Stanford ($) vs CLS ($$) vs NYU ($$+) vs UVA ($$$)

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Stanford
49
79%
Columbia
1
2%
NYU
1
2%
UVA
11
18%
 
Total votes: 62

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Stanford ($) vs CLS ($$) vs NYU ($$+) vs UVA ($$$)

Post by BCH » Thu Apr 13, 2017 6:01 pm

Never posted before, but I’ve seen some people get good advice on here and I’m hoping for a bit of the same.

With financial aid/scholarships and my assets, given the COA for each school, I could leave law school with the following amounts of debt:

Stanford: $130,000
Columbia: $95,000
NYU: $70,000
UVA: $0 (yay!)

I’m going to do public interest work, so I’ll be on LRAP, and all three schools that involve debt have really good LRAPs. Hoping to do prisoners’ rights or criminal appellate work, so clerkship options matter somewhat but aren’t the deciding factor. Also, I live in NYC now, but my partner is from the Pacific NW and we’re hoping to get back there as soon as possible after school.

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Re: Stanford ($) vs CLS ($$) vs NYU ($$+) vs UVA ($$$)

Post by UVA2B » Thu Apr 13, 2017 6:22 pm

I'd personally take UVA because to me no debt is always better psychologically, but any of these choices are perfectly acceptable and you wouldn't be wrong to take NYU or Stanford.

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Re: Stanford ($) vs CLS ($$) vs NYU ($$+) vs UVA ($$$)

Post by hammy393 » Thu Apr 13, 2017 6:55 pm

If goal is PI in Pacific NW, SLS at $130K on it's amazing LRAP would be a no-brainer for me

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Re: Stanford ($) vs CLS ($$) vs NYU ($$+) vs UVA ($$$)

Post by Dr. Nefario » Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:40 pm

Stanford makes the most sense to me. Especially for high level PNW/PI work. Congrats!

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Re: Stanford ($) vs CLS ($$) vs NYU ($$+) vs UVA ($$$)

Post by defunct » Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:48 pm

Your post makes clear the debt difference between SLS and UVA, but not the difference in price. I think knowing whether and to what extent UVA leaves you with $ left over is important for giving a rec here.

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Re: Stanford ($) vs CLS ($$) vs NYU ($$+) vs UVA ($$$)

Post by moreberry124 » Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:31 am

I voted for Stanford because with their great LRAP the debt probably wouldn't be crippling and for PI on the west coast it would be fantastic. If I were in your shoes though it would be hard to walk away from the chance to come out of law school without any debt.

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Re: Stanford ($) vs CLS ($$) vs NYU ($$+) vs UVA ($$$)

Post by BlendedUnicorn » Sat Apr 15, 2017 11:31 am

If you're 100% committed to public interest go to Stanford and take out max loans because it's like free money. If you're not, go to UVA.

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Re: Stanford ($) vs CLS ($$) vs NYU ($$+) vs UVA ($$$)

Post by Po$eidon » Sat Apr 15, 2017 11:37 am

I would take SLS. You want PNW (hard market) and PI (which SLS covers very nicely). UVA is fantastic but it's not much of a brand in the PNW, which is parochial and always a bit out of the loop (source: grew up in the PNW and knew enough lawyers there - it's a backwards place but it's beautiful)

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Re: Stanford ($) vs CLS ($$) vs NYU ($$+) vs UVA ($$$)

Post by Pure Applesauce » Sat Apr 15, 2017 1:21 pm

IMO, UVA with zero debt sounds incredible, but given your goals I reckon SLS is defensible.

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Re: Stanford ($) vs CLS ($$) vs NYU ($$+) vs UVA ($$$)

Post by goldenbear2020 » Sat Apr 15, 2017 1:25 pm

For PNW PI with LRAP, I would go with Stanford.

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