« on: June 28, 2007, 08:05:35 AM »
The less prestigious degree and the big debt load both do the same thing: they reduce the number of opportunities you have. Both close some doors, while the lack of debt or the prestigious degree open a lot of other ones. Law students just need to be cognizant of that. I think a lot of people have preconceived notions about this, and don't recognize that it's always going to be a trade off.
In that case, I'm very lucky to have received my biggest scholarship from my best acceptance in my region of the country. In any event, as someone once put it on this site or another; if you choose the school with more prestige you'll be kicking yourself for the next ten years every time you write out that check for the student loans but if you choose the lesser school, you'll be kicking yourself for the rest of your life for passing up an excellent opportunity. I'm not saying that this will always occur but it most likely will and it does seem worthwhile to sacrifice ten years of pay for a lifetime of rewards. Right now you may be thinking about saving a few thousand dollars over the next three years but over the life of your career you're going to lose money if you attend that T3. You stated yourself that this T1 in another state does well in your state. Why do you think that's the case? It's probably not because the T3 in your state isn't producing enough attorneys. Think on that.