MPMP wrote: swheat wrote:
mstiger wrote:I graduated with a 3.5 GPA and 165 LSAT. I applied last year and was classified as a resident. Judging from the incoming class profile and past class profiles, I assumed I would get a full scholarship. I was offered a $5,000 per year. Like others have mentioned, Ole Miss does not have a large scholarship endowment.
Granted, you scored 4 points higher on the LSAT, so your credentials are obviously better than mine, but even considering that, I wouldn't automatically assume that you'll get a full scholarship.
I'm not certain about post-graduate employment opportunities, but being from Mississippi, I would imagine most of the posters who've replied to this thread are correct in claiming that employment opportunities are largely based on who you know in this area. Memphis is probably a good bet, but living in Memphis is akin to a death sentence; by far the worst metro area in the south and arguably the country.
Also, another thing to consider, graduating near the top of your class at Ole Miss will not be as difficult as other more reputable schools in the South. The competition is not as stiff.
I would imagine they are reserving more of their funds for the new building and less for scholarships. That's too bad really...for me affordability is way higher on the list of priorities than a comfortable building.
Memphis is bad, for sure, but to me it is better than anything in Mississippi except maybe the coast. Memphis has nice restaurants, Beale St., and shopping in Germantown. Jackson, MS barely has a functioning mall. A few small towns in MS like Tupelo and Hattiesburg are nice but boring.
I've never spent longer than a few days there, but you may be giving Hattiesburg a bit too much credit. Ocean Springs and Bay St. Louis area are probably the nicest places to live on the coast, but anywhere around there and in between would probably be better than H-Burg (with the exception of Pascagoula?). The casinos bring in a lot of cool stuff, and you can't beat living on the water.
Well Madison, MS is the best place to live in state and has pretty much everything (although the cost of living in Madison, MS is higher than New Orleans, LA - on a side note, Tulane is opening a campus in Madison).
It's about 10 miles north of Jackson.
Ridgeland, MS, between Madison and Jackson, is where the people shop/eat that used to do those things in Jackson (at the Renaissance [upscale outdoor mall] and Northpark [indoor mall].
Flowood, MS, about 5 miles east of jackson (I'm not sure if it is east or west), has a massive outdoor mall and plenty of stores/restaurants.
Jackson is simply a place for people to work (it is getting nicer though - albeit slowly).
Ole Miss and Mississippi College dominate the firms in Jackson, MS.
Currently, the schools are pretty much interchangeable in Jackson (although it hasn't been that way for long).
And I wouldn't recommend MC over Ole Miss because MC is 3x as expensive as Ole Miss for instate students.
However if someone received a non-contingent scholarship that made MC=Ole Miss, I would suggest the former (Last cycle, MC offered me a full ride contingent on top 20% and I declined).
The firms in Jackson/Ridgeland are: Forman Perry, Brunini, Butler Snow (they just finished a nice building at the aforementioned Renaissance), Bradley Arant, Baker Donelson, Phelps Dunbar, Balch and Bingham, Adams and Reese, Watkins and Eager, and McGlinchey Stafford.
Beyond the cities of Madison, Ridgeland, Flowood, and Jackson - everything else is usually a college town somewhat (Oxford/University - where ole miss is, Hattiesburg - where USM is, Starkville - where MSU is, the coast - where Tulane currently has a college of continuing studies and casinos, etc.)