Chicago ($) vs Northwestern ($$)

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Help me decide (COA in parentheses)

Chicago ($150k)
35
85%
Northwestern ($110k)
6
15%
 
Total votes: 41

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Chicago ($) vs Northwestern ($$)

Postby bearsfan23 » Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:43 pm

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Re: Chicago ($) vs Northwestern ($$)

Postby NoodleyOne » Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:44 pm

40k isn't nothing, but your chances will be better out of Chicago. I say go for it. Prepare for DAT RIGOR.

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Re: Chicago ($) vs Northwestern ($$)

Postby TripTrip » Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:50 pm

UChi is worth $40k more than NU. Enjoy southside.

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Re: Chicago ($) vs Northwestern ($$)

Postby Ti Malice » Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:50 pm

Either choice is reasonable at those costs (absolute and relative). Pick your preference.

I would go with Chicago.

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Re: Chicago ($) vs Northwestern ($$)

Postby TaipeiMort » Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:55 pm

Ti Malice wrote:Either choice is reasonable at those costs (absolute and relative). Pick your preference.

I would go with Chicago.


I think if you wanted to work in Chicago, NU would be reasonable in a relative comparison at 40k difference. For anywhere else, absolutely not. It would be like choosing Penn over Harvard for West Coast placement

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Re: Chicago ($) vs Northwestern ($$)

Postby bearsfan23 » Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:25 am

Can anybody comment on differences in how major firms in Chicago hire from these schools? Do most firms hire deeper into the class at Chicago or are they pretty much viewed equally?

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Re: Chicago ($) vs Northwestern ($$)

Postby IAFG » Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:27 am

bearsfan23 wrote:Can anybody comment on differences in how major firms in Chicago hire from these schools? Do most firms hire deeper into the class at Chicago or are they pretty much viewed equally?

From what I have heard anecdotally, yes they hire a bit deeper into UChi.

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Re: Chicago ($) vs Northwestern ($$)

Postby TaipeiMort » Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:36 am

IAFG wrote:
bearsfan23 wrote:Can anybody comment on differences in how major firms in Chicago hire from these schools? Do most firms hire deeper into the class at Chicago or are they pretty much viewed equally?

From what I have heard anecdotally, yes they hire a bit deeper into UChi.


I guess they do. People get Sidley and Kirkland from just above median (I don't know how, but they do). V50 firms hire people below median. However, a major hurdle is convincing firms that you want to be there, and aren't just burning them for a NY or DC shop. In this way, I think that a NU student at the margin (top 1/3) has an advantage in expressing interest to Chicago firms and getting a callback-- they know he is likely staying in Chicago.

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Re: Chicago ($) vs Northwestern ($$)

Postby IAFG » Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:39 am

TaipeiMort wrote:
IAFG wrote:
bearsfan23 wrote:Can anybody comment on differences in how major firms in Chicago hire from these schools? Do most firms hire deeper into the class at Chicago or are they pretty much viewed equally?

From what I have heard anecdotally, yes they hire a bit deeper into UChi.


I guess they do. People get Sidley and Kirkland from just above median (I don't know how, but they do). V50 firms hire people below median. However, a major hurdle is convincing firms that you want to be there, and aren't just burning them for a NY or DC shop. In this way, I think that a NU student at the margin (top 1/3) has an advantage in expressing interest to Chicago firms and getting a callback-- they know he is likely staying in Chicago.

FWIW I hear about median people getting KE and Sid (along with NYC V10) from NU too.

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Re: Chicago ($) vs Northwestern ($$)

Postby untar614 » Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:39 am

NoodleyOne wrote: Prepare for DAT RIGOR.


where did this joke come from? and is Chicago really supposed to be that rough?

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Re: Chicago ($) vs Northwestern ($$)

Postby Ti Malice » Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:48 am

TaipeiMort wrote:
Ti Malice wrote:Either choice is reasonable at those costs (absolute and relative). Pick your preference.

I would go with Chicago.


I think if you wanted to work in Chicago, NU would be reasonable in a relative comparison at 40k difference.


I agree. I actually had that in mind when I posted, but I didn't spell it out. I would personally value Chicago at ~$15K per year over NU for working in Chicago, but at more like $25K per year over NU for goals of working in DC.

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Re: Chicago ($) vs Northwestern ($$)

Postby bk1 » Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:50 am

I think it's a toss up. 50k is about the difference where I think you can be reasonably be justified in picking either one.

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Re: Chicago ($) vs Northwestern ($$)

Postby TaipeiMort » Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:03 am

Ti Malice wrote:
TaipeiMort wrote:
Ti Malice wrote:Either choice is reasonable at those costs (absolute and relative). Pick your preference.

I would go with Chicago.


I think if you wanted to work in Chicago, NU would be reasonable in a relative comparison at 40k difference.


I agree. I actually had that in mind when I posted, but I didn't spell it out. I would personally value Chicago at ~$15K per year over NU for working in Chicago, but at more like $25K per year over NU for goals of working in DC.


More like 150k more in value if you want DC. You can get DC from below Median at Chicago. You need much higher grades (top 20%?) to have a reasonable shot at DC. Chicago is a national school. ITE, NU is a super regional school like Berkeley and UVA.

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Re: Chicago ($) vs Northwestern ($$)

Postby bearsfan23 » Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:58 pm

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Re: Chicago ($) vs Northwestern ($$)

Postby jbagelboy » Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:59 pm

bearsfan23 wrote:Thanks for the responses guys. Before making this thread I was estimating Chicago to be worth about $45-50k more than NU for my situation, seems like this confirms it. If I had 30k more at either school this would be an easy decision since I personally feel comfortable attending either. Looks like I’ll probably choose U of C based on the greater possibility to clerk (if I end up doing well) or practice in DC being worth more to me than the extra 40k cost difference


have you submitted a scholarship review at Chicago using this NU offer?

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Re: Chicago ($) vs Northwestern ($$)

Postby bearsfan23 » Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:31 pm

jbagelboy wrote:
bearsfan23 wrote:Thanks for the responses guys. Before making this thread I was estimating Chicago to be worth about $45-50k more than NU for my situation, seems like this confirms it. If I had 30k more at either school this would be an easy decision since I personally feel comfortable attending either. Looks like I’ll probably choose U of C based on the greater possibility to clerk (if I end up doing well) or practice in DC being worth more to me than the extra 40k cost difference


have you submitted a scholarship review at Chicago using this NU offer?


Yeah, I sent in for a review last week and am waiting to hear back. I received an extension on my NU offer until this Thurs so I'm hoping Chicago gets back to me before the deadline

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Re: Chicago ($) vs Northwestern ($$)

Postby jbagelboy » Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:19 pm

bearsfan23 wrote:
jbagelboy wrote:
bearsfan23 wrote:Thanks for the responses guys. Before making this thread I was estimating Chicago to be worth about $45-50k more than NU for my situation, seems like this confirms it. If I had 30k more at either school this would be an easy decision since I personally feel comfortable attending either. Looks like I’ll probably choose U of C based on the greater possibility to clerk (if I end up doing well) or practice in DC being worth more to me than the extra 40k cost difference


have you submitted a scholarship review at Chicago using this NU offer?


Yeah, I sent in for a review last week and am waiting to hear back. I received an extension on my NU offer until this Thurs so I'm hoping Chicago gets back to me before the deadline


Okay I did the same. I sense a lot of TLSers are in the same boat.




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