LLM - NYU v Georgetown


I have been admitted into Georgetown for the International Business and Economic Law course with a scholarship of USD 20,000 and I've also been admitted in NYU for the Corporation LLM degree (no financial aid). I know NYU is ranked higher than Georgetown for law but with the scholarship in mind would it be advisable to opt for Georgetown instead? All opinions welcome.

I have been admitted into Georgetown for the International Business and Economic Law course with a scholarship of USD 20,000 and I've also been admitted in NYU for the Corporation LLM degree (no financial aid). I know NYU is ranked higher than Georgetown for law but with the scholarship in mind would it be advisable to opt for Georgetown instead? All opinions welcome.
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Aarathi, it is hard to analyze your case because the two LL.M. programs you were admitted to are not in the same field (one of them is in International Business and Economic Law, which may involve a bit of Corporate Law, but should be much more leaning towards International Trade, and the other is in Corporate Law). In my honest opinion, you would be fine going to Georgetown with a scholarship. However, if your true interest lies in Corporate Law, NYU is a better school for you.

Aarathi, it is hard to analyze your case because the two LL.M. programs you were admitted to are not in the same field (one of them is in International Business and Economic Law, which may involve a bit of Corporate Law, but should be much more leaning towards International Trade, and the other is in Corporate Law). In my honest opinion, you would be fine going to Georgetown with a scholarship. However, if your true interest lies in Corporate Law, NYU is a better school for you.
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Louis Litt

I have been admitted into Georgetown for the International Business and Economic Law course with a scholarship of USD 20,000 and I've also been admitted in NYU for the Corporation LLM degree (no financial aid). I know NYU is ranked higher than Georgetown for law but with the scholarship in mind would it be advisable to opt for Georgetown instead? All opinions welcome.


I fully agree with the zemeckis07, it totally depends on what do you want to do after graduation. NYU has great general reputation and superior reputation in the field of corporate law (although it is inferior to HLS and Columbia) and is number one in international law. But Georgetown, although it is far inferior to NYU in general reputation, is number one in WTO law and is great in international law.
May be you desired area of practice is in intersection of international\trade\corporate law, and, in such a case, it will totally depend on what exactly do you want to do. What area of practice you want to concentrate, where do you want to work (law firm, international organization, government)?
It all may affect the decision of what institution to attend.

Also, as far as i know, decisions on financial aid for NYU will be announced only in the mid of March. Does your admission decision explicitly state that you are not qualified for any financial aid?

[Edited by Louis Litt on Mar 08, 2019]

[quote]I have been admitted into Georgetown for the International Business and Economic Law course with a scholarship of USD 20,000 and I've also been admitted in NYU for the Corporation LLM degree (no financial aid). I know NYU is ranked higher than Georgetown for law but with the scholarship in mind would it be advisable to opt for Georgetown instead? All opinions welcome.[/quote]

I fully agree with the zemeckis07, it totally depends on what do you want to do after graduation. NYU has great general reputation and superior reputation in the field of corporate law (although it is inferior to HLS and Columbia) and is number one in international law. But Georgetown, although it is far inferior to NYU in general reputation, is number one in WTO law and is great in international law.
May be you desired area of practice is in intersection of international\trade\corporate law, and, in such a case, it will totally depend on what exactly do you want to do. What area of practice you want to concentrate, where do you want to work (law firm, international organization, government)?
It all may affect the decision of what institution to attend.

Also, as far as i know, decisions on financial aid for NYU will be announced only in the mid of March. Does your admission decision explicitly state that you are not qualified for any financial aid?
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NYU would be better given your specific interests. Have you decided yet?

NYU would be better given your specific interests. Have you decided yet?
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I have been admitted into Georgetown for the International Business and Economic Law course with a scholarship of USD 20,000 and I've also been admitted in NYU for the Corporation LLM degree (no financial aid). I know NYU is ranked higher than Georgetown for law but with the scholarship in mind would it be advisable to opt for Georgetown instead? All opinions welcome.


I have a similar dilemma!

[quote]I have been admitted into Georgetown for the International Business and Economic Law course with a scholarship of USD 20,000 and I've also been admitted in NYU for the Corporation LLM degree (no financial aid). I know NYU is ranked higher than Georgetown for law but with the scholarship in mind would it be advisable to opt for Georgetown instead? All opinions welcome.[/quote]

I have a similar dilemma!
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I am pretty much in the same boat. NYU has not yet announced their financial aid and I have a partial scholarship from Georgetown. My area of interest is dispute settlement in international trade and investment law. Any suggestions on which is a better option?

