Thank you for the advice. I see from your Syracuse vs. Seton Hall question that you are almost literally facing the same decision I am. For what it's worth on your end, I also got into Seton Hall but I've heard from too many local people (including my advisor) that despite the ranking, Rutgers-Newark is the much better value for the respective prices. Did you apply/were you accepted at Rutgers?...In-state tuition there is very reasonable.I was accepted to Rutgers as well but I am from the general Newark area and don't relish the idea of going to school in Newark. The highest ranked school I have been accepted to thus far has been UConn, though it seems best to go there with the intent of practicing in Conn. and I don't see myself wanting that.I don't think I will be in jeopardy of losing my scholarship from Hofstra but I also am aware that I absolutely have to work as hard as possible 1L year to try and make law review and then get all of the internship/externship opportunities available in order to have any chance of competing in he NY law market.
I thought this was an interesting conversation because it was similar to what I was debating between Cincinnati and DePaul. Though Cincinnati was the highest ranked and lowest cost option for me, I felt the best law school experience, maximal job opportunity three years later in my field (biotech IP) would be in Chicago. Overall, I felt the whole legal education at DePaul was stronger, and I felt more comfortable there than at UC. Cost/debt is a huge factor, but you also have to strongly weigh your job prospect potential. I have heard more bad things about Hofstra, where I also got the same scholarship (and had declined), than good. With the debt at Hofstra (and 50K doesn't seem quite right by my estimation including living costs and interest on the loans), I was terrified of the bleak employment prospects for a Hofstra grad. I did a lot of research looking up grads from various schools through Martindale and NALP, as well as as at IP firms in the cities in which my schools were located.Best of luck in your decision!