Great Satchmo wrote:
I need to read up on the employment implications of OCI at schools, and then compare and contrast. I suppose this, plus employment numbers (taken with a grain of salt) will lend itself to the best picture available.
As far as loan calculations, it begs the question of how to anticipate scholarship. If it's renewable, do you make the decision to go to the school based on keeping it for three years? Or, do you attend the school you'd attend regardless of scholarship, and take it as a bonus?
For example, with SCU, it seems that there are a number of scholarships you can compete to obtain for 2L...well...kinda sounds like a renewable scholarship with stipulations: do well, and you get cash. So even though McGeorge is saying "be in the top 1/3rd of the class and you get cash", other schools may implicitly offer scholarships by class standing - either way, they are not guaranteed and banking on class standing seems to be extremely risky.
Given this, and my acceptances thus far, I feel like USD and SCU should be at the top of the list (despite no money from USD - and I think Loyola doesn't make sense for me...). They seem to have better job prospects in secondary markets, rather than being secondary schools in primary markets. The costs will be high, but if I do well I can reduce those costs and potentially find decent work.
I have no problems with the Valley. As much as I love living in the city, I realize that going to school in an insulated community with nice suburb around it played into my strengths of being able to focus. Having lived in Mountain View, I can definitely see myself moving back down there.
I think I'm talking myself into SCU...that or USD where I could live at home and save on housing for the first semester/year/however long I could stand it living at home - which could amount to what I'd be awarded at SCU the first and possibly second year....
*sigh* Please, Hastings/Davis/other reach...swoop in and make this easy. On another note...I'm W/L'd at Cardozo...
Sorry about the W/L, Satch.
I look at schollys as one year bonuses - if you do well enough, you'll get another. Calculate loan options a few ways. One at sticker. One with your initial scholly. One assuming you renew. See what the monthly payments boil down to for each (this could get tough with the tuition hikes at Hastings and Davis, though the predictions are out there somewhere, maybe on ATL); one I did last night taking a Stafford Exit interview was terrifying, tried to find it for you but I'm too lazy (clearly not up to par with Stanford researcher - was that your UG?).
I'm nearly set on SCU because of how great their staff has been in the admin process and for factors beyond debt (I know, crazy). They've put me in touch with alumn, students and are always prompt and friendly with answering my questions. Their crim. law faculty is very solid (one of their professors was on the OJ defense team that won), they place very well with PD/DA offices and they have the NorCal Innocence Project. All stuff that'll bode well with what I want to do, and overall it feels like it will be a great 3 years, even if I lose my scholly.
Definitely do the OCI research. Check up on competing schools faculty. If you're ballsy, maybe even email the admin offices with your predicament (Annemarie at SCU has always been very friendly towards me). If you can, visit. For me, the extra ~50-60k I'll be dropping for a SCU education (sans scholly) v. in-state tuition where I live now v. where I want to live and practice and the paygrade of PD/DA's in SCcounty v. IRB/CCRAA, it makes sense for me.
At schools hovering between 61 and 85 the past few years, the decision definitely comes down to which one meets your specific needs v. overall ranking. USNews is such an arbitrary hock; you'd be remiss to completely ignore them, but once you get a ways outside of the holy-trinity and lay prestige of the t14, it behooves one to start thinking about their situation specifically and not some interchangeable number.
You gotta lawyer for you.