Magnolia wrote:3. Go to one of GW's peer schools which offers similar job prospects but has a lower CoA and is more likely to offer scholarship money.
Ding ding ding, we have a winner! If you really don't want to take a year off, this is a very viable option. Re-taking is usually the best option, because it is so much easier to get a few more points on the LSAT than it is to bank on doing well in law school. From the standpoint of many 0Ls, taking a year off of law school just to get a few more points sounds horrible, but is often the best move you can make long-term. If I could have taken a year off to get 2-3 more points on my LSAT score and DOUBLED my job prospects (or alternatively, halved my debt load), you can bet your ass I would have done it.
If a person wants to jump headfirst into 200k+ of debt because they are too stubborn to actually think about what people with knowledge on the subject are saying, then good luck to them. (This isn't directed at OP, because he seems like a good guy... it's more just a general statement, and it's also directed at this bluecanary guy.)
bluecanary622 wrote:i wonder why over 200 law schools exist if going to the #20 law school isn't worth it. so weird.
You just answered your own question. The reason why going to #20 isn't always worth it is because there are over 200. You could close all but about 100 schools, and you'd still have more graduates than jobs. It's a simple numbers game. There are far more grads than there are jobs, and as long as more schools continue to open and schools continue to increase their class sizes, the problem will only get worse. This issue has been exacerbated by the economy in recent years, especially for schools like GW (and schools like mine). A lot of students at schools like GW will never work as lawyers.
The other reason it may not be worth it to go to GW is because of the price. Will going to GW get you a legal job? Yes, most likely. The majority of their grads will work as a lawyer. But will they be able to manage their debtload with that job? Probably not. 200k+ of debt on a 50k salary in a high COL city like D.C. will make your life hell, and that debt will follow you around for 25 years. Good luck starting a family and buying a house with that kind of debt. I don't know about you, but I don't want every financial decision I make for the next 25 years to be drastically affected by my decision to go to law school.