The mantra is go to the best school possible with better national placement rates and quality if you want to keep your options open. BigLaw in NYC is defintely worth $70K given your interests. Also, given the cities that you stated earlier, Temple will really regionalize you to Pennsylvania.A book called Barman talks about the journey of a Temple Law graduate trying to overcome the stigmatism and bias that he faces from not being from a Tier 1 school in NYC job market. There is a book review on princetonreview.com and barnesandnoble.com. Book is a little "law lite" though and just talks about his journey and minndset for wanting lavish things. May be worth a trip to a bookstore for a quick look through just to get an idea of the type if biases out there.A friend of mine from Philly wanted to go home to Temple after undergrad until she really looked at the versatility of the school (she didnt want to only be able to practive in a certain area in case her interest changed). So after LSAT tutoring/class and much work, she hit a high enough score to get in at Columbia. Although Columbia, is definitely a tope ten and different story, the principle is still there. Cardozo has a better national placement rate than Temple and provides you more options down the road. However, that is not to say that Temple grads (top) cant get any jobs they seek if they market themselves right and can navigate through the biases out there.Hope my comments were clear and at least provied some food for thought.