Just need some unbiased opinions...
I plan on applying to both Hofstra and Suffolk. I am from the boston area (therefore state school is not an option), and want to practice divorce/family/personal finance law in the area. I have good numbers for both schools, and should get a bit of money. However, personally I live in a $450 a month rent situation with my gf who is in med school near hofstra in long island. therefore I'd probably be getting a bit of money plus have very cheap living expenses. If I go to suffolk Id be living with my parents, but have to buy a kia or something to get to the commuter rail and pay for the hour commute by train daily. However, Suffolk has a very good reputation in the Boston area whereas Hofstra has an okish rep in NYC (but has a family/child fellowship and family law clinic available).
Granted, all of this is null and void if I get into St. Johns or Villanova (lol), but I'm trying to be realistic, and would appreciate an opinion... I know both schools are expensive, but the fiancee is going to be an anesthesiologist (and is a huge gunner
), and all of my income will be going to paying off our loans, so while money is a concern, the non biglaw thing wont be an unbearable burden. This is my situation, and I'd appreciate perspective. Thanks guys.