BC 20K, BU 20K, Emory 20K vs UConn free

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BC 20K, BU 20K, Emory 20K vs UConn free

Postby tsunami » Mon Apr 01, 2013 10:02 pm

I have to make tough decision within few days
BC, BU and Emory all give me $20K per year, while UConn gives me more than free ride.
Big/Small law or Corporate are my target
Please help.

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Re: BC 20K, BU 20K, Emory 20K vs UConn free

Postby Presidentjlh » Mon Apr 01, 2013 10:04 pm

That's not enough info.

Where do you want to practice? Have you negotiated at all? BigLaw and small law are completely different things. What would be your total cost of attendance at these schools?

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Re: BC 20K, BU 20K, Emory 20K vs UConn free

Postby Doorkeeper » Mon Apr 01, 2013 10:06 pm

1. None of these schools are great for biglaw. BC, BU and Emory all place only 20-25% of their class into biglaw.

2. All of these schools are very regional. You're basically choosing between living in Boston or Atlanta after law school.

I would retake and reapply if you seriously want to pursue biglaw.

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Re: BC 20K, BU 20K, Emory 20K vs UConn free

Postby tsunami » Mon Apr 01, 2013 10:09 pm

Thanks
COA of BC, BU and Emory are very much the same
Emory housing is cheaper but tuition is a little bit higher plus flying back home in Northeast, so for all 3 schools, I will get out with ~150K in debt while UConn = 0 debt

Retake? I already did twice and getting lower, and I am not URM

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Re: BC 20K, BU 20K, Emory 20K vs UConn free

Postby PRgradBYU » Mon Apr 01, 2013 11:35 pm

tsunami wrote:Retake? I already did twice and getting lower, and I am not URM


So study harder. Something obviously hasn't clicked yet. You'd be surprised at how much of a difference 5 or 6 points can make on your cycle.

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Re: BC 20K, BU 20K, Emory 20K vs UConn free

Postby tsunami » Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:44 pm

Thanks,
My LSAT is 166 and I don't want to waste 2 more years (since I already took 3 tests) with a very small chance to get to 170+
I don't know why 30% answers in this forum are retake
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Re: BC 20K, BU 20K, Emory 20K vs UConn free

Postby 20141023 » Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:51 pm

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Re: BC 20K, BU 20K, Emory 20K vs UConn free

Postby tsunami » Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:55 pm

kappycaft1 wrote:
tsunami wrote:Thanks,
My LSAT is 166 and I don't want to waste a year with a very small chance to get to 170+
I don't know why 30% answers in this forum are retake

Probably because it will bring about the best outcome?

What was your GPA that you were only able to get into these schools and with these scholarships? (I say this as a fellow 166.)


3.85

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Re: BC 20K, BU 20K, Emory 20K vs UConn free

Postby Ruxin1 » Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:55 pm

tsunami wrote:Thanks,
My LSAT is 166 and I don't want to waste 2 more years (since I already took 3 tests) with a very small chance to get to 170+
I don't know why 30% answers in this forum are retake


Because getting a 55k job and paying back 200k in loans will suck if you don't crush grades.

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Re: BC 20K, BU 20K, Emory 20K vs UConn free

Postby tsunami » Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:56 pm

Ruxin1 wrote:
tsunami wrote:Thanks,
My LSAT is 166 and I don't want to waste 2 more years (since I already took 3 tests) with a very small chance to get to 170+
I don't know why 30% answers in this forum are retake


Because getting a 55k job and paying back 200k in loans will suck if you don't crush grades.


That is why I may go with free option

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Re: BC 20K, BU 20K, Emory 20K vs UConn free

Postby TranstulitSustinet » Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:18 am

I think the easy choice given your situation is UCONN for free. A free legal education at a good school is a great option. Prospective law students are way to eager to go into insane amounts of debt. I was in your position last year and decided to go to UCONN, passing over BC and BU with near identical offers. I couldn't be happier with my choice. The students here are great. The professors are excellent. The opportunities for students are good as well. For example, I know of many students who are working in firms or with federal judges for the summer.

