Grizz wrote:Just because you really want to do something doesn't mean you should.
Agreed. And I believe a quote from a different context applied well to this whole situation.
"Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought."
I believe there is a much larger span of what applicants "ought" to do outside of a full ride to T14. It gets much hairier outside of T30. Beyond that, I don't think most should do the whole strong regional unless they have it nailed down as to where you want to live, they are certain they can pay for it, and that "strong regional" is the best in the area. Prime example that I am looking at is CU-Boulder. Best school in CO (out of 2). Neck and neck with U Utah for best in mountain west. Yes, T14 will place better into the biglaw in Denver, but CU does very well placing into local gov. jobs.
So, I think we can all at least agree on: if you are going to bit the bullet and go to law school, you really do need to do a lot of specific research beyond TLS on the school that you will roll the dice on. Research detached from emotion and your desire to save the world with law, and plan for the reasonably worst case scenario. That may well be unemployment.