Ikki wrote:Fair enough, with the economy and all, would you say Cornell is worth it at sticker price? How are you suppose to network when NYC is a 4 hour drive away?
To answer the easy question, we have various job fairs, including the August Job Fair in New York City, the biggest recruiting event of the year, where 90% of the 2Ls take off for New York City all at once one weekend. Basically in law school, if you're on the ball and if you're lucky, you're looking for employment twice: for your 1L summer and your 2L summer. Most people get firm jobs their 2L summer (75% of Cornell 2Ls or summat) and usually (hopefully) get a full-time offer from that firm.
For the 1L summer job hunt you want to work somewhere you can live for cheap/free, and do something
legal. As far as networking, I don't think being in Ithaca is a hindrance, cause you tend to apply over winter break. Myself, I sent out resumes on December 1st (the first date allowed under NALP guidelines) and had several interviews back home during winter break. If you want to work in NYC your first summer (not necessary,) then you would want to spend winter break in NYC.
For the 2L summer job hunt, go to the job fair in August, and start sending out cover letters and resumes in August. I don't think "networking" is a huge hangup, unless you don't
want a New York City job. In which case you'll have to make the effort to reach out to employers in your other chosen market. But for the most part, the employers want
Cornell students, so they have on-campus interviews here and callbacks in New York City.
To answer the hard question... If you asked 100 people, you'd get 100 different answers. I'm paying sticker, so I guess I think it's worth it. Students aren't really in a good position to answer this. Ask me again when I'm unemployed in five years and facing bankruptcy.