What would be your school choice?

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What would you choose?

Northwestern - @ 190k debt
85
65%
BC - @ 150k debt
10
8%
Wake - @ 75k debt
9
7%
UF - @ 60k debt
12
9%
Baylor - @ 15k debt
14
11%
 
Total votes: 130

whereto4law
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What would be your school choice?

Postby whereto4law » Tue Feb 01, 2011 11:11 am

I am looking for some forthright advice. What would you do if these were your options? These figures are estimates of the total amounts I would have to take out in loans.

Northwestern - sticker @ 190k debt
BC - sticker @ 150k debt
Wake Forest - 22k/yr scholly @ 75k debt
UF - in state, no scholly offer at this point @ 60k debt
Baylor - full tuition scholly (top 2/3 requirement) @ 15k debt

Big Law: While I am certainly open to it, it's not something I would die without
Practice Area: I am open to practicing just about anywhere excluding the West Coast.

I appreciate your advice!

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Re: What would be your school choice?

Postby lawschooliseasy » Tue Feb 01, 2011 11:13 am

If I had your numbers I would take a full ride at a T20-30, which I'd imagine you could get. However, with just what you have listed above I'd go NW.

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Re: What would be your school choice?

Postby dddhhh » Tue Feb 01, 2011 11:15 am

If you don't mind staying in Florida, I would choose UF - especially if you could get a full ride. Otherwise, I would choose NU.

whereto4law
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Re: What would be your school choice?

Postby whereto4law » Tue Feb 01, 2011 12:08 pm

Do you think an NU acceptance is enough for leverage at any of the other schools?

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Re: What would be your school choice?

Postby duckmoney » Tue Feb 01, 2011 12:15 pm

Wake and BU should be out without more money. I would decide if you want biglaw or not. If so, go to NU. If not, and you like Florida, go to UF. If you don't particularly like Florida, go to Baylor.

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Re: What would be your school choice?

Postby romothesavior » Tue Feb 01, 2011 12:26 pm

OP are you a big splitter? Surprised to see an acceptance at NW with no major schollies to T20s.

By process of elimination, I think NW is your best choice at this point. None of those scholarship offers sound at all enticing. Lot of money from Baylor but I have never heard a single good thing about Baylor on TLS, so take that FWIW. If I were you, I'd try to leverage that NW acceptance for more money elsewhere.

Do you have any other schools you are waiting on? And what are your numbers?

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Re: What would be your school choice?

Postby Sandro » Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:09 pm

good to see everyone still has no debt aversion

whereto4law
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Re: What would be your school choice?

Postby whereto4law » Tue Feb 01, 2011 2:11 pm

ROMO:
-I am a reverse splitter. For NU, - LSAT <25th and GPA >75th
-I am awaiting decisions from a few other schools (all in t-25)

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Re: What would be your school choice?

Postby concurrent fork » Tue Feb 01, 2011 2:12 pm

Holy crap you got NU with a 163 and (apparently) non-URM? Thank your choice of deity, attend, and never look back. Those numbers aren't going to get you money at a T30.

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Re: What would be your school choice?

Postby romothesavior » Tue Feb 01, 2011 2:16 pm

concurrent fork wrote:Holy crap you got NU with a 163 and (apparently) non-URM? Thank your choice of deity, attend, and never look back. Those numbers aren't going to get you money at a T30.

If that's true, then go to NW for sure.

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Re: What would be your school choice?

Postby Sandro » Tue Feb 01, 2011 2:33 pm

alright NVM. 163 into NW, even with 1 million debt you would have hit the lottery. lol

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Re: What would be your school choice?

Postby jwrash » Tue Feb 01, 2011 2:43 pm

Sandro wrote:alright NVM. 163 into NW, even with 1 million debt you would have hit the lottery. lol

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Re: What would be your school choice?

Postby Stonewall » Tue Feb 01, 2011 2:48 pm

Sandro wrote:good to see everyone still has no debt aversion


yeh it seems that way and i don't expect it to change anytime soon either

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Re: What would be your school choice?

