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However, doing really well at Loyola (combined with their alumni network) will be miles ahead of doing really well at Chapman.
Just consider this before making your decision. IBR isn't that bad and can give you a cushion in case you don't do as well as you hoped. Go hard or go home.
I vote Loyola.
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Do the math on the debt savings under either scenario. For that reason alone, I'd take Chapman.
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PogueMahone wrote:The money does look good but it just worries me that I could easily fall out of the top 1/3 and Chapman could easily fall out of the top 100 which would leave me paying sticker for a T3 which would suck...
This is something to consider. One bad class 1L and you are sticker at Chapman the rest of the way.
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do you think you'll be top third? are your numbers in their top third?
still, I'm voting chapman
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Loyola is a better school, and probably will be viewed so in the short term, but the gap between the schools will likely continue to narrow. Chapman has jumped 50 schools in the last 3 years, and they won't jump nearly as many in the next three, but they should be ranked around 70-75 if they play their cards right. In 5-10 years, you could see Chapman being viewed in the same light as Loyola.
Now if you were deciding between McGeorge and Loyola, then I could validate why you would be worried. McGeorge is bipolar with the rankings and jumps up and down from TTT to 90-100. Sacramento market does that to you. Same with USF being lumped with Four Tier 1 schools within 50 miles, plus an underranked Santa Clara near it. Chapman has a lot of competition too, but not as much as USF.
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bk187 wrote:lawgod wrote:do you think you'll be top third? are your numbers in their top third?
Impossible to answer the first. The second is not a significant indicator of where you will end up.
While I agree that LSAT/GPA is not the be-all end-all, this is actually flat out wrong. They are statistically significant with coefficients of 0.45 for LSAT and 0.3 for GPA.
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