BU $$$ vs. Re-apply

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BU CoA 76k vs New Cycle

BU
17
77%
T14 or die alone
5
23%
 
Total votes: 22

desespere
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BU $$$ vs. Re-apply

Postby desespere » Mon Apr 25, 2011 7:06 pm

I got in at BU with 25k a year and free housing (though I have to be an RA), so total CoA ~76k . I think I want to do government work, probably criminal law, and want to live in either Boston or NYC after graduating. I have a 3.79 (though that'll probably drop a bit after this semester) and a 167 LSAT. I notice a lot of ominous mutterings on TLS about job prospects outside the T14, and I am something of a prestige whore by inclination, but am I just being dumb in thinking about re-taking the LSAT and trying again next cycle? I'd be in grad school on a fellowship for that year. Thanks in advance everyone.

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bk1
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Re: BU $$$ vs. Re-apply

Postby bk1 » Mon Apr 25, 2011 7:10 pm

I'd take BU at 75k CoA for NYC/Boston pretty much every time over the T14 unless the T14 was 125k CoA or less.

It would probably take a 168 at bare minimum to have a shot at the T14, though more likely you'd need a 170+. I'm thinking that only a 172+ would actually be worth it because in my opinion you would need a large scholarship to counter the BU offer.

How do you feel about getting a 172+? How do you feel about waiting a year? How likely would you be to get a similar offer from BU next year if you didn't improve?

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Re: BU $$$ vs. Re-apply

Postby romothesavior » Mon Apr 25, 2011 7:11 pm

If you can get a 170+, then retake. But BU with 75k is a fine option. BU is one of the best non-T14s for biglaw placement, if that's what you're shooting for.

scammedhard
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Re: BU $$$ vs. Re-apply

Postby scammedhard » Mon Apr 25, 2011 7:12 pm

I'd say go to BU. You got a pretty a sweet deal and you should be very proud. Congrats.

CanadianWolf
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Re: BU $$$ vs. Re-apply

Postby CanadianWolf » Mon Apr 25, 2011 7:16 pm

Boston University unless you really want Cornell.

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Re: BU $$$ vs. Re-apply

Postby dakatz » Mon Apr 25, 2011 7:19 pm

BU is one of the very bed non-T14 schools out there. Unless you are sure you would hit 170 or above, then def go with BU

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Perch
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Re: BU $$$ vs. Re-apply

Postby Perch » Mon Apr 25, 2011 7:35 pm

CanadianWolf wrote:Boston University unless you really want Cornell.


Or GULC? why C in particular?

whymeohgodno
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Re: BU $$$ vs. Re-apply

Postby whymeohgodno » Mon Apr 25, 2011 7:39 pm

Surprised you didn't get Cornell.

desespere
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Re: BU $$$ vs. Re-apply

Postby desespere » Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:38 pm

I'd have no qualms about waiting a year because I actually really like the grad school program I was accepted into. As for the LSAT, breaking 172 would be possible (I PT'd there a couple of times) but would take a ton of studying and some luck. Hmm, food for thought. Thanks.

Cornell is holding my application, but I seriously doubt they'll admit me, let alone give me enough money to make it a legitimate option.

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Re: BU $$$ vs. Re-apply

Postby tea_drinker » Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:59 pm

desespere wrote:I'd have no qualms about waiting a year because I actually really like the grad school program I was accepted into. As for the LSAT, breaking 172 would be possible (I PT'd there a couple of times) but would take a ton of studying and some luck. Hmm, food for thought. Thanks.

Cornell is holding my application, but I seriously doubt they'll admit me, let alone give me enough money to make it a legitimate option.



Reiterate what everyone has said. You don't sound too confident on the prospect of getting 172+. Also, not all T14 degrees may help you crack the boston market.




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