NYU v Berkeley


greentea
Hi All

So I have been admitted to the NYU (Corp Law FT) and Berkeley. I have been waitlisted at UPenn and I'm still awaiting a decision from Columbia.

In the event that I don't receive a positive reply from Columbia (my first preference), I wanted views on which University to choose between NYU and Berkeley. Ofcourse, if I convert the waitlist at UPenn, that would add to my predicament as well.

Just wanted to know everyone's view on this. Would be glad if you guys could advise me on which one to pick!
Hi All

So I have been admitted to the NYU (Corp Law FT) and Berkeley. I have been waitlisted at UPenn and I'm still awaiting a decision from Columbia.

In the event that I don't receive a positive reply from Columbia (my first preference), I wanted views on which University to choose between NYU and Berkeley. Ofcourse, if I convert the waitlist at UPenn, that would add to my predicament as well.

Just wanted to know everyone's view on this. Would be glad if you guys could advise me on which one to pick!
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Curious Y
We seem to be similar on admitted status. I got in NYU Corp Law, and Berkeley, waitlisted at UPenn. I didn't apply to Columbia but to Chicago, where I am waitlisted as well.

When I applied, Berkeley was ranked right below NYU. Ranked 8th along with UVA and Michigan, I believe. But this year, Berkeley's ranking dropped to 12th, which concerns me. Of course, ranking is not everything and people say we can't go wrong with any T14 schools, but still it concerns me a little.

One thing that concerns me on NYU, is the high living costs. Much higher than expected, so I am weighing my options too. But I am leaning towards NYU as of today :)
We seem to be similar on admitted status. I got in NYU Corp Law, and Berkeley, waitlisted at UPenn. I didn't apply to Columbia but to Chicago, where I am waitlisted as well.

When I applied, Berkeley was ranked right below NYU. Ranked 8th along with UVA and Michigan, I believe. But this year, Berkeley's ranking dropped to 12th, which concerns me. Of course, ranking is not everything and people say we can't go wrong with any T14 schools, but still it concerns me a little.

One thing that concerns me on NYU, is the high living costs. Much higher than expected, so I am weighing my options too. But I am leaning towards NYU as of today :)
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thecrown
We seem to be similar on admitted status. I got in NYU Corp Law, and Berkeley, waitlisted at UPenn. I didn't apply to Columbia but to Chicago, where I am waitlisted as well.

When I applied, Berkeley was ranked right below NYU. Ranked 8th along with UVA and Michigan, I believe. But this year, Berkeley's ranking dropped to 12th, which concerns me. Of course, ranking is not everything and people say we can't go wrong with any T14 schools, but still it concerns me a little.

One thing that concerns me on NYU, is the high living costs. Much higher than expected, so I am weighing my options too. But I am leaning towards NYU as of today :)


Hey Guys...

So I have been admitted to UPenn, Chicago, NYU and Berkley; And am very unsure of the decision I'm facing. Each university has such different advantages and disadvantages, that it's very hard to compare them to one another... I'm leaning towards Chicago because it is the best law school out of the four, and is considered top notch for my area of interest (Law and Economics); but the location of the university concerns me as I've heard the neighbourhood is very unsafe... NYU is great but living costs are astronomical (but maybe NYC is worth it?); Berkley allows me to do my thesis, but doesn't qualify me for the NY bar; and UPenn has the Wharton Certificate Program which sounds very appealing, but I am yet to properly ascertain how much value it adds to one's CV, and if it is considered transferrable to employers outside law firms.

If anyone has any thoughts on these unis, would love to hear!
[quote]We seem to be similar on admitted status. I got in NYU Corp Law, and Berkeley, waitlisted at UPenn. I didn't apply to Columbia but to Chicago, where I am waitlisted as well.

When I applied, Berkeley was ranked right below NYU. Ranked 8th along with UVA and Michigan, I believe. But this year, Berkeley's ranking dropped to 12th, which concerns me. Of course, ranking is not everything and people say we can't go wrong with any T14 schools, but still it concerns me a little.

One thing that concerns me on NYU, is the high living costs. Much higher than expected, so I am weighing my options too. But I am leaning towards NYU as of today :)[/quote]

Hey Guys...

So I have been admitted to UPenn, Chicago, NYU and Berkley; And am very unsure of the decision I'm facing. Each university has such different advantages and disadvantages, that it's very hard to compare them to one another... I'm leaning towards Chicago because it is the best law school out of the four, and is considered top notch for my area of interest (Law and Economics); but the location of the university concerns me as I've heard the neighbourhood is very unsafe... NYU is great but living costs are astronomical (but maybe NYC is worth it?); Berkley allows me to do my thesis, but doesn't qualify me for the NY bar; and UPenn has the Wharton Certificate Program which sounds very appealing, but I am yet to properly ascertain how much value it adds to one's CV, and if it is considered transferrable to employers outside law firms.

If anyone has any thoughts on these unis, would love to hear!
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FAD
I'm facing similar questions being admitted at NYU, UPenn, Columbia, Chicago, Cornell, Berkeley, Stanford and others and being waitlisted at Harvard.
Here is what I did:
Since I received really extremely generous scholarships from some of these schools, while others offered only some (or no) support, but not 'enough', I decided to follow the money. That means that I dropped Berkeley and Stanford, where I would not have received any funding - let's be honest, no (!) name equals a difference of more than 50.000$, at least, if you got other T14 Options. I declined most other offers as well, including my first Choice, Chicago, since the difference in cost was simply too big in my opinion. I will have to decide now between UPenn and NYU (which both already offered generous support) and Columbia (depending on their Financial Aid).
I don't know, how it is in your countries, but I would say that in my country maybe Harvard's renommee could outweigh the difference in cost, but all the other names are so well known and so 'close' to each other that a difference of ten thousands of dollars is not justified, from no reasonable perspective.
So my advice: If you were admitted by top schools - pick the one, which offers the best cost-value-ratio.

