Michigan with a CoA of $83,000
Columbia with a CoA of $300,000
- Accounts for all 3 years of law school
- These are all debt-financed figures
- Includes 10-year accumulated interest
- These are the only two options (consider all other schools withdrawn/rejected/didn't apply to).
- I've maxed LSAT attempts and will be attending law school this fall (not re-applying).
- I'm not interested in BigLaw.
- I have one narrow passion for a very specific public interest field that both schools have a strong program in.
- I like both Ann Arbor and New York City.
- I want to return to my homestate of California (doing whatever after, just not a stressful job).
- I don't like a cut-throat atmosphere.
- Seriously drunk off the Ivy prestige factor. A true, unabashed sucker for the "I went to Columbia" line.
Our first instinct would be to ask, "Is there a significant difference between the #4-ranked school and the #9?"
Then we would respond, "That's too close to use rankings. Let's be smarter and compare employment outcomes instead."
But then we'd look at our parameters and realize, "Well we don't care about BigLaw so what exactly can we use to compare these two options?"
And that's why I'm asking TLS!