Justathought wrote:Can you talk about possible reasons to choose Cardozo over Brooklyn? For the sake of this discussion let's assume the money is equal. I like Cardozo a lot, and its location is certainly awesome, but Brooklyn's long established history and corresponding alumni base are attractive to me.
Also, Brooklyn seems to have one of the best housing situations in the nation; I like the idea of living close (walking distance) to campus for practical reasons, do students who choose to live close by struggle with the cost given that Cardozo seems to have limited subsidized housing options?
To be honest, the difference between Brooklyn and Cardozo is minimal. The tuition is the same at both schools. Cardozo has a "dorm" (its more like an apt building) - the Alabama. There is more than enough space in the building for every student that wants to live there. I don't know if anyone that lives there is subsidized. But rent is extremely cheap for Manhattan. The building is two blocks from the school. (I believe Brooklyn's dorms are 5 blocks from the school). And Cardozo aside, the dorm is in an amazing neighborhood.
Cardozo's alumni base is smaller, but very, very committed. There's at least one alumni networking event every week. I can't attest to how active Brooklyn's alumni base is.
The main difference I've seen is that Brooklyn is well established in the public sector. Alumni work in all levels of gov't, in almost every court, and for numerous non-profits. Cardozo has a solid public sector alumni base, but probably not as strong.
Cardozo's strength by far is its intellectual property and corporate/commercial/business law programs. Also, Cardozo seems to be a spring board for young, smart law professors. (its difficult to explain the importance of a good law professor to 0Ls, but just know that it makes a HUGE difference) Many professors teach at the school for a few years before launching careers at Harvard, Yale or other top schools. That being said, I'm sure Brooklyn has amazing professors as well - I just can't speak to them.