rayiner wrote: .
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 50% faster.
Ray, no one is arguing with you about COL. I don't know why you're throwing it down everyone's throats.
Again, if you don't have connections outside of NY or to any big city (but want to be in a big city), are risk-averse so you want to be in a place with a lot of job opportunities, or want to work at the top of your profession in certain legal areas (financial especially), NY is the best option. Yea, you make less $. Who cares? People have other priorities.