SoftBoiledLife wrote:I go to a W&L-ish school and am a huge advocate of sacrificing rankings prestige to lower your debt-load. That said, the difference here is just too big. Even if it was Cornell or GULC vs. W&L I'd be inclined to tell you to take the money, but the biglaw, clerkship and especially academia opportunities you'll see from CCN just won't be open to you coming out of W&L.
Suck it up and take out the loans, and congrats on getting into a great law school.
TITCR. CCN will give you huge opportunities you'll never have at a school like W&L, including opportunities that will help you pay off your debts. If you end up going PI, IBR will help with those debts anyway. You can do so much more with CCN, this is really a no-brainer.