helix23 wrote:bk1 wrote:SemperLegal wrote:Can't speak to the first part (about C's at USC/UCLA, not sure what the standard "you did bad" grade is. And I agree that its not easy to get Biglaw from Berk. However, the competition seems less strident here, because the system can be gamed. (E.g. taking uncurved classes 1L year and the fact that a lot of us choose either Property or Contracts to make an HH run at, rather than killing ourselves aiming for both.) Also, ungraded LRW is a huuuuge time and stress saver (not sure how standard that is, however).
NU has a similar system (the ability to take uncurved classes as a 1L), but does have graded LRW. I agree that it would be nice not to have graded LRW, but I think that grading systems are very secondary to debt/job prospects. I also think that the added stress of graded LRW is more than made up for by the stress reduction from having almost 1/2 the amount of debt.
100k is still a lot for what I perceive as far less of a chance of paying off that debt.
100k is around the cutoff point where you could feasibly pay off that debt in 10 years without a biglaw salary or IBR, which is why I think some are saying UCLA/USC are still in contention here. Your quality of life won't be great, but it can be done.
If the OP really is biglaw focused though, Boalt is the right call IMO.