How far off is the rank of the lesser school?If it is reasonably close, I would say it is unimportant. If we are talking 48th v. 148th, that is different.
I took some money at a T3 and gave up admission to a T2. After a year at the T3, I did well and am desperately trying to transfer. Some professors are very good, some are not. Some classmates are very smart, some are not. At times it doesn't feel like law school, but rather like the place third-rate wannabes might go to teach and learn. Several classmates just skipped class and put no effort in at all, which I hear does not happen at better schools. And most of all, JOB MARKET JOB MARKET JOB MARKET. Go to a better-tiered school, regardless of money. I think money should only be a factor in deliberating between different schools of the same tier.
This is serious advice. Go to the highest ranked school that you were accepted to. I took a full scholarship at a T2, without realizing that they grade on a 2.5 forced curve. It is much better to graduate from a top-ranked school, no matter what your GPA is, than to risk getting lower grades at a lower-ranked school. Everyone thinks going in that they will be able to manage top 10%, but it is a lot harder than it seems. Good luck with whatever you choose to do.
Hey all,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!