k as a partner in a regional firm.

But it's not sensible to look at "how much money you need to be happy in the city." What's important is what you can buy with the money you make slaving away for 2200+ billable hours a year. Kirkland associates can live in glass-and-steel high-rises with lake views within walking distance of work and tons of great bars and restaurants. Cravath associates live a bit further out, in a bit crappier place, and pay a bit more for the privilege. The real groaner is the $800/month or so that the State of NY and the City of NY take out of your paycheck, not to mention that dudes who work Cravath hours at Kirkland make 3x Cravath bonuses.


All that is legit. My point is that if you're from the NY area or some area not surrounding a city you want to be in, in this economy it's understandable (and I think TCR) that you'd be risk averse and target NYC even considering all of the cost-of-living arguments, purely due to the volume of jobs available in NYC.

What I meant by "being happy" is that I don't need a "glass-and-steel high-rise". I just want a job that I'm happy at, enough job security both internal and external to my current job, and enough money to do the things I like. The amount of money you're "losing" in NYC doesn't prohibit you from having any of those things.

Now, if you wanna be a baller, it does make a difference but I wasn't looking at it from that viewpoint.

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Re: Columbia vs. Northwestern vs. UCLA

Postby rickgrimes69 » Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:12 pm

rayiner wrote:
shumpshump wrote:I totally agree if you have ties to a big city like Chicago (which I really like), LA, or SF, don't care about doing top-level financial work, or aren't risk averse. The thing is that some of those things don't apply to lots of people so NYC is the best choice.

By the way, I earn less than 160k pre-law school in NYC and have never had money issues in doing the things I want to do. It may be overstated how much money you need to be happy in the city.


NYC definitely does the best finance work, hands down. Finance work, on the lawyering side, is also thankless and boring. The exit options are relatively secure and lucrative though. If you're risk-averse, you probably prefer a decent shot at $300k in-house at a bank than a decent shot at $300k as a partner in a regional firm.

But it's not sensible to look at "how much money you need to be happy in the city." What's important is what you can buy with the money you make slaving away for 2200+ billable hours a year. Kirkland associates can live in glass-and-steel high-rises with lake views within walking distance of work and tons of great bars and restaurants. Cravath associates live a bit further out, in a bit crappier place, and pay a bit more for the privilege. The real groaner is the extra $800/month or so that the State of NY and the City of NY take out of your paycheck, not to mention that dudes who work Cravath hours at Kirkland make 3x Cravath bonuses.

But, you know, New York girls are skinnier in the alcoholic/chain-smoker sort of way New Yorkers are, so that's gotta be worth a couple of bucks.


Bolded is exactly why I'm trying to target secondary markets (specifically Minneapolis as I have ties). When you get right down to the numbers, NYC associates aren't making much more than anyone else, and they're working much harder for it.

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Re: Columbia vs. Northwestern vs. UCLA

Postby Bronck » Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:29 pm

Samara wrote:
shumpshump wrote:
Samara wrote: Yeah, but I'm talking about people who target NYC. And blather on about how NYC firms do all the best deals or whatever. Who cares?


Who cares about doing the best deals? I'm assuming people who care about the quality of the deal they're working on. To each their own, right? No need to shit on people who have that opinion.

To each his own, I guess. I just don't get NYC. It's so much more expensive than anywhere else in the country and doesn't really have anything that Chicago or other big cities don't have. Why would you essentially take a huge pay cut to work there?


Because... ghasp... many people think NY is one of the greatest cities. Other US cities don't really come close to approaching the street vibe of Manhattan. You can always live in the outer boroughs or Jersey City if you wanted to save money on rent. And... it's not like you can't live comfortably on a big law salary in Manhattan.

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Re: Columbia vs. Northwestern vs. UCLA

Postby Samara » Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:46 pm

Bronck wrote:
Samara wrote:
shumpshump wrote:
Samara wrote: Yeah, but I'm talking about people who target NYC. And blather on about how NYC firms do all the best deals or whatever. Who cares?


Who cares about doing the best deals? I'm assuming people who care about the quality of the deal they're working on. To each their own, right? No need to shit on people who have that opinion.

To each his own, I guess. I just don't get NYC. It's so much more expensive than anywhere else in the country and doesn't really have anything that Chicago or other big cities don't have. Why would you essentially take a huge pay cut to work there?


Because... ghasp... many people think NY is one of the greatest cities. Other US cities don't really come close to approaching the street vibe of Manhattan. You can always live in the outer boroughs or Jersey City if you wanted to save money on rent. And... it's not like you can't live comfortably on a big law salary in Manhattan.

Did you even read my post?

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Re: Columbia vs. Northwestern vs. UCLA

Postby Bronck » Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:49 pm

Samara wrote:Did you even read my post?


Did you read mine? Or are you blinded by your anti-NYC trolling? It's obviously not for everyone, but it's not that hard to understand why some people want to live in NY.

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Re: Columbia vs. Northwestern vs. UCLA

Postby bjsesq » Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:57 pm

Bronck wrote:
Samara wrote:Did you even read my post?


