thexfactor wrote:The problem is at a T1 non T14 school, he might not get to know whether or not he hates biglaw work lol.
T14 will give you the most options.
What makes a school like WUSTL a tough option is the cost, which is hard to handle with our poor biglaw placement. A free degree from WUSTL is not a bad option. It's not like people don't get jobs here. Will he get something at OCI? Probably not, based on our NLJ numbers. Will he wind up completely unemployed? It is certainly possible, but not likely.
Both the best case and worst case scenarios are in WUSTL's favor. Worst case at either school? Unemployment. Better to have no debt than tons of it if you're unemployed. Best case at either school? A well-paying job. Difference is, he'll have little or no loan payments after law school form WUSTL. In the middle of the class is where Georgetown starts to pay off. He'll have much better biglaw odds at median from Georgetown than he will at WUSTL (virtually no shot with median at WUSTL, although I know a few people with slightly above median grades and NLJ jobs). But at least he won't need
biglaw from WUSTL. If he's median at Georgetown and strikes out, he's totally screwed.
Law school has made me a lot of things, but it's mostly made me debt-averse. Maybe that's a personal thing, but the difference in cost here is just so big that I think it makes WUSTL an objectively better decision. If we were comparing a school like Chicago with WUSTL, then I'm in your camp for sure. But to go from 25% odds at biglaw to maybe a coin flip isn't worth six-figs to me.