sandiego222 wrote: IAFG wrote:
sandiego222 wrote:Thanks for the response. For me, happiness is not having a greater shot at getting a V10 2L offer- I guess some peoples' opinions on TLS differ, and I'm sure it makes sense for them to pick Penn or NYU in this situation
If geographical preference is your priority over serious career concerns, and major urban settings are not your preference, you are making a terrible mistake going to law school at all.
This outrageous comment really seems to capture the mentality of TLS
It's not like picking a T50 over Harvard
The "mentality of TLS" is that:
1) OP isn't getting any more money at UVA than at NYU;
2) $150k+ of debt is a lot of fucking debt;
3) It's not like NYU is full of TTT gunners while UVA is all softball and ponies;
4) There is a substantial safety-net advantage to NYU;
5) Nearly all the legal jobs are in major urban areas like NYC or DC.
(2) means you need to get big law, and (5) means that to ensure you get big law as a practical matter you have to target NYC. OP clearly realizes this, and seems to be leaning NYC for where he wants to work after graduation. In that context, why give up the substantial advantage NYU has in NYC for an entirely imagined and exaggerated cultural difference?
People ITT really underestimate the importance of NYC. Last year, NYC had 2,000+ SA positions, probably 1/3 of all the six-figure SA positions in the country. The V10 had almost 1,000 SA positions out of those 2,000. It might be the case that NYU really only helps you in the V10 in NYC, but that's a huge fucking portion of the whole market.
Even a 10% improvement in big law chances has a huge monetary value when you consider that the difference between getting big law and not getting it might be a million dollars or two over one's career. 10% of $1 million = $100k. That is what you're giving up choosing UVA over NYU for the same money. You're essentially giving up $100k to get better weather for three years.