What advice to give?

(Rankings, Profiles, Tuition, Student Life, . . . )
User avatar
JohannDeMann
Posts: 13831
Joined: Wed Mar 12, 2014 4:25 pm

Re: What advice to give?

Postby JohannDeMann » Fri Apr 17, 2015 4:31 pm

oh dear god. without loan programs to fall back on, this dude is fucked no matter where he goes. he needs to become a citizen or whatever to take out federal loans. then reassess from there.

User avatar
Pragmatic Gun
Posts: 783
Joined: Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:25 pm

Re: What advice to give?

Postby Pragmatic Gun » Sat Apr 18, 2015 3:19 pm

I like the idea of an illegal upholding the Constitution. Kind of cool that even foreigners love this country.

Also retake and apply early decision to Northwestern

KangarooCourt13
Posts: 17
Joined: Sat Apr 18, 2015 4:19 pm

Re: What advice to give?

Postby KangarooCourt13 » Sat Apr 18, 2015 10:21 pm

Gotta bring those numbers up in this economy.

User avatar
A. Nony Mouse
Posts: 22865
Joined: Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:51 am

Re: What advice to give?

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Sat Apr 18, 2015 10:59 pm

FWIW, if your friend wants to do immigration law by representing immigrants like himself, the name brand of his school isn't likely to matter very much - he's going to be looking for work in very small firms or as a solo, and he'll get hired and get work based on networking and experience and all that good stuff. So I don't think *where* he goes is actually that big a deal.

HOWEVER, he definitely shouldn't be taking out loans, because he'll be shut out of the federal income-based repayment plans, and representing immigrants is usually not super lucrative at all, so he's likely to be crippling himself financially. With that GPA, even a modest increase in his LSAT would get him a full ride somewhere in California.

AND, of course, if he changes his mind about what he wants to do - which is always a risk when you're looking at 3 years of study in something most people have little prior experience with - he may start to look for opportunities where school name/placement will matter much more, so in that respect, a school with stronger placement is always better.

But I think his biggest priority has got to be eliminating debt.

(And if you mean something else by "immigration law," then the above is irrelevant.)

Grunt2Grad
Posts: 134
Joined: Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:08 am

Re: What advice to give?

Postby Grunt2Grad » Mon Apr 20, 2015 11:00 am

A. Nony Mouse wrote:FWIW, if your friend wants to do immigration law by representing immigrants like himself, the name brand of his school isn't likely to matter very much - he's going to be looking for work in very small firms or as a solo, and he'll get hired and get work based on networking and experience and all that good stuff. So I don't think *where* he goes is actually that big a deal.

HOWEVER, he definitely shouldn't be taking out loans, because he'll be shut out of the federal income-based repayment plans, and representing immigrants is usually not super lucrative at all, so he's likely to be crippling himself financially. With that GPA, even a modest increase in his LSAT would get him a full ride somewhere in California.

AND, of course, if he changes his mind about what he wants to do - which is always a risk when you're looking at 3 years of study in something most people have little prior experience with - he may start to look for opportunities where school name/placement will matter much more, so in that respect, a school with stronger placement is always better.

But I think his biggest priority has got to be eliminating debt.

(And if you mean something else by "immigration law," then the above is irrelevant.)


That is exactly what I mean by "immigration law" and from what he has conveyed to me I assume that is what he means as well. He has a few deposit deadlines this week and will need to make a choice. It sounds like he is leaning towards sitting out and retesting so we will see.




Return to “Choosing a Law School”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: iluvlawschool, sdancer89 and 3 guests