Total Members Voted: 9
This sounds like a terrible idea. The debt difference is insignificant and CUNY isn't going to get you any more leverage for public interest jobs than CU. Also, with the cost of living difference, I'm not convinced you would even save much.
I should also note that I'm willing to accept non-legal employment if need be.
I think it's the right decision, but part of me is (perhaps unreasonably) worried about the stigma of "transferring down."