rawlsohard wrote:@kappycaft1: corporate litigation, or criminal.
@TooOld4This: I don't know the scholarship conditions, which is why I asked. 170+ seems to get 2/3 to 2.75/3 scholarship at some schools (GWU and Baylor, e.g.) but I don't know how strict those conditions are. Considering I wouldn't even apply until December/January, I could (in theory) save for the CoL of living in a place like Waco for 1.5 years, which only require taking out $50k in loan. But then, that's in theory, and I don't know how well Baylor hires. With a year of living expenses saved up, GWU could cost $60-80k, assuming those scholarship numbers hold.
Where are you getting such good scholarship numbers for GWU? LSN only shows people with your GPA getting about $30k with a 170. Total cost of attendance, without adding loan origination fees, compounding interest, and tuition increases will be $223,000. $30k is a drop in the bucket.
Baylor looks like it might give you about $50k. Total cost of attendance will be over $140k. I don't know how you plan to save 1.5 years worth of living expenses in 18 mos when you are only making $30k. But even if you did, that would still leave you with well over $75k in additional debt.
Out of 157 students:
Only 76% of them have full time jd required jobs.
Of that 76%, about 50% earn $60k or less.
13% of the class is unemployed.
So for more than $75k in additional debt, you would be going to a school where only about 58 out of 154 students got your desired outcome of a $60k or more job.
That said, take the LSAT, see what you get and apply broadly. Once you get your total cost of attendance, run this sort of analysis (adding in compounding interest, loan fees and tuition increases) and see if law school is a calculated risk or nothing more than a crap shoot.