thelawyler wrote:I agree with that. This is a career that you'll be doing for a long long time. Take another year or two (or however long it takes) and REALLY REALLY study that LSAT and kill it. Think of any conceivable way of improving and really set your mind to it. Do this while saving up what you can with your current job in a rainy-day fund. Kill the LSAT and get into a school that will better your prospects or get scholarship money from other reputable schools.
Remember, 1-2 years is nothing from the perspective of a 30 year legal career, especially because you already have a job right now that is pulling in some decent income. Don't make a choice you think you will regret.
Sorry, but I'm not completely understanding your position on this. If I was offered a full scholarship from a school like Rutgers I'd take it, but from what I've read about, you have a much better chance of getting a "30 year legal career" as you put it from a school like Notre Dame, or just maybe a school close to the top 20. If the outcome from spending 3 long years at Rutgers is a 1-2 year legal career then it's not worth the trouble, even if it's a full scholarship. One of my professors went to Rutgers law school and he had a very short career. Now, I'm sure he's doing fine because he's a professor now but my point is that if I went through law school, I'd want a well-paying job in the field that I studied in. You all know better than me how tough law school is and there is no point in going through all of that to settle. Being $200,000 in debt really must be a heavy feeling, but if you have a decent job you'll pay it off. My cousin went to Syracuse, and she's slowly but surely paying off a big loan.
I don't want to use personal references because you can't take solid factual information from that, but I guess my point is that law school isn't just about the money to me. It's three more years, three more difficult years of school. I don't want to go to just "any" school. I know that I'd be taking a chance no matter where I went, but if there's a significantly better chance of getting a job from a more expensive school then so be it.