Any insight on these two schools would be much welcomed!
They're both 2nd Tier, but location and cost varies tremendously. I've listed some info (figures based on previous year) for each of them:
Cardozo - $56,320/year (~169k) - 110k median salary - 80%/98% job rate
Temple - $39,870/year (~120k) - 71 or 92k?? median salary - 64%/91% job rate
I'm considering public interest law but as everyone has pointed out, I shouldn't limit my options in case I want to try BigLaw. Ideally, I'd like to work either in San Fran, NYC or Boston -- basically any big cities with good diversity. My pick of the two has been Cardozo, due to its location and much better placement rate. However, it also happens to be the most expensive by far. Am I correct that if I want to practice BigLaw in NYC, Cardozo should be my choice hands down? Temple seems to limit my work possibilities to Pennsylvania, and their expected salary is a bit lower (though that's probably just from their associated lower cost of living). Oh yeah, Temple has offered me almost $20k in scholarship money (over 3 years, not per year), and I might be able to save some more money by getting the in-state tuition rate since I attended college in Philly for 4.5 years.
Ideally, Boston U would accept me and I wouldn't have to worry about picking from these four, but after recently receiving a postcard telling me they're missing my dean's certification (dang it, must have been lost somewhere in between my school's career services office and their admissions office), I'm about to give up hope.
Also, what if a school like Fordham, UCHastings or William & Mary were to accept me? So far, Cardozo has given me the best overall impression so I feel a little iffy about going to a school that is relatively unknown to me.
Thanks SOOOO very much in advance.