kblackwell wrote:So charleston school of law's financial aid department isn't that great? I'm working hard to make as good a gpa as I can. I would like to go to a top tier law school. Yes I work a part time job and am definately getting my education. I'm a lawyer as soon as someone thinks their something their that. I'm not sure where I'm going to law school though. I live in the upstate of South Carolina. I will be applying to Charleston and South Carolina. If accepted by both I would choose South Carolina. However the LSAT guide suggest choosing at least 7 schools to apply to. I have chosen 2 reach schools, 3 good bet schools, and two safety schools and right now Charleston is one my safety schools. In the event that my gpa when I graduate with my Bachelors Degree isn't as good as I think it will be I will make up a couple of hypothetical list of less selective law schools to apply to. I will definately stick with now matter how long it takes no matter how high the unemployment rate. You more likely to get a decent paying job if you have the education. When you graduate law school go to the career services office and they will help line you up with a job. The median score LSAT is 156 and there are law schools that accept people who have made below that Charleston being one of them. I wouldn't let one low LSAT score stop me or make me rethink my plans. Just based of careful analysis the only drawback to Charleston would be that there are no residence halls or meal plans and there J.D. program is simply the standard J.D. program, there is no intellectual property law for example. There are no dual degree programs either. The positive is the tuition is about the same as at University of South Carolina and since its the standard stuff we should call it a bang for the buck. You can get your J.D. and then pass the bar. I would really like to go to Duke School of Law and if I do then I am going to do a J.D./M.B.A. dual degree and if I don't I make it in to a lower tier law school like Charleston then I'll just get my J.D. and pass the bar and even then I will still feel that I have prospered.
What is your other reach besides duke? I think you might want to throw an app at yale and really really think about it because as long as you think you're in you got it man!!! O and what about those good bet schools?