asdlfjsafn wrote:downbeat14 wrote:OP, how much time do you have again? I think you should really do some soul searching about what you really want here. Doubtful there is sufficient time to really clarify things, but worty considering.
Thank you (and everyone) for your help. I have until end of April. You're right - I need to figure out what doors are closed to me from Michigan, and whether these are significant enough to warrant $180k in debt.
So, it seems like there are two major differences. Yale gives me the flexibility of career path because it's Yale, however limits my career path because of debt. Whereas Michigan gives me the flexibility of career path because there's no financial burden, but Michigan also limits my career path because it doesn't place as well into those areas I expressed interest in. I want to keep my options open for my career (whether that's in human rights, civil rights, immigration, or anything for that matter). I concede that my goals are 'all over the place,' but I don't think that's unreasonable considering I'm an 0L. I have a few interests that I know I want to pursue, but of those, I'm not really sure which direction to go.
Also just wanted to clarify although I'd be okay doing big law for a few years, I'd really rather not if I had the option.
I went to Michigan. I don't think the job numbers accurately reflect the school's placement power (I think it's more about the people who choose Michigan over it's peers), but I think you should do Yale. Debt only costs a maximum of 10% of your income over the poverty line plus some potential tax bomb sometime in the future. That's not trivial, but it's probably worth it since you don't know what you want.
The more wishy washy you are, the more Yale's reputation will help you. For example, you can absolutely do human rights shit from Michigan, but you're going to need to need to network, get good grades, and be obviously dedicated. It's not going to be something that you can causally test along with other options and make happen. At Yale, you could probably work for a civil rights firm 1L, take a few classes in human rights stuff 2L, do the SA thing 2L summer, and then shoot out some apps to human rights organizations as a 3L and have as good a shot at landing the job as the person from Michigan.