[Edited by FAD on Mar 23, 2017]

I'm facing similar questions being admitted at NYU, UPenn, Columbia, Chicago, Cornell, Berkeley, Stanford and others and being waitlisted at Harvard.
Here is what I did:
Since I received really extremely generous scholarships from some of these schools, while others offered only some (or no) support, but not 'enough', I decided to follow the money. That means that I dropped Berkeley and Stanford, where I would not have received any funding - let's be honest, no (!) name equals a difference of more than 50.000$, at least, if you got other T14 Options. I declined most other offers as well, including my first Choice, Chicago, since the difference in cost was simply too big in my opinion. I will have to decide now between UPenn and NYU (which both already offered generous support) and Columbia (depending on their Financial Aid).
I don't know, how it is in your countries, but I would say that in my country maybe Harvard's renommee could outweigh the difference in cost, but all the other names are so well known and so 'close' to each other that a difference of ten thousands of dollars is not justified, from no reasonable perspective.
So my advice: If you were admitted by top schools - pick the one, which offers the best cost-value-ratio.
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Curious Y
I'm facing similar questions being admitted at NYU, UPenn, Columbia, Chicago, Cornell, Berkeley, Stanford and others and being waitlisted at Harvard.
Here is what I did:
Since I received really extremely generous scholarships from some of these schools, while others offered only some (or no) support, but not 'enough', I decided to follow the money. That means that I dropped Berkeley and Stanford, where I would not have received any funding - let's be honest, no (!) name equals a difference of more than 50.000$, at least, if you got other T14 Options. I declined most other offers as well, including my first Choice, Chicago, since the difference in cost was simply too big in my opinion. I will have to decide now between UPenn and NYU (which both already offered generous support) and Columbia (depending on their Financial Aid).
I don't know, how it is in your countries, but I would say that in my country maybe Harvard's renommee could outweigh the difference in cost, but all the other names are so well known and so 'close' to each other that a difference of ten thousands of dollars is not justified, from no reasonable perspective.
So my advice: If you were admitted by top schools - pick the one, which offers the best cost-value-ratio.


If you got more than 50K, I agree with you.
And your accepted school list looks good even without the 50K :)

I also have some scholarship offer from Northwestern, but not as much as 50K. What do you guys think about that?
[quote]I'm facing similar questions being admitted at NYU, UPenn, Columbia, Chicago, Cornell, Berkeley, Stanford and others and being waitlisted at Harvard.
Here is what I did:
Since I received really extremely generous scholarships from some of these schools, while others offered only some (or no) support, but not 'enough', I decided to follow the money. That means that I dropped Berkeley and Stanford, where I would not have received any funding - let's be honest, no (!) name equals a difference of more than 50.000$, at least, if you got other T14 Options. I declined most other offers as well, including my first Choice, Chicago, since the difference in cost was simply too big in my opinion. I will have to decide now between UPenn and NYU (which both already offered generous support) and Columbia (depending on their Financial Aid).
I don't know, how it is in your countries, but I would say that in my country maybe Harvard's renommee could outweigh the difference in cost, but all the other names are so well known and so 'close' to each other that a difference of ten thousands of dollars is not justified, from no reasonable perspective.
So my advice: If you were admitted by top schools - pick the one, which offers the best cost-value-ratio.[/quote]

If you got more than 50K, I agree with you.
And your accepted school list looks good even without the 50K :)

I also have some scholarship offer from Northwestern, but not as much as 50K. What do you guys think about that?
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D_LLM_9018
I've been waitlisted at NYU and Upenn and accepted at Berkeley and Cornell. I don't know what chance I stand at getting admitted at NYU and/or Upenn, but between Berkeley and Cornell - Berkeley wins, right? Context - I'm interested in corp law.
I've been waitlisted at NYU and Upenn and accepted at Berkeley and Cornell. I don't know what chance I stand at getting admitted at NYU and/or Upenn, but between Berkeley and Cornell - Berkeley wins, right? Context - I'm interested in corp law.
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SP.LADY
I've been waitlisted at NYU and Upenn and accepted at Berkeley and Cornell. I don't know what chance I stand at getting admitted at NYU and/or Upenn, but between Berkeley and Cornell - Berkeley wins, right? Context - I'm interested in corp law.


Yes I would probably pick Berkeley over Cornell for Corporate law. Having said that considering that there isn't too much difference between the schools, it may be good to also factor in geographic context, your post-LLM plans etc.

I'm generally having the same problem as many people on the thread. Having finally dwindled down my offers to Penn and NYU, I'm not sure which to pick, this is on a consideration that the monetary difference between the two is not consequential to me decision making. I'd rather pick first and figure money out after.

[Edited by SP.LADY on Mar 24, 2017]

[quote]I've been waitlisted at NYU and Upenn and accepted at Berkeley and Cornell. I don't know what chance I stand at getting admitted at NYU and/or Upenn, but between Berkeley and Cornell - Berkeley wins, right? Context - I'm interested in corp law. [/quote]

Yes I would probably pick Berkeley over Cornell for Corporate law. Having said that considering that there isn't too much difference between the schools, it may be good to also factor in geographic context, your post-LLM plans etc.

I'm generally having the same problem as many people on the thread. Having finally dwindled down my offers to Penn and NYU, I'm not sure which to pick, this is on a consideration that the monetary difference between the two is not consequential to me decision making. I'd rather pick first and figure money out after.
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