Veyron wrote: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.
As a 3L at a t-14 currently searching for a PI job, I feel like I can actually speak to this pretty effectively.
Veyron is right when he says that PI jobs are as competitive as BigLaw, if not moreso. Like he says, there are a surfeit of law graduates who would love to make 40k saving the world. However, I don't think the t-14 name opens nearly
as many doors as it can in the private sector. Outside some certain select PI organizations like the ACLU, employers seem to care much less about what school you're coming from than what kind of experience you have, how committed you seem to PI work, and (most importantly) how connected you are to the organization and the PI community generally.
I've been looking at and applying to public defender's offices all over the country, and I've found that my school's name seems to mean very little. I have been able to get some interviews and opportunities, but it's all been through the strength of the work I did over the previous two summers or through personal connections (in at least one case, through someone I went to high school with). I've been doing a pretty fucking thorough job search, and for this reason I think my experience probably is fairly representative of hiring in the field. I frankly think that, all other things being equal, a TTT grad and a t-14 grad have almost equal chances at most public defender's offices in the US.
Because PI (especially PD's office) hiring is based so substantially off factors other than school prestige, I think it's totally reasonable to take a TTT over a t-14 if you know you want to do that kind of work - provided, at least, that you'll graduate from the TTT with a substantially lower debt load. If I could do it over knowing what I know now, there's a good chance I would have done this (although I would have gotten a full ride, which Veyron notes above).
Long story short - there are at least some career tracks for which it really might make sense to take TTT with $ (even if not a full ride) over t-14.