lawlcat4179 wrote:I was actually debating between U of M and Wash U. I was nearly 100% sure on U of M, but then Wash U decided to throw a full ride at me, and its got me second guessing. The difference would be around 100K, which is obviously a ton of money. I always like to be a pessimist, so usually I'm thinking worst case scenario. If you were to guess, how bad do you think I would have to screw up to not land a decent Michigan job?
As a side note, sorry about the copying of your name. My noob tendencies are certainly out in full force. But for what its worth, I think we have a Newton Leibniz thing going on. Does it count as plagiarism if I came up with my name independently of yours? Clearly great minds think alike, lol.
Hey, MLaw's pretty collegial. No problem whatsoever. I mean, if I were at CLS or something, I might have tried to snatch up all the good usernames so other posters couldn't have them.
Your question is an entirely reasonable one, and one the answer to which I think you should pursue, but I'm afraid I really can't in good conscience purport to provide a definitive answer. I don't know. Like I said, my feeling
is you would have to do VERY poorly. (Not just in terms of grades, but also interviewing and such. Grades aren't all-determinative by any means.) A full ride is nice, especially if there are no stipulations, but I'm also pretty sure Michigan's LRAP is better. On the other hand, my impression is that to get any kind of decent job out of Wash U you'll have to play your cards at least rather well. I think Michigan's the safer bet.
A market-ish-paying firm in Michigan is probably not a SURE thing. Good legal work in Michigan probably is. Without data, I can't say for sure, but based on my experience I believe this to be the case.