« on: March 05, 2006, 09:15:21 PM »
Excluding tier 1 schools, I would say that someone in the top 10% would almost always be viewed better than someone in the bottom 10% regardless of their school. The way I look at the different tiers is, first, on a sliding percentage scale (ie. top 50% in T2 = top 25% in T3 = top 10% in T4) and, second, as a shrinking area of influence (ie. T1 can go pretty much anywhere to work, T2 needs to look more regionally, T3 needs to look more within state, and T4 needs to look more within the city). Neither of these ways of looking at the tiers is exactly right (even more so since many professionals disavow the tier system all together), but I have found them to be a useful way of evaluating schools.
With CUNY and Rutgers I think its safe to say that Rutgers is going to give you more options in regards to what and where you practice. However, if you already have a good idea of those things then CUNY might be better if it fits the mold for what you want. For getting a job in NYC I don't think either school really has a leg up on the other. For public interest I think CUNY has an edge. For cost it would appear that CUNY has an edge in your case. On average Rutgers graduate make more money, but whether that has to do with where they went or what they practice I can't say. By looking at the information you have given here about what you are interested in, I would say CUNY is pry the better choice. What I will say for Rutgers is that IMHO it is a better and more prestigious school at large and it would afford you more opportunities outside of the specific area of interest you've stated.