Desert Fox wrote:FloridaCoastalorbust wrote:DF: 165k at NU, or 50k at UChi? Short term career goals are biglaw for 2 years. Long-term is lawyer in politics and maybe academia if I win law school. I have sufficient connections in the arcane political areas where I hope to eventually practice that make the prestige difference between UChi and NU probably a moot point (small political firms that specialize in 1st/5th/14th amendment stuff, which care far less about prestige than demonstrated interest and connections, which I have throughout undergrad and 3 years post-grad) . I'm 95% committed to NU, but think I would regret not going to UChi when I'm 50, when the $115k difference would be probably negligible. I conservatively average my salary over my 45 year career at $100k/yr, which is $4.5 mil pre-tax. So that makes the $115k tuition difference seem especially negligible. Also, my S/O will have a PhD and make six figs until she retires. Also, I should have sufficient connections to get an interesting job (paying 80k/yr + annual bonuses) if I am below median after law school graduation. I sound like I'm ahead of myself in terms of estimating my career chances but don't have the time or energy to justify my confidence in this post.
Thats 115k at what 7%? Thats a lot more than just 115k.
You also have to look at what the difference gets you. Probably nothing in this case.
Mostly the intellectual erection of going to the same institution where some greats in law and philosophy/economics flourish(ed) -- hayek, friedman, nussbaum, leiter, posner, epstein, etc.
UC is an institution and NU is a jobs mill. When I die I'd rather be a part of an institution, nawmean?