Cornell offered me a 90k scholly this week. Now, I'm having a tough time deciding between Cornell and Michigan (54k) now. The total difference over 3yrs will be ~20k. I haven't had an opportunity to visit Cornell and the offer expires in 8 days. Here are my questions:
1. While Cornell is clearly a national school (Ivy name is prestigious anywhere), there seems to be a strong bias for the NYC market. I'm primarily interested interested in the CA market with a strong preference for NorCal. Do you know any classmates trying to get back to the Best Coast? How easy is it to do this? Are there a lot of CA firms at OCI (I see 57 on LSN but the data is old)?
2. I have heard that the class selection at Cornell is limited by the small size. Have any of you had difficulty finding classes in your area of interest?
3. I have heard mixed things about the law school culture. Namely, Cornell has a reputation for being especially studious (I know you've covered this point but bear with me) and more intense than other elite schools. I am not a very competitive person by nature (I don't feel competitive with my classmates). Is this widespread? Is it a very small subset of gunners that tend to give the school this reputation? Or, outright false?
I found out alot about all of this during ASW
1. Dean Derosa said the large amount going to NYC is due to self-selection. There is actually a large portion of grads who go to Cali. I know you wanted NorCal, but there is a job fair in LA JUST for Cornell students. The school puts on the fair ( also in DC, NYC, Chicago, and somewhere else I believe)
2. I guess I don't know 100% look at the Cornell book you got. It has a listing of all the courses. It seems to be business heavy, but def not restricted
3. The current students at ASW said that in general the culture IS laid back, but that they DO have a handful of gunners that everyone roles their eyes at. The current students also said they hang out together quite a bit