http://www.americanbarfoundation.org/up ... ts/ajd.pdf
sumus romani wrote:Before this thread got sidetracked, there was some great advice. The important thing is to have an idea of the kind of law school you can get into before you decide to attend (take a few practice tests and study a bit, then time yourself on one that counts for you or take an official LSAT). Having this attitude is extremely important and will potentially save you from attending a TTT and failing at life, when you have really good alternatives.
So you're saying that graduating from a TTT would not provide a higher income than my current route with construction management? Do you have any numbers that show what TTT graduates are making? That is the the information that I am ultimately trying to find out.
Scroll down to page 44 to find some interesting data regarding school rank, GPA, and average starting salary. Keep in mind that the data is a few years old. It is prior to the recession, and, based on the average starting salaries of the Top 10 grads, it seems that market rate must have been closer to 135K back then. Today it is 160K, but those jobs are now harder to come by. Some even speculate that in the next few years we might see market rate actually decrease for the first time because the 160K is based on a business model that makes less sense ITE.
To focus more on your situation, I have no idea how hard it is to get a job in construction management or how much you can expect to make. General advice here on TLS is that for almost every law school in this country it does not make financial sense to attend without a substantial scholarship. If you do really well on the LSAT (99th percentile), then despite your GPA you could still make it into a T14, which could be worth paying for depending on your career goals. Based on your posts, it seems you are already set on a lower ranked school, though, so the bottom line is that if you enjoy the law, do well, and minimize your debt you can have a fulfilling career and a comfortable salary but probably never earn six figures. As other posters have already mentioned, get familiar with the LSAT and get a sense of where you will score because that score has more of an impact on the quality of the law schools you can attend than anything else does.