FunkyJD wrote:Do you need to teach at a Tier 1 school to be happy?
So you're implying that if one goes to UGA then one's prospect of getting Academia is easy, just so long as she is not hoping to teach at T1 schools? You do realize that this is not even the case at HS, yes?
FunkyJD wrote:Choosing a law school is like buying a car. I want a functional one that has some useful features, but I don't need the flashiest one on the road. That's not my personality. I won't overpay for more performance than I need to be happy in life.
This is a pretty difficult analogy you're trying to draw. Unless, of course, you admit that this car is the only one that will transport you throughout the remainder of your career, create your ability to reach out to gas stations around the world, and make it much easier for you to get to your destinations with your gas tank. If that's the case, sometimes people are willing to invest a little more money, and sometimes that is for a good reason. Some of the more economical cars do far better than expected and prove to be incredibly reliable, but people tend to think of them as the exception, rather than the rule.
rando wrote:And you can certainly get a clerkship. But probably on the fed district level or state courts. A fed COA clerkship is a LOOOOONGshot.
It amazes me how people think Fed District court clerkships are so easily obtained.
rando wrote:If all you are looking for is prestige then go to Michigan and figure out how to pay off your debt later. If you want to be comfortable and have a lot of options with the opportunity to practice in a great Atlanta firm then go to UGA.
I'm not going to take any time explaining to you the concept of the strawman argument, since it appears you've already mastered that. So what about all of the other graduates from UGA? Emory? All of those classes of law students that want prestigious firm work in Atlanta? You'd better do pretty damn well to distinguish yourself from all of these individuals competing for jobs in this market if you go to UGA. Oh, and don't forget that you have T14 grads from around the country aiming for secondary markets and having great success if they can demonstrate ties to the area. You'll be competing against them too. But it's cool - if you go to UGA you'll have lots of options and the opportunity to practice in a great
Atlanta firm, just like that. At Michigan? Unemployment FTL. Obvsies.OP
- People have a lot of opinions and they ultimately won't mean anything when it comes to your decision. It's good to hear advice from all sides, but the decision and career is ultimately yours. Debt is scary, no doubt. But that's why schools offer LRAP plans - to ensure that you can pursue a career in the public interest and not starve. You won't be popping bottles at Tryst every weekend, but you can do something you love and not force yourself into biglaw if you realize that it isn't right for you. Best of luck in your decision!