O.K. I've been offered admission at Cornell, Fordham, BC, and Cardozo ($22.5K/year). My fiance doesn't want me to leave New York City-- so, I've got to convince him that a Cornell diploma really will open doors. My mom just thinks I should take the Cardozo scholarship. My uncle, who is a very successful lawyer, says it really doesn't matter where you go to school (within the top 100), just do what's most convenient. Am I crazy or is this a ridiculously easy decision? Cornell.
Ugh. I was just HOPING it was a cut-and-dried decision. Wishful thinking-- it's not easy. Yup, debt at 37 years old is different than debt at 27. To complicate matters, I want to pursue public interest law. The thing is, I don't want to live in NYC forever. I don't want to anchor myself to the city. Fordham and Cardozo enjoy strong regional reputations, but I'm not sure they travel well (some southern lawyers I talked to had never even heard of Cardozo.) Whatever. Your educational pedigree really doesn't matter once you land your first position. All this anguish for one stupid job. I did apply to NYU-- rejected. I'll update my list.
Isn't Fordham a better feeder school to elite firms in NYC than Cornell?
(but they "share my disappointment"-- I hope they're O.K.?)