« on: February 04, 2008, 08:09:22 PM »
consider a few other things here...
yes, buffalo is a much cheaper school- but if you are looking to end up working in NYC - you should look into how many students from that school make it back down to the NYC market. I know there are some decent sized firms in buffalo. Another thing to consider is that buffalo does not give grades or rank students - which I am guessing makes it difficult to transfer if you dont like living in the snow belt.
The other schools mentioned...namely, st. johns, hofstra, and NYLS are not all equals in the NY job market. St. Johns is still respected a good deal more than either of the other schools. But you could make it work anywhere. I'd recomend looking into the financial aid/scholarship offers at the schools closer to the NY market- you may be surprised how affordable they become if the admissions office likes your lsat score. Also remember that a better market in NYC will lead to higher income to pay off the debt...but do beware, if you don't do well IN school, you will not get a great job.
in my opinion if you have the option you should always go to the highest ranked school you get into