Law School Discussion

Deciding Where to Go => Choosing the Right Law School => Topic started by: beck1960 on May 15, 2016, 09:19:22 PM

Title: NYLS vs CUNY Law
Post by: beck1960 on May 15, 2016, 09:19:22 PM
Hey guys, need a bit of help here.  I started the law school application process late, but got into NYLS, Cardozo, and CUNY.  Waitlisted for Brooklyn Law.
Anyhow, my dilemma here is that I'm stuck between NYLS and CUNY.  To be honest, I don't really care what law school I go to, I just want to be making a decent amount of money when I graduate.  I got a $15,000 scholarship to NYLS (currently working on them to get more).  Lately I've been hearing fairly okay things about NYLS so I'm thinking to maybe go there, but then I remember that CUNY would be about $20,000 cheaper. (And is CUNY really as bad as people make it out to be??)
Any advice would be much appreciated!
Title: Re: NYLS vs CUNY Law
Post by: Citylaw on May 15, 2016, 11:26:09 PM
I am anonymous internet poster so take my advice along with a grain of salt.

With that said don't leave common sense at the door and  the cheapest option, which should be CUNY.  Any ABA school will teach you the same thing.  CUNY, NYLS, and Cardozo are fine schools, but don't thousands more for any of those three if you were talking Columbia v CUNY the money is worth it, but NYLS is not Columbia. 
Title: Re: NYLS vs CUNY Law
Post by: Maintain FL 350 on May 16, 2016, 01:41:36 PM
I agree with Citylaw, go for the cheapest degree. Your post grad job opportunities are going to be very similar coming out of either school. Additionally, the education you receive will be almost identical at NYLS, CUNY, and most other ABA schools. The real issue here is debt, and how to minimize it.

To be honest, I don't really care what law school I go to, I just want to be making a decent amount of money when I graduate.

Have you looked at the employment stats for each school, average starting salaries, and the general vigor of the NYC legal market? You need to do some research before committing to law school. Hiring is not great, and "decent" paying jobs in a major market like NYC will be very competitive. Doesn't mean you can't get hired, but a decent starting salary is NOT guaranteed. NOt even close.
Title: Re: NYLS vs CUNY Law
Post by: 🍟💵🌲🍥 on May 16, 2016, 01:59:54 PM
"I'm an anonymous internet poster"

-I have nothing else to say.......But the other posters give good advice. Listen to what they said.
Title: Re: NYLS vs CUNY Law
Post by: sweetscientist on June 24, 2016, 02:21:34 PM
Can someone elaborate on "Is CUNY as bad as people make it out to be?"

I've been accepted there and am considering it.  The admissions process I do have to admit has been a bit lackluster.  Slow, curt email responses if any.  But I want to go into public interest and they keep bragging about being the #1 public interest law program in the country?  Thoughts?

And to the OP.. I'm in the same boat, so not the best person to provide advice, but my take is-- the less debt, the more job freedom later.