I'm at a point where I'm starting to second guess my LSAT performance. I took it with the flu (my nightmare come true) but, since I scored within my practice test range, I opted to not re-take and just press on. I've been accepted into a fair amount of schools and feel that I would be happy to attend a few of them but I am having trouble rationalizing the cost. I knew that law school would be expensive but now I'm thinking that there may be more that I can do to lessen the expense. Right now I have a handful of options:
1.) Enroll in a master's program at my present institution - not for grade boosting purposes. It's a program that previously interested me so I wouldn't be doing it just for the sake of buying time, though that would be a component. It would take me a year to complete and cost about $10k pre-financial aid. If I did this I would plan to take the June LSAT, and if necessary, the October LSAT. I would also move to get my applications in as early as possible. (Also, if it matters, I anticipate my LSAC GPA rising after this current semester's grades come out.) This route would definitely throw some hurdles my way but it's not impossible.
2.) Stop fretting and be satisfied with what I've achieved. If so, any recommendations on where I should head? Schools that are on the top of my list right now are:
- University of Texas - Not anticipating aid.
University of Washington - Some aid possible, waiting to hear.
University of Arizona - Full Ride (inclusive of out of state tuition)
UC Hastings - $30k (3 year)
Lewis and Clark - Some aid possible, waiting to hear.
Loyola (LA) - $88.5k (3 year plus stipend)
I want to throw it out there that I can't take a complete break from my studies because doing so would put me at risk of not returning. I'm self funded and paid my way through undergrad by working full time. When I was forced to take a hiatus between my sophomore and junior years it took me three years to put the money I needed together to get back on track and I don't want a repeat performance!
Thanks in advance.