mcweanis wrote:i am having buyer's remorse (for turning down CLS and its fancy name..) tell me wonderful thing about nyu!!! stat!
I chose NYU over CLS at equal money. I am 98% likely to do corporate law of some variety.
As a non-traditional student, I have a whole background I bring to this gig. When I talked with people at NYU (specifically OCS and the profs who lead up the Law and Business program), they were very clear that they had dealt with students like me before and understood that I had special needs with respect to recruiting. That there would be certain firms that would be inappropriate, because of the way they assigned work internally and how they "handled" associates; then certain firms that might be particularly attractive, because they would actually want to leverage my business experience. They made clear to me that there would be opportunities for me to capitalize on my background during my second and third year if I sought them out. The whole message was very reassuring.
At CLS I wasn't able to draw any of that out when I talked to people. It's possible I didn't try hard enough. But everyone said "the Columbia name will open doors for you." Which is a marketing gimmick I don't need to hear - I wanted to hear about concrete professional development mechanisms for people with business backgrounds. So in a way, the "name" thing was actually a central problem. I don't have a problem making my own way out there, but if the difference comes down to two T6 schools, I'd rather have the institutional support than the "name." Given all of this, if I was straight out of undergrad, I very well might have taken CLS specifically because of the name.
Related to all this is a sense I got that the NYU corporate program was a bit more "progressive," with the seminars they run jointly with the business schools. Differentiating the two programs was in the end basically not really possible for me - both have professors with who I'd like to work, and interesting clinical opportunities. In the end you have to end up above median at either school no matter what, so these are details on some level.
I'm also basically anti- at heart, and don't like the Ivy League prestige thing. I know that's at odds with me going into corporate law, but I've heard it all before and you can all go take a piss.