twenty wrote:1) Do some serious soul searching as to whether you want to be a DA, or you just don't want to retake. A lot, and I mean a lot of people come into law school convinced they want to be DAs only to realize they really don't want to do it as much as they thought they did.
Oh, my desire not to retake has nothing to do with my career goals. I really do want to be a DA; I've had some experience volunteering with the local county court. I'll admit there's a small chance I might sway toward children's advocacy, but I legitimately have zero interest in anything outside of serving the public good. I want nothing to do with BigLaw or corporate anything.
2) Miami and Notre Dame at those costs are objectively good choices. You could choose either one. Perhaps one is a better option than another, but who knows. I wouldn't write off Emory quite so fast, but I wouldn't attend if COA is more than 80k.
I appreciate that input. I wasn't terribly interested in Atlanta after visiting, but perhaps I should do some more considering, there.
3) With a retake, you could find yourself with a full ride at a school that gives you access to a market you actually want to be in. You don't know what market you want to be in, and there is a massive difference between being an ADA in buttfuckalo county, Indiana, and Miami. You will be very hard pressed to get into those other markets you mentioned from either school.
Would I? That's good to know. Does it matter that, if I was looking for PA/NY, I wouldn't be looking in big cities? Regardless, though, that's very important for me to keep in mind. Thank you for keeping that in check. I still do not worry too much about where I end up specifically so long as I'm in a climate I at least enjoy.
4) "limbo" probably means getting a job and volunteering in whatever PI field you're interested in that week. That experience will be pretty valuable come time to actually get into ADA work.
I would have to agree. I'm less opposed to the year off than to the year in an area I know I'm going to leave. If I decided to, say, go to ND but retake and wait a year to see if I could get a better scholarship offer, then at least I could move and volunteer in that general area, and not be in the same kind of "limbo"... Does that make sense?