Justtrying2help wrote:You should probably retake the lsat and try to get another point (unless you are over the 75ths already) so you can get more money from Northwestern. If you decide not to retake, I would likely still select Northwestern if I were in your situation. The options are honestly equal on balance and the tiebreaker should go to the school that best fits your personal preference and opportunities for reaching your career goals. You have a better chance at a firm job at Northwestern and that's likely worth a 60K difference. Being debt free is awesome and gives you a lot of career flexibility in case you decide to make a lifestyle or career change. In the end, 60k in debt is not much with a t-13 law degree. The real question is how much money will you have in surplus if you attend WUSTL? If you could have a WUSTL degree plus 60-80k in the bank, that would be a great starting place for a good life. If the surplus is less than 10k surplus, then the calculus changes a bit.
I plan on retaking the LSAT regardless of where I deposit, as I was waitlisted at 9 schools. I'm hoping to use the score for this cycle.
If I went to WashU, I would have 57k left on savings (so, pretty much the inverse of NU).
I went to both ASWs, and could see myself enjoying life at either place. But while I like Saint Louis a lot, NU better fits my career goals and gives me my desired geographic flexibility.