NYU Scholarship worth turning down Harvard etc.?


PaulaQA

Hey all!Thnks for this post!I'm in a very similar situation...Got admission from Columbia and NYU with a Vanderbilt Scholarship and I'm waiting from HLS.I asked them from an early review and after several emails and exchange of info they told me today they would give me a response by tomorrow morning. I definitely don't know what to do.. I don't know if Harvard is worth losing the experience of living in NYC for a year and even, if the scholarship (yes, 47k) is worth rejecting the tradition and prestige of Columbia. Apart from the name, what does HLS offer? If I finally decide to study in NY, which one should I choose, NYU or Columbia?
I wonder if a merit-based scholarship as the one offered by the NYU would improve my chances of getting a job in the States (preferably in NY) after the LL.MM. What do you think?

Thanks to everyone!

Hey all!Thnks for this post!I'm in a very similar situation...Got admission from Columbia and NYU with a Vanderbilt Scholarship and I'm waiting from HLS.I asked them from an early review and after several emails and exchange of info they told me today they would give me a response by tomorrow morning. I definitely don't know what to do.. I don't know if Harvard is worth losing the experience of living in NYC for a year and even, if the scholarship (yes, 47k) is worth rejecting the tradition and prestige of Columbia. Apart from the name, what does HLS offer? If I finally decide to study in NY, which one should I choose, NYU or Columbia?
I wonder if a merit-based scholarship as the one offered by the NYU would improve my chances of getting a job in the States (preferably in NY) after the LL.MM. What do you think?

Thanks to everyone!
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daap11

Please let us know if HLS grants the early review by tomorrow, at least a couple of us were postponed until March 28, if you get an admission by tomorrow we could reasonable estimate that we were not of their interest.

I think there is no question between a scholarship from NYU and CLS without scholarship, that is out of discussion from my end... If you get admission from HLS tomorrow that is a different history...

Please let us know if HLS grants the early review by tomorrow, at least a couple of us were postponed until March 28, if you get an admission by tomorrow we could reasonable estimate that we were not of their interest.

I think there is no question between a scholarship from NYU and CLS without scholarship, that is out of discussion from my end... If you get admission from HLS tomorrow that is a different history...
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PaulaQA

Hi Daap11! Sure, I'll let you know as soon as I get their answer. Tomorrow will be a stressful day...

Hi Daap11! Sure, I'll let you know as soon as I get their answer. Tomorrow will be a stressful day...
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C_Lawyer

Many applicants have asked for an early review from Harvard and the only answer they have received was a generic message suggesting to ask for a deferral. If they said they could release your decision by tomorrow, that is weird..

isnt harvard on spring break as well?

Many applicants have asked for an early review from Harvard and the only answer they have received was a generic message suggesting to ask for a deferral. If they said they could release your decision by tomorrow, that is weird..

isnt harvard on spring break as well?
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mp89

Many applicants have asked for an early review from Harvard and the only answer they have received was a generic message suggesting to ask for a deferral. If they said they could release your decision by tomorrow, that is weird..

isnt harvard on spring break as well?


well I think only students are on spring break

<blockquote>Many applicants have asked for an early review from Harvard and the only answer they have received was a generic message suggesting to ask for a deferral. If they said they could release your decision by tomorrow, that is weird..

isnt harvard on spring break as well?</blockquote>

well I think only students are on spring break
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kozik

Take NYU's money, great school, great city, you won't regret it! :)))))
If I was you, I'd grab the money offerd by NYU with no doubts. Go for it!!!

Take NYU's money, great school, great city, you won't regret it! :)))))
If I was you, I'd grab the money offerd by NYU with no doubts. Go for it!!!
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Oldtimer

...Got admission from Columbia and NYU with a Vanderbilt Scholarship and I'm waiting from HLS....

If I finally decide to study in NY, which one should I choose, NYU or Columbia?


Choosing between NYU and Columbia is like choosing between strawberry or cholocate icecream. They are both good, but it depends on your tastes and plans (not to mention the money part...)