I am pretty much in the same boat. NYU has not yet announced their financial aid and I have a partial scholarship from Georgetown. My area of interest is dispute settlement in international trade and investment law. Any suggestions on which is a better option?
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I am pretty much in the same boat. NYU has not yet announced their financial aid and I have a partial scholarship from Georgetown. My area of interest is dispute settlement in international trade and investment law. Any suggestions on which is a better option?


I also am specialized in international dispute settlement, have a substantial scholarship from GT and have not heard from NYU re the financial aid (I do not expect it to match GT even closely).
So far no idea which one I am going to choose...

[quote]I am pretty much in the same boat. NYU has not yet announced their financial aid and I have a partial scholarship from Georgetown. My area of interest is dispute settlement in international trade and investment law. Any suggestions on which is a better option?
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I also am specialized in international dispute settlement, have a substantial scholarship from GT and have not heard from NYU re the financial aid (I do not expect it to match GT even closely).
So far no idea which one I am going to choose...
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Replying to this thread as I believe a number of things have changed and this may aid future students attempting to take their LLM in the next few years. I personally finished my LLM at Columbia last year and I have to say that if we are simply talking about the job market post LLM, it would be an understatement to say that it is difficult. However, with the right amount of networking and truly finding what you want to do it is definitely possible.



There are a number of things that may make NYU better than Georgetown but I think that would all boil down to your career path and what you want to do after graduation. It is true that NYU Law may appear higher in some rankings as compared to Georgetown but you must also take into consideration the overall rankings and of course the reputation of each school. Based on our experience, the reputation of Georgetown is much better especially in the US, and in various International Organizations and Firms around the world. Its location at the capital and its proximity to all the key offices not just of the US but globally (IMF, World Bank, and Embassies included) makes it a prime spot not just for networking but for studies. However, it is definitely more fun at NYU given all the restaurants, cafes, and activities you can do when you don't have to attend your classes. But it might serve you better if you go to Georgetown and then make your way to NYC for work afterwards. NYU has a focus that's a little too inclined to Big Law and Corporate law firms (of course with the exception of its tax program that is also very good). And while it may be located in NYC, you have a lot of competition with other law schools in the city like Columbia, Fordham etc. that all focus heavily on the same fields. This is as compared to Georgetown which is in my opinion already much more versatile and has been known as the school that breeds future leaders not just in the US but around the world. At the end of the day, it will still depend on what you're looking for and what your career plans are afterwards. I am just speaking from experience and from how things panned out between me and my colleagues currently working here in the East Coast.

[Edited by luxlawyer96 on Nov 08, 2023]

Replying to this thread as I believe a number of things have changed and this may aid future students attempting to take their LLM in the next few years. I personally finished my LLM at Columbia last year and I have to say that if we are simply talking about the job market post LLM, it would be an understatement to say that it is difficult. However, with the right amount of networking and truly finding what you want to do it is definitely possible.<br>
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There are a number of things that may make NYU better than Georgetown but I think that would all boil down to your career path and what you want to do after graduation. It is true that NYU Law may appear higher in some rankings as compared to Georgetown but you must also take into consideration the overall rankings and of course the reputation of each school. Based on our experience, the reputation of Georgetown is much better especially in the US, and in various International Organizations and Firms around the world. Its location at the capital and its proximity to all the key offices not just of the US but globally (IMF, World Bank, and Embassies included) makes it a prime spot not just for networking but for studies. However, it is definitely more fun at NYU given all the restaurants, cafes, and activities you can do when you don't have to attend your classes. But it might serve you better if you go to Georgetown and then make your way to NYC for work afterwards. NYU has a focus that's a little too inclined to Big Law and Corporate law firms (of course with the exception of its tax program that is also very good). And while it may be located in NYC, you have a lot of competition with other law schools in the city like Columbia, Fordham etc. that all focus heavily on the same fields. This is as compared to Georgetown which is in my opinion already much more versatile and has been known as the school that breeds future leaders not just in the US but around the world. At the end of the day, it will still depend on what you're looking for and what your career plans are afterwards. I am just speaking from experience and from how things panned out between me and my colleagues currently working here in the East Coast.
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Definitely still GULC for me on this one if we were to focus solely on the two schools! Agree with luxlawyer96 on this! Can't stress enough the many many doors opened.

Definitely still GULC for me on this one if we were to focus solely on the two schools! Agree with luxlawyer96 on this! Can't stress enough the many many doors opened.
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