First, I have to thank all of you guys for the speed and quality of your responses! I really appreciate it
It depends on what you want. Do you want to attend the best school you can get into and pay sticker? or do you want to apply to more schools and probably receive $ from some places?
That's a good point. Knowing my personality and how debt averse I am, I would rather go to a slightly worse school and pay less for it, if it came down to that.
A lot depends on your career goals. Also, a lot depends on your military benifits and financial situation.
NYUs full tuition cost of attendance is estimated at 280k for the class of 2016.
If you have to finance most of the full cost with debt, then you pretty much need biglaw to pay it off comfotably. Or you could LARP it, and go into the private sector. If you arent dying to work in biglaw, or are not passionate about working in the public sector, taking on that much debt is probably not the best plan.
Here is a good read about the GI bill/Yellow Ribbon Program & law school for vets,viewtopic.php?f=1&t=187630
I'd VERY MUCH like to work in biglaw. If that doesn't happen, I'll live, but that is my ultimate goal.
And thanks for the link! I checked it out and definitely learned a lot about my options.
Do you have the full Post 911 GI Bill available to you?
That could make a HUGE difference in your strategy as there are a bunch of schools you can attend 100% free if you have it.
Yes, I do. I haven't used a penny of the GI Bill yet.
Let me add a little to this.
One, Vinny is WAY wrong regardless of LSN because you are SO far outside of the averages that the predictors will not work for you. Between the URM, military and that 178 the computers will simply not work. I was different enough where they were WAY off on my cycle as well so I know for a fact they are not so good when you are an extreme applicant.
Definitely true. I already looked at both LSN and MyLSNinfo before posting and couldn't find any situation that matched mine really. I guess that makes me unique! (My mom always told me I was special
A few of the T-14s that are very pro military are Michigan and Cornell for sure, I hear that Penn, UVA and Boalt also like military. HLS offers 50 YRP slots that will end up covering 100% tuition so that indicates that they appreciate vets to me as well. Outside the T-14 Fordham is very pro military as are quite a few others.
Interesting that you mention this. I've been living in California for 5 years. So with the GI Bill, I could potentially go to Boalt for free (well, that's based on my very limited understanding of financial matters). But I never really considered them because I remember reading somewhere that they are very strict with their gpa requirements and that they value gpa over LSAT. I also heard that they have a gpa floor around 3.6. Would my military experience be able to overcome that?