1- I love this thread so much I actually joined this forum to post, after initially reading other threads that seemed to be from mostly young-uns.
2 - Congrats to everyone who made it into their LS of choice, and those who made their respective LS their choice.
3 - I'm looking to advice on what to do:
I'm 32, living in San Francisco, rent free with the parents (in an in-law unit). This is mostly due to the fact that I've been working on a "startup" (no-pay) software company making software for tax accountants (think TurboTax on steroids) for the last several years. I also have a BA in immunology, with a few years working in gene therapy (this will be a second career shift, if you don't count food service work).
I'm working on a transition to IP & business law so I can work with other startups, and VC clients, possibly building to a business incubator-type of organization.
I've been accepted to Santa Clara, USF, and Rutgers-Camden so far. WL at Chicago-Kent, and Emory. Still waiting on 30 or so schools thanks to my broke fee-waivers. No's from my top choices (UCB, Stanford, Yale, etc)
Money-wise USF wins hands-down (no rent, easy commute, great scholarship), leaving me about 50k in the hole. Reputation-wise I get a somewhat meh feeling, which means I need to really bust ass to for a top seat.
Santa Clara is seems to be best by reputation in Silicon Valley, and is possibly the best of my options for what I think I want to do, but would leave me about $150k in the hole.
USF and SCU would let me maintain my bay area network, and let me continue to work on the board of my fave non profit, plus possibly give a helping hand to my company come 2L and 3L.
Rutgers has a national reputation, which is great in case I totally flip and decide I really really want to sue people instead of building businesses. Their offer was pretty generous, leaving me about $80k in the hole if I play it right.
Rutgers would put me in an entirely new area, which is frankly kind of exciting, but doesn't seem to be as strong in my currently intended areas.
Or, I could retake the LSAT to try to improve on my 160, which I'm fairly confident I could do. This would also give me time to tie off some loose ends and potentially get my company sold.
So, anyone have thoughts?
Thank you for your time, and thanks everyone for making this thread so enjoyable to read.