Here's my story. I'm currently at a low ranked law school in a mid-sized legal market, which also has three other law schools. Only one of the law schools in the area is a T1 school. At my current school, I've finished in the top 10%, had a significant merit scholarship, a fellowship position, wrote onto law review, and have a leadership position in a student organization.
But, I have recently applied to the T1 school in the same city. Granted, this is not a T14 school, so we are not talking about one of the best. I'm not a rankings or prestige kind of person, but I do want the best opportunities possible. Is it crazy to give up everything I've worked for this year to pay more to attend a school in the same city? Again, the T1 school isn't one that will give me national opportunities and I will likely be stuck in the area for a few years. Other factors influencing my decision are that I don't really like the atmosphere at my current school, both students and faculty. Also, I would like the opportunity to at least leave the current city at some point, which may not happen if i stay at my current school.
The other big hurdle I may have to overcome will be during OCIs. The city is currently flooded with graduates from my current school (essentially this is only because the school is a diploma factory). However, there is a good chance that I will be interviewed by attorneys that graduate from my current school. I'm afraid of running into attitudes such as "What, our school wasn't good enough for you?" I have a PhD and my area of practice will be rather narrow, so I don't know how concerned I would be with the school bias. I don't exactly know how I would answer any questions from these people in interviews, but I've also heard that this does happen during OCIs. The best answer I can currently come up with is that I'm simply looking for the best opportunities possible.
I've applied to a few other schools as well, but they are probably long shots. so, am i crazy for moving across town and spending more money to probably get the same job i would get at my current school?