Dude. We're talking about $100 grand. That's a TON of money.
NYU is a better school, at least for NYC. But $100k better?
The NYU dude's analysis is too simplistic. True, if you miss the biglaw boat from either school, you're gonna be facing an uphill battle. But from NYU, not only are you forced into biglaw, but you're forced to stay in biglaw longer than you would from Duke.
So at NYU, you can get fucked two ways: (1) missing biglaw, or (2) getting punted from biglaw too soon. NYU makes it less likely that you'll miss biglaw (at least in NYC), but more likely that you'll get kicked to the curb before you pay off your loans.
I dunno, I just think $100k is way, way too much to pay for a marginal increase in job prospects. If we were talking Duke v. Yale, this would be a different discussion. But Duke v. NYU? Seems like a pretty easy decision.
Yeah, but my life goal has been biglaw. Im willing to bet on not washing out.
That's fine, but you also have to be realistic. Most associates don't last over 3 years in biglaw. To make partner at a major market firm, you're gonna have to bill 2500+ hours. And you're going to have to do this while making substantial monthly loan payments.
I don't know what your work history is like, but unless you have substantial experience in a demanding career, you can't really know how you'll react to biglaw until you're actually doing it. To bet on 5+ years in major market biglaw is risky.
I mean, if you're betting on your ability to stick in biglaw, you might as well bet on your ability to finish above median at Duke.