T3TON wrote:bretby wrote:dm1683 wrote:Don't know why OP wouldn't just take the full ride at UT/$$$ at UVA/Duke and work in Texas biglaw. If one wants to be rich, 190k in Houston with no student loans is probably one of the best possible outcomes.
If NYC or bust, Cornell would be a great choice. They would give you a full ride or close to it and as long as you don't royally screw up grades-wise you'd be in at an NYC firm. And even if you were in the 30 percent or so that failed to get biglaw, the lack of debt would make it tolerable.
I don't get the YHS answer at all, given the article below, and Cornell is even less defensible.
http://www.vault.com/blog/vaults-law-bl ... er_ID=7778
Your article answers that:
"Yale doesn’t make the top ten not because BigLaw firms don’t want to hire Yale grads, but because they often make careers outside of BigLaw (for instance in academia)."
That reduces supply and increases demand for Yale grads in big law.
Again this discussion presumes the costs are equal between schools. Cornell was recommended because it often gives good scholarships to high-scoring applicants and still has a respectable big law placement rate in New York.
I understand why Yale was not on the list. My point was that given the rankings, if the goal is NYC Biglaw, Fordham is a better bet than Cornell, and BC and BU are not far behind. Presumably someone who could get a big scholarship at Cornell could also get a better scholarship at those three schools. Plus in general it seems crazy to me to go to Harvard or Stanford without significant financial aid if all you want is NYC BigLaw, but maybe that's just me.