Northwestern 120k vs Georgetown 150k

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Northwestern 120k vs Georgetown 150k

Post by b33eazy » Sat May 08, 2021 2:52 pm

I'm debating two merit scholarships: Northwestern (40k/yr) vs Georgetown (50k/yr). Which one should I pick? I would want to live in DC and work in the federal government. However, Northwestern has a higher ranking. I'm leaning towards Georgetown because of the 50k a year offer. Both are merit aid. Also, I'm also fearful of debt and my partner has a bunch of debt from her education (more than 200k), so I'm considering that as well.


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Re: Northwestern 120k vs Georgetown 150k

Post by Rule23andMe » Sat May 08, 2021 8:24 pm

Neither the cost difference nor the rankings difference is all that significant considering the fact that you want to be in DC and want to work in the federal government.
If you had zero preference at all between Chicago vs. DC & wanted generic biglaw, then NU might make sense. That's not the case here though so go with GULC. That's a great outcome for your goals & situation so congrats and enjoy!


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Re: Northwestern 120k vs Georgetown 150k

Post by crazywafflez » Sun May 09, 2021 10:12 am

I think this is just about your preference- the costs may be closer than you think due to cost of living in DC vs. Chi, but Gtown will still be cheaper overall. I'd lean towards NW, however, I think G is totally defensible and a absolutely fine pick.

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Re: Northwestern 120k vs Georgetown 150k

Post by cavalier1138 » Mon May 10, 2021 11:35 am

I'd also go with NW.

Most people are going to have to go to fedgov through biglaw, and NW just places better there. Yes, GULC will give you better immediate chances at federal positions, but it's still a pretty big gamble (depending on what you mean by "federal government").


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Re: Northwestern 120k vs Georgetown 150k

Post by CanadianWolf » Mon May 10, 2021 4:29 pm

Tough decision. While Northwestern is the safer bet, Georgetown gives you what you want. I'd lean Northwestern, but I am not you.

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Re: Northwestern 120k vs Georgetown 150k

Post by nealric » Mon May 17, 2021 2:52 pm

If you are absolutely certain of going to the federal government, I think it's worth being in D.C. for law school. The fact that you have a pretty hefty scholarship helps limit your downside risk.

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