but, just like others have said before, if you are looking for $$$ at schools, do not ED at all.
that's the issue. it would be tough for me to think i might be throwing away full rides from a t-25 or two..
especially when I would, in the event umich denied me RD, still likely have the option of a t-14 at sticker: cornell.
cornell/michigan...is there much difference in those 4-5 spots in ranking? I'm not really going for biglaw in a huge city; ideal siutation for me is biglaw in a smaller big city (Minneapolis, boston, nashville, indy, etc.)
cornell actually blew the competition away in the NLJ250 rankings this year, placing like 58% of its class into biglaw, 2nd place behind chicago. HOWEVER, the norm for cornell is about 40% and the wacked out #s probably have something to do with the combination of a small class size and an unstable economy (NY is the fastest recovering market so there could lie the disconnect.) the norm for michigan is about 47%*** i think, but michigan also places more into academia/clerkships than cornell i believe. michigan is very marginally better, but not to the point where you should regret having to pay sticker at cornell when you COULD HAVE (theoretically) been paying sticker at michigan if you ED'd.
however, cornell feeds heavily into NYC biglaw, so if you aren't interested in that i'd rethink paying sticker at any t14. if it helps, my #s are 167/3.95 and i got a full ride + stipend at UMN. i am a resident, though. you would most definitely get money at a t25, probably even a few full rides. it sounds like your best bet is to drop ED with the realization that you may not break into the t10 because of it. it sounds like you would be better off taking $$ at UMN, U of I, BC, BU, hell Vandy might even throw $$ your way (but i wouldn't count on it.) if you don't ED, make suuuuuure you apply very early to lock in Cornell and/or GULC. that way if you change your mind and decide it's t14 or bust you still have some options.
***ETA: i should say, the norm for michigan in this shitty economy. normally it's much higher and will probably be on the rise in the coming years