This is a link to something that I wrote last year on the eternal NYU vs. Columbia issue: www.llm-guide.com/board/87374/last/#post-87377

Good luck!

<blockquote>...Got admission from Columbia and NYU with a Vanderbilt Scholarship and I'm waiting from HLS....

If I finally decide to study in NY, which one should I choose, NYU or Columbia?
</blockquote>

Choosing between NYU and Columbia is like choosing between strawberry or cholocate icecream. They are both good, but it depends on your tastes and plans (not to mention the money part...)

This is a link to something that I wrote last year on the eternal NYU vs. Columbia issue: www.llm-guide.com/board/87374/last/#post-87377

Good luck!
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ajibra

Just that you know, rankings for LLM is a moot point in the US. It is almost useless if you plan on staying in the US unless it is in something like Tax from NYU. Believe it or not, there are Harvard LLMs that I know (3) that did not secure employment, and had to go back to their home countries. They however got very good jobs at home though.
If you plan on staying in the US, I'll suggest you seriously look into a JD.

Just that you know, rankings for LLM is a moot point in the US. It is almost useless if you plan on staying in the US unless it is in something like Tax from NYU. Believe it or not, there are Harvard LLMs that I know (3) that did not secure employment, and had to go back to their home countries. They however got very good jobs at home though.
If you plan on staying in the US, I'll suggest you seriously look into a JD.
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appleice

Hi Daap11! Sure, I'll let you know as soon as I get their answer. Tomorrow will be a stressful day...


Hi! did you get the decision from Harvard? good luck!

<blockquote>Hi Daap11! Sure, I'll let you know as soon as I get their answer. Tomorrow will be a stressful day...</blockquote>

Hi! did you get the decision from Harvard? good luck!
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daap11

From my end, I enrolled yesterday to NYU and took the scholarship

From my end, I enrolled yesterday to NYU and took the scholarship
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Guys, thank you so much for all the advice.

Just to let you know, after a long and painful decision-making process I have decided not to accept NYU's scholarship offer and to attend Harvard Law School in the fall. I spoke with a lot of people in the last couple of weeks and the tenor was always the same: If I have the opportunity to go to Harvard, I should go. The tuition may hurt me a couple of years but I would regret not having gone to Harvard when I had the opportunity all my life.

Some asked me about my credentials and my field of interest. I hope you will understand that I am reluctant to share personal information on the discussion board. But you can probably guess that my credentials can't be too bad (but nothing too special either).

Guys, thank you so much for all the advice.

Just to let you know, after a long and painful decision-making process I have decided not to accept NYU's scholarship offer and to attend Harvard Law School in the fall. I spoke with a lot of people in the last couple of weeks and the tenor was always the same: If I have the opportunity to go to Harvard, I should go. The tuition may hurt me a couple of years but I would regret not having gone to Harvard when I had the opportunity all my life.

Some asked me about my credentials and my field of interest. I hope you will understand that I am reluctant to share personal information on the discussion board. But you can probably guess that my credentials can't be too bad (but nothing too special either).
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canada40

daap11

In my view, you took the best decision.

Goodluck.

daap11

In my view, you took the best decision.

Goodluck.
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daap11

Thank you very much Canada40! I am very happy with my enrollment to NYU, they have been so nice to me and I think that at the end of the day that is the program (and the city) which better suits with my career plans in corporate and finance law.
Congratulations to Sam Seaborn on his admission to HLS!! In any case you couldn't be wrong!

Thank you very much Canada40! I am very happy with my enrollment to NYU, they have been so nice to me and I think that at the end of the day that is the program (and the city) which better suits with my career plans in corporate and finance law.
Congratulations to Sam Seaborn on his admission to HLS!! In any case you couldn't be wrong!
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thomg

Interesting posts, I would have thought the $ would be very difficult to turn down, but I guess the Harvard name means a lot ... also funny when people start arguing whether Columbia or Chicago is better ("hey, they're both great"). Important to remember its only Uni...

