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Tulane Law Review vs. NYU (journal uncertainty)

Tulane Law Review vs. NYU (journal uncertainty)
« on: August 06, 2005, 04:43:28 PM »
Hey,

  I just got my acceptance letter to NYU this morning. I guess it was a packet and not a letter, therefore I knew before I had even opened it. I spent all of yesterday and this morning apartment hunting in New Orleans (currently a Tulane student) because I had been rejected already from Yale, Columbia and Boalt, my lease was running out and I had just figured I might as well stay. Tulane graciously offered to double my scholarship in an effort to keep me.
  So, attending NYU due to loss of scholarship and increase in costs/room and board will end up costing me probably $25k extra per year. I read some rumors on this board about getting scholarships as transfer students or as 3L students, which would be cool, but can't be planned on.
  I am originally from NY and it is one of the cities I would consider interviewing in for summer employment next year/post-graduation. If I accept, I will have to drop out of Tulane's summer interview program, but will be eligible to participate in NYU's program. That won't reimburse me for my canceled flights, but I'm already going to cough up an extra $50k, what's $400?
  My gut instinct says to go. I finished near the top of my class at Tulane and while it was a lot of work, it wasn't challenging to the degree I had hoped. Presumably NYU would be a greater challenge than maintaining the status quo. I graded onto the law review, which I would have to give up. This is probably the biggest thing. Should I take the qualitative experience of being on the law review over the name recognition of a top5 school? I might be able to write-on a secondary journal at NYU, but nothing is certain.

Any thoughts? Decision day is nearly upon me already.

Re: Tulane Law Review vs. NYU (journal uncertainty)
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2005, 10:28:33 AM »
I'd take the plunge and go to NYU.  It's likely they don't rank their studnets and so you would have as good a shot as anyone for big firm interviews if that's what you want.  Plus you seem to want to go back to NY.  In addition it's a T-14 school and you can write your ticket anywhere in the future.  It'll carry tremendous weight down the road...much more than Tulane which is a good shool in it's own rights of course.  Good luck!

Re: Tulane Law Review vs. NYU (journal uncertainty)
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2005, 12:15:57 PM »
Hey,

  I just got my acceptance letter to NYU this morning. I guess it was a packet and not a letter, therefore I knew before I had even opened it. I spent all of yesterday and this morning apartment hunting in New Orleans (currently a Tulane student) because I had been rejected already from Yale, Columbia and Boalt, my lease was running out and I had just figured I might as well stay. Tulane graciously offered to double my scholarship in an effort to keep me.
  So, attending NYU due to loss of scholarship and increase in costs/room and board will end up costing me probably $25k extra per year. I read some rumors on this board about getting scholarships as transfer students or as 3L students, which would be cool, but can't be planned on.
  I am originally from NY and it is one of the cities I would consider interviewing in for summer employment next year/post-graduation. If I accept, I will have to drop out of Tulane's summer interview program, but will be eligible to participate in NYU's program. That won't reimburse me for my canceled flights, but I'm already going to cough up an extra $50k, what's $400?
  My gut instinct says to go. I finished near the top of my class at Tulane and while it was a lot of work, it wasn't challenging to the degree I had hoped. Presumably NYU would be a greater challenge than maintaining the status quo. I graded onto the law review, which I would have to give up. This is probably the biggest thing. Should I take the qualitative experience of being on the law review over the name recognition of a top5 school? I might be able to write-on a secondary journal at NYU, but nothing is certain.

Any thoughts? Decision day is nearly upon me already.


How does the financial aid work in situations like this? You have about 2 weeks probably before the first day of school. Does Tulane just transfer your financial  aid data to NYU and then they re-award you money? I would be stressed-out pretty bad because of all of that.

IF you like Tulane, stay. If you want to practice in that region, stay. If you think you can be/stay at the top of Tulane throughout 3L, stay. Otherwise go to NYU if you want to go back home or practice somewhere else in the country--that is assuming that the transition will be smooth to go to NYU, you have an apt linedup, and your financial aid (if you are using it) isn't botched due to the switch.

Re: Tulane Law Review vs. NYU (journal uncertainty)
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2005, 10:44:51 PM »
NYU is a school from which you can write your own ticket.  Tulane is just another "quite good" law school.

Re: Tulane Law Review vs. NYU (journal uncertainty)
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2005, 09:49:14 AM »
I was curious...did the schools you applied to as a transfer seek your undergraduate transcript and lsat? And congrats on NYU. It's a big decision like this that shapes your life. In 20 yrs do you want to look up at your wall and see a Tulane J.D. or an NYU J.D. on your wall? Go for it.

Re: Tulane Law Review vs. NYU (journal uncertainty)
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2005, 01:19:27 PM »
I was struggling with a similar decision about a month ago.  I finished first in my class at a T3.  I decided not to try and transfer to a T1. 

I wish I knew what doors, if any, I am closing by staying put.  In particular, I have interests in teaching and politics that might have been aided by a premier school.  But there is always the option of getting an L.L.M. for appearances from a big name. 

By staying, I get to maintain my social network, and I do not really sacrifice anything in terms of the job market, at least in my area.  In fact, I really end up with more short-term options because of the financial side of things; I have a full scholarship.  I am unsure whether I would want to work at a big firm.  If I decide a big firm is what I want, I expect that I would receive plenty of offers, but if I want to go another route, I will not be so far in debt that I feel trapped.  In fact, I am not even sure I want to practice law. 

I understand the comment above by James about wanting to see a nice name on your diploma in 20 years, but you would know that you could have graduated from NYU if you wanted.  If you stay at Tulane, there is nothing to stop you from being equally proud and feeling even more school spirit since it was your decision.  Making law review was one of my goals that kept me going through long hours, throwing that away could cause a lot of regret in 20 years too.  Plus, you do not need a degree from a T1 school to smash someone in a courtroom, dont let the snobbery or conceit of many T1 people suck you into buying all the hype.  Many of them are in for a rude awakening when they realize that lawyers from other schools are not going to roll over and die for them simply because they went to a top school. 


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