Am I making the right decision?

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Btd123
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Am I making the right decision?

Postby Btd123 » Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:16 am

Hello all, thanks in advance for the advice. I'm new to the forum so bear with me if I say something stupid.

I put down a deposit at Boston College after receiving 25k/year merit aid with a 2.0 stipulation. My long term goal is to work in either the tri-state area or New England and I feel as though Boston College gives me a good opportunity to break into both these legal markets. Though I do want to have the option of Big Law available, I am not 100% committed and would not mind a Mid Law position.

Now for the most important factor (from what I have read so far), debt. I was lucky enough to get some scholarship at my in-state undergraduate institution. My parents saved money anticipating me going to a private undergraduate school and I have funds available to pay the remainder of my BC tuition, leaving me responsible for living expenses.

Will BC (where I intend to bust my butt knowing everyone will be doing the same) fulfill my career aspirations? If I get into Georgetown (currently on the wait list), would it make more sense to attend there?

Thanks again for the help and I look forward to the responses.

abc12345675
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Re: Am I making the right decision?

Postby abc12345675 » Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:22 am

Well, if you want the Tri-State Area then GULC is much better than Boston. If you want Boston, I'm not sure that the 25k at BC isn't a better option.

Bottom line, want to work in NYC then GULC. Boston? BC with the scholarship

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Re: Am I making the right decision?

Postby Nova » Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:33 am

IMO, BC with 75k is a good move for your situation.

Have you looked at the Class of 2010 numbers yet?
LST on BC wrote:9.8% of graduates were employed in school-funded jobs. 0.4% were in long-term, school-funded jobs (i.e. the job had a fixed duration of at least one year or the job had no definite duration).
78.9% of graduates were known employed in full-time legal jobs. This figure includes an unknown number of temporary jobs and school-funded jobs.
78.1% graduates were employed in long-term jobs.
86.4% graduates were employed in full-time jobs.
57.7% of this school's graduates were employed and reported a salary.
At least 16.4% of this school's graduates made $160,000 or more.

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LST on GULC wrote:11.3% of graduates were employed in school-funded jobs. 1.1% were in long-term, school-funded jobs (i.e. the job had a fixed duration of at least one year or the job had no definite duration).
67.7% of graduates were known employed in full-time legal jobs. This figure includes an unknown number of temporary jobs and school-funded jobs.
82.2% graduates were employed in long-term jobs.
92.3% graduates were employed in full-time jobs.
40% of this school's graduates were employed and reported a salary.
At least 30% of this school's graduates made $160,000 or more.

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Re: Am I making the right decision?

Postby JCFindley » Tue Jun 12, 2012 1:06 pm

abc12345675 wrote:Well, if you want the Tri-State Area then GULC is much better than Boston. If you want Boston, I'm not sure that the 25k at BC isn't a better option.

Bottom line, want to work in NYC then GULC. Boston? BC with the scholarship


I would take BC with the $$ in a heartbeat over GULC for your goals.....

Sounds like you have a realistic goal and plan....

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Re: Am I making the right decision?

Postby PolySuyGuy » Sat Jul 21, 2012 7:08 pm

Btd123 wrote:Hello all, thanks in advance for the advice. I'm new to the forum so bear with me if I say something stupid.

I put down a deposit at Boston College after receiving 25k/year merit aid with a 2.0 stipulation. My long term goal is to work in either the tri-state area or New England and I feel as though Boston College gives me a good opportunity to break into both these legal markets. Though I do want to have the option of Big Law available, I am not 100% committed and would not mind a Mid Law position.

Now for the most important factor (from what I have read so far), debt. I was lucky enough to get some scholarship at my in-state undergraduate institution. My parents saved money anticipating me going to a private undergraduate school and I have funds available to pay the remainder of my BC tuition, leaving me responsible for living expenses.

Will BC (where I intend to bust my butt knowing everyone will be doing the same) fulfill my career aspirations? If I get into Georgetown (currently on the wait list), would it make more sense to attend there?

Thanks again for the help and I look forward to the responses.



Did you get into Georgetown? What did you decide?

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Re: Am I making the right decision?

Postby EnchantedJockstrap » Sat Jul 21, 2012 10:28 pm

Btd123 wrote:Hello all, thanks in advance for the advice. I'm new to the forum so bear with me if I say something stupid.

I put down a deposit at Boston College after receiving 25k/year merit aid with a 2.0 stipulation. My long term goal is to work in either the tri-state area or New England and I feel as though Boston College gives me a good opportunity to break into both these legal markets. Though I do want to have the option of Big Law available, I am not 100% committed and would not mind a Mid Law position.

Now for the most important factor (from what I have read so far), debt. I was lucky enough to get some scholarship at my in-state undergraduate institution. My parents saved money anticipating me going to a private undergraduate school and I have funds available to pay the remainder of my BC tuition, leaving me responsible for living expenses.

Will BC (where I intend to bust my butt knowing everyone will be doing the same) fulfill my career aspirations? If I get into Georgetown (currently on the wait list), would it make more sense to attend there?

Thanks again for the help and I look forward to the responses.


BC is very well respected in New England and will fulfill your career aspirations for practice in that particular region. However, I have no idea about the try-state region. I imagine it is still very well respected, but GULC might open more doors.

I would say to choose BC because New England is awesome! Either way this is a nice dilemma to have and either choice will give you a great education.

Btd123
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Re: Am I making the right decision?

Postby Btd123 » Sat Jul 21, 2012 11:47 pm

PolySuyGuy wrote:Did you get into Georgetown? What did you decide?


Still haven't heard from Georgetown unfortunately. If I don't hear from them by the end of the month I will probably withdraw. I am leaning towards BC anyways.




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