There are two law schools near where I live very close to each other. University of Michigan Law School which costs upwards of 50K/year but is a top 14 school. Thomas M. Cooley Law School which is some bottom tier law school, but is free for anyone with an LSAT score of 163 or higher (median LSAT score there is 146, so this 163 is likely not a large number of students).
Presumably someone who would be at the bottom or merely average at UMich would shine at Cooley, so if someone is making a decision between UMich and Cooley, is Cooley a 150K handicap. What if someone was picking between it and a school where the median LSAT score is 163 (a school ranked about 50)? Is going to a bottom tiered law school that big of a handicap for someone who gets a 163 LSAT?
I'm not making decision, but I'm curious what your thoughts are.