Should I base my decision on how much I'll be in debt?

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Where should I go?

Cincinnati/InState and $7,000 a year
15
56%
Depaul/$20,000 a year
3
11%
Penn State/$15,000 a year
1
4%
Miami/$23 a year
5
19%
Temple
1
4%
Loyola Chicago
0
No votes
American
2
7%
 
Total votes: 27

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JoshL87
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Should I base my decision on how much I'll be in debt?

Postby JoshL87 » Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:09 pm

I'm not sure if I should decide where to go based on how much I'll be in debt or not. I know that's important, but should it be the deciding factor?

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Borhas
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Re: Should I base my decision on how much I'll be in debt?

Postby Borhas » Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:22 pm

If I were in your shoes, with my current knowledge of those schools (pretty much nothing) I'd probably go to Miami. Depaul is too risky imo because of how many awesome schools are around that area. Cincinnati not too sure about.

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Re: Should I base my decision on how much I'll be in debt?

Postby cubswin » Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:27 pm

I thought the job propspects for Cincincatti were good in Ohio (or maybe it was just Cincinatti...). If that's true, and you don't mind living there for the rest of your life, then that might be your best bet. I agree about Depaul, but don't know much about the other schools. I think I recall people saying Temple grads do well in Philly, but I don't know if it's worth full price.

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Re: Should I base my decision on how much I'll be in debt?

Postby Holly Golightly » Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:31 pm

Before the economy went boom, Loyola seemed to do pretty well placing grads in/around Chicago...

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JoshL87
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Re: Should I base my decision on how much I'll be in debt?

Postby JoshL87 » Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:43 pm

I mean.. I just feel like job prospects are so subjective. Much of it depends on networking and connections.

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Re: Should I base my decision on how much I'll be in debt?

Postby avacado111 » Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:45 pm

did you apply to more schools? Get a full ride at a t3 or a t4. If not go to Miami or no law school at all.

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JoshL87
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Re: Should I base my decision on how much I'll be in debt?

Postby JoshL87 » Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:52 pm

Also.. Cincinnati's scholarship has no requirements. Miami and Depaul are both 3.2 and Penn State is top 1/2 of class.

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Re: Should I base my decision on how much I'll be in debt?

Postby heyguys » Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:53 pm

Unless it's HYSCCN, I recommend going wherever gives you the least amount of debt.

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Re: Should I base my decision on how much I'll be in debt?

Postby scribelaw » Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:58 pm

I don't think this is a close question: Cincinnati.

It's the least amount of debt and the best school you have listed. Additionally, Cincy is a pretty good legal market -- and U-Cincinnati dominates it -- and you'll have access to a number of smaller markets around Cincy, including Dayton, Northern Kentucky, etc.

Plus, Cincy has a very small class size which is a strategic advantage over other T2 schools ITE. They have fewer mouths to feed.

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Re: Should I base my decision on how much I'll be in debt?

Postby heyguys » Sun Jan 24, 2010 8:05 pm

Can I also just point out how ridiculous the topic question is....I mean, of course you should base your decision based on debt...

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Re: Should I base my decision on how much I'll be in debt?

Postby Sauer Grapes » Sun Jan 24, 2010 8:10 pm

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Re: Should I base my decision on how much I'll be in debt?

Postby scribelaw » Sun Jan 24, 2010 8:15 pm

Sauer Grapes wrote:I'd have to take a long look at Miami due to the location. However, they are the third best school in the state behind UF and FSU. They do rank better than Ave Maria though. :mrgreen:

If Cincy is close enough to home that you could live with your parents, then you may want to look at that.


There are problems with UM. They have a huge, ridiculous class size -- they were bribing students not to come last fall, to take a year off. It's vastly overpriced. And South Florida's economy has been killed in the real estate meltdown.

Cincy >>> Miami.




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