SchopenhauerFTW wrote:Kronk wrote:ndirish2010 wrote:UW. If you end up bottom of the class from Berkeley, you're fucked. At UW, it's manageable.
This. I love Berkeley to death. I'm above median. I have parents who would probably help me if I got didn't get a job. Still, there is a piece of me that feels asphyxiated by the thought of not getting a job despite doing alright in law school.
As far as classmates, instructors, environment, weather, proximity to things, life outside of law school, etc. goes, I don't think you can beat Berkeley, though.
You're a Boalt student and this worries you? Well then. Crap.
Not really. Just the idea that I am a big limited in what I do coming out. For instance, I know I could get a job at a small private firm in my home state or something like that, but with 200k in loans it would be hard not to take a 120k+ paying job or a government / non-profit job to take advantage of PSLF, IBR, and LRAP. I am sure I can find some job, it's just that the interesting PI jobs are difficult to land (ACLU and etc. generally require years of experience) the market I'm from and the one I want to go back to is like Seattle in that it only has about 30 firm SA jobs a year, and it's a small market for government jobs as well because it's just a small state. So I guess it's not so much a worry that I won't get a job, but that it won't be a job that I definitely want in a location I want.
150k+ in loans is a lot of money, and to some extent it definitely limits options.