balls wrote: who were you? i probably met you, I was a tall white dude with the purple shirt. Curious to hear your thoughts on the event. did you get a chance to talk to the DA? she was really cool.
I was the only dummy wearing jeans. But I also had a blazer on and some heels, so not that bad. Short, and have long brown hair, I was sitting down at a table while the DA was talking. But as far as my thoughts go, I'm confidently ruling American out
. And here's why: 1. )They basically reaffirmed my anxieties-that coming back to LA to find a good job is not impossible, but certainly going to be a difficult challege that you really have to put in the effort to overcome. All the alumni were pretty honest about that to me. 2.) They also confirmed that the average student, with exception to PIPS, will not get much aid, usually about $10,000 the first year. The COL is expensive out there, an apartment/studio being approx. $1300/month. You WILL come out of the school with around $180,000 in loans, and it WILL take you a while to pay them back. This alumni told me "I graduated in 1995, and I'm still paying them back, and I make DAMN GOOD MONEY. Interest accrues DAILY, so in the end I'm paying around $400,000"....YIKES. She straight up told me to try to save money and stay in Cali if I have a better or equal school that I can choose from. She said choose American over Southwestern, USF, Chapman, etc, because ranking absolutely matter to some extent, but go to Hastings(one of my options), UCLA, USC, etc, if you have the opportunity. 3.) I asked an alumni, "So is American's greatest asset DC?" And she responded, "American is DC. That's the only reason I, and anyone for that matter, went there and should go there. To experience DC. Everything is offered by most law schools.".......I had lots of other CRAZY conversations that I will share later, but that was the gist of it. What did you think?
hmm im trying to remember if i spoke to you. dont remember the jeans, I think i overdressed. nobody cared that you wore jeans, I promise.
i really liked the people i talked to, except the douchey balding guy who works bankruptcy cases.
I think youre going to have to pup in the effort to find a job anywhere, from any school. I dont think you can take a single alum's opinion to heart without losing a broader view of the whole picture. not to say that finding a job in socal from american is going to be easy, but neither is finding a good job in sf from hastings.
it does suck that american is so stingy with scholarships. i was WELL below AU's median for gpa, so i dont expect any scholarships. I agree with the poster saying that theres no reason to spend 1300/month on housing, unless you really dont wanna live with people for whatever reason, you can probably almost cut that cost in half.
i know exactly the alum you're talking about, and honestly, she seemed a little off. student loan interest is tax deductible, so its not just a strait doubling of the amount you pay either.
she certainly doesnt speak for everyone when she said dc is the only reason her or "anyone else" went there. again, i know the lady - shes the one who said "the career development office was not a great group of people." honestly, she seemed almost bitter, and I would take what she said with a grain of salt.
the alum that i did meet there seemed to be private practitioners - 1 worked with his dad there in LA, another opened his own little firm. the other lady, who seemed the happiest and peppiest of all of them, was the DA. she was my favorite person there, and talking to her made me seriously consider the public route.
I would seriously consider hastings myself if i had applied and was accepted. the sf market is rough too, but at least you would already be here in cali. it makes me nervous too, but american is probably my best option right now. i could go to loyola at sticker but i dont want to. i dont mind risk, even giant financial risk, because i dont doubt my ability to do well in school and find a job in cali. then again im an optimist, and i want the best of everything - an east coast legal education and a west coast life after law school. who knows how it will turn out? but i do know that almost all of it depends on me, and i can live with that.