NYU vs. CLS


sdlib1994

Hi there!
I have been recently admitted to the LL.M. Program at CLS and to the Corporation Law LL.M. at NYU. I’m now waiting for HLS’s LL.M. decision (very few chances of making it, I guess), but I was just wondering about the pros and cons of both unis (CLS vs. NYU) and why should I choose one over the other.
While I’m still hesitating about whether to take NYS’s bar exam, I am really looking forward to securing a secondment or visiting experience after completion of the LL.M. in a big law firm. From what I understand, this is very hard, taking into account LL.M.s compete with JDs. However, if anyone could provide some insight as to why CLS or NYU would help me better in securing this position, I would be beyond thankful.
FIP, I haven’t received confirmation (yet) on financial aid in neither CLS nor NYU, so I cannot say I have an actual preference for one or the other.
Many thanks to the LL.M. guide community in advance. This place has been very inspiring ;)
Best!

Hi there!
I have been recently admitted to the LL.M. Program at CLS and to the Corporation Law LL.M. at NYU. I’m now waiting for HLS’s LL.M. decision (very few chances of making it, I guess), but I was just wondering about the pros and cons of both unis (CLS vs. NYU) and why should I choose one over the other.
While I’m still hesitating about whether to take NYS’s bar exam, I am really looking forward to securing a secondment or visiting experience after completion of the LL.M. in a big law firm. From what I understand, this is very hard, taking into account LL.M.s compete with JDs. However, if anyone could provide some insight as to why CLS or NYU would help me better in securing this position, I would be beyond thankful.
FIP, I haven’t received confirmation (yet) on financial aid in neither CLS nor NYU, so I cannot say I have an actual preference for one or the other.
Many thanks to the LL.M. guide community in advance. This place has been very inspiring ;)
Best!
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rp1803

Hi, 

First of all: congratulations on your offers! They are both incredible law schools and I'm sure you'll be a competitive candidate for a temporary (or event permanent) position regardless of which school you end up choosing! 

I think the main difference between them is that CLS is an Ivy League School, whereas NYU isn't. I don't know how much that impacts a potential job offer in the U.S., but it's considered a "brand" in some countries. Other differences (which I think are less relevant for employment purposes and are more related to what type of experience you are looking for): (i) CLS has an actual campus and NYU doesn't (although WSP almost feels like a campus); and (ii) NYU's location in NYC is far better than CLS'.

Also, NYU is well known for and better ranked in certain areas such as tax, estates, white collar crime, while CLS is well known and has a massive offer of courses in corporate law (I'm sure NYU does as well but I think CLS and UChicago are the top choices for corporate lawyers).

Finally, I think that overall chances of getting a scholarship offer from NYU are greater than from CLS, so that also has to be factored if it's important to you!

Hi,&nbsp;<br><br>First of all: congratulations on your offers! They are both incredible law schools and I'm sure you'll be a competitive candidate for a temporary (or event permanent) position regardless of which school you end up choosing!&nbsp;<br><br>I think the main difference between them is that CLS is an Ivy League School, whereas NYU isn't. I don't know how much that impacts a potential job offer in the U.S., but it's considered a "brand" in some countries. Other differences (which I think are less relevant for employment purposes and are more related to what type of experience you are looking for): (i) CLS has an actual campus and NYU doesn't (although WSP almost feels like a campus); and (ii) NYU's location in NYC is far better than CLS'.<br><br>Also, NYU is well known for and better ranked in certain areas such as tax, estates, white collar crime, while CLS is well known and has a massive offer of courses in corporate law (I'm sure NYU does as well but I think CLS and UChicago are the top choices for corporate lawyers).<br><br>Finally, I think that overall chances of getting a scholarship offer from NYU are greater than from CLS, so that also has to be factored if it's important to you!<br>
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Capoetiure

Hi RP, great insights. I would like to know which option is the best for litigation and arbitration.

Hi RP, great insights. I would like to know which option is the best for litigation and arbitration.
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sdlib1994

Thank you so much for your detailed reply, rp1803! Do appreciate it! 1f603

Thank you so much for your detailed reply, rp1803! Do appreciate it!&nbsp;:smiley:
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rp1803

Hi RP, great insights. I would like to know which option is the best for litigation and arbitration.


Hi Manuel! Sorry, but I don't know for sure. I know that CLS' LLM Class of 2022 has a massive number of lawyers with background in litigation and arbitration. Maybe you could try to get in touch with some current students ou alumni of both schools to figure out which one of them will be a better fit for you? :)

[quote]Hi RP, great insights. I would like to know which option is the best for litigation and arbitration. [/quote]<br><br>Hi Manuel! Sorry, but I don't know for sure. I know that CLS' LLM Class of 2022 has a massive number of lawyers with background in litigation and arbitration. Maybe you could try to get in touch with some current students ou alumni of both schools to figure out which one of them will be a better fit for you? :)
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