Margarets wrote:Still on the edge of my seat. Snotrocket makes me want to choose Harvard . . . but I really just want to make 160 at a vault 100.
You should want more. There are better ways to come by $160k, and to be honest, if that's really all you want, then you should reconsider law school. I am pretty sure any working attorney at a V100 firm will concur on that. If you said that you want to work with the smartest people that you can be around, doing the most complex and challenging litigation or deals, and that you're willing to spend the better part of your life for the next five or ten years doing nothing but that, then that might be a reason that would justify what you have to do and give up and become to be a lawyer at that level of the profession. Or if you really want to become an AUSA, or work at the Manhattan DA's office, or become a Federal Public Defender, or work for the ACLU, then that would also be something that would make it worthwhile.
Either way, you have to have something much deeper in you than just wanting to scrape out an upper middle class income for, literally, an insane amount of pain and work. You need every edge that you can get, and you need to make the most of your potential, in order to wind up in the places that make all of this worthwhile. You really, seriously have to want more out of this, because it is just not worth it otherwise. Go hard or go home -- it's the only way that makes any sense. Like I said above, there may be a compelling reason to chose Michigan over Harvard. But money is not it. It never, ever is. By doing this at all you are giving up so much more than the price of admission no matter where you go, and you have to want more from it in order to make it worth that price.