Law Sauce wrote:bk1 wrote:Law Sauce wrote:People exaggerate the importance of 45k. Its not that much over the course of a legal career. Especially a career that "makes it" in Biglaw or the like. If one doesn't "make it," you are pretty stuck regardless of that 45k. Now this may make more of a difference if we are talking about 1/2 ride+ scholarships (like 90k+), which are rarer than people think unless you drop a few tiers in the rankings which is not usually worth it or you just get a great offer which is obviously best.
I'm in agreement. I think the difference between 180k debt and 225k debt (for example) is not that large. But I also think that people also blow up the difference between CCN and the lower T14 as well.
I'd also add that 1/2 ride+ scholarship are probably not going to be rare for 4.0/168/URM's.
haha true, of course
I don't think I want to go between 150k and 200k in debt for any school. I understand investing in oneself on a conceptual level, but I wouldn't have the luxury of working off such immense debt over time, because I have a mother and sister who depend on me already and will only depend on me more in 3 years. And at a certain point I would like to have the financial ability to start a family of my own lol, not be a thirty something Associate still working in a state of indentured servitude (please excuse the hyperbole).
Are there schools in the T-14 that would give an applicant like me enough money to not be in that deep of a hole? I'm not sure how good the job prospects are at the lower end of the T-14 anymore, I have heard horror stories. I'm not terribly intimidated by the academic challenge. I'm not a genius or anything, but I always work hard and have great focus (despite crazy distractions/hardships in the past). If very high-performing students at the lower end of the T-14 (or even T-20) are still competitive for Big Law, and I have a shot at not paying such a hefty price, I'd take it.