I would love to stomach the cost of sticker at NU. I'm just afraid of being another stereotypical law school casualty: Barista with debt the size of a small house except I still don't have anywhere to live. Does that even happen at NU? Does anyone have a good link for NU employment statistics besides what's on the website? Thank you everyone!
I think the data on the website is pretty reliable. The 2010 data matches up with what is reported to the ABA, and the figures on 100+ attorney firm placement matches up closely with what the NLJ reports based on firm surveys. Beyond that, it matches up with what I've experienced as a 3L (who has seen C/O 2011 when it was the worst and now C/O 2013 which seems to have recovered a bit).
That said, being a barista with debt the size of a small house is definitely a possibility. For C/O 2011, about a quarter of the class ended up with a pretty bad outcome (not barista-ing, but working at small firms for $70k): viewtopic.php?f=1&t=181723
. This ranges from about 20% - 35% for the rest of the T14. That said, a similar calculation at Davis yields (http://www.law.ucdavis.edu/prospective/ ... stics.html
): 50-60% of people either at small firms, unemployed, in law-school funded temporary jobs, etc.
Meanwhile at Davis 13% of folks got a big firm or federal clerkship, while at NU it was 60%.
I think C/O 2012-2013 has been somewhat better. I'd say a 75-80% of people who try for big law at OCI got something.
In your shoes I'd go to NU. $90k is a lot of debt and your expected outcome at Davis is making $60k at a small firm.