Redamon1 wrote:In your shoes I think I'd lobby NYU like crazy to make up for the price gap, but happily attend NU if that doesn't work. The peace of mind and flexibility that comes with 150k scholarship will blow your mind once you interact with classmates who (rightfully) have as their top job concern paying off loans. As others have said, lack of carrer advice at NU on PI would be a drawback, but IMO not insurmontable, and certainly not worth 150k.
I agree with you on lobbying NYU like crazy! How much is NYU worth more than NU in your opinion?
Hard to say. I think there's a threshold at which you loose your flexibility. Are you willing to go there? Consider this:
Elston Gunn wrote:I think you need to think about what your backup plan would be, and whether you'd be happy with it. If it's BigLaw, then NU no question. If you'd rather work in legal aid, then NYU at least is a genuine option. If you'd rather not be a lawyer than do either, then don't go to law school.
Basically, if you pick NYU for more than your current finances can stomach (or a small loan), you become dependent on LRAP or BigLaw. Look closely at the LRAP conditions and see if you are willing to subject yourself to them. Remember that finding an eligible job that excites you will still be competitive (likely I think, but the point here is that it's still riskier than NU financially). Remember also that your interests while in law school may change, and not having to worry about loans or LRAP will provide tremendous flexibility. For example, you may discover that mid-law, small firms, or plaintiff side firms interest you. But they usually pay less, so if you have big loans to pay off, these gigs are out of reach because they do not qualify for LRAP and don't pay enough.
In short, I would say it depends on how much you have in savings and parental support and to what extent you are willing to loose the flexibility that comes with NU money and take on more risk/constraints.