Law School Discussion

Deciding Where to Go => Choosing the Right Law School => Topic started by: sweetscientist on June 24, 2016, 02:24:30 PM

Title: Charlotte School of Law vs. CUNY
Post by: sweetscientist on June 24, 2016, 02:24:30 PM
Got offered a full ride at Charlotte.  Love the atmosphere there-- just enough city hustle, but still a lot of Southern charm.

No full ride at CUNY, but they're tuition is very low.  $23K for out of state and $14K for in-state, which I would qualify for after the first year.

I love the idea of NY (coming from DC) but am not sure if it's just all cooked up in my head.  Headed to visit this weekend.  My thought is that networking and job opportunities are better in NY, but I also believe that law school and life in general is what you make it.

Am I just having a really bad case of FOMO?  I should go to Charlotte but... I feel like I'd be missing out on NY.

Also I should add that the end goal for me is to practice public interest law for 5-7 years and start my own nonprofit providing athlete advocacy, particularly in sports where athletes are subject to repetitive head trauma.  Going to a top ranked school has never been my goal.  I want to get my law degree, build my network, and branch off on my own.
Title: Re: Charlotte School of Law vs. CUNY
Post by: Maintain FL 350 on June 24, 2016, 03:50:53 PM
You need to think about where you want to live post grad. These are both local schools with local reputations, and you will almost certainly end up working in the immediate area.

Personally, I'd go with the cheapest option. NYC is a very competitive legal market with a very high COL. You will have lots of debt and be stuck competing for the lower end of the legal pay scale.

I don't know the NC market at all, but the COL is definitely cheaper.

Frankly, neither school is a powerhouse and you will be seriously hustling to find work. Thus, limiting cost should be a major goal.

As far as CUNY being #1 in public interest, nobody cares. I don't mean that to sound like a jerk, but seriously nobody cares. CUNY could be #1 and NYU could be #200, and the NYU grad will still get the interview. These kinds of subcategory rankings are (with a few exceptions) practically meaningless. For example, St. Louis University is ranked high in Health Care Law. Go to any big firm that represents hospitals and insurers and see if they hire St. Louis grads over Harvard and Yale grads as a result.

Title: Re: Charlotte School of Law vs. CUNY
Post by: DefenestrateMan on July 01, 2016, 01:51:42 AM
Got offered a full ride at Charlotte.  Love the atmosphere there-- just enough city hustle, but still a lot of Southern charm.

No full ride at CUNY, but they're tuition is very low.  $23K for out of state and $14K for in-state, which I would qualify for after the first year.

I love the idea of NY (coming from DC) but am not sure if it's just all cooked up in my head.  Headed to visit this weekend.  My thought is that networking and job opportunities are better in NY, but I also believe that law school and life in general is what you make it.

Am I just having a really bad case of FOMO?  I should go to Charlotte but... I feel like I'd be missing out on NY.

Also I should add that the end goal for me is to practice public interest law for 5-7 years and start my own nonprofit providing athlete advocacy, particularly in sports where athletes are subject to repetitive head trauma.  Going to a top ranked school has never been my goal.  I want to get my law degree, build my network, and branch off on my own.

I wonder if you made up your mind. But remember. They both are crumby schools. If cuny was a T1, that gets you the 160,000 dollar starting scary, and the price remained low 20ks then is say go. But will only get 50,000. That debt is not worth it in the face of never having a dime. Like debt will make your life hell. Cuny will be 80-90k. Could buy two houses. Why give that up when you could get a free ride and never worry about it again.