I could really use some advice.

(Rankings, Profiles, Tuition, Student Life, . . . )

What would you do?

Missouri (in-state, $78k COA)
2
6%
Kansas ($98k COA)
2
6%
Wisconsin (alma mater, will not know scholly info until end of April which is after deposits are due)
3
8%
Illinois (only $15k off of sticker, currently in negotiations)
6
17%
Indiana ($112k COA)
3
8%
Retake
20
56%
 
Total votes: 36

btw384
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I could really use some advice.

Postby btw384 » Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:22 am

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JamMasterJ
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Re: I could really use some advice.

Postby JamMasterJ » Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:24 am

Yes, you can retake again at this point.
I would do so, but as far as current options go, I'd probably say Illinois

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Ded Precedent
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Re: I could really use some advice.

Postby Ded Precedent » Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:26 am

Ask again after negotiations but start studying for a retake now.

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bk1
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Re: I could really use some advice.

Postby bk1 » Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:27 am

Honestly I wouldn't go to law school. You have almost $100,000 debt already. I wouldn't recommend going to a law school at this point unless you got into a decent one with a full ride + stipend. Even the cheapest option you have now is going to leave you with almost $200,000 total debt by the time you graduate law school. None of these schools give you a decent shot at a salary that can make paying that back feasible.

At this point you've got to cut your losses. Getting a real job and paying back your loans seems like the only economically feasible option due to the situation you're already in. Remember, you can always go to law school later once your debt gets lowered to a manageable level.

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JCFindley
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Re: I could really use some advice.

Postby JCFindley » Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:57 am

Join the military for four years.

Retake the LSAT at your leisure if you desire. Pay down some of your current UG dept. In four years get out of the military and use the Post 911 GI Bill to pay for 100% of any of the schools you have listed and pay you a housing allowance of 1->3K per month WHILE you go to school. Get higher on the LSAT and use the softs you get in the military to attend a T-14 without incurring any additional dept.

Adverse to being shot at? Join the Air Force or Coast Guard.

and boom, free law school.

JC

CanadianWolf
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Re: I could really use some advice.

Postby CanadianWolf » Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:02 pm

What is your GPA ? Where do you want to live after law school ? Why law school ?

checkster
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Re: I could really use some advice.

Postby checkster » Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:57 pm

Agreed. Retake.

Are you from Missouri, or are they offering you in-state? If you aren't from MO, don't come here and pay 18k a semester while you are in debt. This place is insular as shit.

btw384
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Re: I could really use some advice.

Postby btw384 » Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:39 pm

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btw384
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Re: I could really use some advice.

Postby btw384 » Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:40 pm

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btw384
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Re: I could really use some advice.

Postby btw384 » Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:43 pm

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Re: I could really use some advice.

Postby btw384 » Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:45 pm

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Re: I could really use some advice.

Postby CanadianWolf » Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:55 pm

Law school is feasible. A 3.6/164 should merit scholarships at many law schools. Although employment prospects are not great, Michigan State, for example, should offer you a full tuition & fees scholarship with reasonable stipulations. Many other Tier Two & Tier Three law schools should offer full tuition & fees scholarships based on your numbers.

Did you apply to Marquette ? Any Texas schools such as Baylor or Texas Tech ? Denver ? Miami ? Stetson ? Indiana-Indianapolis ? Pittsburgh ? Case Western ? Chicago-Kent ? DePaul ? Loyola-Chicago ?

Or retake if you have the drive to take the LSAT for a fourth sitting.

btw384
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Re: I could really use some advice.

Postby btw384 » Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:34 pm

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t14fanboy
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Re: I could really use some advice.

Postby t14fanboy » Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:42 pm

You can and should retake.

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Re: I could really use some advice.

Postby keg411 » Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:50 pm

bk1 wrote:Honestly I wouldn't go to law school. You have almost $100,000 debt already. I wouldn't recommend going to a law school at this point unless you got into a decent one with a full ride + stipend. Even the cheapest option you have now is going to leave you with almost $200,000 total debt by the time you graduate law school. None of these schools give you a decent shot at a salary that can make paying that back feasible.

At this point you've got to cut your losses. Getting a real job and paying back your loans seems like the only economically feasible option due to the situation you're already in. Remember, you can always go to law school later once your debt gets lowered to a manageable level.


This. Get a job and get yourself out of debt. Then consider re-taking.

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Samara
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Re: I could really use some advice.

Postby Samara » Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:59 pm

bk1's and JCFindley's responses are credited. A third option might be to move to Illinois and retake. Even if you only score a few points higher, you should be able to get a large amount off of in-state at UIUC, which would give you easily the strongest school on your list without a ton of additional debt. Probably a much riskier option though.




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