AllTheLawz wrote: DoubleChecks wrote:
AllTheLawz wrote:Turned down Darrow and equivalent scholarships at most of the top 15 or schools for H w/ about 35k/yr aid (which will decrease after my 2L summer) and I still wonder if I made the right decision. If it was Darrow vs. H with little or no aid I wouldn't think twice about taking the Darrow.
Really? If you don't mind me asking, any specific reason for this semi-regret? Are you currently a 1L or a 2L? I can't imagine taking Michigan over HLS (assuming nothing personally tying me to Michigan) just to save $15k a yr for 3 yrs, but I guess I'm a risk-averse prestige whore lol.
The difference was actually something like 15k year 1, 21k year 2 (there is a second year stipend), and 32k year 3 (SA kills need-based aid). Thats a probable 68k before you even consider COL differences. In all likelihood I would have graduated Michigan with 25k or less in law school debt versus the 125k Harvard will end up costing me. Given that I now have no interest in clerking and zero interest in academia (in fact, law school has pushed me to hate legal academia with a passion).
I mean, I almost certainly would not have ended up at the firm I am going to this summer from Michigan (one of the top 3 boston firms) but I am pretty confident I would have ended up with something market paying. I think that if all you are looking for is a market paying firm job then you should take a hard look at the top scholarships from any of the top 10 schools.
I get what you're saying, esp. in your later post (unquoted), but Boston is THAT much more expensive than Ann Arbor? It costs twice as much in COL, to go from 25k or less debt to 125k (68k of which is tuition) HLS debt? I sort of want to challenge you a bit on those figures lol, since that would make Ann Arbor significantly cheaper than even TX, and TX is pretty cheap lol. I feel like the Michigan numbers would be a bit higher, and the HLS ones a bit lower. All this is rather moot, of course, since it doesn't change your ultimate point about not wanting to clerk or do academia.
But maybe you're right -- maybe for 90% looking for market paying jobs anywhere, full ride to T10 is better than HLS w/ max or near max aid. If you said T10 full ride vs. HLS no $$$, I would say yes, easy answer that you could generalize...but for max/near max aid? Again, maybe I'm just more risk averse lol.