If you end up actually working in public interest, then no, it would be the smart decision because NU has a good LRAP linked to IBR. E.g. if you make $60k-ish, NU will pay half of your $6,500-ish IBR payment and 75% of your $16,500 unpaid interest for a total LRAP award of roughly $16,000 per year.
That said, as a practical matter public interest jobs directly out of LS are extremely difficult to get, and will remain so as long as states and the federal government are in the midst of budget crisis. So big law -> public interest is a much more practical route.
From NU's website: "Eligibility for LRAP - Any graduate who starts work immediately after graduation or after a clerkship as an attorney or manager in any government or non-profit agency is eligible for LRAP."
Not sure if I'm misreading this but would working biglaw for a few years and then landing a public interest job disqualify me from LRAP since I wouldn't be doing public interest immediately after graduation nor working a clerkship in a government or non-profit agency?
concurrent fork wrote:
COA for the first year at NU: $79,628
COA for the first year at BU: $62,010
The number provided by NU is really inflated, even considering the $10K additional tuition. NU assumes you will spend $1,500/mo on room and board. You can live way cheaper than that in Chicago. Most people also have a laptop before coming to law school.
The BU breakdown seems pretty accurate.
Yeah, I noticed the over-budgeting in NU's COA as well today.
Thanks for the responses thus far!