Bankhead wrote:Spoonmanners wrote:tylt13 wrote:Does anyone know if there is any realistic chance of getting to NYC after graduation with a degree from IU? They offered me a full-tuition scholarship, and my only hesitation in taking it is that I will be trapped in the Midwest after graduation, where I have lived my whole life. On the other hand, I am scared to turn down 120,000 in scholarship to attend Michigan if I have almost no scholarship there, even though I know my chances for NYC are much better.
Anyone who has any experience with NYC OCI firms, let me know what you think.
Nice undergrad GPA LSN member! Congrats on that scholarship. They placed reasonably well into NY, but I don't have the stats with me. If you get the top of the class, it should not be very difficult to get to New York if you put some effort towards it. But it's also hard to say how the market will be in 3.5 years. Even NYU and Columbia are having their OCI programs cut in half, and they are in the middle of NYC.
I would say that in order to turn down a full scholarship, you have to be certain with what you want to do. You can't be too angry about getting out of law school with no debt. Or you could play it safe, take the spot at Indy, make top of the class, and transfer out, saving yourself $30K. Not only that, you could figure out if you could do well at a more competitive school, and if not, you still have a full scholarship.
This doesn't sound safe at all. It sounds positively dangerous. You assume it would be (much) easier to get to the top of the class at IU than Michigan. I disagree. People at IU know they need to get to the top of the class in order to have top opportunities. It's quite cut throat, despite the fact that some will tell you it isn't.
I do agree that Michigan is the choice here, however I have a feeling even Michigan is probably very competitive with the economy as it is.
And while IU is very competitive, outwardly I find that everyone is very cordial and nice and there isn't that awful dog eat dog atmosphere, at least I dont think its expressed.
OP: if you want no debt and a chance at a solid job IU is a good choice, however if you went NYC and big law its really a no-brainer to go to Michigan.