I was all set to enroll at Northeastern in the fall, but then Suffolk calls me this morning with a $30,000 annual scholarship, renewable each year provided I can maintain a 3.0 GPA. Needless to say, the prospect of near-free tuition has thrown a bit of a wrench in my plans.
To tell you a bit about myself, I'm interested in public interest law and I cannot see myself ever leaving the Boston area except for maybe taking a short holiday, haha. Both Suffolk and Northeastern have spent significant resources on their public interest programs, and if they are known for anything, they are known for their respective commitments to public interest law.
Northeastern has offered me a total of $10,000 in scholarships and grants that are renewable each year with no strings attached. They have also offered me a $3,000 one-time stipend if I decide to do a public interest co-op (which I had planned to do anyways).
I really like Northeastern's co-op program, but I am a bit put off by the fact they have no law review. I'm certainly not the best legal writer, but I'd certainly love to try to be on a law review if I could. Suffolk does have a law review, but no co-op program however.
I'm not too interested in "biglaw" as a career path (although I certainly wouldn't mind one of those summer associate jobs, which sound amazing with the fun activities and big paychecks) and as mentioned, I'm only concerned with how easy it will be to find a job in Boston after graduation, preferably in public interest.
I still really like Northeastern, but I'm wondering if it's worth paying an extra $57,000 over three years to go there over Suffolk ($90,000 total from Suffolk, $33,000 total from Northeastern). Has anyone else faced a similar decision where money has been affecting their decision on where to go to law school?
Oh, I should also mention that I'm on the waitlist at BC, and if I can somehow snag an admittance, I'll definitely be attending BC, regardless of the cost, so this could (hopefully, but not likely) all be rendered moot, haha.
Thanks for reading fellows. Cheers!