flcath wrote:What are your opportunity costs?
There are people for whom sticker price at Stetson is a tenable decision, because it was that or barista-ville, no exaggeration. OTOH, I also knew a girl who graduated in '11 from ND undergrad with like a ~3.9 in chemistry, who's dropping out of a lower T14 after 1L (she was above median) because she realized that the credential actually made her *less* impressive/marketable/prestigious.
I agree that it really does depend on opportunity costs. Kind of ironic how much a JD hurts when looking for non-legal work, although it can be a plus for non-legal jobs in very rare situations. I don't intend to practice law forever, but I plan on going into a non-purely-legal niche field (CS/Math background) where a JD will help if I manage to do biglaw for a few years.
BruceWayne wrote:By the way I hope that people are defining lower top 14 as anything lower than HYS. Because ITE that's the way you need to be thinking. Below median at any top 14 outside of HYS is basically in the same boat. Where you have ties to and whether that market is in the same region as your top 14 is going to play a bigger role than which of the non HYS top 14 you go to.
Below median at any school outside of HYS is a crappy place to be, but the bolded is false. In terms of non-NYC markets, maybe. But in terms of a shot at a biglaw job in general, NYC (where a lot of biglaw hiring is done) firms dig deeper into the T6 schools. 85% of CLS's class got an biglaw SA offer from EIP alone.