LPSDBX wrote: JenDarby wrote: Puttanesca wrote:
RedItalus10 wrote:Waitlisted. 159/166/3.7, UG: UCLA. Found out while in the airport on the way back from visiting ND. Is USC worth sticker? ND offered 30k and cost of living is like half of that in LA. I'm pretty sure that I don't want big law. I want to work in LA for sure. I am debt averse.
FWIW: ND was great. Really comfortable and seems like a great fit.
If you are pretty sure you don't want biglaw, USC is definitely not worth sticker. A non-biglaw job would not pay the kind of salary that you would need to pay back $150K+ of debt. That being said, unless you have personal connections to the LA market, if you go to ND, you may have to stay in the midwest - I don't think ND places well in LA. Do you have any other LA options?
This is pretty much what I was going to say. Without biglaw, 200k+ worth of debt is not very realistic.
What about USC's LRAP? How realistic would it be to take on that kind of debt with intentions of going into PI?
LRAP at USC is strong as far as I know, but I don't want to have to to PI if I dont want to just because of the debt and then after doing PI for a number of years be handicapped in the private market and then at that point the USC name may not be worth all the trouble anyways. ND said that CA is one of the top locations. It seems that if connections are there (which they are for me, pretty much all my family is in LA, I grew up in LA, etc) then it wouldn't be a problem. I met a girl from the SF Valley (where I'm from) and she got a job with a judge 1L summer and this upcoming summer will be working at the attorney general's office in downtown LA (which is what she wanted to do, she wasn't forced to work there because of lack of opportunity). ND would be roughly 60k cheaper all things included and considering that I want private practice at mid law (maybe 20 lawyers in the office) ND may be the choice. I have no money saved and my parent's are going to give me roughly $800 per month regardless of what the rent is. In South Bend the rent options are like $400-$500, which would put an extra few hundred in my pocket every month. At USC, I'd have to supplement what my parent's are giving with like $200 extra in loan money.
P.S. I appreciate the time people give to offer advice and perspective. TLS has def helped during this tumultuous time.