Philipsssssss wrote:First, I would like to thank everyone for their time and suggestions.
Without quoting the above folks, I will add that dropping the idea of law school is pretty scary, because I almost put my life on hold for the past 2 years taking and retaking the LSAT, working to graduate with my Master's degree, working, all while looking forward to attend law school some day. With respect to becoming a CPA (I am slowwwwly studying for this exam ... slowwwwly ...), I don't know if I really want to be stuck in the accounting field all my life. Nevertheless, I do understand that neither option is superb, as compared to those folks who attend t14 schools.
From what I understand:
1) If I go to SLU and want to do some type of BigLaw, I better graduate in the top 10-20%, and even then nothing is guaranteed...
2) UIUC ... better school, but still mostly a regional reach...
3) The debt level I am going to accumulate from UIUC is reasonable, but still shitty when combined with my UG debt.
Is there a way out of this whole situation by doing a Federal Clerkship over 2L for example and then pave a road to BigLaw?
Not everyone can attend a t14 school, and I am not sure if I could even swallow 60k debt a year from UVA if I get admitted (from the emails I got, I am still in a favorable waitlist spot, just waiting for someone to drop out).
If you don’t want to work in St. Louis for the rest of your life, then don’t go to SLU. The main strength of the school is they have an extremely loyal alumni network within in the city that takes care of most their grads with decent (not biglaw) jobs. I believe LST should give you an idea about what percentage of their grads end up outside of Missouri, and know when they are saying “Illinois” more often than not that means a city just outside of St. Louis and not Chicago.
Are you originally from St. Louis/can vigorously discuss the reasons CBC is a superior to Vianny? If not then top 10-20% for STL biglaw is dreaming. Maybe top 5 you will have a chance.
I am from St. Louis, and have friends at SLU, and it is a great option with that scholarship, but not for your goals. I would rather have a gold fork than a silver knife, but not for cutting a steak. Get what I’m saying?