suspicious android wrote:No strings attached scholarship for one. One bad week during finals and you could be on the hook $25k in tuition for years two and three. That's while competing against people who are going to be worried about being jobless and $140k in debt, so I imagine they'll be pretty driven.
Thought about that and did the math. If I can keep the full scholarship, I'll be about $3,000 less in debt than at UVA, assuming I'm within the "average" range budget-wise. Worst case scenario and I lose the $10K, I'd be coming out with about $77K in debt instead of $61K. If I find that I can't see myself in Charlottesville for three years, I might be willing to take the gamble. Maybe.
suspicious android wrote:Secondly, if you end up being an awesome law student, you'll have a shot at basically any legal job coming out of UVA. Government, PI, east coast, west coast. The top 10% at Richmond will easily get jobs, but not their choice of jobs all over the country.
I was not aware that UVA placed students outside of the east coast who had no ties to the region in question. If that's true, that's a good thing for me to keep in mind. I've never lived more than a few minutes from I-95, so tbh I never looked into national placement (especially after hearing nothing back from any non-east coast schools).
suspicious android wrote:That $40-50k in debt you're likely to end up with from living expenses, etc? UVA has LRAP in case you end up taking a low paying job.
Yeah I'm pretty sure whatever job I end up with will be low-paying, especially considering the loan payments I'll be making. LRAP is actually a pretty big deal and I had forgotten that UR doesn't have a program. That may actually make this a little easier for me.
suspicious android wrote:I wish I had the choice you have, but I'm looking at Richmond only if UVA offers me nothing. More than a token scholarship and I've gotta go UVA.
I almost wish I hadn't visited UR now, because I really fell in love with it. Finances/jobs have to be priority #1 though. You were very kind to list these concerns out for me. I appreciate the goodwill and perhaps we will be classmates next year. If so, I promise to share outlines as a proper thank-you.