Dear OP, frankly, I would NOT give up the "good" job that you have in today's economy especially with family obligations. I think that your reasons to attend Cooley are sound. HOWEVER, don't go to Cooley or any law school thinking that you will keep your scholarship, which is not the case for many people. If,however, you can keep your job and not move, Cooley might be a good decision for you.
I should note that I am telling you thing despite the fact that I am not crazy about Cooley's curricuum. They just have too many requirements such as mandatory externships,which could interfere with your current job. However, I think that you can get very decent legal training, pass the bar and do well with Cooley based on the objectives that you posted.
Also, if you can keep your scholarship, don't discount this. Having no debt in today's environment is a BIG , BIG deal. Getting any legal job, especially with big law, is tenuous at best even attending top law schools. Having no debt can provide almost a guaranteed lifesaver and expose you to little economic risk. I think there will be a number of posters who go to very decent schools that will be "up a creek" with the debt that they will be incurring. Most of the people here are ranking fanatics. They think that if they go to a top T 15 law school , regardless of the tuition, they will get a great job. Most will be in for a really sad awakening.
Frankly, if I were going to law school today, I would make economics my top priority.This means either picking a school where I can also keep my current job or pick a school that gives the lowest overall debt,which usually is a state school as long as they had the curriculum and programs that I wanted.
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