dallinpackard wrote:I'm hopping onto this post, because I'm in a similar situation. I'm deadset on Houston, but have a pretty good shot at getting accepted into Columbia. Based what I've heard it sounds like Columbia > UT for biglaw placement in Houston, but it's kind of been a side topic. What are y'alls thoughts?
Your question is binary, and this decision isn't at all binary. You seem set on ending up in Texas, so you should focus on schools that do well there. It's not a "Columbia vs. UT" discussion. It's a relative cost-benefit analysis. Your numbers put you squarely in the position where you should apply to the T14 (and I'm including UT in this, and might as well include Vandy just for full coverage), and figure out your best choice once you have options. Right now you have no options. Columbia vs. UT is not a choice most will have to make. Columbia for $250k vs. Duke for $100k vs. UT for $50K may be. But until you know what those options are, this is all pretty pointless.