Yes, you're crazy to turn down top 5, when you're trying to go into a VERY competitve market. Public interest jobs are rare, and difficult to get. NYU has the top public interest law program in the country, and beleive that they also have the highest rate of placement for pub interest jobs. T
Just to throw in my two cents: I know nothing about NYU's law school except that it's top ranked, but I was in NYC a couple months ago and found the city--and the people I had occasion to interact with at NYU while I was there--extremely rude and unpleasant. And I'm from Boston, where it's not like people here are exceedingly friendly. However even considering that, I still think you should pick NYU. You'll have way more opportunities and it will open so many doors.
Hey again~Sorry to bring this back. I've been mulling it over and am using Enzyme's advice to try to leverage NYU for some $$ (and, btw, ZPOPS, I have no problem w you telling NYU to give me your money ). But assuming I don't get anything from NYU, let me throw another factor into the equation: I already have $100,000 in UG debt. Do you think this changes anything? My original thought was that I am already in so much debt, more doesn't matter anymore. But I'm not sure that the decreasing value of money works that way . What do you think?-Liz