Thanks for the suggestions all.Greenie -- the Suffolk scholarship only requires that I remain in the top 50% of the class, actually. I do see the scholarship you're talking about, though.
It's the Sargent Scholarship. I assume yours was the Trustee Academic Scholarship?
Hello everyone! As my title suggests, I've been accepted to Suffolk with $25,000 a year, UConn with $15,000 for the first year (basically giving me in-state tuition for the first year, after which I can reclassify as a resident), and Boston College with no scholarship likely.I'm hesitant to go to UConn because I'd prefer to go to school and work (at least initially) in the Boston area, and I'm unsure of what kinds of connections with Boston employers I'd be able to make there.Another part of the story is that I have relatives in Medford, MA, with an empty apartment in their two-family house in which I could live for next to nothing, so that's a pretty big plus for the Boston area.As for BC v. Suffolk, is there no contest whatsoever? Suffolk did offer me a fairly hefty scholarship, renewable provided I can stay in the top half of the class. Just counting tuition, I'd come out owing ~$40,000. At BC, I'd come out owing about three times that figure, but there is obviously a large difference in ranking between the two schools.My plans are far from definite at this point -- I'd like to keep my options open. I'm not dead set on a "big law" job, nor am I absolutely committed to public interest work. My girlfriend (hopefully soon to be fiancée) will likely be seeking her Master's degree several years down the road, which would most likely necessitate leaving MA for another NE/Mid-Atlantic state. BC, I imagine, would give me greater portability, but again there's the issue of debt.I've been browsing through these forums for a few weeks now, and I've noted a prominent tension between school ranking and debt level as considerations. Some posters suggest that there is little point going to a tier 3 or 4 school, unless you know from the outset that you aren't interested in pursuing a big law job or moving to another state. Others, however, suggest that the worst advice they ever received was "Go to the best law school you got into, regardless of price."Is the ranking difference between Suffolk and BC simply too great for debt to be a serious consideration here?Also, for any BC students: would commuting from the Medford area to BC be doable? Before being accepted to BC I had planned on taking the T to Suffolk, but I think I would be in for a ~1.5 hour commute each way if I took public transportation to BC. Would it be necessary to buy a car? I suspect it would be a 30-40 min driveThanks!