MrAnon wrote:Career success is a struggle for anyone outside the top 10 of 15 students in a given graduating class.
This is outrageously stupid. So only the top 3-5% of the class are going to have a good career? Even if you mean top 10-15%, that is also ridiculous.
Okay, with that said... OP, I believe that WUSTL is a good school all around. The faculty are great, the students are laid back but very bright, the campus is gorgeous, and St. Louis can be a fun place to spend a few years. I have enjoyed it a lot so far.
But is it worth the kind of money you are looking to spend on it? For me, I'd say probably no. This is a personal choice and I can't tell you what is best for you, but if you're only looking at a few thousand in scholly money and you have no interest in the midwest or in St. Louis, then you would likely be better served going elsewhere. I chose Wash U because I want to be in St. Louis (or the midwest generally) and I got a sizeable scholarship.
You will have to be in the top 1/3 to have any shot at big law, and probably more like top 25% to have a realistic shot (absent some sort of stellar background or something). While I certainly think Mr. Anon is waaaaay off base (only 15 students having a decent career? lolwut), I do think things drop off significantly for those outside of the top 1/3, and being sub-median will create a real struggle for you. I think most WUSTL students do find legal jobs, but underemployment is a real concern. I'd rather settle for a 40k per year job with little to no debt in the market I want to be in than settle for a job like that with tons of debt in a market I have no interest in.
Just some stuff to chew on. Feel free to PM me or post a question in the WUSTL 1L Taking Questions thread.