Method of Madness wrote:So I took another look at the recent letter from UNH today and found out that not only are they offering me a full ride, but it's a full ride with no stipulations other than good standing. I know it's still a Tier 3 school and I know I'm going to kick the June LSAT's ass, but can you guys remind me why UNH would be such a bad decision? It's kind of hard to say no when the dean calls you personally and remembers meeting you six months ago. I have until June 1 to decide, so I figure at most I say I'll go last minute, retake the LSAT and if I score 170+, withdraw and reapply this fall.
This is a decision which will profoundly impact the rest of your life. While it's very nice to feel wanted, you have to make your decision based on which school best helps you to achieve your career goals without soul-crushing debt. I'm not saying you absolutely must attend a t14 school to do this, but very few of UNH's graduates will be making >50k/year, and most will be working in New Hampshire. If you don't have lofty career goals and are fine with practicing there, UNH for free isn't the worst decision ever. However with an LSAT score in the high 160s or low 170s you could attend somewhere much better for a very low cost as well.
I know that you feel like you're wasting a year by not attending law school in the fall, and it isn't going to be fun, no question, but one year of moderate discomfort could vastly improve your career opportunities for the rest of your life. There's almost no chance that you won't be able to improve your LSAT score given how little you studied the first time, so you'll have better options than your current ones even if you perform below your expectations.
If you decide you'd rather attend a lower ranked school at a low cost than a top school at a high price, that's absolutely a reasonable decision. However, doing so without being absolutely certain that you've maxed out your potential on the LSAT is an objectively poor choice. The expected value of each additional LSAT point in scholarships and future earnings is unbelievable. You'll probably never get "paid" so much for such relatively little work for the rest of your life. Take advantage of this chance and don't limit yourself.