Hi! I've been googling different variations of my question, but all of the discussion threads seem to be from 2007 and I want information that is more current. I'm trying to decide between going to Brooklyn or Rutgers Newark. I have a $15,000 scholarship to Brooklyn (need to stay in top 80%) and a $10,000 scholarship to Rutgers (need to maintain 2.67 cum.) So, that would put Brooklyn at about $30,000 a year and Rutgers at about $16,000, so about half the price. I've visited Brooklyn but I have not had the chance to visit Rutgers. I really liked Brooklyn when I visited. They had a welcoming environment, it was in a nice area, and it seemed like there is a great alumni network/job prospects (although, what admissions counselor ISN'T going to tell you those things about their school).
I'm not really interested in BigLaw. I'd like a job in public interest or government work, specifically dealing with women's rights/women's issues (maybe sexual violence, domestic violence, etc.) I also love NYC and would be really interested in working there. So, my question is does either school have an upper-hand in helping me reach these specific career goals? Is Brooklyn worth paying almost double the money if I want to work in NYC? I'm really conflicted and don't know what to do.
Brooklyn law school is going to be a better choice regarding opportunity, particularly in the area of women's rights. You are going to have more connections and advantages in the Brooklyn location--
Remember location location location.
Plus diversity of Brooklyn is better...you are going to have downtown Brooklyn and the legal apparatus of NYC at your doorstep.
And you will make connections faster in bls and not have to spend time in transitions...
Plant your corn close to home and in verdant pastures.
Why take many steps going to Rutgers when you will have to take many to get out of there..
Also! As far as living everyday in a stimulating environment--Rutgers is a slow drag. Visit the area--buy a car--you are going to want to escape occasionally.
I'd choose bls.