Columbia vs. Duke

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Columbia vs. Duke

Columbia (Loans of 191k)
47
84%
Duke (Loans of 158k)
8
14%
Neither :(
1
2%
 
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Dr_OIT
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Columbia vs. Duke

Postby Dr_OIT » Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:44 pm

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Re: Columbia 90k vs. Duke 105k

Postby jpark86 » Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:53 pm

First of all, congratulations on these amazing financial aid offers!

From what you described above, you seem keen on getting into Big Law? If that's the case, I highly suggest Columbia. Because 80% of the people end up working for NYC law firms, CLS' career services office is well known for bending over backwards to make sure the students end up at the firms they want. Even people around the median at CLS end up at decent V25 firms. On the other hand, it maybe tougher landing a better job at Duke at median. But that being said, my friend at Duke who was just above median is doing IP law here in the city. So I guess there is no set formula per say...

But in summary, if you want more of a "safety net," choose CLS. If not, take the Duke offer with more $$$.

Once again congrats!!

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Re: Columbia 90k vs. Duke 105k

Postby Dr_OIT » Fri Apr 07, 2017 4:18 pm

jpark86 wrote:First of all, congratulations on these amazing financial aid offers!

From what you described above, you seem keen on getting into Big Law? If that's the case, I highly suggest Columbia. Because 80% of the people end up working for NYC law firms, CLS' career services office is well known for bending over backwards to make sure the students end up at the firms they want. Even people around the median at CLS end up at decent V25 firms. On the other hand, it maybe tougher landing a better job at Duke at median. But that being said, my friend at Duke who was just above median is doing IP law here in the city. So I guess there is no set formula per say...

But in summary, if you want more of a "safety net," choose CLS. If not, take the Duke offer with more $$$.

Once again congrats!!


Thanks! Yes, whether biglaw or midlaw, the goal is to go into the private sector. *Maybe* a clerkship, but it's unlikely I'd go into PI.

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Re: Columbia 90k vs. Duke 105k

Postby proteinshake » Fri Apr 07, 2017 4:35 pm

since you love Columbia, Columbia. the COA difference isn't big enough to where going to C would be a dumb move.

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Re: Columbia 90k vs. Duke 105k

Postby palalc » Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:52 pm

Can I ask, stats?

I'm eagerly awaiting my Columbia aid offer.

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Re: Columbia 90k vs. Duke 105k

Postby SUPERCHEF » Sat Apr 08, 2017 8:48 am

palalc wrote:Can I ask, stats?

I'm eagerly awaiting my Columbia aid offer.

Curious about this as well.

Congrats on the amazing offer, btw! Personally I think you'd be completely justified in taking Columbia over Duke, their biglaw placement is unreal. I've known a few students who were unhappy socially there but if you visited and you liked it, I don't see any reason why it wouldn't work out well for you.

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Re: Columbia 90k vs. Duke 105k

Postby Toni V » Sat Apr 08, 2017 11:16 am

Columbia, unless Atlanta BL is your target….Duke would save you some tuition debt and provide you a significant COL upside.

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Re: Columbia 90k vs. Duke 105k

Postby Dr_OIT » Mon Apr 10, 2017 1:20 am

Toni V wrote:Columbia, unless Atlanta BL is your target….Duke would save you some tuition debt and provide you a significant COL upside.


Thanks, Toni. Atlanta BL is definitely *not* my target :). I grew up in the South and don't really anticipate heading back. I currently live in NYC, and the goal is to practice in NYC (at least at the start).

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Re: Columbia 90k vs. Duke 105k

Postby jbagelboy » Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:57 pm

Columbia. For your goals, especially Columbia.




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