+1.The Lsat Airbender wrote:I don't think anyone's thrilled about UVA at sticker, but it's a reasonable economic decision in a vacuum. And OP is unlikely to create substantially better opportunities; they would have to retake up into the 173+ area, which isn't a walk in the park, and even then might not get a T13 merit scholarship.HydroFlask666 wrote:I am. I find it upsetting that people are recommending OP take on $250k+ debt in this now uncertain economy. I also find it upsetting that people are talking as if UVA provides some sort of guaranteed minimum outcome.
Obviously, it's possible to strike out on biglaw from any school, but 83% of UVA grads landed biglaw or a federal clerkship last year which is basically as good as it gets. UVA could take a 20-point hit due to a recession (they've reduced their class size since 2012, so it probably wouldn't even be that bad) and biglaw would remain perfectly attainable, if not guaranteed, for someone with median-ish grades. The same cannot be said about UT.
The likelihood of economic trouble in the next five years militates in favor of buying this insurance, not against. T13s retain a greater proportion of their EV when everybody's BL+FC goes down—do the math.
When you are talking about this level of school and are planning for biglaw, I think sometimes it makes sense to go near sticker at a school that gives you a significant biglaw window. Remember = half of all law students are below median; can’t forget that.
Personally I wasn’t convinced I was after biglaw when I decided what school to go to. But if I had been, I would have made a move to UVA under these circumstances, where my options were generally similar to OP’s.
(Epilogue to my story is I went to one of those very strong regional t20s/t30s with significant money over a couple t13 options like this, fedclerked, went the public sector/PI route per my original plan, then transitioned to biglaw...but my window for the clerkship was far narrower than it would have been if I had gone to a UVA and required me to catch some luck, as did my biglaw transition.)