SoftBoiledLife wrote:My honest answer is either none or UCLA/Texas in-state.
Here's the thing, if you get into a good non-T14 school (let's say for the sake of discussion anything T30), you can pay the sticker price and probably be allright when it all shakes out. But getting into one of those schools means you're probably looking at some $$$ somewhere a little lower on the totem pole. ITE, it is worth compromising on ranking to drastically lower your debt load unless you're absolutely hell-bent on a federal clerkship or a biglaw job right out of the gate.
(Even then it's still probably a better idea to take the money, because there's no guarantee that your grades at a T15-30 will be what they need to be to get that clerkship/biglaw job).
And age-old TLS question that will likely never reach a full consensus. But I agree with you, and that's exactly what I did.