Well, the reason I ask is that I was offered a full-ride at my safety school Wayne State Law in Detroit. I am from Detroit and would have no problem having a career in Detroit. I applied to other "match" schools in the region (Iowa, Ohio St, Illinois, Indiana) and several reach schools outside the region (BC, Fordham, UVA). I have gotten into Iowa and it's likely that ill get into the rest of my match schools. I doubt I'll get into my reach schools, but if I do I certainly will not get any money. However, as much as I would love to go the best school I can get into, the idea of graduating from law school debt free is nice.
Quote from: RalphieLHumble on December 11, 2008, 12:52:33 PMYou want to have big bucks and big hours with big law? Go tier 1. this isn't quite accurate. median at most tier 1 schools will not get you BIGLAW! jobs.
You want to have big bucks and big hours with big law? Go tier 1.
Quote from: tm. on December 11, 2008, 01:38:29 PMQuote from: RalphieLHumble on December 11, 2008, 12:52:33 PMYou want to have big bucks and big hours with big law? Go tier 1. this isn't quite accurate. median at most tier 1 schools will not get you BIGLAW! jobs.No.... but median at tier 1 will get you a heck of a lot closer to big law than median at tier 3.
Take the full ride at a lesser ranked school Tier 2 or Tier 3 or take out 150k of loans to go to Tier 1. Faced with the uncertainty of the state of the economy when we graduate from law school this questions becomes quite important.
I am facing somewhat of a similar decision, only my decision involves tier 2 versus upper-tier 1. Basically, I could go to Michigan for sticker (probably), Vandy for some scholarships (probably), or Kentucky for a really big scholarship (probably). I am leaning toward (though not entirely sold on) Vanderbilt.I don't think there is one right or wrong answer, and, contrary to popular board belief, I don't think you are dooming yourself to a lifetime of regret if you do choose the tier 3. There is something to be said for avoiding debt.You have to figure out what you want to do and where you want to do it. You want to have big bucks and big hours with big law? Go tier 1. You want the security of having no debt, but the lack of the prestigious name on your resume? Go tier 2/3/4. You have to figure out what is best for you, regardless of what anyone on a message board or anywhere else tells you that you should do.
Vandy and other lower ranked schools are great
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