Ehhh, will have to re-calculate, but it's about $150k from Cornell in scholarship money, $105-$115k from NU.
Cost of attendance would be financed via loans.
LSAT 171 (taken once), GPA 3.9X. K-JD. Non-URM.
Still waiting to hear if Penn will give me any money (I haven't heard anything since I got accepted except that I wouldn't be receiving any need-based aid, so that's discouraging), and I'm still hoping Berkeley pulls through with a matching scholarship.
I wouldn't mind practicing either in New York or Illinois, and both seem to have decent connections to California.
On the one hand, Cornell seems really nice, and having almost all of my tuition paid for makes it incredibly enticing. On the other, Northwestern seems really attractive, especially given my circumstances (being accepted as a K-JD in addition to receiving a really generous amount of money), and it seems to have less regional competition (Chicago is a Big Deal, but Cornell in the northeast also has to deal with NYU and Columbia, let alone places like Harvard).
I want a reason to say Northwestern, but the Cornell offer is incredibly tempting. Ideally, Berkeley just offers me All The Money and I don't have to worry about this, but I wouldn't bet on it. NYU also offered me about $65k~ in merit scholarship, but I don't think they'll up it from that even if I showed them these.