mscat wrote:What does this even mean? Law school will always be there. It's a lot easier to retake and get into a better school than it is to be at the top of your class at a mediocre school.
It's true that law school will always be there, but I've always performed well in school (I'm at the top of my class in my current master's program at the London School of Economics) and I've choked all three times I've taken the LSAT.Fordham at sticker is not good. American is the laughing stock of DC law schools and is not worth over 100k in debt. Fordham has the better job prospects, but it is NOT worth over 200k in debt.
Retake/Reapply if not accepted to Georgetown.
Move to NYC this summer and work as a paralegal or something. Retake and reapply for next year.
I'm aware of American's reputation in DC, but I think the University of the District of Columbia is the laughing stock of DC law schools if there is one.
Before starting grad school I worked as a legal assistant in the DC office of a top law firm. I did really well there and established strong relationships with many attorneys at all levels who are either still at that firm or have moved on, so I think my job prospects are better than some.
Anyway, thanks for the input everyone. Aside from the unnecessary insults, your thoughts and suggestions have been helpful!
Unfortunately law school is about six 3-4 hour timed tests against a group of people who are all just as smart as you and working just as hard. It's quite a different animal from any other academic experience.
I'd retake. 200K+ of debt for a 25% or less shot at a biglaw job is not worth it IMO. If you have a job right now or can get one I'd work and try to get a larger scholly.