futurejdgirl wrote: I might just have to deal with the loans for a year, work my ass off, get the grades, and get scholarships for the remaining years and maybe, if I'm lucky, transfer.
Do you think that working your ass off is enough? You can bet that the vast majority of your fellow classmates are going to be working just as hard as you are, becuase they are also trying to be at the top of the class.
You should not bank on future "maybe", because odds are you'll be disappointed.
futurejdgirl wrote: I do think its reasonable to conclude that those at the top of the class will have a better chance of landing jobs. That's a very small amount of people. Following that, the rest of the class will have a harder time. The rest of the class = a lot more people than the top of the class. Hence, a lot of people, presumably NOT at the top of their class, that create depressing blogs and scathing forum posts because of their difficulties.
I don't really follow the logic of this bit (Tautology)
But yes, the top of the class has a better chance than the rest of the class. However, do you know what your odds are of being in the top 10% of your class? 1 in 10.
As for working in Europe, Law degrees do not travel well internationally.
For one thing, large parts of your legal education will be based on case law, which has absolutely no relevance whatsoever in France, Germany, or anywhere else in Europe besides the U.K.
Secondly, most of Europe requires something akin to an apprenticeship in order to be allowed to practice law there.
As for prestige, in Europe, no one has heard of American (just like very few people outside of France have heard of Université Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense, as opposed to, say, the Sorbonne), so that will have little weight.
If you really want to work in Europe, you're probably better off getting just your MA in International Affairs, rather than getting a JD. You probably can't get into HYP, or anything similar, so be aware that it's an uphill struggle. To apply directly to a foreing country will be tough, as you'll be competing with people from more prestigious schools, or who don't need work permits.
Your best bet is to find a company/organization in the U.S. that will send you out - but that will probably require you to put a few years in over here before they'll go through the trouble and expense of sending you abroad.
Please don't get me wrong, I want to encourage you. Working/living in a foreing country is an amazing experiene and I want you to have that opportunity. Getting a JD except from a top school
is unlikely to help you do so and will only cost a boatload of money.
Also, it's hard to understand going into it, but law school debt is a big, big, big issue that will affect your life more than you can possibly realize. Don't take it on for no reason.