« on: March 21, 2007, 09:59:46 AM »
You can throw in Georgetown too, but I personally think that for what I want, NYU trumps Gtown in everything.
Here's my breakdown of the 2:
NYU: I'm the kind of person that really wants to have lived in New York at some point in life. I figure there's no better time to do it than as a student; I'll be able to play in NYC as opposed to constantly working in it. However, NYU (and NYC) is very expensive; as such, my crushing student loan debts might restrict where I decide to work post-graduation to only the major mega-markets. I would probably prefer living in a smaller mid-sized market (maybe Charlotte, or somewhere in Florida, something like that), but I worry that NYU's reach further down the east coast might be a little weaker than UVA's, and the lower salary from these markets might make them an unviable post-grad option anyway.
UVA: UVA's major advantage is cost: as an in-state resident, I would be saving about 15-20k a year over NYU (after factoring in CoL). This would make it much easier for me to ignore the siren call of the mega-bucks of the mega-markets, plus it seems that Charlotte/Florida is a much more common and natural destination post-grad for UVA than NYU. Ironically, however, going to UVA would probably make me more inclined to go to NYC post-grad since, as I said, I have a strong desire to have spent part of my life there. 3 years in Charlottesville would be nice, I'm sure, but the call of 3 years in NYC might be too tempting to pass up.
At the moment I'm probably leaning NYU. I'm curious if anyone else is in the same (or similar) predicament, and I'm hoping for opinions, dialogue, new insights, advice, whatever you're willing to offer. Any information about me that you need (such as what I hope to practice in [right now litigation, but that covers such a wide spectrum I might as well just say 'law']) I will be only too happy to supply you with. Thanks.