BruceWayne wrote:If the OP is going to make a bet: ie bet on getting a great job from HLS with more debt vs. bet on getting a good job from Michigan with minimal debt. He should be aware that one of those bets is much more of a sure thing; and it's the former.
Your odds of getting any particular job are better from Harvard with a similar class rank. But I don't think your chance of getting a great job from Harvard is better than your chance of getting a good job from Michigan; you aren't more likely to get V10 from Harvard than you are to get V250 from Mich, for example, or more likely to get a SCOTUS clerkship from Harvard than a federal clerkship from Michigan. Harvard definitely gives you better job prospects and you can place lower in the class and still get a good job, but it's not like Michigan is some TTT where you'll be lucky to get a good job.
ETA: As i said earlier, a lot of my comments are devil's advocate kind of stuff or me just putting my thoughts down. I'm personally very much undecided.