Sure, you're not actually getting any pity either, you do have a law degree and as difficult as it may be to get a job, that still puts you over at least 80% of the population, so not feeling too bad for you But yeah, the reality seems to be life at a tier3 school is more demanding than life at even the best schools. I also think employers are a bit too much into the 'great school' fetish, I refuse to believe that the 50th percentile on Columbia is better than the number 1 graduate at Cardozo as an example. But this is reality, and you can't pick an education by how you think the world should work.
Do you attribute your difficulties finding internships and job offers more to your 1L grades or your school? I am also interested to know why your 1L grades were lower than you had hoped.Thanks again for posting. This seems like it could be a very valuable thread to a lot of LSD members.
I think a lot of people in your positions (high numbers, full ride) go to the school with a mindset that "My numbers beat anyone here, this is going to be a cruise to the top 10%" and then soon enough find out that the people who had 156/3.5 aren't complete tools either. Not saying this applies to you, but talking to a few other full ride people, I have definitely got that impression. Just proving that what you scored on the LSAT doesn't necessarily say so much about your academic abilities.
I turned down a full ride at a T2 for Michigan, and I haven't regretted it for a moment. Not suggesting that this would be the right move for everyone, but I'm very confident that I made the right decision for me. And no, I'm not independently wealthy, and my parents aren't paying for any of this (I'm 30, for the love of god!) and I've already borrowed for two other degrees.