I've been lurking for years, and really need some advice. I am trying to keep my identity anonymous, and have changed some small details for privacy reasons.
I am currently above the top 10% at a small T3 very far from where I want to eventually practice. I receive a half scholarship, and was just accepted onto law review. I initially chose the school based on the scholarship and some of its programs, but I am very disappointed with the administration and the employment prospects. I am very unhappy at the school, and applied to transfer to a few programs. I am still waiting on my dream school, which is a T20, but I realize that my chances of getting accepted there are less than likely even with my connections in the city and work experience.
I was accepted to transfer to Tulane, and I am concerned about the debt. I have some financial resources, but I don't want to drain my funds before graduation. Tulane has better programs in the field that I want to practice in, and it has better name recognition in my eventual city of choice. In addition, my husband would be able to find gainful employment in New Orleans that would likely be in his specialty. He and I spent the past year apart, and I want to balance my goals and career with his so that we can both try to do what we love.
Is an extra $40,000 in debt worth the risk of losing my nest egg to the shaky job market? I realize that I will not automatically find my dream job after I graduate, and I am not scared to take on odd jobs while searching for a law-related position.