Postby CanadianWolf » Tue Feb 01, 2011 2:50 pm

Many law schools will treat you as an URM due to your Latino heritage even though not Mexican or Puerto Rican. Your 163, therefore, is enough for Top 14 consideration. Regardless, NU deserves serious consideration because of the significantly better placement than your other options.

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Re: What would be your school choice?

Postby romothesavior » Tue Feb 01, 2011 2:52 pm

Sandro wrote:good to see everyone still has no debt aversion

Actually I have a lot of debt aversion. But none of those deals outweigh Northwestern at sticker, except maybe Baylor, and I know nothing about Baylor besides all the shit I hear about it.

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Re: What would be your school choice?

Postby Bumi » Tue Feb 01, 2011 2:56 pm

Looking forward to meeting you at NU orientation.

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Re: What would be your school choice?

Postby Sandro » Tue Feb 01, 2011 3:11 pm

romothesavior wrote:
Sandro wrote:good to see everyone still has no debt aversion

Actually I have a lot of debt aversion. But none of those deals outweigh Northwestern at sticker, except maybe Baylor, and I know nothing about Baylor besides all the shit I hear about it.


190k is going to be a lot of fun paying back if you don't get biglaw.

Big Law: While I am certainly open to it, it's not something I would die without


It might kill you, alternatively.

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Re: What would be your school choice?

Postby bk1 » Tue Feb 01, 2011 3:12 pm

romothesavior wrote: But none of those deals outweigh Northwestern at sticker, except maybe Baylor, and I know nothing about Baylor besides all the shit I hear about it.


Agreed.

However, with OP's goals I would retake/reapply.

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Re: What would be your school choice?

Postby whereto4law » Tue Feb 01, 2011 4:06 pm

Thank you all for the advice; it's quite helpful!

Could you please delve into your reasoning for the school you would select given my circumstances? What are your thoughts on Baylor? Would Wake become much more attractive if the debt coming out was lowered significantly?

FYI, because of work and other commitments leading up to my enrollment this fall, retaking is unfortunately not an option.

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Re: What would be your school choice?

Postby bk1 » Tue Feb 01, 2011 4:49 pm

whereto4law wrote:FYI, because of work and other commitments leading up to my enrollment this fall, retaking is unfortunately not an option.


You are planning on starting school in August. Instead, take the October LSAT and reapply once you get your score back.

I don't see how retake/reapply is not an option.

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Re: What would be your school choice?

Postby whereto4law » Tue Feb 01, 2011 5:01 pm

You are right bk, so let me try that again: retaking is not an option for me as I am starting law school this August no matter what and have commitments leading up to that time.

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Re: What would be your school choice?

Postby bk1 » Tue Feb 01, 2011 5:08 pm

whereto4law wrote:You are right bk, so let me try that again: retaking is not an option for me as I am starting law school this August no matter what and have commitments leading up to that time.


Then let me be even clearer: committing to law school this August is going to be a detriment when you can retake/reapply. Don't let your own stubbornness hurt you down the road with either debt that you can't service or job prospects that you dislike.

Waiting a year sucks (I'm doing it now), but the difference between graduating 1 year later versus getting into better schools and/or having less debt is astronomical.

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Re: What would be your school choice?

Postby romothesavior » Tue Feb 01, 2011 5:09 pm

whereto4law wrote:You are right bk, so let me try that again: retaking is not an option for me as I am starting law school this August no matter what and have commitments leading up to that time.

Then go to NW and pray you don't get debt pwnd.

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Re: What would be your school choice?

Postby whereto4law » Tue Feb 01, 2011 8:00 pm

Any other thoughts or feelings out there? Know anyone who faced a similar situation?

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Re: What would be your school choice?

Postby johnnyutah » Tue Feb 01, 2011 8:19 pm

Either NW or Baylor. TLS might have nothing good to say about it, but you got a full scholarship that you can probably keep, and that's worth a lot ITE. On the other hand, NW has to potential to open wayyyyyy more doors for you than Baylor does.

Go with the money or go with the opportunity. It's up to you. But don't go to any of the other schools.




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