lsacqueen wrote:Haha, i thought the same thing about the wary NU posters
Like I said in my OP, my geographical preferences are NYC > Chicago/DC > West Coast > South. I want to do a clerkship because I'm really interested in con law and I think it would not only pad the resume but also be a generally beneficial experience (networking, working closely with a judge, the learning aspect). So, it's certainly something I would love to have the opportunity to do for a year or two, and if I can pull the grades for it I'll apply widely. At the same time, I'm not banking on it, just like I'm not counting on scoring any of my top choice positions after law school. Legal aid and BigLaw are both things I could stomach for a few years, although I hope it's not where I'll be.
You don't seem very sure what you want to do outside of things that are very difficult to get. IAFG is right that NU is not nearly as helpful as other schools for getting people into PI, but the type of PI that I imagine NYU helping place you in (e.g. legal NPOs like legal aid, PDs offices, etc) are not really the type of thing that you seem very interested in. You seem interested in super competitive stuff that's going to be a long haul from either NU or NYU. Since you don't seem to want the sort of thing I see NYU being a boon for, I personally wouldn't take out a lot more for NYU (granted of course I am a bit biased since I attend NU).