NoBladesNoBows wrote:Guys, I agree with the statements about the questionability of making this decision, but OP has made it clear that his/her mind is made up. Let's actually address the question that OP asked:
To be frank neither Fordham nor WUSTL has huge national/international recognition. Sure, WUSTL's is probably better nationally, but do you want to have the option to work somewhere else, or do you want to work in NYC? If you want to do NY biglaw Fordham is your choice. There's really no solid argument against this. If you're not certain, and want to keep your options open, that would be a different discussion, but if you are set on NY it is Fordham. Look back at what I posted...WUSTL has a TEN PERCENT placement rate into NY. If you're worried about something being a problem down the line, you should be worried about the fact that WUSTL is not only going to make it more difficult to get a job in New York, but is also going to mean a significantly smaller alumni network (even moreso because Fordham is larger than WUSTL). Seriously, if you want NY biglaw, go to Fordham. That is your answer. Done.
Now just a disclaimer, I do completely agree with everyone else that either of these at sticker is a very poor decision. But ultimately it is your poor decision to make.
Firm disagree. We've been around here long enough to know that people like this are going to take any advice they agree with, and discount your minor disclaimer about you agreeing with us. If you don't think it's a good idea, tell him that. Otherwise you're just feeding him what s/he wants to hear.