italianlover wrote:Don't know if this thread is still active. But, if it is, I have a question.
I just finished undergrad at ND this May, and I'm applying to law schools this fall. My numbers are such that I'm focused mostly on T10 schools, but ND keeps lingering in my mind, and I'm trying to decide how much weight I should give it if, say, Harvard or Chicago or Virginia is in the picture. Reasons ND remains appealing: quantity of high quality, Catholic, conservative faculty; my obvious affection for and connection to ND as an alum; siblings currently in undergrad there; potentially (hopefully) generous scholarship opportunities / relatively small debt load (as compared to a T10); the fact of being at a Catholic school. In general, I just like Notre Dame very much.
I know the answer to this depends on what / where I'd like to practice. Unfortunately, I'm not sure. Definitely not biglaw. I'd like to pursue a clerkship, and I've always been interested in fed. gov. work or public interest (maybe something in the Catholic/conservative sphere) . A small part of me is interested in academia, which of course indicates I ought to be looking at the highest ranked school possible.
I know that NDLS punches above its weight in terms of putting students in prestigious positions (especially clerkships), but I'm wondering if it does that well enough that it would be worth sacrificing higher rankings for the relative financial safety and hospitable intellectual environment it provides.
Thanks for any input you all might have.
I'm currently transitioning to big fed gov 2 years out, but I don't think that's the usual outcome. You'd be out of your gourd to turn down Harvard or Chicago to go to NDLS, no matter where you'd like to be. Those schools blow away NDLS in every relevant metric. Specifically, NDLS has a relatively generous LRAP, but it still requires you to work in public interest. Harvard will pay your loans no matter where you work. Chicago and Virginia also blow away NDLS in the best reason to go there: getting a right wing clerkship.