snehpets wrote:I applied to a TTT. I'm not going, but it doesn't do terribly regionally (well, as terrible as you would think). I applied for personal life reasons and though I'm in at a better school if those personal reasons still existed I would consider going even after reading all the stuff on TLS about TTTs. However, I would probably feel differently if they hadn't given me a full-ride.
I think some of the TTT hatred/disdain comes from people who are going for big law. Obviously it's stupid to go to a TTT for big law. If you've got a good scholarship, it's an ok regional school, you don't want big law, and worst case scenario you end up doing what everyone on TLS would tell you to do anyway (look for a job with your undergrad degree), I don't think it's a terrible idea. Not the best, but not the worst.
I agree that it's surprising how many people they get to attend at sticker. Still though, not all TTTs are equal from a regional point of view. Obviously the California/NY schools are bad choices because of the markets that they're in, but there are honestly a significant number of small firms in Texas who would take a Texas Tech grad over a Georgetown grad because ties/alumni loyalty are both so strong here.
Sure, not all TTTs are created equal. But you are DRASTICALLY underestimating the shittiness of the market. A freaking law professor
just told you how bad the market is. And he gave you hard data to back it up. Some stupid anecdote about a shitty Texas firm preferring a Texas Tech grad over a Georgetown grad means literally nothing whatsoever in any way shape or form, because tons of students at both schools (and probably the vast majority at TTU) are going to be funemployed or underemployed. I am curious where you are going, and I really hope you come to the realization that there are no jobs before you get to law school.
Bottom line is this: 1) T14, 2) T20-30 with MASSIVE scholarship, 3) full ride somewhere, or 4) don't go. Period.
Lol, not trying to make you angry/appalled. People get so mad on this site. It's not that big of a deal. I wasn't trying to mislead anyone or encourage anyone to pay sticker at a TTT. If you read my post, I implied that I thought it was okay to pick a TTT over a better school WITH a good (presumably full-ride at a TTT) scholarship. I think you'll find that this fits in your bottom line. I'm not even advocating doing that. The question the OP asked was basically WHY people did that, or would consider it. I answered...
Also, I considered pointing out that obviously my "evidence" was anecdotal in my OP, but I wasn't trying to present it as evidence. The reasons people pick or apply to schools ARE anecdotal. I figured that would be obvious. Apparently not.
I'm fully aware of how "bad the market is," thanks. That doesn't mean there aren't some TTTs that are better than others. I'm not saying ALL TTTs ARE AMAZING GO THERE BC ALL YOU NEED IS A LAW DEGREE FOR SUCCESS!!!!! I'm saying that if I had a personal reason to go to Tech, a full-ride, and a desire to go to law school I don't think going there would be that big of a deal. It does reasonably well regionally, and I wouldn't have any debt afterwards anyway. This really shouldn't have been a controversial post.tl;dr
: I'm not encouraging anyone to make any stupid decisions. I'm telling you that I would have considered going to Tech for personal reasons on a full-ride. I'm not doing it, so I don't need anyone to talk me out of ruining my life or whatever you think would happen, or yelling at me for being the one dissenting voice in a crowd of people telling every new poster how dumb they are for considering law school.