rinkrat19 wrote:bedefan wrote:Looking for some sage advice...
I'm in the bizarre situation of choosing between 2 "full rides": Michigan (a "Darrow") and Harvard (an "OMG you're so poor").
My wife and I are, in the words of Beatrix Potter, "improvident and cheerful." I'm an artist who's paid the bills by adjuncting (have an MFA) and working with poor people, including at a legal services org for 3 years. Got two kids aged 3 & 1, want to end up with four to seven total and wife is 30, so we need to stay, ahem, relatively busy. No assets & no debt. I'm 110% going into public interest law and will probably be pulling in well below 50k when I start working. My wife won't be working while I'm in LS so we'll still end up with a ton of debt (90k Mich v. 180k H-bomb) from cost of living.
Here's the deal: Basically the choice is:
Other factors: we want to settle somewhere in the Upper Midwest or Great Plains, not in a big city. Also I do like teaching and could see myself teaching legal writing at some point down the road.
The answer is always Harvard. (Except when it's Yale.)
But seriously. UMich will give you great prospects, especially midwest, but if you really do want academia, HLS does have a significant advantage. As for debt, if you are dead-set on staying in PI, it doesn't really matter what your total is because it'll all go away in 10 years.
4 to 7 kids?? As the posessor of a uterus myself, I feel for your wife. (Not to mention that feeding and clothing that many people on a PI salary sounds less than fun.)
Between you and me, I think she'll call it quits at 4. But she's still full of the fire right now, and I love kids, so why not.
And feeding and clothing a ton of em on a PI salary, yeah, it might be a drag. We'll see how it goes. Our first year married we spent $7000... All year. Not a typo. We've mellowed a bit and with 2 kids we spent 25k in a year. We'll come up with extra money if we need it--she likes working sometimes, and so far I've been able to sell work and/or get grants when pressed.