NYU vs Duke$$

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NYU vs Duke

NYU sticker
6
15%
Duke 81K scholarship
34
85%
 
Total votes: 40

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NYU vs Duke$$

Postby 2017LawChoices » Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:35 pm

Hi All,

I would really appreciate some advice on choosing between schools.

My goal is Big Law, at least initially (I would prefer to practice in NY, but location isn't that big of deal). I'm considering government (DOJ) or in-house after my loans are paid off. I would definitely like to do a clerkship, if possible. I've saved a fair amount from working and my parents can help some during my 3L year. My options are basically down to:

NYU: Sticker. Debt at graduation $137,000.
Duke: $81,000 scholarship. Debt at graduation $42,000. (would need to buy a car, which somewhat reduces CoL advantage)

For what it's worth, I'm a splitter LSAT: 170 & GPA 3.65 (It's more extreme than it looks, since my GPA for my second 2 years of undergrad was a 3.94)

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Re: NYU vs Duke$$

Postby UVA2B » Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:42 pm

How are you doing these COA calculations? How is sticker at NYU only $137k? You're leaving something out here to explain that debt.

That being said, if these numbers are accurate for whatever reason, I'd vote Duke at $42k, but both options are defensible. NYU gives you more opportunities to end up in NY, but Duke can absolutely put you there for much cheaper.

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Re: NYU vs Duke$$

Postby 2017LawChoices » Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:47 pm

137K would be my debt at graduation. Obviously the full NYU sticker price is much higher, but I'd be paying for a large amount with my savings and with my parent's help.

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Re: NYU vs Duke$$

Postby existentialcrisis » Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:55 pm

Duke for sure.

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Re: NYU vs Duke$$

Postby proteinshake » Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:56 pm

so for both schools would you pretty much be draining your savings then owing the amounts listed in the poll?

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Re: NYU vs Duke$$

Postby 2017LawChoices » Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:58 pm

so for both schools would you pretty much be draining your savings then owing the amounts listed in the poll?


Exactly. Sorry if that wasn't clear in my original post.

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Re: NYU vs Duke$$

Postby existentialcrisis » Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:52 pm

I would love to have the 3 NYU votes explain why they think NYU is worth 100k more than Duke for someone with NYC biglaw goals. That just seems ridiculous to me.

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Re: NYU vs Duke$$

Postby Npret » Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:56 pm

proteinshake wrote:so for both schools would you pretty much be draining your savings then owing the amounts listed in the poll?


OP you should include what you are paying out of pocket to give actual COA. But no way is NYU worth 6 figures more than Duke for biglaw.

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Re: NYU vs Duke$$

Postby Hikikomorist » Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:58 pm

Is retaking an option? With a couple more points, couldn't OP expect $120k+ from Duke?

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Re: NYU vs Duke$$

Postby proteinshake » Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:09 pm

Hikikomorist wrote:Is retaking an option? With a couple more points, couldn't OP expect $120k+ from Duke?

with a 3.65 GPA, that ain't happening unless OP can negotiate Duke up using other offers.

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Re: NYU vs Duke$$

Postby jbagelboy » Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:48 am

Duke.

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Re: NYU vs Duke$$

Postby Rigo » Wed Apr 05, 2017 10:39 am

Duke. That's a sweet debt load for a biglaw salary. Enjoy.

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Re: NYU vs Duke$$

Postby Mikey » Wed Apr 05, 2017 10:47 am

if the COA is right, then duke



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