StillCutty wrote:Fair enough, i was being facetious when I said "get rich". I thought it was obvious. I'll have to remember not to rely on anyone's ability to read between the lines on this site.
Yes, I'm trying to make good money. No, I'm not trying to be some insane gajillionaire living on a yacht in Monaco.
In regards to your question, I don't know where I want to practice. I've lived on both coasts, the midwest, and the south. I'm sure I'd be happy working anywhere as long as its in a city. I'd like to have minimal debt and as many options as possible, but would be willing to take on debt if the opportunities available to me upon graduation justify it. I'm trying to figure out if the opportunities from a T14 program like Northwestern or Duke justify the amount of debt I'd have to take on versus going to Texas or any of my other scholarship offers. Lets assume I'll work hard enough to be median+ wherever I go.
Also, what if a joker came up, like an acceptance to U Chicago or NYU or Penn? Will the opportunities afforded to me there be more valuable than graduating debt free at UT or my other offers, in y'alls professional opinion?
Again, thank you.
Okay, I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt here because I generally do and assume that the condescension and assholery in your posts are unintentional. You came in here and asked us for advice. Don't follow that shit up with posts about us not being nice enough to you or implying that we're too dense to get your awesome sarcasm (no one got it = the problem is you).
For a serious answer, you don't know enough of what you want yet for us to really give you a good answer. "Making good money without working too hard" is not really a thing in law. The high income career path, BIGLaw, requires a high time commitment. You won't see much of those kids you want to have if you do that. Even less well paid positions, like PI, often require a lot of hours.
Outside of the T14, you're probably going to work in whatever area you go to school. So you need to figure out where you want to be in a more concrete sense than thinking you'll be reasonably content anywhere. Have you lived in Texas? Minnesota? New York?
The reason why T14 schools are often considered worth sticker is because they give you the best chance at BIGlaw, but with the debt you'll have you will likely be stuck there
even if you later decide it isn't for you. That's why they call it the golden handcuffs.
Of the options you have, in my opinion, the best one is a full ride to UT (I assume this is the Texas you mean). But you should be sure that you like Texas enough to live there and determine how hospitable the local legal communities are to outsiders before you commit.