WUSTL vs UF (Full) Help!

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UF vs WUSTL

UF (Full)
23
82%
WUSTL (15k)
5
18%
 
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WUSTL vs UF (Full) Help!

Postby Joed1887 » Thu Apr 05, 2012 12:31 pm

I received 15k a year from WUSTL and sent in my first seat deposit on 4/1. Then just yesterday University of Florida offered me full tuition to attend school there. I am from FL and would not mind staying here to practice. However, WUSTL is a better rank and offers me a stronger chance to transfer to a T-14 school and thus a stronger possibility of Big Law. What do the people of TLS think? Go debt free to UF or take the debt at WUSTL?

Thanks for your time in advance,
J

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Re: WUSTL vs UF (Full) Help!

Postby Ruxin1 » Thu Apr 05, 2012 12:41 pm

Joed1887 wrote:I received 15k a year from WUSTL and sent in my first seat deposit on 4/1. Then just yesterday University of Florida offered me full tuition to attend school there. I am from FL and would not mind staying here to practice. However, WUSTL is a better rank and offers me a stronger chance to transfer to a T-14 school and thus a stronger possibility of Big Law. What do the people of TLS think? Go debt free to UF or take the debt at WUSTL?

Thanks for your time in advance,
J


if you want T14 then retake, you can't go into LS thinking you will be able to transfer.

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Re: WUSTL vs UF (Full) Help!

Postby Joed1887 » Thu Apr 05, 2012 12:54 pm

Ruxin1 wrote:
Joed1887 wrote:I received 15k a year from WUSTL and sent in my first seat deposit on 4/1. Then just yesterday University of Florida offered me full tuition to attend school there. I am from FL and would not mind staying here to practice. However, WUSTL is a better rank and offers me a stronger chance to transfer to a T-14 school and thus a stronger possibility of Big Law. What do the people of TLS think? Go debt free to UF or take the debt at WUSTL?

Thanks for your time in advance,
J


if you want T14 then retake, you can't go into LS thinking you will be able to transfer.


Unfortunately, my test score wasn't the problem. My LSAT was well in the T-14 range, but I did poorly my first two years of undergrad which brought my GPA down to a 3.0. Transferring is my only option. Unless I run into Doc Brown in the next few weeks and get to re-do my Fresh/Soph years.

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Re: WUSTL vs UF (Full) Help!

Postby franklyscarlet » Thu Apr 05, 2012 12:56 pm

Joed1887 wrote:
Ruxin1 wrote:
Joed1887 wrote:I received 15k a year from WUSTL and sent in my first seat deposit on 4/1. Then just yesterday University of Florida offered me full tuition to attend school there. I am from FL and would not mind staying here to practice. However, WUSTL is a better rank and offers me a stronger chance to transfer to a T-14 school and thus a stronger possibility of Big Law. What do the people of TLS think? Go debt free to UF or take the debt at WUSTL?

Thanks for your time in advance,
J


if you want T14 then retake, you can't go into LS thinking you will be able to transfer.


Unfortunately, my test score wasn't the problem. My LSAT was well in the T-14 range, but I did poorly my first two years of undergrad which brought my GPA down to a 3.0. Transferring is my only option. Unless I run into Doc Brown in the next few weeks and get to re-do my Fresh/Soph years.


see: Crumpetsandtea. Low gpa, freaking baller LSAT, T14. Transferring is not your only option. Do you have work experience?

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Re: WUSTL vs UF (Full) Help!

Postby romothesavior » Thu Apr 05, 2012 1:18 pm

Retake, ED UVA. Your GPA will not be an issue with a sufficient LSAT. What is your LSAT? If it was as high as you said, I imagine you'd have more from WUSTL.

Of these options, Florida easily. Full ride at the best school in the state and you're from there.

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Re: WUSTL vs UF (Full) Help!

Postby Joed1887 » Thu Apr 05, 2012 1:46 pm

Frankly Scarlett: Yes I have work experience. I've worked as a GM at a large night club for about a year while in undergrad and have been currently working for a marketing firm. But I really do not want to retake and take off another year before going to school. I'd rather take my chances with transferring.

