first post guys...so please be kind.
its deposit day today, so its time to make a choice.
university of san diego with a renewable $20,000 grant (its guaranteed, based on need).
(85 in the rankings)
tuition is 16k = 70,000 in debt after law school
fordham university (part time) with a free hat and pen from admitted students week
(25 in the rankings)
tuition is 37k = 180,000 in debt after law school
i hope to pursue corporate transactions with the goal of becoming general counsel in an IP/startup setting. rankings wise, fordham is SUPERIOR...no doubt about it. despite my hope to work in CA eventually, i dont mind living in nyc for a year or two post grad - so location is not really an issue. supposedly fordham is considered the kinder/gentle law school in NYC (atleast thats what it says in the princeton review book). on top of that, i'm enrolled as a part time student, making the workload significantly less.
i would actually go with Fordham if it wasn't for...
what scares me is the stressful/unhealthy pace of new york. i was actually supposed to start 1L last year, but had to postpone it due to a heartattack (yes a heartattack...i was 27 at the time). three stents, and an extreme lifestyle change later...i'm ready for law school. i just dont know if NYC conforms to my new healthy way of life. San Diego, however, seems like the direct opposite of NYC in terms of attitude and happiness.
so when it comes down to it my priorities are:
Ranking/Prestige and subsequent networking possibilities.
comments? suggestions? thanks guys!