Still the same salrary after you take out your loan debt from your 100K salary or have no debt and make 60-75K
Don't forget that people in small law top out a lot quicker. The student loans are paid off in 5-10 years, depending on how aggressive one is. A midlevel/senior associate can pull down $300k+. But the small law 7th year? Nowhere close. You have a ton of compression, and the financial comparison is not even close after a few years, even with all the student loans.
What do you mean? Job wise
A general rule is that it's a lot easier to move down than it is to move up. If you start off in Biglaw, you have plenty of options. If you go to a less-than-stellar school, you're already starting at the bottom. Where are you going to go if things don't work out?