I chose BLS $41K/yr plus stipend over BU 10K/yr. It was a hard choice, but a lot of people in New York seem to think I made the right one, especially since I want to do public interest work. If you wanted to work in Boston, BC has a stronger reputation than BU does there. I would imagine that in NYC BU actually carries more weight though. Cannotpick and Miss P were super helpful when I was making my decision. Ask them!