U of Houston (15k) v Chicago-Kent (15k) part time

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Which school should I attend?

University of Houston
11
92%
Chicago-Kent
1
8%
 
Total votes: 12

Kaylynn86
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U of Houston (15k) v Chicago-Kent (15k) part time

Postby Kaylynn86 » Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:19 pm

Just looking for some input. I'm leaning slightly towards the University of Houston. (Like maybe 60/40 or 55/45). Here are my relevant facts:
I'm currently employed. I live and work in Houston, but my position will transfer to Chicago if necessary. I should be able to transfer to our legal department from my current position. I work for a large insurance company. I'd basically be doing civil defense (tort law) if I transfer to legal. I am only considering part time / evening programs.

Benefits of Houston:
-No cold weather
-don't have to move
-In state tuition
-graduate with no debt (my effective cost of attendance is 9k / yr and I can afford that out of pocket).
-In Houston it seems like schools go U Tx -> U Hou -> others (Baylor, SMU, etc.)

Benefits of Chicago:
-New/fun city
-Summer is wayyy less shitty
-Location of Chicago-Kent is awesome
-still keep debt down (cost of attendance is 15k / yr, should graduate less than 20k in debt).
-Overly saturated legal market? (NU, Chi, U IL ranked higher)

If you care, stats are 167/3.5, no special softs (other than WE & bilingual in Spanish), accepted also at American & Fordham, but no scholarships. U WI & MD still pending.

(Note, in either place because I have a full time job, I plan to pay for living expenses out of pocket). I do like Chicago slightly more as a city (if only their weather were like May all year round). Anything else I should consider? Any opinions? I am going to ask Kent for slightly more $$.

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Re: U of Houston (15k) v Chicago-Kent (15k) part time

Postby bdole2 » Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:25 pm

Just keep your current job. If not, UH.

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Re: U of Houston (15k) v Chicago-Kent (15k) part time

Postby checkster » Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:32 pm

OP stated that he/she is keeping current job.

bdole2
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Re: U of Houston (15k) v Chicago-Kent (15k) part time

Postby bdole2 » Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:33 pm

checkster wrote:OP stated that he/she is keeping current job.


While in law school. Not after...

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Re: U of Houston (15k) v Chicago-Kent (15k) part time

Postby thexfactor » Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:46 pm

any chance for a retake?

Kaylynn86
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Re: U of Houston (15k) v Chicago-Kent (15k) part time

Postby Kaylynn86 » Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:49 pm

1-even if I stay in my current job, a jd will add significant ability to move up. It's a prerequisite to get above supervisor level.
2- no chance for a retake because I would be okay with either of these schools.

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Re: U of Houston (15k) v Chicago-Kent (15k) part time

Postby CanadianWolf » Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:50 pm

If you plan to work while attending law school part-time, then you don't need the distractions of moving to a new city & adjusting to new co-workers.

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Re: U of Houston (15k) v Chicago-Kent (15k) part time

Postby romothesavior » Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:55 pm

If you are just getting a J.D. and staying at your current job, why not go for free? Is your company paying for it? If so, go wherever you'd prefer personally. Where would you rather settle down?

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Re: U of Houston (15k) v Chicago-Kent (15k) part time

Postby romothesavior » Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:56 pm

Kaylynn86 wrote:2- no chance for a retake because I would be okay with either of these schools.

You're okay with $100,000+ for a pretty mediocre JD?

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Re: U of Houston (15k) v Chicago-Kent (15k) part time

Postby Kaylynn86 » Sat Mar 24, 2012 11:32 pm

romothesavior wrote:
Kaylynn86 wrote:2- no chance for a retake because I would be okay with either of these schools.

You're okay with $100,000+ for a pretty mediocre JD?

100k?? I'd pay 36k for Houston (total) or 60k for Kent (total). Work contribution maxes out at 5k per year and isn't guaranteed. Where did you pull $100k from?

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Re: U of Houston (15k) v Chicago-Kent (15k) part time

Postby romothesavior » Sat Mar 24, 2012 11:34 pm

Kaylynn86 wrote:
romothesavior wrote:
Kaylynn86 wrote:2- no chance for a retake because I would be okay with either of these schools.

You're okay with $100,000+ for a pretty mediocre JD?

100k?? I'd pay 36k for Houston (total) or 60k for Kent (total). Work contribution maxes out at 5k per year and isn't guaranteed. Where did you pull $100k from?

My apologies, I interpreted 15k as scholarships per year. Usually people put either yearly scholarships or total COA in the subject title, so I misinterpreted it. Didn't realize it was yearly COA.




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