Just finished a very successful 1L at DePaul. I have a scholarship, won 2 CALI awards in legal writing, made Law Review, and most importantly still have a 4.0/4.0, which should rank me at the top of the class (or at least tied for #1). I really like it at DePaul and honestly have no interest in leaving. However, the current state of the job market has people pushing me to transfer.
That being said, I only applied to Northwestern, where I was waitlisted and know a professor there who said he would make a phone call to the head of admissions. Adding to that, I qualify as a minority (Puerto Rican), so my chances are good.
Assuming I get in though, I still don't know if it is the right move. The only reasons I have for transferring are (1) job prospects and (2) prestige. Honestly, I don't know if being an "anybody" at NU gives me such vastly improved jobs prospects and prestige than being #1 at DePaul, at least as to warrant the ENORMOUS difference in cost.
Any thoughts? Is the added 70+K in loans really worth it? Should even the top student at a "lesser institution" fear being employed after 3 years in this market? (I should note that I plan on staying in Chicago)
Thanks for any advice or comments. This decision has been driving me crazy for the past two weeks...