I'm trying to decide between a couple different schools, and instead of asking your opinion about each one, i'm more interested in hearing from current students who took a scholarship from a lower ranked school only to pass up an offer of admission from a T-1. (say the very low end of the first tier to be specific)
Did you end up doing well within your class? Can anything really be said about being in the top 90th percentile of the entering class? I assume there is somewhat of a correlation, i'm just curious if anyone has an experience that would enhance or detract from that logic. Finally, are you happy with your choice?
Note: I'm just looking for generalizations here and personal narrative, i realize the location and name of the schools im considering plays a large factor, but i'm more interested in hearing from people from any school that have turned down a more prestigous school only to enter in the top 80-90th percentile with a scholarship at a lesser ranked school. Thanks a lot!
Based on what you have asked:
My daughter applied to 1 law school (around 15-20) and was placed on the wait list
( 165/3.8 ). It was there or nothing. At the last minute she decided to apply to a T4 down the road (30 days late). She was accepted and offered a 50% scholarship (her numbers put her well in the
top 5% of those admitted).
She did EXTREMELY well over her 3 years. At 2L OCI she had 10 interviews and 7 offers (If I remember correctly). She worked for 2 great firms in the city her school is in.
She was offered a New York salary with a southern state cost of living.
She loved her school and the city it was in.
She feels she got a great education and (most) of the teachers were good. She did have some gripes but you will find that anywhere.
It all comes down to personal preference.
Do you want to graduate with a ton of debt and hope you can find a job or do you to graduate with as little as debt as possible and hope you can find a job. Is that higher ranked school really gonna give you that much more of an advantage. Some say yes. Some say no.
What state will the economy be in in a few years. You can graduate from a T1 but if there are no, or limited, jobs then what are you going to do.
What is it you want out of life.
How much risk are you willing to take.
It's like the lottery - everyone plays but only a few win the big prize.