Did you read mine? Or are you blinded by your anti-NYC trolling? It's obviously not for everyone, but it's not that hard to understand why some people want to live in NY.


I kind of thought his use of "to each his own" was a dead giveaway that he acknowledges some people like it, and he doesn't. Chill.

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Re: Columbia vs. Northwestern vs. UCLA

Postby Bronck » Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:02 pm

bjsesq wrote:
Bronck wrote:
Samara wrote:Did you even read my post?


Did you read mine? Or are you blinded by your anti-NYC trolling? It's obviously not for everyone, but it's not that hard to understand why some people want to live in NY.


I kind of thought his use of "to each his own" was a dead giveaway that he acknowledges some people like it, and he doesn't. Chill.


Lol, fair enough. Just no need to continue to bash it when there are clear reasons why people prefer NYC. And clear reasons why people prefer Chicago. And clear reasons why people prefer Texas, and so on and so forth.

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Re: Columbia vs. Northwestern vs. UCLA

Postby bjsesq » Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:06 pm

Bronck wrote:
bjsesq wrote:
Bronck wrote:
Samara wrote:Did you even read my post?


Did you read mine? Or are you blinded by your anti-NYC trolling? It's obviously not for everyone, but it's not that hard to understand why some people want to live in NY.


I kind of thought his use of "to each his own" was a dead giveaway that he acknowledges some people like it, and he doesn't. Chill.


Lol, fair enough. Just no need to continue to bash it when there are clear reasons why people prefer NYC. And clear reasons why people prefer Chicago. And clear reasons why people prefer Texas, and so on and so forth.


Yeah, but I love extolling to reasons why I don't like NYC. I mean, it's insanely expensive, the world feels like it is caving in on me, and people frequently seem to go out of their way to avoid/be dicks to one another.

Despite all this, it is one of the most beloved cities in the world. It's clear I just don't get the charm/awesome sauce parts of the city. I know they are there, but I am going to ignore them and talk shit anyway because I'm a law student. That's what I do. Mock everything and everyone better than me.

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Re: Columbia vs. Northwestern vs. UCLA

Postby shumpshump » Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:10 pm

bjsesq wrote: Yeah, but I love extolling to reasons why I don't like NYC. I mean, it's insanely expensive, the world feels like it is caving in on me, and people frequently seem to go out of their way to avoid/be dicks to one another.


Frequently?

That's like me saying I don't like Texas because people frequently seem to go out of their way to be racist.

bjsesq wrote: I know they are there, but I am going to ignore them and talk shit anyway because I'm a law student. That's what I do. Mock everything and everyone better than me.


What does this even mean? You a weird dude.

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Re: Columbia vs. Northwestern vs. UCLA

Postby rayiner » Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:11 pm

To be perfectly honest, NYC has grown on me a lot. After living in Wilmington, DE for a month. It's really neat to be able to step out and find a restaurant open at 2 am. The ethnic food is great, and unlike in Chicago the Chinese food is legit.

But the Kirkland/WLRK comparison really drove it home for me what a huge pay cut you take to live in NYC.

WLRK 1st Year = $165k + 40% (= $65k) bonus = $230k.
Kirkland 1st Year = $160k + 3x Cravath (= $23k) bonus = $183k.

You can bill way less than WLRK hours at K&E and still get 3x Cravath bonus.

Monthly paycheck WLRK NY = $11,065
Monthly paycheck K&E Chi = $9,940
Monthly paycheck CSM NY = $8,400.

That's not even accounting for cost of living. Just taxes. Think about it--you finished top of your class at Columbia, got into WLRK, are billing 3,000 hours a year, and the $1,100 a month extra in your paycheck is immediately eaten up by rent at a place half as nice as what the K&E bro is living in.

And the comparison with CSM is just sad. $1,500 a month means paying off your loans in under 6 years instead of in 10.
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Re: Columbia vs. Northwestern vs. UCLA

Postby bjsesq » Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:12 pm

shumpshump wrote:
bjsesq wrote: Yeah, but I love extolling to reasons why I don't like NYC. I mean, it's insanely expensive, the world feels like it is caving in on me, and people frequently seem to go out of their way to avoid/be dicks to one another.


Frequently?

That's like me saying I don't like Texas because people frequently seem to go out of their way to be racist.

bjsesq wrote: I know they are there, but I am going to ignore them and talk shit anyway because I'm a law student. That's what I do. Mock everything and everyone better than me.


What does this even mean? You a weird dude.


New York is loved for a reason. I mock it anyway because I'm a cynical asshole. I focus on the stuff I hate. Why is this so difficult to understand?

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Re: Columbia vs. Northwestern vs. UCLA

Postby Samara » Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:14 pm

Bronck wrote:Because... ghasp... many people think NY is one of the greatest cities. Other US cities don't really come close to approaching the street vibe of Manhattan. You can always live in the outer boroughs or Jersey City if you wanted to save money on rent. And... it's not like you can't live comfortably on a big law salary in Manhattan.

Also, I hate the vibe of Manhattan and New Jersey sucks.

/anti-NYC trolling




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