I'm actually in a very similar predicament with IU-B and a school similar to Cinci. First, you can't rely on LSAT/UGPA to predict how you'll do in law school and where you'll finish in your class, regardless of the school's ranking. Second, what are the job prospects for students coming out of Cinci (I really don't know)? You can try to minimize your debt as much as possible, but if you can't get a legal job then what's the point of going to law school? Lastly, you shouldn't go with the mindset that if you go to a lower-ranked school you won't work as hard. From everything I've read and everyone I've talked to, you're going to work your ass off your first year, regardless of the school. Just some food for thought.
fornutob wrote:I have a question...I just got accepted to IU Bloomington today. Now I'm so confused, life was easy until now!!! lol
If I go to IU, I will probably be getting grades in the middle of the pack because I'm right at the median scores, etc according to admission stats. IU costs me $40K first year (unless their acceptance package has a scholarship when it arrives, but I doubt it this late in the cycle) and possibly $20K the later years because my fiance is an Indianapolis native and we plan on living there after school.
Cincinnati costs me $15K because I get in-state tuition right away and I received a small scholarship. There I would theoretically be near the top of the class because my LSAT score is near the top of their admissions stats, so if the LSAT is all its touts itself to be, I could be top 5% of students. Cincy will give merit increases to your scholarship for L2 and L3 if appropriate, so it may even cost me less for the last 2 years.
What is the better option? I'm 31, have worked in the corporate world for 7 years, so when I come out I'll have some job experience, but I can't come out of school with so much debt that I can't have children for 5 years. Also, I went to the number 4 college for undergrad and frankly, it was exhausting...so exhausting...I worked so hard just to be average. Of course, I'm in a different place now as far as intellect and motivation goes, but though there are advantages to being a small fish in a big pond, I wouldn't mind being a small fish in a slightly smaller pond.
Thoughts? Flip a coin?