« on: May 04, 2007, 04:35:18 PM »
This is a pointless discussion. Obviously NYU has more to offer. In terms of prestige, there is no question that NYU wins by a long shot. The point is, does almost no debt post-grad counter-balance the difference in prestige? While academia, clerkships, etc might be a bit harder to achieve from UCLA, they're not impossible. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I know a number of students with federal clerkships (on the 9th Circuit, no less) lined up. I know 2Ls who have secured summer jobs at V10 firms in NEW YORK. Yes, they're all fantastic students, but the fact that they've secured these jobs coming from UCLA comes as no shock to anyone here, which means that their situations are not outside UCLA's realm of reasonable possibilities. This suggests that the OP would not necessarily permanently shut doors by coming to UCLA. They just might be harder to open than they would coming from NYU. But again, almost no debt after law school could make up for any added difficulties in achieving those goals.
I attend UCLA. I have my first choice job lined up in NYC this summer. Would I have gone to NYU if I had gotten in? Probably. But do I feel like my job prospects and opportunities are severely hindered by being at UCLA? Absolutely not. Therefore, if personal circumstances (such as a fat scholarship) render UCLA a good fit, the OP would not be committing career suicide by coming here. The jobs she/he aspires to are still viable options here. I think that's what the OP wanted to know.