sabanist wrote:Have you applied for financial aid from HLS yet? I don't know that it's a safe assumption that you won't get a dime.
Regardless, I'd take HLS over UVA any day of the week because I'm much more afraid of bad employment outcomes than debt. If you're serious about a clerkship or public interest, it's not even close in my mind.
It really just depends on how much you weigh the risk of debt against the risk of ending up un(der)employed.
Congrats on the nice choices to have
I completely agree. Literally the only thing fresking me out about not sending my deposit in TODAY to HLS is the immense debt. But like you said, the other schools don't provide the same employment opportunities, and I'm going to be in 150k debt regardless of my choices, unless I went to UT. But I really don't see any of these schools being worth passing up HLS after taking time to think about it. The Debt difference between NYU and HLS isn't too much. And the other schools plain & simple don't provide the same opportunities. The debt is def scary though.
ETA: no I am applying for fin aid this weekend, even though I have basically zero assets/savings, they're fully calculating my parents' information. It seems as though parents who make 150-250k combined, who aren't contributing to my law school payments, should be taken into consideration. Ugh.