Interesting posts, I would have thought the $ would be very difficult to turn down, but I guess the Harvard name means a lot ... also funny when people start arguing whether Columbia or Chicago is better ("hey, they're both great"). Important to remember its only Uni...
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Oldtimer

Wise words by thomg, which reminded me of an inscription in the Salamanca university (Spain):

'Quod Natura Non Dat, Salmantica non praestat'

'What nature does not provide, Salamanca does not add'

Who knows? Maybe Harvard does... :)

Wise words by thomg, which reminded me of an inscription in the Salamanca university (Spain):

'Quod Natura Non Dat, Salmantica non praestat'

'What nature does not provide, Salamanca does not add'

Who knows? Maybe Harvard does... :)
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ringirl

what a great quote Oldtimer!

what a great quote Oldtimer!
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knower16

True, it`s just a university. And the real life starts after it. Unfortunately (or fortunately) most of the people I know who achieved something in life where just great personalities with usual law degrees.

True, it`s just a university. And the real life starts after it. Unfortunately (or fortunately) most of the people I know who achieved something in life where just great personalities with usual law degrees.
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nwular

Hi guys,

I didn't apply to the big tickets, HLS, Stanford, Yale etc, interested in environmental law 'Clean tech prog' at Berkeley and got in but sadly with no aid.

In some other varsity as well with aid, and NYU's LL.M with the graduate awards (half tuition).

Most people on this thread are interested in tax and corporate law, but would I be crazy to reject this offer from NYU and accept Berkeley with no aid? Money is a really big issue for me, trying to push for the partial aid as well from Berkeley, but certain that decision won't be out on time before I have to accept the offer from NYU.

Any ideas? If finally NYU, then also look forward to meeting you guys in August:-).

Hi guys,

I didn't apply to the big tickets, HLS, Stanford, Yale etc, interested in environmental law 'Clean tech prog' at Berkeley and got in but sadly with no aid.

In some other varsity as well with aid, and NYU's LL.M with the graduate awards (half tuition).

Most people on this thread are interested in tax and corporate law, but would I be crazy to reject this offer from NYU and accept Berkeley with no aid? Money is a really big issue for me, trying to push for the partial aid as well from Berkeley, but certain that decision won't be out on time before I have to accept the offer from NYU.

Any ideas? If finally NYU, then also look forward to meeting you guys in August:-).
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It would probably be best to just let this thread go to sleep, but I am too tempted to respond:

I don't like the direction of the last few posts which in part imply the portrayal of a brand name hunter. Rest assured that I based my decision on so much more than just the name of the university. I spoke to quite a number of people who attended HLS in the past few years and each and every one of them was enthusiastic about the quality of both the faculty and the student body. I am confident that I will receive the best possible education at Harvard in my field(s) of interest (by which I am not devaluing NYU's quality in any way).

On the other hand, don't be so naïve to neglect the power of perception either. We are living in a world of expectations, simplifications and prejudices, in which the perception of one's education is just as important as its actual quality. What is the best possible education worth if everyone else thinks it's useless? Or are you studying exclusively for the gain of knowledge as such? I am not saying this is a good thing, I'm just stating a fact.

It would probably be best to just let this thread go to sleep, but I am too tempted to respond:

I don't like the direction of the last few posts which in part imply the portrayal of a brand name hunter. Rest assured that I based my decision on so much more than just the name of the university. I spoke to quite a number of people who attended HLS in the past few years and each and every one of them was enthusiastic about the quality of both the faculty and the student body. I am confident that I will receive the best possible education at Harvard in my field(s) of interest (by which I am not devaluing NYU's quality in any way).

On the other hand, don't be so naïve to neglect the power of perception either. We are living in a world of expectations, simplifications and prejudices, in which the perception of one's education is just as important as its actual quality. What is the best possible education worth if everyone else thinks it's useless? Or are you studying exclusively for the gain of knowledge as such? I am not saying this is a good thing, I'm just stating a fact.
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You are so right Sam.

You are so right Sam.
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