GW (sticker) v Hofstra (full ride)

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GW (sticker) v Hofstra (full ride)

Poll ended at Wed Jul 27, 2011 8:05 pm

GW (sticker)
8
44%
Hofstra (full ride)
10
56%
 
Total votes: 18

jwgames2
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GW (sticker) v Hofstra (full ride)

Postby jwgames2 » Sat May 28, 2011 8:05 pm

Hello:

I was wondering what you guys would do in my situation. I got a full scholarship to Hofstra Law (contingent on me staying in the top 40% of the class) and an offer of admission to GW Law (with no scholarships).

I would be happy practicing in either NYC or DC, so the location is not really a consideration for me. What is a consideration is the cost. At GW Law, I'm looking at at least $120k in loans, whereas with Hofstra I got the aforementioned scholarship.

Which school would you pick and why?

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Re: GW (sticker) v Hofstra (full ride)

Postby JD2014 » Sat May 28, 2011 8:38 pm

Much depends on what you want to do for a career. At $120k in tuition loans plus cost of living, you're going to need Biglaw or LRAP to cover the debt. On the other hand, a 40% stip is a little harsh.

If I had to pick between the two, I would take Hofstra, and drop out if I lost the scholarship, but I'm pretty debt averse.

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Re: GW (sticker) v Hofstra (full ride)

Postby MrPapagiorgio » Sat May 28, 2011 8:42 pm

There's no middle ground here?

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Re: GW (sticker) v Hofstra (full ride)

Postby justhockey31 » Sat May 28, 2011 11:40 pm

Is housing covered for you at GW because if not you are looking at closer to $210k of debt...Also, is there really no middle ground in this situation because I feel like there should be :|

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Re: GW (sticker) v Hofstra (full ride)

Postby zanda » Sun May 29, 2011 12:02 am

MrPapagiorgio wrote:There's no middle ground here?

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Re: GW (sticker) v Hofstra (full ride)

Postby taxman128 » Sun May 29, 2011 12:05 am

jwgames2 wrote:Hello:

I was wondering what you guys would do in my situation. I got a full scholarship to Hofstra Law (contingent on me staying in the top 40% of the class) and an offer of admission to GW Law (with no scholarships).

I would be happy practicing in either NYC or DC, so the location is not really a consideration for me. What is a consideration is the cost. At GW Law, I'm looking at at least $120k in loans, whereas with Hofstra I got the aforementioned scholarship.

Which school would you pick and why?

full scholarship to Hofstra Law is more for its benefit than your benefit.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/01/busin ... rants.html

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Re: GW (sticker) v Hofstra (full ride)

Postby justhockey31 » Sun May 29, 2011 12:07 am

Assuming there is no middle ground...it now comes down to your career goals and debt aversion. Can negotiate with Hofstra to remove your stips.? If you want to work in NYC and want to minimize debt, then Hofstra has to be the choice.

If there is a middle ground...its probably the more reasonable choice

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Re: GW (sticker) v Hofstra (full ride)

Postby jwgames2 » Sun May 29, 2011 1:29 pm

Hello:

First, thank you to everyone who's commented so far. It's been helpful. Here's the info people were wondering about.

At this point there is no middle ground. I applied last fall to law school and based on where I was accepted, I decided to go to Hofstra. At the time, Hofstra made the most sense financially and in terms of comparative rankings, hence I turned down all the other offers I had. When I found out I got just got into GW off the waiting list, the picture was changed for me. GW is the highest ranked law school I got into (next highest was American), and I don't know if it's worth going to GW without significant financial aid and turning down the offer from Hofstra.

Also, I'm getting some help with my living expenses, so I'm likely looking at having to take out $40k to $50k in loans per year to the JD degree at GW.

Thanks again!!!!

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Re: GW (sticker) v Hofstra (full ride)

Postby justhockey31 » Sun May 29, 2011 1:42 pm

Career goals? IP background? If you have the IP background and want a shot at DC biglaw GW would be your best option but is still risky at that price. If you do not want Biglaw or prefer NYC then minimize debt and take Hofstra. No debt >>>>>>> $120K debt

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Re: GW (sticker) v Hofstra (full ride)

Postby Exeter » Sun May 29, 2011 4:10 pm

Neither option is too appealing. With that being said, the debt of GW is life ending unless you get a BigLaw job. Odds of that happening are 25%. Take Hofstra, that way, if you suck you can easily move on.

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Re: GW (sticker) v Hofstra (full ride)

Postby jwgames2 » Sun May 29, 2011 4:52 pm

No. I have no IP background. I'm going into law school straight out of undergraduate school where I was a business major. I'm looking to get into corporate law.

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Re: GW (sticker) v Hofstra (full ride)

Postby lawnoob » Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:42 am

oh man, wish I would have seen this earlier. As someone who goes to Hofstra I would have told you GW AINEC

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Re: GW (sticker) v Hofstra (full ride)

Postby GermX » Mon Nov 14, 2011 1:39 pm

Hofstra. GW is piece of shit.

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Re: GW (sticker) v Hofstra (full ride)

Postby INFOWARS.COM » Mon Nov 14, 2011 2:21 pm

Don't go to law school if these are your only options. Seriously.

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Re: GW (sticker) v Hofstra (full ride)

Postby WSJ_Law » Mon Nov 14, 2011 6:14 pm

You're fucked with either hth

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Re: GW (sticker) v Hofstra (full ride)

Postby HeavenWood » Mon Nov 14, 2011 6:53 pm

WSJ_Law wrote:You're fucked with either hth

You must be a joy in real life.

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Re: GW (sticker) v Hofstra (full ride)

Postby Jimbola » Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:13 pm

Also remember that Hofstra at least location wise is not as close to the city as everyone makes it out to be. You're looking at an hour train ride with an ever rising LIRR ticket price. As far as Hofstra's legal connections in the city, I have no idea.

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Re: GW (sticker) v Hofstra (full ride)

Postby Gail » Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:14 pm

You have to have another offer elsewhere. If you can get GW you can get something with a good scholarship in the area.

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Re: GW (sticker) v Hofstra (full ride)

Postby Grizz » Tue Nov 22, 2011 1:12 pm

Posted: Sat May 28, 2011 8:05 pm

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Re: GW (sticker) v Hofstra (full ride)

Postby 20130312 » Tue Nov 22, 2011 1:31 pm

Grizz wrote:
Posted: Sat May 28, 2011 8:05 pm


I was wondering when people were gonna notice this...

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Re: GW (sticker) v Hofstra (full ride)

Postby jkpolk » Tue Nov 22, 2011 4:00 pm

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Re: GW (sticker) v Hofstra (full ride)

Postby Grizz » Tue Nov 22, 2011 4:43 pm

polkij333 wrote:Hofstra- but you better be ready to gun/work your ass off
Grizz wrote:
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