Master Tofu wrote:Are you really saying that people would value a NU degree that much over a WashU degree?
Yes. Yes, I am.
Master Tofu wrote:Given that most of the entering law students probably know little to nil about practicing law or whether they would enjoy the practice of law (I can't tell you how many lawyers I know who do not), preserving flexibility is a better strategy than to bet the house on landing a five year commitment at a big firm job that they may end up hating.
If you want to take the risk, then by all means do it. I'm all for you getting yours. Different boats, different strokes.
You talk as if going to a T20 with minimal debt is not risky, but it is risky because you are foreclosing a lot of options by going to a T20. On top of that CoL will at least require 75k or so in debt from most schools. There are substantial but different kinds of risk in attending a lower ranked school for minimal debt and attending a higher ranked school for more debt. Full stop. You can quibble whether one is better than the other, but it is ridiculous to ignore the risks of going to a lower ranked school.
I honestly think your problem with seeing it is that you have a boomerish view of the world. You think that if people just work hard enough they will be able to get the things they want or get good things in general. But that's not how the world works, especially prestige-obsessed fields like law. Plenty of people work hard and don't get what they want. Of course going to a low ranked school wouldn't be that risky if you could just work really hard and overcome its weaknesses, but that isn't reality.