Lolek wrote:The consensus here seems to be that if you do not score in OCI (with around a 15% chance) you are going to do shitlaw. The thought of possibly getting a good job after OCI doesn't even come into the discussion, therefore, it is automatically concluded that you have made a terrible financial choice by attempting to go to Fordham at sticker. On what basis do you judge one's entire future on a small interviewing window while that individual is at school? I realize it is a big deal, but is it your only shot?
I'm just saying, if the prospects are that bad at Fordham to securing a well paying job...what's the point of even going anywhere lower with scholarships? You might as well not waste those 3 years and earn yourself 90k (if we assume you're working on a 30k salary). You'll wind up with a similar paying job, right?
Shitlaw is pejorative and "good job" is relative. So I'm just gonna assume that by "good job" you mean something that pays six figures starting... There are some that argue that a strong regional school is worth it at sticker based on the belief that lifetime earnings go up compared to not getting a JD at all, but I'm not so convinced of that. There are tons of small firm attorneys who have worked for decades that are still not making six figures and I would bet this is pretty close to the norm for your average attorney.
I actually agree that going to lower schools even on a large scholarship is pretty risky. At least 1/3 of graduates each year don't find a job and those grads mainly come from the bottom meaning that the lower you go the less chance you have of actually ending up as a full time lawyer. The question is whether it is less risky than paying more for a better school and the answer to that comes down to the schools in question.