as a splitter, wustl with their large schollys is obviously on the target list. did anyone in here choose it over a t14 sticker, and then end up wishing you had gone t14?
I am also interested to know about this
I took WUSTL with a large scholly (not full or really even that close to full) over a t14 at sticker. Do I regret it? No. Things worked out for me at a firm I really like, and even if I didn't have an SA by now, I have a feeling that something
(non-big law) would have worked out, either in St. Louis or back home. I don't think "jobless and drowning in debt" was ever a real possibility for me, but "underemployed and financially struggling" certainly was.
Would I do it again if I didn't know the outcome? Yeah, probably. The T14 I turned down was Cornell, and I have 0 interest in NYC. I would have preferred to work in a small firm back home or in STL than gone to NYC biglaw. I'm unique in that regard. For me, paying 200k+ for a degree from Cornell that would land me in a city that I didn't want to be in would have been stupid. If I knew back then what I know now though, I think I would have given Vanderbilt more of a look. I took WUSTL with slightly more money over Vandy, but after hearing reports of how their 2L job searches went, it really isn't a peer school to us. It is clearly a cut above, and by a pretty significant margin. They have a lot of students struggling there too, but their job placement still rocks ours. But in the end, WUSTL worked out for me, so yay.
Now would I advise others to take this route? It depends. I love the school, and few people on TLS or IRL would say a bad word about the actual school itself. But great facilities, great professors, great students, and great administrators don't mean much to our current 2Ls and 3Ls who are in major debt and jobless right now. If you really want to stay in the Midwest and you can get some good money, then WUSTL is a great choice. If you just want a job (especially a big firm job in a major city), I'd say go to the T14. Your odds of biglaw are probably 2x-3x as high from a T14.