ect88 wrote:Veyron wrote:ect88 wrote:I often feel like an outsider on TLS, as I have no desire to work in BigLaw. I'm going to law school to (hopefully) land a job with a non-profit organization or a firm with a heavy commitment to public service-type work.
I'm applying to and considering non-Tier 1 schools because that's where I can attend for much less money. I am aware that my future employment will not leave me dancing in a rainbow of money, so I don't feel the need to shoot for the T14 schools and their massive debt loads. Additionally, I feel a lot of T2 (and even some T3) schools have a much more pronounced dedication to public service. That's what really matters to me.
Lol, public service, can be, and often is just as competitive and prestige focused as biglaw. The T-14 has LRAP programs for those that want to do PI that minimize debt, the only reason that lower tier schools appear PI focused is that PI oriented people go there in greater numbers because of the misconception that PI is easy to crack.
There is no shortage of lawyers out there that would love the opportunity to make 40gran doing PI, if you want to help the poor, there are better uses of your time and money.
I disagree. I feel like PI-oriented students go to some lower tier schools because they really do have more of a dedication to the field. Many of their clinics and pro-bono programs speak directly to the type of work we want to do. In my research, I've found there are more of these opportunities at some lower-ranked schools.
I see your point with the LRAP programs, which are very beneficial to PI-focused students. However, many of these programs have very strict guidelines which make it difficult to ensure you receive all they have to offer. Say you and your spouse want to have a child and that means you taking time off from your career for a few years -- now you're stuck with that huge T14 debt and LRAP won't help you anymore. I'd rather pay less with less restrictions on what I can do with my future.
Also...sure, there might be better uses of my time and money. But I'm choosing this because it's what I want to do.
Most T-14s tends not to play such games regarding LRAP. Also, our clinicals are just as good if not better for PI, check them out on some T-14's website sometime. In light of these benefits and the better career opportunities within the field of PI, I think you would be hard pressed to find someone who has actually chosen a TTT over a T-14 absent a full ride or massive geographic preference (e.g. wife has a job in the city, caring for sick family, etc.) This sort of sour grapes is just silly.
I would also posit the fact that as a 0L you should still be under the delusion that there is a difference in educational quality between schools and that this should guide you to the T-14 so that you can better represent your clients.