I'm confused. From what I thought (I could be wrong- if so please correct me), It's ok to pay full price for a T14 school, because paying it back will be easy considering you almost have a guaranteed job upon graduation, however paying full price for a Tier 3/4 school is stupid, so one should do really well to get scholarships, if one decides to go to a lower tier school.
t1 dosn't mean jack as far as "Guarenteed job", no such thing exists.
Do you even understand what you just wrote? #9 and #90 are the same damn thing. Thats like comparing ugly to fugly, if you have to go into debt to get either, its stupid, don't be stupid.
And for the record- I am certainly NOT in the top 10% of LSAT scores. My initial scores are far from it. I posted this because I figured, if it's possible to get admitted at UMich with a high enough score (despite my GPA) then I would TRY to get that score on the LSAT by working even harder than I initially thought I would have to (with the score I'm getting now, I can get into 3rd/4th tier schools already, if I took the test now.) and focus on raising my score, instead of just getting above 160, as I initially wanted.
Quote t1 dosn't mean jack as far as "Guarenteed job", no such thing exists. No, you are pretty much guaranteed a job if you go to Yale as long as you don't have a serious personality disorder. Quote Do you even understand what you just wrote? #9 and #90 are the same damn thing. Thats like comparing ugly to fugly, if you have to go into debt to get either, its stupid, don't be stupid. You are taking things waayyyyyy to far with this. Taking on 75k in debt to attend a T14 was one of the best financial decisions I ever made. Is taking out loans to attend a top-ranked school always a good idea? No. But it can be depending on your specific situation. Quote And for the record- I am certainly NOT in the top 10% of LSAT scores. My initial scores are far from it. I posted this because I figured, if it's possible to get admitted at UMich with a high enough score (despite my GPA) then I would TRY to get that score on the LSAT by working even harder than I initially thought I would have to (with the score I'm getting now, I can get into 3rd/4th tier schools already, if I took the test now.) and focus on raising my score, instead of just getting above 160, as I initially wanted. Based on lawschoolnumbers, it looks like you would need a 170+ to have a reasonable shot.
Going to school #9 would almost always be better than going to school #90. However, you should always consider location if you have absolutely no desire to live in Michigan or the Midwest attending Ann Arbor might be a bad idea. If you aspire to live in Texas, California, Florida, etc then it may be difficult to get a job in those areas from Michigan. California already has UCLA, USC, Stanford, and Berkeley to choose from so they aren't going to extend to Michigan generally. Texas has UT and people in Texas might prefer someone from a lower ranked school in Texas opposed to someone from a higher ranked out of towner. On top of that if you are not coming from Money to fly out to interview in these other places will be difficult. As stated before there is a good chance a lot of firms are not going to fly out to Michigan for OCI. They are also probably not going to spend money on flying you out. Remember, there is no shortage of law schools anywhere and in any metropolitan area L.A., Chicago, New York, San Francisco, etc there are already elite law schools they can roll into. Getting out with minimal debt is also huge. As was stated with no job is guaranteed. Lawschooltransparency is a great website to look at actual salalry numbers. http://www.lawschooltransparency.com/clearinghouse/?school=michigan. You can look at every school's real numbers here. As you can see University of Michigan has 100% employment, but do they really? 22% of the class has a job, but no salary reported. This mean 22% of their students could be flipping burgers. These 22% are employed, but doing what and being paid how much? If you are making 10 bucks an hour as a file clerk in Ann Arbor it will be quite difficult to pay off 150k in debt on top of 8,000 in interest annually you will be accruing. I really recommend that site and you can really get a feel for the realities of law school employment. The people working on that site trying to get schools and U.S. News to actually provide substantive data are awesome! If you could somehow get a guaranteed full scholarship at an ABA school in location you wanted to live in it might be a better option. Michigan is a really good school, but those are just some things to consider. I think I have a bias towards because the one and only person I met from there was awful! I worked with her when I was a paralegal and she was in the top 10% of her class at UM, but I heard about that from her way to often. She never did any freaking work. She constantly talked about her school and class rank, but believe it or not if you are in litigation nobody cares that you got in A in Contracts. In your motions you can't write Bobby breached this contract and needs to pay Sally 1,000,000 because I received an A in Contracts at the University of Michigan. In reality you need to do actual work and if someone from Cooley writes a better motion than you are they are going to win the case. She did not seem to understand that. Everybody really disliked her and she was not offered a job after her summer gig. I have never wanted to strangle someone so much. Any assignment she was given resulted in a rolling of the eyes and she just had the worst attitude I have seen in my life. I imagine the majority of UM students are not like her, but it is the only person I have dealt with from the school and it goes to show the name of your school will only get you so far.
not possible, plus I want to practice here and be done with it in 3 years, not 6.