anyone who says it's not worth it to pay sticker at a t14 is a complete moron. do you people seriously think that all the happy, successful lawyers out there are harvard, yale, stanford grads who didn't pay a cent for their education? have you ever met a lawyer? odds are he didn't graduate from a t14 and he's still paying back his loans. did he wish he wasn't paying back loans? of course. is he living on the streets, dodging creditors, contemplating suicide in a post-apocalyptic... err post-grad world? of course not..
a major problem with these boards -- probably the biggest problem actually -- is this idiotic, elitist perpetuation of the idea that if you're not getting at least a half scholly from a t14 you'd be an idiot to even briefly consider going to law school. it's a problem cause you have impressionable kids reading this stuff who are liable to get swayed by such a pervasive opinion, likely the most pervasive and prominent of any of the major collective opinions on these boards. and it's absolute conjecture.
if you want to be a lawyer-- if you truly want to be a lawyer for the right reasons, you should go to law school regardless of the impending debt. anyone who tells you otherwise either has no idea what they're talking about or wants to be a lawyer for the wrong reasons
Fixed that for you.
Ah yes, the classic "You're all just elitists!" argument. Because it is soooo elitist to want to have a decent job and live a respectable, middle class life. News flash, dipshit: this has nothing to do with schools or prestige or comparing weiner size. This is about having a job, getting out of debt, buying a home, starting a family, etc. If you can achieve those things from a Tier 3 school, then great. But most don't, and because most don't, you should keep your debt low.
And your first sentence is the worst one in your whole post. People who don't think it is worth it to take out 220k of law school debt for 40% chance at a six-figure job are just "morons?" Do you know how long it takes to pay back $200,000 of debt, even with a six-figure salary (especially in an expensive city like DC or NYC)? Apparently you have no concept of debt. Try living in NYC/DC with 220k in debt from Georgetown or Cornell and working as a temp attorney doing doc review in the basement of some biglaw firm and get back to us. Hell, even having a 50k job and 220k in law school debt would be MISERABLE and take many, many years to pay off. People who don't want to drown in debt for decades of their life are absolutely not