birdlaw117 wrote:dpk711 wrote:mst wrote:What kind of law are you looking towards?
I'm not absolutely sure yet, but I do want to keep the option of biglaw at a major city (LA, NY, DC) open.
I'm not 100% sure about this, but I think Penn and NYU place very similarly into just about every market. I'm sure NYU has an advantage in NYC, but I wouldn't be surprised if Penn outplaced NYU in many other markets.
Someone correct me if I'm wrong about this.
Personally, I would take NYU, but that is because of the programs at NYU and the opportunity to live and go to school in Manhattan. I don't think there is a clear winner here. Two reasonable people could definitely come up with a different, rational decision.
IIRC, Penn outplaced NYU on the NLJ250. Penn had 53.31% of their 2010 graduates take associate positions at NLJ250 firms (4th place behind Chicago, Cornell, and Columbia), while NYU had 43.27% (9th place). From what I've seen and heard, NYU's PI focus doesn't exist quite as much at Penn (perhaps someone can find data to back me up on this), and Penn seems to have more graduates interested in BigLaw work. Also, at Penn's ASW, a number of students talked about interviewing for major LA firms and getting offers from major LA firms, so I know they do have a presence in that market.
I have (in the case of GULC, had) similar offers to you, and I eliminated NYU because of cost, despite my desire to live in NYC. I think it's an awesome school, but not quite awesome enough to convince me to pay sticker when I had other (less expensive) options elsewhere that placed just as well for my interests. Find out which school fits your interests (both inside the classroom and outside), and choose based on that. If you think NYU's the school for you, then it might be worth paying sticker.