I know this isn't the question but I have to ask, why did you withdraw from NYU's WL? You probably would have been in and this would have been a much easier decision.
I'd say Duke, though play the leverage game and see if either bites.
Honestly I don't know how anyone not 100% set on PI goes to NYU or Columbia at sticker. Yeah you have may have better odds at big law but that doesn't mean you will be able to stay there for longer than 5 years. 250k+ is nuts.
OP: got 60k off the WL from duke last cycle with similar numbers (did have 54k from michigan though to negotiate with). This year they seem to be more generous so I definitely think you stand a shot at getting something.
Pretty much this, which is the same reason I chose Vandy over Cornell. I know NYU would give me a better shot at NYC biglaw than Cornell, but still the idea of paying off 220k plus in debt with NYC COL was pretty scary. In that case, not only do you have the gamble of actually getting biglaw but you have to hope you can stick around long enough to pay it off. I probably did withdraw prematurely but oh well.
ALSO, Duke gave me $42k total, so I'm absolutely thrilled about that. Going to tell Vandy about the acceptance/scholarship Monday and see what they say but unless I get a pretty substantial offer from them I'll be at Duke. I figure even if I'm at/slightly below median at Duke, I have a decent shot at Charlotte biglaw with strong ties.
I would choose Duke because they have the better basketball program, so that means that you will get Sports Law if you go to
I think your Duke degree would also travel better -overseas- if you're interested in International Law.
Lol, this too