rad law wrote:You Gotta Have Faith wrote:timshel wrote:t18
^Blatant knock on WUSTL? Or possibly love of USC? Not sure.
But to answer the question... it COMPLETELY depends on the person. If you have a 178, 3.9 (or something else highly competitive) you shouldn't pay sticker for anything but YHS, unless doing so would make you happy (you reaaaally want CC or N). But to the applicant who has a 158, 3.8 and happens to get into a school in the 20s or, God forbid, even the 30s/40s, then sticker may well be worth it to them.
For me? I would've drawn the line somewhere in the 60s or so. That's because I knew I wanted to go to law school. As I got money from multiple schools in the teens and 20s, I didn't have to draw the line there. But in any event, I think it's all too easy to say you would draw the line just at or right below where you are attending for sticker, after it is all over.
60s? Seems like an awesome way to end up heavily indebted for mediocre job prospects. Even if you're sure you never wanted to leave KS or NM.
Kansas or New Mexico? Where did that come from? 60s is what I said. Fortunately, it never did come to that for me. But I did know I wanted to go to law school. The ones in that range aren't the best, but they're not THAT bad. Even at some of the better schools... you cannot completely depend on your school to do all of the work for you.
The better question is: If you knew you wanted to go to law school, and that's all you got into, then what would you do? Just not go because of it? I understand that there is certainly a cutoff for everyone, but if you're only willing to go to the most elite of schools or else not go, I suggest you are probably picking law school for the wrong reasons. There are plenty of ways to make good money.
EDIT: But I do understand that the 60s can be a bit scary for some. So I do think not wanting to pay sticker there is certainly credited. I'm mainly not understanding the T6 or bust type of answers, unless of course your numbers can make that a reality. But for the vast majority, this is not the case.