I hope this helps and that you end up at UCONN. Don't lose sight of how good it would be to graduate from law school with zero debt!

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Re: BC 20K, BU 20K, Emory 20K vs UConn free

Postby timbs4339 » Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:28 am

You're not going to get biglaw out of UCONN, but if you're okay working for 40-50K doing small time law it's not the worst decision for COL debt.

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Re: BC 20K, BU 20K, Emory 20K vs UConn free

Postby tsunami » Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:29 pm

timbs4339 wrote:You're not going to get biglaw out of UCONN, but if you're okay working for 40-50K doing small time law it's not the worst decision for COL debt.


Thank you. With close to 200K debt after 3 years, I will have to pay back about 30K/year in 10 years, so earning 100K a year [assume that I can find a good job], is not much different than earning 60K in CT with no debt. However, if the chance of getting the big $ out of BC, BU or Emory is high, than I would take it.
Visited all those 4, and I think I can live in 3 years with any of them.

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Re: BC 20K, BU 20K, Emory 20K vs UConn free

Postby tsunami » Thu Apr 04, 2013 4:32 pm

TranstulitSustinet wrote:I think the easy choice given your situation is UCONN for free. A free legal education at a good school is a great option. Prospective law students are way to eager to go into insane amounts of debt. I was in your position last year and decided to go to UCONN, passing over BC and BU with near identical offers. I couldn't be happier with my choice. The students here are great. The professors are excellent. The opportunities for students are good as well. For example, I know of many students who are working in firms or with federal judges for the summer.

I hope this helps and that you end up at UCONN. Don't lose sight of how good it would be to graduate from law school with zero debt!


Are you really UConn student or Dean :) Maybe see you in the Fall even though I don't know who you are

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Re: BC 20K, BU 20K, Emory 20K vs UConn free

Postby WahooLaw24 » Thu Apr 04, 2013 5:56 pm

OP, where are your ties? I'm guessing CT or MA based on the list you put together. If you are from CT, a free ride at UConn is probably the way to go here, as long as the stip isn't too bad. Even if you're from Boston, I'd still probably say UConn, though definitely don't dismiss the retake outright. Considering you went down after the first test, you can't deny there is something wrong with your study plan.

Best of luck with whatever you choose.

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Re: BC 20K, BU 20K, Emory 20K vs UConn free

Postby timbs4339 » Thu Apr 04, 2013 6:03 pm

Yeah, what are the stips?

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Re: BC 20K, BU 20K, Emory 20K vs UConn free

Postby tsunami » Thu Apr 04, 2013 7:33 pm

Thank you all,
I grew up in CT and don't mind to come back.
Stips are very little, but I can live in my brother's house 30 minutes from the school. He promises won't charge me a dim in 3 years until I graduate, so I don't need to get loan.
I am going to send my deposit tomorrow. I am done!

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Re: BC 20K, BU 20K, Emory 20K vs UConn free

Postby Nova » Thu Apr 04, 2013 7:39 pm

As a 3.85/166 with 3 identical offers, you should be able to get more money out of Em/BU/BC.

Put the deposit down at UCONN if you wish, but I would keep trying to negotiate with the T30s.

Also, living 30 minutes away from school is going to be a bitch.

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Re: BC 20K, BU 20K, Emory 20K vs UConn free

Postby elm84dr » Sun Apr 07, 2013 5:40 pm

Nova wrote:As a 3.85/166 with 3 identical offers, you should be able to get more money out of Em/BU/BC.

Put the deposit down at UCONN if you wish, but I would keep trying to negotiate with the T30s.

Also, living 30 minutes away from school is going to be a bitch.


+1

Also, if you want to work MA biglaw---BU or BC should be your choices. Try and negotiate.




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