Mason (GMU) $$ vs Northwestern $

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Danny Boyo
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Mason (GMU) $$ vs Northwestern $

Postby Danny Boyo » Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:48 pm

Hi all,

I was accepted at a few schools, but I am looking mostly at George Mason University School of Law and Northwestern Law.
Rankings and job prospects for BigLaw employment tilt my decision heavily towards Northwestern, but I like to make informed decisions and not take things for granted.

I would only do two years at NU instead of three (foreign attorney naturalized US citizen, god bless America). However, I currently live very close to Mason and could claim Virginia residency (putting their tuition at $24,623). I could conceivably go to Mason at near zero cost for housing and so the total cost would be a little over $ 76,000.00.

At NU, I am looking at 122,000.00 price tag (Chicago is expensive).
Mason does well with government jobs and that is something that interests me but I think I would have a more varied and better paying jobs at Northwestern (assuming I do the right things, grades, network, work my ass off).
Plus, I like Northwestern's "vibe" more than Mason's, but maybe that is because I live close to Mason and got used to NoVa's vibe.

So… what U guys and ladies think?

Thanks a lot in advance.

Cheers

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Re: Mason (GMU) $$ vs Northwestern $

Postby NoodleyOne » Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:49 pm

This is not close at all. NU all the way.

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Re: Mason (GMU) $$ vs Northwestern $

Postby WokeUpInACar » Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:49 pm

This is not even slightly close, go to Northwestern.

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Re: Mason (GMU) $$ vs Northwestern $

Postby Cobretti » Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:18 pm

If I hadn't seen you active in the NU waiting thread for months now, I would think this was a troll post.

NU

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Re: Mason (GMU) $$ vs Northwestern $

Postby Doorkeeper » Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:23 pm

NoodleyOne wrote:This is not close at all. NU all the way.

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Re: Mason (GMU) $$ vs Northwestern $

Postby patrickd139 » Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:38 pm

WokeUpInACar wrote:This is not even slightly close, go to Northwestern.

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Re: Mason (GMU) $$ vs Northwestern $

Postby PRgradBYU » Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:40 pm

Danny Boyo wrote:Hi all,

I was accepted at a few schools, but I am looking mostly at George Mason University School of Law and Northwestern Law.
Rankings and job prospects for BigLaw employment tilt my decision heavily towards Northwestern, but I like to make informed decisions and not take things for granted.

I would only do two years at NU instead of three (foreign attorney naturalized US citizen, god bless America). However, I currently live very close to Mason and could claim Virginia residency (putting their tuition at $24,623). I could conceivably go to Mason at near zero cost for housing and so the total cost would be a little over $ 76,000.00.

At NU, I am looking at 122,000.00 price tag (Chicago is expensive).
Mason does well with government jobs and that is something that interests me but I think I would have a more varied and better paying jobs at Northwestern (assuming I do the right things, grades, network, work my ass off).
Plus, I like Northwestern's "vibe" more than Mason's, but maybe that is because I live close to Mason and got used to NoVa's vibe.

So… what U guys and ladies think?

Thanks a lot in advance.

Cheers


Most definitely NU.

Cobretti wrote:If I hadn't seen you active in the NU waiting thread for months now, I would think this was a troll post.

NU


Haha. Two law schools on very different sides of the spectrum, huh?

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Re: Mason (GMU) $$ vs Northwestern $

Postby hephaestus » Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:42 pm

Doorkeeper wrote:
NoodleyOne wrote:This is not close at all. NU all the way.

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Re: Mason (GMU) $$ vs Northwestern $

Postby Ti Malice » Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:45 pm

Danny Boyo wrote:Mason does well with government jobs and that is something that interests me


Municipal government, maybe.

This is not even a question.

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Re: Mason (GMU) $$ vs Northwestern $

Postby 09042014 » Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:47 pm

How does Two Year JD recruiting go? That is a big wild card for me. If most get Big Law, northwestern is a great choice.

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Re: Mason (GMU) $$ vs Northwestern $

Postby Danny Boyo » Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:54 pm

Cobretti wrote:If I hadn't seen you active in the NU waiting thread for months now, I would think this was a troll post.

NU


Hahaha, good point. I'm just debt adverse and want to make sound decisions. I submitted my deposit to NU today. Go Wildcats!

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Danny Boyo
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Re: Mason (GMU) $$ vs Northwestern $

Postby Danny Boyo » Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:56 pm

Desert Fox wrote:How does Two Year JD recruiting go? That is a big wild card for me. If most get Big Law, northwestern is a great choice.


I can take part of OCI before I start classes. I am aware of the recruiting cycle, and maybe I can compensate by networking harder, making a good impression on employers etc. What do you think?

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Re: Mason (GMU) $$ vs Northwestern $

Postby rickgrimes69 » Tue Apr 23, 2013 11:02 pm

patrickd139 wrote:
WokeUpInACar wrote:This is not even slightly close, go to Northwestern.

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Re: Mason (GMU) $$ vs Northwestern $

Postby Danny Boyo » Tue Apr 23, 2013 11:06 pm

Thanks everyone for the overwhelming input. I guess I was getting a little paranoid over debt. But I am 100% sold on NU.




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