ninjoshua wrote:Retaking is not part of my plans. I’m already going to be almost 38 when I graduate if I start this fall. One more year may not seem like that big of a deal when you’re 24, but at my age it matters.
It’s looking like Tech will be the clear choice because A) I heard back from Baylor and they’re offering no money and B) I can start Tech this fall whereas I would have to wait till spring to start at Baylor (in which case I may as well retake and delay till fall 2013).Lord Randolph McDuff wrote:...it would appear that the student body at Baylor is more talented than the student body at Tech. I think this is a point for Tech, though.
It looks like being in the top 10% at Tech is = to be in the top 20% at Baylor. I would wager a guess that it is about equally as difficult to be in the top 10% at Tech than it is to be in the top 20% at Baylor. Many on TLS seem to disagree on this point.
I would go to Tech if it saved you significant money. Debt and compound interest are soul-crushing.
I was thinking along these lines as well.
Additionally, the general feel I got from the student body and administration at each school when I visited should not be overlooked.
I understand and am even excited about the fact that law school is going to be the most challenging thing I’ve ever done in my life.
(+1 Tech) However, I got the strong impression that the administration at Tech really wants you to succeed, and does everything in its power to help you. This may be in part because they are trying to build their reputation, and need a greater number of successful students to do so.
(+1 Tech) The administration at Baylor reminded me of the Capitol in the Hunger Games. They are completely satisfied to see the tributes (students) fight to the death because they’re not going to look bad if only a few strong students survive with their mental health intact.
(+1 Baylor) On the other hand, a fiercely competitive environment may be where I thrive, and the practice court excites me.
(+1 Tech) Of course I could try to get onto an advocacy team at Tech and be around people who actually want to practice litigation, as opposed to a bunch of people being forced to practice it.
(+1 Tech) Baylor seems to treat their 1Ls like they are fresh out of high school. For example, I was told that most 1L professors don’t allow laptops for note-taking. If you don’t have the self-control to stay off of facebook in class, law school may not be the right place for you.
I want to clarify my career goals. I will probably look at seeking a clerkship, but I’m not going to have unrealistic hopes. I am not dead set on Austin, and I may not have a desire to live there in 3 years when the population has increased to an even more ridiculous level.
I will be overjoyed if I can find a ~60k job at a mid-size firm out of law school doing research and writing, as long as it is not in Lubbock :p
As far as academia, I just meant I would like to get to the point in my career where I can retire and then still teach something like undergrad business law as adjunct prof for fun.
I can't stress enough how much I appreciate everyone's advice here. Thanks again.
I know being 38 or 39 at graduation has an impact on a future legal career, but a very important factor to consider will be how your future debt will impact your lifestyle in your late 30's. It may be easier to pay off debt in your 20's, but that will not be the case for you in your 40's. I have many friends your age who have gone to law school at sticker with the same mind set as you, and it has cost them their marriage and financial well being. Going to school at sticker for your age might be cost prohibitive, unless you have a sugar momma/daddy (sharing is caring) or personal savings. Your goal should be to attend law school for as close to free as you can.
This is why as everyone has suggested, I will recommend that you wait a year and retake the LSAT. You definitely need a scholarship to outweigh the hardship you will face in securing a job out of Baylor or Tech. Law school is much harder than the LSAT. The LSAT is very learnable. You will wish you could take 4 or 5 of those in place of your course finals by the time you are done with law school. If you are unable to take the time to bring up your score, then you might have trouble in law school. <----This was my biggest motivator in improving my score. Good luck to you and feel free to PM me if you have any questions.