Mick Haller wrote:Aberzombie1892 wrote:That leaves 40% of the class with bad outcomes. That's a huge gamble if you are looking at paying $270k.
if it's that bad at UVA, there's hardly a law school in America worth attending. Can I change my poll answer to "NONE"?
Haha. The issue here is that post recession, paying sticker at even tip-top schools is extraordinarily risky, and that risk likely won't recede due to the structural changes in the legal market. Basically, there are fewer jobs and the competition for the ones that remain is fierce, even for T14 graduates with average grades when they would have been fine as recently as 5 years ago. As such, many individuals would be better served by limiting their debt and choosing to attend a "top" school with a good scholarship (50%+) instead of a "tip top" school either at sticker or with a minimal scholarship.
Also, if the OP could get a half scholarship or better to UVA, it would certainly be worth it. $140-160K of debt/savings is about what a degree from UVA is worth after taking into account the risk of ending up with a bad outcome, strictly in my opinion.