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Mr. December wrote:For D.C. big gov or public interest
So is your question then really can I get one of the above quoted positions as a Cornell graduate? I think the answer to that is clearly - yes. Although somewhat maligned on TLS, Cornell is a strong school with generally good job placement for those who distinguish themselves there.
On the other hand, if your question is should I pay $200,000+ for Cornell or any other law school, then who can really say for sure based on what we know?
Appraising pure value or worth is hard, because law schools seem to set their tuition based heavily on what they believe we're willing to pay rather than some kind of real world assessment of the true market value of a legal degree or the amount of hardship a typical graduate must take-on to pay back loans. A T3, for example, recently justified their tuition increase ITE by saying essentially that they were undercharging their students relative to what students were paying at other schools (see ATL article).
In terms of financial risk assessment, well, even if you go to HYS, the high-paying/high-prestige jobs are by no means a sure thing. And while scholarships at some schools can definitely hedge your financial risk, even with a scholarship you still have to put up three years of your time and three years of potential earnings. So pretty much across the board law school is risky.
What I'm getting at is: Congratulations for your acceptance to Cornell, and to me at least it seems that law school is regrettably an overpriced and risky endeavor for just about everyone in your/our shoes and it is a tough choice. Good luck in your decision though!
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Rock-N-Roll wrote:Although somewhat maligned on TLS, Cornell is a strong school with generally good job placement for those who distinguish themselves there.
TLS has been fellating Cornell ever since the latest NLJ250 came out.
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