BigZuck wrote:Cornell b/c employment stats are significantly better and it's cheaper. Those are the two primary concerns, everything else is way down the list.
The thing is, it's not cheaper by much. There's about an $8,000 diff in COA to begin with. My read on the employment statistics is that Michigan has more students interested in doing government or public interest work, or working in a smaller market closer to home. It's not surprising that more of your students end up at 500+ firms when most of your grads are going to NYC. The thing I got from visiting was that at Michigan a lot of the students (especially the female students) really wanted to do public interest work, and the school supports that. Cornell gave off the vibe that it was all BigLaw BigLaw BigLaw. Thus, I actually find it encouraging that the employment stats align with that perception. I thought the Michigan students seemed a little more laid back and social, which would a) make it easier to succeed if BigLaw is what you wanted and b) make three years of law school less miserable.