U Chicago $ vs Columbia $ vs NYU $$ vs Northwestern $$$ vs Cornell $$$

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U Chicago $ vs Columbia $ vs NYU $$ vs Northwestern $$$ vs Cornell $$$

Postby pleasehelpme » Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:36 pm

Dear TLS commentators,

I would like to make a decision by the end of this week and would really appreciate any advice I could get.

My options are (with total scholarships):
U Chi 30K
Columbia 45k
NYU 75k
Northwestern 120k
Cornell 126k

Career goals: private practice, corporate/biglaw and ideally a federal clerkship upon graduation.

Personal info: I just turned 32 and I am concerned about debt since I will be starting my career a little later in life. I will be financing my education with loans and for this reason, I am leaning toward the latter two. At the same time, I worry that I would be sacrificing "prestige" should I go with the cheaper options.

What do you think I should do?

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Re: U Chicago $ vs Columbia $ vs NYU $$ vs Northwestern $$$ vs Cornell $$$

Postby beinghuman » Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:26 pm

NU might be the best option for you here. I don't know if the difference in money is worth the difference in prestige.

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Re: U Chicago $ vs Columbia $ vs NYU $$ vs Northwestern $$$ vs Cornell $$$

Postby IPProf » Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:30 pm

It is not worth 90k to have slightly better clerkship prospects, particularly not given your age and your desire for fairly normal biglaw jobs. I think this comes down to whether you want to live in Chicago or Ithaca for three years and where you want to practice after.



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