matthewsean85 wrote:That is a much more fair question, albeit more individualized and less relevant for the masses. My personal preference is that I would not undertake a law school career with $0 debt for anything less than a T20 in the region I want to end up, and even then it's suspect. I have other options I'm willing to explore and am willing to leave it all on the table.
I'll stop being confrontational altogether here and say that, regardless of region, the top 1-2 schools in a given region would be potentially worth it in that region. In a place like California, you can even exclude Stanford, UCB, UCLA and USC and find 1-2 schools worth the free education.
As to other regions, you look at UF & FSU, BU & BC, etc., they all have marginally decent options in the region, particularly at zero cost.
Still, regardless of confrontation, all I ask is that anyone looking at this thread understands that they need to make honest decisions about their circumstance and move from there. Debt is more scary to deal with than the average 22 year old might be able to deal with.
Edit: as much as you like listing my first name, why does it seem like you're pointing a giant foam finger at me? I don't think I'm trying particularly hard to hide my identity, so these references to my name seem useless. Not trying to be confrontational, just noticed a trend.
I think I agree with you on all fronts. My bad on the name use - I wasn't even trying to use it that much, but I just reread my posts and realized I capitalized you because I was trying to address the question at you. Sorry if it sounded confrontational!! I think another reason why I was asking about regional schools being worth it or not is because from my understanding, some states just don't really have a demand for lawyers. While California is over saturated, I think it is safe to say there are tons of positions available (just not for the insanely high number of law school graduates). On the other hand, would Idaho have a market at all? And in that respect, I wonder if Philly or Seattle have a strong market personally. I know that Hawaii does not even have a strong market in the first place. That is why out of 80 students, only 40 or less on average are able to get a decent full time JD required position. The island is just simply too small to provide jobs to all of their candidates, no matter how qualified. Throw in HYS grads who want to live in Hawaii, and you've got a really tough market.