IzziesGal wrote: rayiner wrote:
BrianGriffintheDog wrote:100k debt for Berkeley sounds pretty reasonable to me.
Compared to zero at NU?
Yes. If OP didn't know what she wanted to do, then I would say no. But I think going to a school that has a world renowned curriculum for the type of law she wants to practice vs. going to a school that (I don't think?) has a fully complete enviro program is worth the difference.
I don't think I could bring myself to advocate for Michigan sticker over HLS or NU (full ride), even for Detroit-inner-city-community-building-law. I mean, I sometimes feel weird making suggestions about why students with Darrow full rides should choose Michigan over Harvard, and that's nowhere even close to this situation. I really don't know if I could troll that hard for my school with a straight face and good conscience (and believe me, I absolutely love Michigan and couldn't be happier about the school/career prospects), so your past few posts have taken me somewhat by surprise.
In any event, I'm becoming increasingly convinced that energy/environmental policy is the international law of the upcoming decade, and I think law schools know this when they tout their programs. If the NRDC website shows anything, HLS seems to be far more competitive for the top energy jobs, despite Boalt's world renowned curriculum (Yale: 1; Harvard: 5; Stanford: 2; CLS: 2; NYU: 2; Boalt: 0). If Berkeley were half tuition and you absolutely despised Harvard/NU, I'd still think you were a little nuts, but I'd understand that personal happiness really can be a significant factor. I truly believe in the importance of fit, but OP's obsession with Boalt at sticker over nearly every other (better) option is bordering on . . . yeah, I don't know, just odd. Is there more to this story that you're not telling us? All I can discern is that (1) you have always had some unexplained hatred for Harvard, and (2) you really don't want to stay with your boyfriend so you're trying to find an excuse to leave Chicago behind.