krads153 wrote:I've lived in like every location you listed. I didn't think location made any difference to how I performed in any of the programs....All of these places are college towns fwiw, although with slightly different vibes. What does matter is when you start working and paying off loans. You realize that even 30k is a huge amount of money.
But hey, don't let us lawyers give you advice. It seems like you want to go to B. So just go and good luck paying off loans on a PI salary.
I'm more interested in going to wherever has the best programs/best fit for me and ignoring CoA within reason
. (I.e., why I wasn't considering Berkeley at $100k more than UVA)
And to be fair, for someone committed to the #BlackLivesMatter movement I do think there is a big difference between Berkeley, CA where they celebrate Malcolm X Day and Virginia where they celebrate Robert E. Lee Day...
OP you're focused on the difference in COA between these schools. but this is the wrong focal point because they're all too high.
Especially for someone with your goals, URM status, and GPA.
honestly you're on the verge of making a bad choice for very bad reasons. i know that you said retaking isn't an option, but if you can
commit to starting 3 years of law school
in the coming months, then there is absolutely no reason in the world why you can't
commit to retaking the LSAT. the truth: it is an option, and it's the right option.
also please don't make a choice based on your perceptions of the political climate of each school, or which holidays are celebrated in which state. your perceptions are almost definitely inaccurate and this doesn't matter enough to take on tens of thousands of dollars more of debt