Jmart082 wrote:If you’re coming in looking for a specific outcome that is grade correlated and highly selective, I’d go with a T-14, if it’s an option.
Yeah I've been accepted to Duke already so T14 is def an option; I just wanted to gauge how much harder it would be to achieve that at WashU (for free basically) compared to T14 where I'll be taking out major loans
This goes without saying, but is worth reinforcing: not all T14s are equal and the difference between Duke and Wash U is much less than, say, the difference between Chicago and Wash U.
I think there's a lot of false belief on this site (and I'm not attributing this view to you) that the choice is between a guaranteed good job outcome with loads of debt or a riskier career move with little or no debt. In reality, there is no dramatic drop off after T14; the downgrades in career opportunities are more continuous and begin at the very top. To be sure, by any metric Duke's job placement is better than Wash U's, but the difference is not as large as many make it out to be.
I think there's one additional point worth mentioning, that again, many disregard: If you're not comfortable with a job outcome near the bottom of class, the decision shouldn't be to go to a higher-ranked school, it should be not to go to law school. The outcomes at the bottom of the class at Duke are not much different than the outcomes at the bottom of the class at Wash U. (I am also convinced that, despite the unpredictability of any given person's law school performance, that that person will, all else equal, end up ranked higher in the class at a school with a less qualified class than at a school with a more qualified class.)