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I am not sitting out another cycle. Currently riding 10 waitlists (H, Chi, Columbia, NYU, Penn, Virginia, Duke, Texas, Vandy, WUSTL)
Schools You Are Considering: Northwestern at sticker, Berkeley at sticker or USC with $157,500.
Total COA estimates (not including interest):
-Pros: Best employment statistics. Prestige. Lowest cost of living. Small enrollment.
-Cons: Most expensive.
Berkeley ~ 190k (in state tuition + live rent free my 1st year + fiance's well paying job will not be affected)
-Pros: Would not have to move. Good employment statistics. Grading system. Fiance can stay in current job where she is making 2x as much as if she was forced to move
-Cons: Paying sticker. Larger enrollment means more competition for journals, clinics, jobs etc.
USC ~ 110k
-Pros: Cheap compared to the other two. Small enrollment. Solid alumni network.
-Cons: I don't like L.A. I don't want to work in L.A. when I am older. Big Law employment numbers are much weaker than the other two schools. Not a T-14. Expensive COL.
I have approximately $65k in cash, which will go towards law school related expenses. No undergraduate or personal debt. I will be forced to take out loans to cover the rest.
Big Law or bust. Strong ties to both Northern and Southern California.
I know the general advice is to never pay sticker for lower T-14 schools.
Is USC the obvious choice here?
Berkeley is your best bet!
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Berkley seems to be the best option, especially if you want Big Law but don't want to end up in LA. USC is good school, but a lot of the Big Law opportunities are going to be in LA as that is where most of the alumni are.
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I have very similar numbers and had way better options tbh. Not sure when you applied, but I would recommend a retake (might as well) and apply next cycle. Literally 1 point higher on the LSAT and a better application could save you like six figures
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Berkeley or USC, but Cal given your preference for Norcal. No idea why Northwestern is even being considered here. Its just not in play for so many reasons, among them: way too disruptive to your personal life; way too expensive; less prestigious than Boalt in California; worse placement than Boalt in California.
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jbagelboy wrote:Berkeley or USC, but Cal given your preference for Norcal. No idea why Northwestern is even being considered here. Its just not in play for so many reasons, among them: way too disruptive to your personal life; way too expensive; less prestigious than Boalt in California; worse placement than Boalt in California.
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