Hi guys, I was wondering if you could share your thoughts about the LLM in these school, and if you were me what would you choose. I live in NY, and I was accepted to do LLM in Fordham (50k), Berkeley (63k), and Iowa (20k). My points are for this schools are.
Fordham: 50k, ranking 37, however is in NY, I want to pursue Corporate Law, International trade. Which I know most of the law firms are based in NY. Since I live here, I have a pretty good deal in rent, so my cost of living are ok. Therefore, I believe Fordham, well know in NY, would provide me a good network, since I'd have the facility to be living in the city where I want to work in the future.
Berkeley 60k, 10k more than Fordham, top 10. Great network all over the country, but I dont know if it would be better than Fordham. In California will be even more expensive than only 10k, since live there would be more expensive to live than here in NY. However, is a top 10 in the US. and well recognize also in Europe, since I also have the European citizenship, it could help me also there (as a plan B).
Iowa, 20k, ranking 29. It is ranked better than Fordham. However, I dont know how would be the network there to work in NY. I know it is a good school, it the cheapest one. but I don't know how is the reputation of Iowa in NY, especially comparable with Fordham or even Berkeley. Iowa would spark me especially because of the price, which is almost 1/3 of others. (this is because of scholarship. In normal way it would be also around 40k). I would also might be able to do the JD there for 20k/y only. which sounds pretty reasonable, but I dont know If would be well appreciate for Job Market.
Therefore, I have, network X price X ranking. Taking a loan is not an option, especially because I am a foreigner here and after the OPT, if I dont have a job I would have to come back to Brazil, and I dont want to have a debt after school. Plus, many people say that LLM is only for foreigners or people who couldn't find a job. So far I have 35k saved, and Im trying to get more scholarship.
Thank you and I hope you can help me on that.
[Edited by Rcestari on Feb 22, 2020]