corwin86 wrote:I'm not determined to get a "legal" job. But I think the good about a JD is that one can put it to good use in a variety of non-legal settings. This is all I meant by "versatile". I apologize for the confusion. I'm also not dismissing the job placement stats of either school. I'm well aware of them and am keeping them in mind. I recognize the "risk" of going to a lower-ranked school. But I also recognize the value of going to a school where I'm happy and where I'm likely to meet other people who want to do what I want to do.
I'm not asking for advice about whether I should pick these two schools over a top-ranked school. I'm asking about the relative merits of these two schools.
And thanks for proving my point, rad lulz, about forums like this being completely snarky and useless. I'm complaining because nobody here is answering my question, preferring instead to give me information I didn't ask for and am already aware of.
Tbf, there has been a fair amount of advice on your question in the previous posts. General consensus seems to be that CUNY will likely put you in a better financial / professional situation than NE for your interests. Don't see anyone arguing in favor of NE.
Outside of that, it also shouldn't be a surprise that people focus on employment prospects considering the cost of a law degree. For many (probably most) people both on tls and outside of it, the ability to pay off 6-figure non-dischargable debt is a huge consideration, if not the dominant one. People may not convey that concern in the most congenial way (Internet pseudo-anonymity lulz...), but I think the overarching theme of the advice is well-intentioned (apparently being stuck in debt for the rest of your life sucks...).
As a sidenote on COL NYC v Boston: Boston isn't cheap. You'll save money on rent and, to a much lesser extent, food. The rent part isn't insignificant, but it may be a wash between the relative institutional cost of NE v CUNY (too lazy to do the math...)