Iowa probably has more clerkships set up with Iowa alumni in the state and close by than Northwestern does. Northwestern's clerkships would be more badass, most likely, but your odds of actually getting one out of Northwestern are quite slim. Take the option where you're not royally screwed by debt.
It's tough, although understandable in your situation, to turn down Northwestern. The quandry, of course, is that your post law school options will be both limited & expanded if you attend Iowa on a full tuition & fees scholarship---limited by OCI opportunities & expanded by freedom from debt.
P.S. I voted for Northwestern, but I would select NU over any other Top 14 law school except for Stanford or Yale.
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JOBS - While I would like to work for a firm or clerk during my summers in law school and after graduation, I am still undecided on what specific area of law I will practice. As a result, I may move in another direction and am looking to attend the school that will provide me with opportunities and still be an intelligent financial investment.
IOWA - I don't want to live and work in Iowa after graduating, and the scholarship is full tuition the first year (no stip), full tuition the second and third years as long as I work at least 10 hours/wk in a research assistant position they provide.
BC with a full tuition & fees scholarship becomes a better option than NU at sticker price. I doubt that BC will pay attention to an Iowa scholarship option simply because many applicants will pay full tuition to attend BC law due to its location. But, you'll never know unless you try.
P.S. Last USNews showed BC's acceptance rate at 20% versus 44% for Iowa. Location matters, apparently.
There are a number of questions asked by people in similar situations where they are deciding between T-14 and a 20-30 with $. I think the poll and discussions in this thread indicate that the question is indeed a serious one. I would value your reasoning behind why NU is the clear and only choice.
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