What are your career plans if you can't teach? What if you can't clerk? Do you have family or personal $$$ or other means of reducing debt load at ND?I'd like to work whatever job I could to pay off debt quickly. That's likely biglaw, but who knows if I can get in to it. I don't want to work my whole life away, but I would like to make a decent salary. Maybe appellate litigation would be fun as I prefer looking at the larger issues. Also, I'd like to work on the east coast. My current school is in Connecticut. It's regional reputation is okay at best. On average only about 3 or so people get jobs at OCI and they're usually in Connecticut. I'd prefer to be in a city. Also, even though I know this shouldn't be an issue, I do have a semi-serious girlfriend at school. I don't have any personal or family money to help reduce the debt at ND. Right now, I'd graduate with about $76,000 in debt from undergrad and law school living expenses. If I went to ND, I'd graduate with close to $150,000 in total debt. Thanks for all the advice.
I am faced with a very similar dilemma right now - think I want to have a federal clerkship and teach eventually. Currently full scholarship at a T3, top 2%, law review, very good regional reputation (southeast). I've been accepted to Hastings and waiting on Boalt or Stanford (which is a long shot). I don't know if I want to be East Coast or west (although family is east coast) and I will be about $150k in debt if I transfer. Is it worth it to go to Hastings?What about Boalt (assuming I get accepted). What about the unmentionable fact that I am a woman and may want a family at some point? Thanks
ToddBrown, Can I ask how you heard you were accepted at ND? Did they call/e-mail/ or regular mail? I'm waiting to hear from them, so I think that means I didn't get in! Congratulations on the acceptance! And good luck making a decision.