Can anyone share a personal experience of someone who was faced with the decision between Howard w/ $ and a T14 w/o any? My dilemma is this - Often people assume (generally speaking) that a JD from a T14 provides more opportunities than one from Howard. However, one could argue that due to the debt incurred at the T14 vs. (in my case) practically none at Howard, a student could be more limited with the JD from a T14 because he/she would almost have to go to work in big law or into a (low paying) public/government situation, as the T14 (in this case) has a solid loan repayment program. That rules out career tracks that fall in the middle of the pack. Howard, although a third tier school, gets attention from firms who would not otherwise visit similarly ranked schools. That said, the school also has a great alumni network.
Has anyone selected Howard over a T14 or, conversely, rejected a full ride (particularly from Howard) for the full loan package at a T14? Am I insane for even considering it?
Please, I'm not really interested in personal opinions or negative commentary - I have heard more of those than I care to consider - but I would greatly appreciate any first hand knowledge of someone's actual experience.
Thank you kindly,