« on: February 01, 2008, 09:44:03 AM »
I do think that debt management/ investment return is an important factor which everyone should take into consideration when deciding whether and where to go to law school.
Having said that, I think the conclusion that "Lower ranked school= no BIGLAW= you'll die of starvation" is a little over the top. There are many options out there for people with JD's. There are many individuals who go to lower ranked schools, examine their interests and options, and go on to do work which is meaningful to them and supports them.
I am planning on becoming a public defender. I have no interest in BIGLAW. I don't think there is anything inherently wrong with BIGLAW as a career choice, but it would be wrong for me. I am looking at LRAP programs in every school I am applying to, as well as federal assistance with repayment. I currently live on $17,000 a year (roughly), and I own a house, have a new-ish car, and eat regularly. I am sure that I will be able survive on what I will get paid after graduation.
Of the legal mentors I have been fortunate enough to encounter thus far, about half are T14, and half are not. They all do work they love, and all are just fine financially.
Thank you to the original poster for addressing this issue in a calmer and more respectful manner than appears elsewhere. I don't agree with you, but it is a very important issue.
::hops off soapbox::