OperaSoprano wrote:vanwinkle wrote:I vote for Illinois. Also, Fordham is poor compared to other law schools, which makes them stingy. They won't give you money, just the honor of attending Fordham.
Having said that...
That picture needs to stop circulating! I will kill TripTravHoot for making it.
OP, I would give some thought to where you would most like to live in case you don't make biglaw. Cornell is TCR for "best chances at biglaw." After that, I would refer to the NLJ250 chart that was helpfully posted for you. No T30 will give you a guarantee, so it makes sense to weigh your contingency plans and make a decision about where you want to practice. Once you've compared placement, visiting schools is the next most helpful thing you can do. Sometimes visiting really does clinch things; it did for me. I wouldn't make money your primary deciding factor, since personal happiness can throw off any financial equation. Some may disagree with me, but especially if you want biglaw, spending more may give you a better shot.
Thanks, OS (especially for your unbiased response!). I want to live around one of those three cities anyway, so whether it is biglaw or midlaw I will be happy no matter which one of the three I'm in. That being said, I feel like ITE chances are better than not that I won't get biglaw even from Cornell, so it might be worth it to take money somewhere else (same goes for Fordham and GW, both are schools that I would like to attend but I don't think they are worth sticker).