I am having a very hard time weighing my options, and I guess I am looking for validation that I am not making the wrong decision. Specifically, I'm looking at the public or government work sector after obtaining my JD (eventually, I'd like to work in-house).I was offered admission to Baylor (T2) with no scholarship. Attending Baylor would mean I would need to quit my full-time job and commute 1.5 hours every day (my husband and I live in Austin). However, Baylor has an incredible program and a great reputation.Alternatively, I was also offered admission to St. Mary's University (T4) with a significant amount of scholarships (also, St. Mary's tuition is substantially less than Baylor's). At St. Mary's, I can enroll in their PT evening program and keep my FT job (the job is relevant to the legal workforce and offers a competetive salary). At St. Mary's, I will also need to commute 1.5 hours to school.Thus, I'll graduate with significantly less debt (under $50k for law school), I'll retain a strong and relevant work history, but I'll have a JD from a T4 school. Soooo... if I'm not planning on going into Big Law, does it really matter if I graduated from a T4?
Thank you for the unsolicited portion of your advice. "Stay home" wasn't an option nor was moving to either location. Also, not attending law school is not an option.For the commute, I am referring to 1.5 hours there and 1.5 hours back. I am well aware of the difficulties I am facing, and I would appreciate feedback that genuinely addresses the original post. Please refrain from the "don't do it" responses. If that is all you have to contribute, just don't contribute at all.