joshlyman wrote:look coming from someone who can't go big law and had to deal with these same issues, its honestly
just that big law is the big leagues. Its prestigious and rewarding. If this site was about baseball do you think
people would be posting things like "dude what batting average do i need to have to be drafted to the new haven ravens"
No, they would be like "yankees or bust"
I know thats a lame analogy but you have to deal with it. Welcome to law, its a hierarchical profession there will always be
people doing more "prestigious" things than you, and saying that these prestigious things are the "only" way to go. You have to define what you want for yourself in the end and whether or not you can feasibly do it without drowning in debt.
I'm with this.
"Big Law or Bust" seems to fit two types of people: the ultra ambitious and the ultra indebted. If you are getting a good scholarship to a decent school, you may not need (or want) a big law gig to finance your debt after graduation. Mid-law may be more than enough for your to repay whatever small loans you have and live comfortably. Of course most of us dream of making it big and landing one of those nice $160K jobs right out of law school, but for most people that is not a reality. So unless you are going to a T6, or MAYBE a T14, taking out a shit load of loans knowing that the only way you can pay it back is if you get big law is a bad idea.
If you, like me, are not looking at a T14 offer or a simply debt-averse, go to a strong regional T1 on a scholarship. That way, if you are one of the sorry saps that dont get big law, you wont have to sell your firstborn child to pay off your debt. Plenty of people make a decent living without big law because they are not up to their eyeballs in debt.