born4law wrote:On the west coast, Columbia commands mad respect. It's definitely Harvard-level.
Really? I never got that impression from my Cali friends. They make it sound like Berkeley trails only S (in front), H, and Y in the popular imagination out there. For law schools, that is. Throw in Princeton for undergrad, and Cal Tech for those who remember that it exists. Then everyone else is a ways back and kind of meh. At least that's how they've described it.
Anyway, something to keep in mind if you start having completely irrational thoughts again: if you somehow managed to stay on a 10-year repayment plan for CLS, you would ultimately pay ~$315K more with interest included than you would for Michigan. (Remember that most of your CLS debt will grow at 7.9% annually versus 6.8% for most of your Michigan debt.) Michigan comes to a little over $950 per month for 10 years. Very manageable. CLS, on the other hand, would require monthly payments of a little under $3,600 per month on a 10-year repayment plan.