Romothesavior: I scored a 170. I was hoping I'd get more from WUSTL too

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Re: WUSTL vs UF (Full) Help!

Postby UMiamiCane » Thu Apr 05, 2012 3:32 pm

I was looking at your LSN profile and the UF scholly is listed as $14,000. Did you negotiate it to a full scholarship? Just wondering, because I tried negotiating with them (using my WUSTL offer) and haven't heard back.

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Re: WUSTL vs UF (Full) Help!

Postby franklyscarlet » Thu Apr 05, 2012 3:35 pm

Joed1887 wrote:Frankly Scarlett: Yes I have work experience. I've worked as a GM at a large night club for about a year while in undergrad and have been currently working for a marketing firm. But I really do not want to retake and take off another year before going to school. I'd rather take my chances with transferring.

Romothesavior: I scored a 170. I was hoping I'd get more from WUSTL too


Believe me, I understand the drive to go to school as soon as possible (I've been out a few years). Wustl is not a bad school. But if you're set on biglaw, banking on transferring when retaking for a few more points would easily grab you a t-14 (probably NU, with you work experience) is enormously, enormously stupid. However, it's your mistake to make, so best of luck.

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Re: WUSTL vs UF (Full) Help!

Postby Joed1887 » Thu Apr 05, 2012 4:00 pm

UMiamiCane wrote:I was looking at your LSN profile and the UF scholly is listed as $14,000. Did you negotiate it to a full scholarship? Just wondering, because I tried negotiating with them (using my WUSTL offer) and haven't heard back.

No I was saying it was full because that is about what the price is for in-state tuition to attend there. So all I would have to pay for is my living. I was originally waitlisted at UF and told that they wouldn't give me an answer before 4/30. I wrote them saying I had a scholarship offer from WUSTL that needed an answer by 4/1 but I still wanted to go to UF. The office initially told me they couldn't notify me for sure before the 30th. Then I got this offer in the mail this week. I'm not sure if me writing them about my WUSTL offer helped at all, but I did see a response a couple weeks later. Hope this helps.

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Re: WUSTL vs UF (Full) Help!

Postby UMiamiCane » Thu Apr 05, 2012 4:08 pm

Joed1887 wrote:
UMiamiCane wrote:I was looking at your LSN profile and the UF scholly is listed as $14,000. Did you negotiate it to a full scholarship? Just wondering, because I tried negotiating with them (using my WUSTL offer) and haven't heard back.

No I was saying it was full because that is about what the price is for in-state tuition to attend there. So all I would have to pay for is my living.



Ummm, have you looked at tuition lately? It was $18,700/yr last year, and has been going up 15% a year for the last few years. If that continues, it will be $21,500 this year. Your scholly is still a great deal for law school, but it's not free.

Here's my thread regarding the same decision
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=178231
It may be helpful to you, but I agree with others about not planning on transferring.
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Re: WUSTL vs UF (Full) Help!

Postby CanadianWolf » Thu Apr 05, 2012 4:12 pm

Florida. Not even close.

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Re: WUSTL vs UF (Full) Help!

Postby envisciguy » Thu Apr 05, 2012 4:15 pm

UMiamiCane is right, although that scholarship from UF is great, there's still a differential of a couple thousand dollars.

OP, if you think you might want to work in FL, UF is probably the better choice. I'm not sure how it would play into transferring though.

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Re: WUSTL vs UF (Full) Help!

Postby de5igual » Thu Apr 05, 2012 5:37 pm

Retake and ED UVA

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Re: WUSTL vs UF (Full) Help!

Postby FloridaCoastalorbust » Thu Apr 05, 2012 5:47 pm

You'll get ED UVA next cycle. Which is objectively better at sticker than WUSTL with 15k. Don't ruin this.

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Re: WUSTL vs UF (Full) Help!

Postby Joed1887 » Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:12 pm

Thanks to all of you for all of your advice. UMiamiCane that link was extremely insightful and thank you for that. I realize now that I based that figure of "Full" on a rate from 2009-2010 and posted this hastily, shortly after receiving this unexpected offer.




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