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Yale or NYU

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 1:49 pm
by missruffian
I know, this one seems like a no-brainer. All my friends and family seem to think so. But I have several reasons for considering choosing NYU over Yale, so hear me out. 1) I'm 95% set on public interest international law 2) NYU's international law program is much better than Yale's 3) NYC is obviously the best place to be for international law 4) I applied for the Root-Tilden-Kern and IILJ scholarships at NYU and 5) I'm not interested in academia.

However, Yale has the best overall law program, the no grades system is awesome, the student body is incredibly smart and supportive, the faculty is super accessible, and the connections I gain there could open doors that NYU can't.

Many of you will probably ask me to come back after I've heard back about the scholarships, but that's not practical. The RTK interview is at the end of March, and if I get it, I will have three days to decide. I don't want to wait until then to ask y'all for help, so please consider two scenarios: 1) RTK/full ride at NYU and 2) no RTK.

Some relevant information: I will not be receiving financial aid from either institution. Neither will I be taking out loans -- my parents are covering my tuition. I've also gotten in to Michigan ($90k) and UChicago (haven't received scholarship information), but I don't want to go to either, unless one of you can convince me otherwise.

Re: Yale or NYU

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 2:04 pm
by The Dark Shepard
Parents covering tuition at Yale?

Hell no to turning that down ever.

Re: Yale or NYU

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 2:05 pm
by bjsesq
The Dark Shepard wrote:Parents covering tuition at Yale?

Hell no to turning that down ever.

If I got a full ride at NYU, fuck Yale.

Re: Yale or NYU

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 2:07 pm
by middlebear
I think maybe if you got an RTK that'd be reason to choose NYU, but I don't think "better international law program" is really a valid reason to not go to Yale.

Re: Yale or NYU

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 2:17 pm
by Skool
Yale is the gift that keeps giving.

RTK is brand name credibility too, but you're still striving with the plebes for grades and opportunities.

With Yale (I imagine) there's a relief in knowing you are never in danger of abject failure. As one dean used to say to new admits "my friends, you are off the treadmill now".

Re: Yale or NYU

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 2:21 pm
by downbeat14
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Re: Yale or NYU

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 2:25 pm
by yngblkgifted
OP is indeed cray.

Re: Yale or NYU

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 2:27 pm
by Skool
downbeat14 wrote:Isn't RTK a public interest thing? So you'll go to NYU but be committed to doing PI for 10 years or have to pay it back?

Dude if you want PI go to Yale duh and get the best LRAP program out there. You cray
Except that she'll never use LRAP because her parents are covering cost.

OP, the only way you should choose RTK or NYU is if you have significant personal reasons for being in NYC. If not, go to Yale.

Re: Yale or NYU

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 2:29 pm
by downbeat14
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Re: Yale or NYU

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 2:36 pm
by Ron Don Volante
yngblkgifted wrote:OP is indeed cray.

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Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 3:12 pm
by gamerish
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Re: Yale or NYU

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 3:17 pm
by ballcaps
OP goes to yale

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Re: Yale or NYU

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 3:27 pm
by foamborn
nyu's clinics are supposedly the best. i dunno about international law, though. yalies are afforded pretty unique international opportunities from wut i can tell.

Re: Yale or NYU

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 3:37 pm
by kfh37
I'd go with Yale. Yale has the Lowenstein Clinic. I believe you can participate second semester of 1L year. There are fellowships available for after graduation. Even without your parents paying, I'd pick Yale over RTK. The grading system really leaves you free to devote your time to what interests you.

Re: Yale or NYU

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 3:53 pm
by missruffian
For those of you saying I'm crazy for not picking Yale...reasons? Sources?

Because I just spoke to a current Yale 3L who told me that Yale's international law program is not comparable to NYU's. She said that the international law faculty at Yale is focused on national security. That's not what I want to do.

Yes, I know that there are international law/human rights clinics and journals, but NYU has many more.

And maybe I should have included this piece of information: the money is coming from my parents, but it's in my name. So if I went to NYU with an RTK, I'd graduate with around $300k in the bank. If I went to Yale, there'd be $0.

I'm only defending NYU because you guys seem to be on board with Yale. To be honest, I'm really split 50-50.

Re: Yale or NYU

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 3:58 pm
by Skool
But you can do Yale and keep your 300k.

Step 1: Go to yale
Step 2: Do PI for 10 Years
Step 3: Use Yale LRAP welfare
Step 4: Cash out debt with PSLF
Step 5: 300k profit. (just arrange custody and control of your 300k in such a way that it's not technically yours but still accessible to you).

Re: Yale or NYU

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:01 pm
by ManoftheHour
The Dark Shepard wrote:Parents covering tuition at Yale?

Hell no to turning that down ever.

This. If not, the other choice would be understandable.

Re: Yale or NYU

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:02 pm
by missruffian
Skool wrote:(just arrange custody and control of your 300k in such a way that it's not technically yours but still accessible to you).


Not possible. It's an education fund in my name. Nobody can touch it. Hell, I can't even access it for things other than education until I'm 25.

Re: Yale or NYU

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:04 pm
by ManoftheHour
Did not read the part about $300k in the bank. Fuck Yale.
ETA: I would be 60-40 split. Yale is still Yale and with no debt...

Re: Yale or NYU

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:05 pm
by AreJay711
missruffian wrote: So if I went to NYU with an RTK, I'd graduate with around $300k in the bank.


You single?

Seriously though, that makes a huge difference. Based on what you've said willing to bet the international law education from NYU is better. But International law is pretty squishy so that doesn't matter. Clinics are overrated. Yale is Yale and you can make your own in roads into the international law community. The money matters though -- you'll be able to take a job paying peanuts for a few years and still live comfortably or jump at a risky opportunity that other people couldn't. I'd go to NYU.

Re: Yale or NYU

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:07 pm
by A. Nony Mouse
I'd go to NYU if it meant I got to keep $300k.

If no full-ride at NYU, sure, Yale. But if you get the scholarship, NYU all the way. Spending $300k you'd otherwise get to keep just for the Yale name is what's cray. If you can't succeed coming out of NYU in those circumstances I really doubt Yale is going to make the crucial difference.

Re: Yale or NYU

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:08 pm
by missruffian
ManoftheHour wrote:ETA: I would be 60-40 split. Yale is still Yale and with no debt...


60-40 split in favor of which?

Right now I'm 60-40 in favor of Yale, with no final word on RTK yet. But with the RTK, I'd be 50-50.

Re: Yale or NYU

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:10 pm
by Skool
K. I finally hear you Op.

RTK and 300K in your pocket is a pretty good deal. I'd probably take RTK.

You have less of a chance of being a SCOTUS clerk, but plenty of RTKs have awesome careers still.

Re: Yale or NYU

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:11 pm
by LoganCouture
A. Nony Mouse wrote:I'd go to NYU if it meant I got to keep $300k.

If no full-ride at NYU, sure, Yale. But if you get the scholarship, NYU all the way. Spending $300k you'd otherwise get to keep just for the Yale name is what's cray. If you can't succeed coming out of NYU in those circumstances I really doubt Yale is going to make the crucial difference.


+1

Re: Yale or NYU

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:11 pm
by withoutapaddle
Step 1: Go to yale
Step 2: Do PI for 10 Years
Step 3: Use Yale LRAP welfare
Step 4: Cash out debt with PSLF
Step 5: 300k profit. (just arrange custody and control of your 300k in such a way that it's not technically yours but still accessible to you).


Have your parents open a seperate account with their name on it. Have them give you the debit card to the accout. Winning