-The schools you are considering
(Scholarships are over 3 years
UT: Full-ride (Chancellor's Scholarship)
-The total Cost of Attendance (COA) of each. COA = cost of tuition + fees + books + cost of living (COL) + accumulated interest - scholarships.
These are approximates as I haven't quite worked out how much my family will be contributing - but let's say at repayment:
UT: I'm putting this at $0 for me because my fiance/husband will likely be able to pay our entire COL in this situation.
-How you will be financing your COA, i.e. loans, family, or savings
Primarily loans, though I know I can expect some money from my family (amount TBD) and my fiance/husband will be contributing towards the overall cost of living (or paying it all if we end up at Texas).
-Where you are from and where you want to work, and other places where you have significant ties (if any)
I am from southern California and have incredibly strong ties to SD/LA. I also have ties to Texas (Houston, Austin) and Florida (Sarasota), though they are much weaker ties and I have zero interest in practicing in Florida. I would not necessarily be opposed to working in Texas but I would like to have the option to leave. I also have ties to the UK but I'm not really entertaining the idea of converting my degree to move back over here later, unless I get some amazing offer at an American firm. I would ideally like to practice in NYC for a decade or so and then move back to California.
-Your general career goals
Honestly, after working for both big- and mid-sized firms, I'm pretty sure I want to do 5-10 years in big law (most likely IP/commercial) and then probably get out. I don't necessarily see myself as a big law-lifer and I won't cry if I downsize after getting the career experience.
-Your LSAT/GPA numbers
-How many times you have taken the LSAT
Twice - same score twice. Not retaking, although I think I could do better. Before you say it, no, I'm not stubborn and yes, I know I'd have better scholarship prospects with even a 167+ score. I have a chronic and actually rather limiting motor-related physical disability and, for whatever reason, LSAC has denied my request for accommodations 3 times even though I've received disability accommodations since elementary school (didn't bother taking the test the third time after they denied my petition). Under the standard testing conditions, I believe my score is my cap; however, I'd happily consider retaking and sitting out for a year if LSAC would change its mind.
My soon to be spouse will be moving from the UK to live in America with me. He has his own business in the UK so I'm lucky in that I don't have to worry about him finding a job in the States; however, I worry that if I attend a school in a predominantly college town, he may have trouble meeting people and/or be bored.