Tom Joad wrote:eav1277 wrote:How much debt at berkeley would you say makes it the better choice? So far u have been the only one to take uci. I'm more on the fence. Berkeley def has the name but the debt would def be a bit scary
Everybody is different, but I wouldn't be comfortable taking on much over $100 K in debt for the lower T14. I don't think there is a clear cut answer here, but I don't think OP should summarily dismiss his other options including the other CA lower ranked schools he got into. A huge reason people on TLS are obsessed with biglaw is because you need it when you have that kind of debt. But if you don't have that kind of debt, you just need a job. And anything else is gravy.
idk. if you do happen to be top 10% at the lower top 14, u have a veryyyyyy good chance of big law.
and if you do poorly after your first semester you drop out so yeah you can lose 35k but it's not like a 10% shot bec. even being top half gives you a decent shot at OCI.
at the lower ranked schools, even top 10% doesn't guarantee anything. it just puts you in the game.
never underestimate the time investment.