PDaddy wrote:Negotiate with michigan for more aid. Michigan provides the most job flexibility after graduation. If after two years at Michigan you are homesick, do a third, visiting year at WUSTL. Your degree will still say "University of Michigan", right?
That full scholarship at WUSTL is also nothing to sneeze at. You could also go to WUSTL and save a lot of money. If you do extremely well as a 1L, you could consider transferring to Michigan, and might get more grant money as a 2L. But the transfer option should not guide your decision; if you go to a school, go with the mindset that you will spend at least two (likely three) years there. You could also study in your third year at Michigan on your aid package from WUSTL. This would allow you to at least have Michigan Law courses on your transcript and resume.
That said...I voted Michigan.
Oh, I'm not worried about being homesick! I would love to get out of St. Louis for a while, I just want to return after law school! Unfortunately I don't really have anything to leverage against Michigan. WUSTL is not a peer school, and I got WLed from my other T14 choices.
As far as transferring, I've heard it's extremely difficult. I feel like if I really want Michigan, I may as well just take it now with the guaranteed $45k. Also, you say that Michigan will give me more job flexibility, but this is something I've started to doubt. Wouldn't the huge debt force me into biglaw? I know Michigan's LRAP covers low-paying jobs, but then I'd have to keep that job for 10 years. My feeling is that Michigan would actually limit me more than WUSTL. WUSTL might give me connections in STL that would give me more options? Just a thought, I could easily be wrong.