Is UCLA worth it?

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is UCLA a good decision?

yes, absolutely. why are you thinking twice?
maybe not the best, but should attend anyway
take a year off and try again
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Is UCLA worth it?

Postby williams55 » Thu Mar 10, 2011 6:29 pm

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Re: Is UCLA worth it?

Postby bk1 » Thu Mar 10, 2011 6:32 pm

If you want to work in CA (especially SoCal), $100k from UCLA is a fantastic offer. One that I would take over all of the lower T14 (including Cal) and very possible CCN.

I think it is your 169 LSAT that did you in at most of the T14.
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Re: Is UCLA worth it?

Postby 99.9luft » Thu Mar 10, 2011 6:32 pm

Enjoy UCLA!

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Re: Is UCLA worth it?

Postby pballer » Thu Mar 10, 2011 6:34 pm

I'd say take UCLA and 90k. T-14 is less of a "end all be all" than a consistent list of the top 14 law schools. Outside of the top 6, I'd say UCLA is competitive with the vast majority of the top 14 and I don't think your numbers are going to get you similar money outside of maybe cornell. I could be wrong, though, so TLSers feel free to correct me.

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Re: Is UCLA worth it?

Postby 2things2 » Thu Mar 10, 2011 7:01 pm

people seriously overdo the importance of t-14 in these threads. take the money.

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Re: Is UCLA worth it?

Postby FalafelWaffle » Thu Mar 10, 2011 7:03 pm

williams55 wrote:I'm slowly wrapping up my cycle after a WL from Berkeley today, and am starting to think I did something wrong on my application or maybe just didn't cast my net wide enough. Originally UCLA was my top choice, but I think I've been slightly influenced by the t-14 or bust mentality of TLS. so lets get to the question:

I've so far not been accepted to a school higher ranked than UCLA (but I only applied to 1 super reach of HYS, and then Berkeley, Duke, & Cornell). I'm interested in working in California long-term but am not opposed to living elsewhere. They offered me a $90,000 scholarship that's contingent on maintaining a 2.5 GPA, and I qualified for another 9k in grant aid. I'm also really interested in one of their specializations, my significant other has ties to the LA area, and the weather is fabulous. I have a 4.0+ gpa and a 169 LSAT score, average softs but no real work experience.

So, is my apprehension unmerited? Should I just be thrilled with this opportunity? Should I wait a year and apply next cycle (assuming my nerves can take it)? Or would I likely have the same results from the t-14, plus have lost UCLA's favor for blowing them off the first time, ergo no merit aid? I could use a fresh perspective.

EDIT: I'm sorry this got accidentally posted in the wrong forum!

If and only if you want California.

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Re: Is UCLA worth it?

Postby JayWilTheBoat » Thu Mar 10, 2011 7:06 pm

you are certifiable if you don't want 90k from UCLA.

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