beef wellington wrote:Thanks for the reply, Rocky. A lot of people seem to think that it's pretty important to honor those commitments. I'm not sure how much GULC cares about them because they don't seem overly concerned with their yield, but I know for example UVA takes them seriously. I do too, I'd rather not start out my legal career by reneging on an explicit commitment.
Kim, just saw your response in the GULC thread, thx.
OS, thanks to you as well. What if the GULC offer comes first though? Then I feel like I'd be obligated to withdraw the rest of my apps, unless I walk back my commitment first. Also, are you planning on PI? Which of the schools would you choose? (I know NYU seems like the obvious answer. I calculated LRAPs for a single person making median PI salaries, an NYU grad has a monthly payment of $220, a GULC grad: $0. Not sure how much of the difference in career prospects this makes up for, if any.)
Do these numbers factor in IBR?
I would choose NYU, personally. I love NYC, and I really, really love NYU. It's actually my favorite T14.
The differences in career prospects and in QoL would be worth the cost for me.
When you do get into GULC, you will still be within your rights to pay your seat deposit on the due date. I would not ignore gut feelings, though-- if something is telling you GULC is right for you, find out what that is. The one universally applicable piece of advice I have is that personal happiness is often more important than following the money. It was for me. I may die with my law school debt, but if I live a good life, I won't have any regrets. <3