Tier 1 full ride to NU/UofC

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Tier 1 full ride to NU/UofC

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Feb 14, 2015 11:49 am

I'm currently on a full-tuition scholarship at a tier 1(25-30). After 1st semester, I am likely around top 10% of the class or so. Since I worked a few years before coming to law school, I will graduate completely debt free. My career goal is BigLaw.

My school, overall, has decent job placement rate, but the focus is on public interest. OCI is lacking on the BigLaw front AND I have no desire to be in any of the pretty small markets that recruit here. Also, I'll be honest, I want the prestige. NU was my dream school since forever but when I got my free ride here I decided to take the money & run; I still vacillate on whether or not that was a good decision. While I love the idea of being debt free & snagging BigLaw from here (which some have done), I'm not loving the odds that it will actually happen for me.

Keeping the obvious debt increase in mind, I'm most strongly considering a transfer to UofC or NU since my parents live in the Chicago suburbs & I could live at home for free & commute. (Unless I could get HYS) Based on my own savings, cost of tuition, etc. I'm thinking that would put me in the neighborhood of $100-115K in loans.

Essentially, I'm wondering if the transfer is worth it. Is the prestige worth going 100K in the hole when I could be graduating debt from a good, but not great, law school?
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Re: Tier 1 full ride to NU/UofC

Postby eriedoctrine » Sat Feb 14, 2015 11:55 am

Wow, why would you transfer in that situation. You'll get biglaw.


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Re: Tier 1 full ride to NU/UofC

Postby Hutz_and_Goodman » Sat Feb 14, 2015 11:58 am

I don't think it makes sense to transfer
The money difference is great, you have a good chance at biglaw now, and if you transfer it's not even a guarantee you would get biglaw

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Re: Tier 1 full ride to NU/UofC

Postby pamphleteer » Sat Feb 14, 2015 6:09 pm

eriedoctrine wrote:Wow, why would you transfer in that situation. You'll get biglaw.

Not saying transferring is the right call but it sounds like OP is at Iowa. I doubt top ~10% is necessarily biglaw secure at a school that only places about 15% in biglaw.


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Re: Tier 1 full ride to NU/UofC

Postby InTheHouse » Sat Feb 14, 2015 6:45 pm

Not sure how useful the advice you get is going to be if we don't know the school. Correlation between Biglaw placement and USNWR rankings fall off much earlier in the rankings.


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Re: Tier 1 full ride to NU/UofC

Postby Nebby » Sun Feb 15, 2015 2:52 am

Transfer to Chicago.

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Re: Tier 1 full ride to NU/UofC

Postby MarkfromWI » Mon Feb 16, 2015 9:26 am

I would transfer. I don't think top 10% is biglaw secure by any means so the added boost to biglaw chances plus satisfying your prestige desire is probably worth it. $100k-115k for a NU/UChi degree is a pretty great deal if you ask me.


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Re: Tier 1 full ride to NU/UofC

Postby irish921 » Thu Feb 19, 2015 12:19 am

I wouldn't transfer, but I'm risk adverse. If the school is BU or ND, I'd definitely stay. Otherwise, Chicago is certainly not a bad option. You just may save some cash by getting essentially the same outcome at your current school.

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