gdane5 wrote:Invest in yourself. Dont worry about debt. Far too many people worry so much about a future that isnt here yet. Its great to plan ahead, but dont be cheap. GMU is a great school that will only get better in reputation as the years go along.
With that being said, take out loans. Yes you will be over 100k in debt, but thats where your awesome GMU JD comes into play. Work and pay off the debt. Even if you dont go into biglaw you can still get a good paying job. Making 60k isnt that bad at all. The potential to earn more is there.
dont deprive yourself the opportunity to go to a great school just because you are worried about what you are going to owe 3 or 4 years from now.
I don't think this is necessarily good advice. We haven't seen statistics from GMU recently(not since the boom in 2006/2007). I would talk to 2Ls at each school and see how they're doing in the job search. Wake Forest does just fine in NC, so if you don't mind practicing there it is a good deal. I'm doing the whole Georgia vs GMU debate right now(DP at W&M
) I like George Mason, but it's not worth all of the extra money to me. GMU grads are competing against UVA, Georgetown, GWU, W&L, W&M, and American grads. Plus, Catholic. I don't want to put myself in that boat. Georgia is cheap(about 105k at sticker!) and does just fine in Atlanta.
One should really keep debt in mind because employment statistics currently available are old. Honestly, they are both regional schools and aren't that different, IMO. Go with the best deal!