DerrickRose wrote:But seriously, I am a firm believer in the idea that assuming a standard level of effort, your GPA goes up as you go down the rankings. And if I wanted Chicago Biglaw, I would much rather be top 1/4 at Illinois than median at GULC.
This is definitely not true. I transferred to a t10 this year from a t3 and my GPA went up as my effort went down, and 2 of my 3 classes last semester were 1L classes (that weren't required at my t3 during 1L). I honestly think making top 10% and being competitive for biglaw at UIUC would be tougher then making top 10% at Northwestern just given how much more fierce the competition has to be at UIUC (i.e. there is just so much bigger of a chance of busting because top 1/3 at NU would give you the same odds at top 10% at UIUC).
DerrickRose wrote:But there's no reason to think that way. Illinois delivers a great legal education, and during a time when there is a lot of question about the future of the 160K-type associate salary structure, the competitive scholarships offered by the admissions department offer a much less risky option.
I don't really know that much about how UIUC does scholarships, but isn't it standard everywhere that the bottom 50% of the entering class (in terms of UGPA/LSAT) pays for, in part or in whole, the top 50% of the class's education? ... So around half the class has no scholarship at all, and UIUC is hands down a rip off for a public state university:
Estimated Cost of Attendance 2009-2010
Living expenses are estimated for the person that will be attending the College of Law and the budget is based on a 9 month estimate. These figures have not been finalized due to pending approval from the Board of Trustees.
Room and Board
Books and Supplies*
$60K /year to attend UIUC? GTFO. I'd rather pay $60K /year to attend a t12.