onthecusp wrote:I'm still holding out hope for at least a TT admit...I really just wanted to see what people would say about taking TTTT for free over going to a better school, that wasn't a tier 1...probably at sticker.
From top-law-schools profile: Over 6800 applicants seek admission to Loyola Law School each year. Loyola generally accepts 24% of these applicants and these admitted students have GPAs ranging from a 3.17 to a 3.61 and a LSAT score ranging from a 158-163 (these ranges are for students at the 25th and 75th percentiles respectively, the median GPA is a 3.42 and median LSAT is 161).
So you're at the median for the LSAT, and a little below 25% on GPA... but a URM. I think you have a real good shot at Loyola. You'd have a much better shot if you upped your LSAT to a 165, making you a splitter.
To answer your specific question, though: I would say choose Tier 1/2 school over TTTT with money. The difference between a tier 4 and a tier 1/2 school is large. But if the choice is TTTT + $ ....or TTT .... go TTTT + $ because the difference between a tier 3 and tier 4 school is negligible.