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Which Would You Choose?

Columbia - Sticker
 7 (15.9%)
Chicago - w/ 11K per year
 17 (38.6%)
Penn - w/ 20 K per year
 14 (31.8%)
Michigan - w/ 18K per year
 6 (13.6%)

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DrLazarus

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Re: Choose My School! (columbia, chicago, penn, michigan)
« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2009, 08:57:05 PM »
If your only goal is biglaw and you don't care where you live, I'd say Penn.  Philly isn't that expensive to live in, from what I've been told, and you've got the most money.  All will likely do you well to get biglaw.

However, I'd definitely visit.  The numbers are so close to each other that, if you went and liked one school over another, go to that one.  Most will likely match (or come close) to matching Penn.  I'm not sure about Chicago, but I think Michigan would if you really ended up wanting to be here after visiting.

You can't really make a bad choice here.
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Re: Choose My School! (columbia, chicago, penn, michigan)
« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2009, 03:05:25 PM »
How much do clerkships pay? 30k? Does debt assistance kick in?
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Re: Choose My School! (columbia, chicago, penn, michigan)
« Reply #12 on: March 09, 2009, 04:05:40 PM »
How much do clerkships pay? 30k? Does debt assistance kick in?

More like 50 or 60k.

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Re: Choose My School! (columbia, chicago, penn, michigan)
« Reply #13 on: March 09, 2009, 08:09:45 PM »
But do they (the school you're at) provide you with debt assistance during your clerkship?
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Re: Choose My School! (columbia, chicago, penn, michigan)
« Reply #14 on: March 09, 2009, 10:11:54 PM »
But do they (the school you're at) provide you with debt assistance during your clerkship?

Mine doesn't. Other schools may vary. No idea about Michigan.

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Re: Choose My School! (columbia, chicago, penn, michigan)
« Reply #15 on: March 10, 2009, 02:22:01 AM »
Penn doesn't, currently.

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Re: Choose My School! (columbia, chicago, penn, michigan)
« Reply #16 on: March 10, 2009, 07:33:43 AM »
Michigan does have a fantastic LRAP, but I'm pretty sure clerks aren't covered.  I think that's standard practice at most schools.
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Re: Choose My School! (columbia, chicago, penn, michigan)
« Reply #17 on: March 10, 2009, 12:31:28 PM »
The earning potential from clerkships is too high for them to be covered.  It's a one year, rather than chronic, condition of earning less than six figures.  (Texas Midland)

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Re: Choose My School! (columbia, chicago, penn, michigan)
« Reply #18 on: March 11, 2009, 02:47:59 AM »
I choose emailing CLS with all these offers and getting them to give you some money so you don't pay sticker.  That's what most of us did, anyway.
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Re: Choose My School! (columbia, chicago, penn, michigan)
« Reply #19 on: March 11, 2009, 12:08:27 PM »
But do they (the school you're at) provide you with debt assistance during your clerkship?

I am currently at a panel on clerkships at Columbia.  The information in the material they gave us says:

"Graduates undertaking judicial clerkships are eligible for benefits under the Loan Repayment Assistance Program ("LRAP").  Interest will accrue on the benefits during the clerkship year(s).  Following the clerkship, if the graduate enters employment covered by the LRAP program, regular benefits will continue and the interest accrued shall be reversed.  In these instances, the clerkship period is counted toward time served in qualifying employment for purposes of loan forgiveness.  If the graduate follows the clerkship immediately with non-qualifying employment, the benefits provided during the clerkship and the accrued interest will be repayable within the next two years."
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