BeastCoastHype wrote:a) Columbia Law School drops jaws/pops eyeballs as much as you need it to. Telling people you go to CLS is meaningful on it's own. It's not like a scholarship at Berkeley or UVA where you have to explain exactly how good it is when talking to a layperson. Columbia is ultra prestigious in its own right.
Fair point re: the state schools. But a lay prestige argument is a strange choice here, what with Harvard being in its own stratosphere in this particular category. It handily trumps Yale, even, among the lay folk. Why didn't OP apply to Yale, again?
BeastCoastHype wrote:c) Do you know how awesome it will be not to have debt? You can do WHATEVER YOU WANT. There are plenty of clerks from both schools, and many appellate lawyers as well. If you want to do public interest work, you can do so comfortably. If you want to make money, you can immediately start investing. Imagine how much sooner you can retire/how much better your life will be if you immediately start investing in property etc. when you start working.
Hamilton is full tuition, right? So he's still got to pay cost of living, and in NYC that'll be on the high end of the spectrum and OP will still be looking at like $75,000 in debt, since those three years are spent in school and not working to offset the living costs. That's more than just pennies.