CLS sticker or Vandy half-tuition?

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CLS sticker or Vandy half-tuition?

Postby gizmo1024 » Fri Mar 24, 2017 10:54 pm

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Re: CLS sticker or Vandy half-tuition?

Postby zot1 » Fri Mar 24, 2017 10:59 pm

Neither.

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Re: CLS sticker or Vandy half-tuition?

Postby 01panm » Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:12 pm

For what it's worth, I have essentially the same options and I'm almost certainly going to pick Columbia.

Vanderbilt does have a higher clerkship rate than Columbia. I suspect it's due to self-selection of top Columbia students into firms, but the numbers do say that. But I would say that the clerkship rate isn't too important for you because 1) it's so low (<10%) anyways, and 2) your plan was to work in biglaw eventually. Columbia's biglaw placement is obviously vastly superior, and that kind of security is something that I value.

It boils down to $330k COA at Columbia and ~$200k COA at Vanderbilt. Even without the Columbia offer, I don't think I'd be comfortable taking out $200k for Vanderbilt to begin with. At least for Columbia, you're essentially buying a biglaw guarantee. That mitigation of risk is worth a lot imo.

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Re: CLS sticker or Vandy half-tuition?

Postby Npret » Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:15 pm

01panm wrote:For what it's worth, I have essentially the same options and I'm almost certainly going to pick Columbia.

Vanderbilt does have a higher clerkship rate than Columbia. I suspect it's due to self-selection of top Columbia students into firms, but the numbers do say that. But I would say that the clerkship rate isn't too important for you because 1) it's so low (<10%) anyways, and 2) your plan was to work in biglaw eventually. Columbia's biglaw placement is obviously vastly superior, and that kind of security is something that I value.

It boils down to $330k COA at Columbia and ~$200k COA at Vanderbilt. Even without the Columbia offer, I don't think I'd be comfortable taking out $200k for Vanderbilt to begin with. At least for Columbia, you're essentially buying a biglaw guarantee. That mitigation of risk is worth a lot imo.


No this is bad. Don't mortgage your future for big law. I know there is a zero chance you listen, but I'm putting it out there.

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Re: CLS sticker or Vandy half-tuition?

Postby goldenbear2020 » Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:37 pm

Neither is a great option financially, but between the two I'd pick CLS.

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Re: CLS sticker or Vandy half-tuition?

Postby runinthefront » Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:38 pm

Neither is a great option financially, but between the two I'd pick Vanderbilt.
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Re: CLS sticker or Vandy half-tuition?

Postby kingpin101 » Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:41 pm

Neither is a great option financially, but between the two I'd pick death.

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Re: CLS sticker or Vandy half-tuition?

Postby UVA2B » Sat Mar 25, 2017 12:01 am

Your goals and options don't seem exactly coherent. You want to clerk, go into Biglaw, and end up doing personal injury and product liability? This can be done at Biglaw firms, but still seems weird to me.

Regardless, none of that debt is worthwhile to me. Find a way to cut down those costs before you go to any law school.

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Re: CLS sticker or Vandy half-tuition?

Postby malibustacy » Sat Mar 25, 2017 1:14 am

Anything in between? Cornell? UTAustin? Neither Columbia nor Vanderbilt is worth 200,000+ a debt load.

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Re: CLS sticker or Vandy half-tuition?

Postby cavalier1138 » Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:45 am

0Ls, please stop focusing on clerkship goals. No matter where you go, you need to place very well in your class to get a clerkship. The only difference is that the GPA cutoffs get slightly lower as you get higher in the rankings.

You can't plan on getting a good clerkship from anywhere, and you certainly shouldn't be selecting a school based on a one-year temporary gig.

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Re: CLS sticker or Vandy half-tuition?

Postby gizmo1024 » Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:16 am

malibustacy wrote:Anything in between? Cornell? UTAustin? Neither Columbia nor Vanderbilt is worth 200,000+ a debt load.


UT was my first choice, but it's been radio silence from them. I think I'm headed for a WL/rejection. I was also accepted to Cornell, but I haven't received scholarship info from them yet.

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Re: CLS sticker or Vandy half-tuition?

Postby gizmo1024 » Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:19 am

01panm wrote:For what it's worth, I have essentially the same options and I'm almost certainly going to pick Columbia.

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Re: CLS sticker or Vandy half-tuition?

Postby Justtrying2help » Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:20 am

I would select CLS or don't go. You can virtually guarantee yourself biglaw at CLS while there are no guarantees with Vandy. Debt is gonna be high and suck either way in your situation. Vandy is only a good deal if it leaves you under 100k in debt.

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Re: CLS sticker or Vandy half-tuition?

Postby Mikey » Sun Mar 26, 2017 9:44 am

gizmo1024 wrote:
malibustacy wrote:Anything in between? Cornell? UTAustin? Neither Columbia nor Vanderbilt is worth 200,000+ a debt load.


UT was my first choice, but it's been radio silence from them. I think I'm headed for a WL/rejection. I was also accepted to Cornell, but I haven't received scholarship info from them yet.

Wait and see what UT does and if Cornell gives you any money before making any decisions



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