Which Law schools are worth going for free?

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Which Law schools are worth going for free?

Postby CPAn00b » Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:35 pm

Where would you go to school if you wanted to go for FREE and have the 3 years be worthwhile AKA get a job at the end of it that will pay more then what you would be making if you stayed in your field for 3 years. This scneario is assuming you already have a job, so you wouldn't just be spending 3 years of your life but also the oppurtunity cost of income lost those 3 years as well. Thus, you wouldn't want to take out a 200k loan on top of the 150-180k of income being missed out on.

I'm assuming only t14 schools, excluding HYS? All of these require LSAT in the 170+ range to get a full ride from what I've read on this forum, correct? Would you go to other schools not in t14? If so which ones and What kind of numbers would you feel comfortable with?

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Re: Which Law schools are worth going for free?

Postby PARTY » Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:37 pm

CPAn00b wrote:I'm assuming only t14 schools, excluding HYS?


what?

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Re: Which Law schools are worth going for free?

Postby Ludo! » Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:40 pm

There is no way for anyone to answer this without knowing the specifics of your situation. Cooley might be worth going to for free if you have a guaranteed job waiting for you at your family firm and all you need is a JD from anywhere.

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Re: Which Law schools are worth going for free?

Postby bdole2 » Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:41 pm

What is the point of this exercise? If you already have a job making 50-60k then I wouldn't go to law school unless you really want to be a lawyer. It's not just about making $$$

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Re: Which Law schools are worth going for free?

Postby CPAn00b » Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:43 pm

PARTY wrote:
CPAn00b wrote:I'm assuming only t14 schools, excluding HYS?


what?


HYS don't give merit awards.

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Re: Which Law schools are worth going for free?

Postby PARTY » Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:45 pm

CPAn00b wrote:
PARTY wrote:
CPAn00b wrote:I'm assuming only t14 schools, excluding HYS?


what?


HYS don't give merit awards.


aren't they rather generous with their "need-based" awards?

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Re: Which Law schools are worth going for free?

Postby CPAn00b » Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:45 pm

bdole2 wrote:What is the point of this exercise? If you already have a job making 50-60k then I wouldn't go to law school unless you really want to be a lawyer. It's not just about making $$$


This scenario assumesy you do want to go into law because you would enjoy law more than your current field. But money is a factor that is important. That's why going for free is obviously better - more freedom in choosing a job you like and not being a debt slave!

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Re: Which Law schools are worth going for free?

Postby Mr. Pancakes » Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:46 pm

bdole2 wrote: It's not just about making $$$

wait, wut?

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Re: Which Law schools are worth going for free?

Postby bdole2 » Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:46 pm

lol

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Re: Which Law schools are worth going for free?

Postby minnbills » Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:47 pm

Mr. Pancakes wrote:
bdole2 wrote: It's not just about making $$$

wait, wut?


+1

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Re: Which Law schools are worth going for free?

Postby CPAn00b » Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:47 pm

PARTY wrote:
CPAn00b wrote:
PARTY wrote:
CPAn00b wrote:I'm assuming only t14 schools, excluding HYS?


what?


HYS don't give merit awards.


aren't they rather generous with their "need-based" awards?


Are they? But I'd be working for two years out of college and I have no dependants. I feel this would hurt the need part of need-based. Even though I'd essentially be jobless+moneyless in school.

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Re: Which Law schools are worth going for free?

Postby CPAn00b » Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:49 pm

Ludovico Technique wrote:There is no way for anyone to answer this without knowing the specifics of your situation. Cooley might be worth going to for free if you have a guaranteed job waiting for you at your family firm and all you need is a JD from anywhere.


LMAO no job is awaiting lawschool. Hence why I'd want to go to a school that provides a decent shot at having a job.

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Re: Which Law schools are worth going for free?

Postby bdole2 » Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:51 pm

This thread is dumb, the opportunity costs for everyone will be different. It depends on what field you are coming from, expected raises and promotions, loss of networking, social life, etc...

OP if you made this looking for advice, we need to know more about your personal situation. A lot more.

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Re: Which Law schools are worth going for free?

Postby CPAn00b » Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:56 pm

bdole2 wrote:This thread is dumb, the opportunity costs for everyone will be different. It depends on what field you are coming from, expected raises and promotions, loss of networking, social life, etc...

