I literally made my account for this website just now, actually haven't done much reading on this site (SO MUCH NEGATIVITY!?!) but did read this whole thread, happy to say seems like no d-bags on the USD thread!!!!
Anyways....I'm here because, well, its decision time and I'm stuck between USD and UC Hastings (wait listed at Davis...). Truth be told I LOVE USD...love love love. I love San Diego, I went to UC San Diego for undergrad, I love living there, I love life there, I moved to LA for a law firm job after graduating in 2011 and HATE living in LA (got into LLS but so over LA that I didn't even care).
SD is the city I love and the school has everything I want academically, and yes I would be perfectly happy staying there for the rest of my life. UC Hastings, on the other hand, is in SF which I know LOTS of people love, but I am just not sold on it? Am I crazy? People on here talk about how expensive COL is in SD, but compared to LA and SF it's DIRT AZZ CHEAP!
I know Hastings is a great school, but I'm not sold on living/life in SF, I know its not LA but I'm over the hustle and bustle. There's a certain mental peace that I find in San Diego that I think would be beneficial in law school.....Plus, seriously I really don't like the idea of living in a SMALL old apartment in SF that I pay $1200/month for to SHARE in an area where you "just have to keep your phone in a zipped pocket with your pepper spray in hand and you'll be just fine!"
So, it sounds like I'm decided right? My heart is leaning for SD. BUT....there's just one problem, right now USD is giving me $10K for the first year (JUST THE FIRST YEAR) and UC Hastings (ranked 20 spots higher) is giving me $14,500 for the 1st year and they say most people get the same grants 2L and 3L, sometimes even more.......*sigh*
Classic battle of heart and head....thoughts? My numbers are 3.7 from UCSD/156 on the LSAT (death of me). But I happen to think all my "softs" were actually pretty solid.
OBVIOUSLY need to negotiate with USD (again....originally I was getting nada) but is there any hope for more fin aid based off what Hastings is giving me? When I originally negotiated I didnt have $ from Hastings yet...so that's a new tool in my tool belt but I'm still nervous but obviously going to go for it...
Thoughts in general will be appreciated as long as you aren't super harsh or anything.
ps; sorry for longest post ever...I'm really struggling over here