Here's the data, you decide.
NU, Last 3 Years Combined:
Federal Circuit = 45
Federal District = 59
Chicago, Last 3 Years Combined
Federal Circuit = 78
Federal District = 46
Consider that NU has had much larger classes than Chicago over the last three years. The gap is shrinking as NU cuts back, but even ignoring difference in class size, I think there is an indisputable takeaway: Chicago students have a MUCH better chance of snagging a federal circuit clerkship (and of course, also a federal district clerkship, as every one of the 78 could have gone to a district court).
Now, if OP doesn't care about clerking, then this is moot. But considering how many students who get into Chicago do care about clerking, it's probably relevant, and if OP wants advice, I don't think NU is obviously the right answer. In fact, I think OP should default to Chicago even at $$$ difference unless he/she is satisfied NU won't close any doors. But the point remains: it's a tough choice.
Mal Reynolds wrote: orbotop wrote:
i can't agree with the near unanimous opinion to chose NU w 150k over Chicago. if your goals include clerking (especially federal) and/or academia, i don't think you can default to NU. id go so far as to say you can't even reasonably choose NU. if you are interested in big law and happy to live in chicago, then NU is tcr. i presume the consensus is because most people identify with the latter (or think most 0Ls identify with the latter).
anon369 wrote:Can you make a convincing case to choose Chicago (almost sticker) over full tuition scholarship at Northwestern/Georgetown?
There is only a 3% difference in out clerking scores (10% v. 7%) that's not a smart reason to choose one or the other. And lol at academia.