OP if you made this looking for advice, we need to know more about your personal situation. A lot more.


Accounting. Comfortable work in industry, not public accounting. About 50k. 1 year on the job. Future promotions? None that I can forsee in the absolute near term. GPA = above 75 percentile at top schoosl. LSAT = not taken yet. Just thinking about what would be a good oppurtunity and worthwile. In process of receiving CPA license.

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Re: Which Law schools are worth going for free?

Postby bdole2 » Thu Apr 12, 2012 5:03 pm

Sounds like you need to figure out what you want in life. In the meantime, feel free to start studying for the LSAT if you decide law is what you want to do.

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Re: Which Law schools are worth going for free?

Postby Bronck » Thu Apr 12, 2012 5:07 pm

I wouldn't mind going to Yale for free.

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Re: Which Law schools are worth going for free?

Postby CPAn00b » Thu Apr 12, 2012 5:15 pm

Bronck wrote:I wouldn't mind going to Yale for free.


I would love to get a Hamilton and to to Columbia. But there's no point of fantasizing about that until I have an LSAT score. One thats 175+ :/

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Re: Which Law schools are worth going for free?

Postby CPAn00b » Thu Apr 12, 2012 5:16 pm

bdole2 wrote:Sounds like you need to figure out what you want in life. In the meantime, feel free to start studying for the LSAT if you decide law is what you want to do.


Corporate law. 160k :D

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Re: Which Law schools are worth going for free?

Postby bdole2 » Thu Apr 12, 2012 5:19 pm

CPAn00b wrote: GPA = above 75 percentile at top schools.


Can you put this in number form? Law school admissions don't really care where you went to school or what percentile you were.

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Re: Which Law schools are worth going for free?

Postby thisiswater » Thu Apr 12, 2012 5:22 pm

A lot of this also depends on where you want to practice.

I'm in Dallas and would be happy here long-term so I would take SMU for free depending on what my other offers were, but if you aren't okay with Dallas/have ties here (not Austin, not Houston, DALLAS) that wouldn't be a good decision.

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Re: Which Law schools are worth going for free?

Postby CPAn00b » Thu Apr 12, 2012 5:22 pm

bdole2 wrote:
CPAn00b wrote: GPA = above 75 percentile at top schools.


Can you put this in number form? Law school admissions don't really care where you went to school or what percentile you were.


I meant my undergrad gpa is what is generally at the 75% range at the T5 law schools.

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Re: Which Law schools are worth going for free?

Postby CPAn00b » Thu Apr 12, 2012 5:24 pm

thisiswater wrote:A lot of this also depends on where you want to practice.

I'm in Dallas and would be happy here long-term so I would take SMU for free depending on what my other offers were, but if you aren't okay with Dallas/have ties here (not Austin, not Houston, DALLAS) that wouldn't be a good decision.


Looking to practice at NYC.

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Re: Which Law schools are worth going for free?

Postby bernaldiaz » Thu Apr 12, 2012 5:25 pm

CPAn00b wrote:
bdole2 wrote:
CPAn00b wrote: GPA = above 75 percentile at top schools.


Can you put this in number form? Law school admissions don't really care where you went to school or what percentile you were.


I meant my undergrad gpa is what is generally at the 75% range at the T5 law schools.


That has to be the most pretentious way to say that you have a 3.95+. People know what you meant. You were just being annoying.

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Re: Which Law schools are worth going for free?

Postby CPAn00b » Thu Apr 12, 2012 5:27 pm

bernaldiaz wrote:
CPAn00b wrote:
bdole2 wrote:
CPAn00b wrote: GPA = above 75 percentile at top schools.


Can you put this in number form? Law school admissions don't really care where you went to school or what percentile you were.


I meant my undergrad gpa is what is generally at the 75% range at the T5 law schools.


That has to be the most pretentious way to say that you have a 3.95+. People know what you meant. You were just being annoying.


No pretentiousness intended good sir. Trying not to put too many specifics out onto the internet.

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Re: Which Law schools are worth going for free?

Postby stillwater » Thu Apr 12, 2012 5:33 pm

CPAn00b wrote:
bernaldiaz wrote:
That has to be the most pretentious way to say that you have a 3.95+. People know what you meant. You were just being annoying.


No pretentiousness intended good sir. Trying not to put too many specifics out onto the internet.


Good sir? lulz




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