iLaw wrote:Cicero76 wrote:iLaw wrote:Do not let anyone talk you into HYS, T6, whatever, that costs money when you can go to a top 20 school for free. Most everyone I SAed with were from T-6 and every one of them was stressed because of debt. Keep that in mind.
Going to a free T20 over HYS is utterly, completely and undeniably insane. No offense.
None taken. What you said is what my family and well intentioned friends advised when I turned down Yale for my school (ranked inside the top 20). Neither Yale nor Stanford were overly generous with scholly money — at least not compared to free. Then there was the COL issue of moving to the frigid Northeast or the super high COL of SF versus living at home in a spacious home with free food and a movie theater. At the end of the day I am one of 10 people being offered (4 from HYS, 3 from T14) and the only one without any debt whatsoever and my bar will be paid in full by the firm.
BTW: LA has a ton of law firms (many BL) so OCI is a given. Granted if I were living in a non-metro area, yeah, I’d learn the Yale fight song.
I guess I can understand that, and I definitely understand the relief you feel at being debt free. I even admire the courage it takes to stand up to your family and do what you think is a better situation.
But I can't help but think that you had to get a good deal lucky to end up so well off in terms of the job you got (look at the credentials of your co-associates), and you wouldn't have needed that luck if you went to Yale. Or maybe you were brilliant enough you were guaranteed to be #1 at whatever T20 it was. Idk, but I couldn't take that chance on myself.