Congrats man. I know you're going to have a great cycle.
Thanks. Good luck to ya.
tkgrrett wrote:Is this including Chicago/Columbia/NYU?
Yup. I think there's a much bigger difference in opportunities for "CCN-ORMs" vs "T7-T14-ORMs," than there is for "CCN-Black Males" vs "T7-T14 Black Males."
Chicago had 17 black males, 9 AA 1Ls in all (http://officialguide.lsac.org/Release/SchoolsABAData/SchoolPage/SchoolPage_PDFs/ABA_LawSchoolData/ABA1832.pdf
; my point is the same even if the data varies slightly from year to year). Not all of them will go after the same type of work or work in the same city. It's hard for me to imagine a plethora of advantages that will be given to the 2-5 Chicago Black males in a particular city, that won't also be available to the Black males coming out of the bottom T14.
I understand that the world isn't designed so that Black males only compete with Black males, but when it comes to building wealth, prestige for oneself (and not just one's employer), and career/life opportunities not related to law, Black males will continue to compete against Black males in major U.S cities in many ways (or at the very least be needed).
Factor in the importance that ppl and employers place on personality, WE, personal connections, appearance, etc. -factors other than one's degree-, and take a Black male that is aggressive and strategic in how he spends the additional $50k-$150k that won't be spent on loans, and a T7-T14 degree will almost always be "enough" for a Black male.
I know I simplified a lot, but much can be done, achieved, and gained with an extra 100k. I think this becomes even more apparent if one is willing to do for oneself many of the things that one prob would be asked to do as an employee in Big Law (i.e., work crazy hours, make oneself available and meet the needs of "clients," socialize/network with a purpose, etc.).
All this is theoretical at this point, since I currently don't have the varying cost of attendance options mentioned above, but after living 25+ years, I've also reached the conclusion that it's theoretical to believe that being qualified or having a certain degree will by itself lead to all the opportunities or level of happiness that it should.
With regards to being happy and having an impact in those communities I care the most about, choosing CCN with an extra $50k-$150k price tag over a T7-T14 degree is not a no-brainer for me.