« on: June 27, 2008, 01:17:07 AM »
I took the T3 $$$ option and I am happy with the decision. I made the law review. Law review is a chance for me to study and write about topics that pertain to my own interest. Seems invaluable, although it will only pay back what I put in.
Whether you are at a T1 or a T3, you have to put in the effort to become a professional. There is no shortcut to that - great schools don't surgically implant the ability into their students.
Also I agree with Killjoy. It's a good point about the lenience for a well-written exam. I think the profs get disgusted reading some of the exams. Many of them are probably quite awful because they are written under a timed environment and the authors are not always working with a full understanding of the law or even the question. Still, you need to quickly learn what is expected in a legal essay. Within an essay, you could make the most outstanding, insightful point, but it might score exactly the same as a mundane but equally applicable and accurate point. The question is how many distinct, point-scoring sentences do you get on paper in a readable fashion, within the time constraints; not how brilliant your arguments are.
Occasionally I long to be at one of the top schools, schmoozing with their all-star cast. But I just didn't have the money. And really, I would be stressing a lot more if I had a lot of debt piling up. I don't like unnecessary stress all that much.