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Ok- full disclosure I am a SCU alum graduating a couple of years ago, so I can only tell you about SCU; I know very little about USF. SCU has a strong and very active alumni network. Alumni are always on campus to talk with students about their practice area,  current legal issues or jobs. The SCU student body is very diverse  in their backgrounds; a large number of engineers, not surprising given their Silicon Valley location, but also others from all walks of life. The social life of the South Bay can't really compare to SF but you will be in law school, you won't have much of a social life anyways. I loved the SCU campus, go visit and see for yourself

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: U. San Francisco vs Golden Gate
« on: June 08, 2013, 07:53:14 PM »
Here's something to consider:
If you are set on working in Human Rights Law you might qualify for a student loan forgivenesss program  such as   If so, the amount of your student loan might not be a deciding factor. I'm not saying that all human rights lawyers or yourself if you become one  would qualify for this, just that you should check it out carefully. Good Luck.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Advice
« on: June 08, 2013, 07:43:56 PM »
As a recent law graduate, I'll pass on the best advice I received entering law school.An attorney colleague told to try different types of law during school as once you're out you'll likely end up practicing in one specific area. I was fortunate be at a school that offered a wide curricula including some excellent clinical courses. I tried a couple different clinical courses and they reshaped my idea of what I wanted to do when I started practicing. These clinical courses were not something I thought about when choosing a school. I suggest that you take a look at each school's class schedules to see what they regularly offer and see if there's something that piques your interest.

I'd add one other issue to consider in addition to all of the other excellent points made. Consider how you will pay off  even $30k in student loans when you graduate. Gone are the days of 6 figure job offers the day you graduate even for graduates at the top of their class from a top law school. You'll probably end up having to take whatever legal work you can find just to make your student loan payments. This might be doing doc review or similiar grunt work for long hours, all this while having a young child. So you should also consider any other family plans you and your husband are thinking about. I guess what I'm getting at is it will be a long road beyond just the 3-4 years of part-time school. Thus, you need to be really sure that you want to be an attorney- I'd suggest asking Charleston Law School if they could match you with an alum or something to talk with them about what they do as an attorney in the local market to see if this what you really want to do

« on: June 10, 2010, 08:51:27 PM »
something to consider if you haven't already-most state bar associations require graduation from an ABA accredited law school in order to sit for their bar exam.  Thus you can't practice law unless you meet some other requirement like possibly practicing for a number years in another state. The ABBA has not yet and isn't likely to move to accredit on-line schools.  The only states I know of that allow graduates of state accredited law schools including some on line schools sit for their bar exams are California and I believe Mass. I could be wrong as it was about two years ago since I last checked into it when I was applying to schools, Something else to consider, as I have now finished to years at a regular brick and mortar law school is the interaction that one has with your fellow students.  There are times that I've learned more from them than any books or profs plus I've forged lifelong friendships that will probably help me in my future career as a lawyer.  My law school also has several practical training opoortunities- clinics and the like that have been some of my most rewarding experiences thus far. Not sure if you can get these at an on-line school. Good luck to you.

Online Law Schools / Re: Info regarding law school
« on: June 10, 2010, 08:35:53 PM »
law schools are ranked by US News & World report- try searching their website. A word of caution thoughwhile the rankings have some merit, like all such rankings, they should not be considered an absolute but rather a guide. There are other factors to consider like cost, you will come out of law school with a tremendous amount of debt somewhat restricting your choices of what type of law you will practice, probably the most important factor to consider is where geographically you want to live and work, A highly rated school, typically in the top fourteen, typically called a T14 school on this site and other publications will allow you to go just about anywhere you want. But if you have a specific area in mind you might be better off going to a good school outside the T14 that has a good reputation in that region(try talking to some local attorneys and look at the credentials of judges, and attorneys of local law firms, you'll probably be able to figure out what these schools are. The advantages of going with this type of regional school are many: generally a little easier to get into, slightly less expensive, a strong alumni network in the area that will be key to getting a job once you graduate. Good luck to you, law school is a wonderful adventure.

Law School Admissions / Re: 3.67 / 169 which california schools?
« on: January 03, 2010, 01:37:46 PM »
You should consider where you might want to practice afterwards.
If want national mobility- Stanford's probably your best bet, followed by Boalt, UCLA and USC.
If you want to be in the Bay area try Hastings or Santa Clara as well.
Davis or McGeorge if you want to go to Sacramento.
Also consider your practice area- with a biochem background, you might want to think about IP and Santa Clara would be a good safety option if you're thinking about IPlaw.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: UC Davis
« on: December 25, 2009, 08:23:45 PM »
Come to Santa Clara

Current Law Students / Re: Best 1L Prep Book?
« on: July 06, 2009, 02:41:51 PM »
My apologies to all previous posters but you're all wrong, the best prep book is a good old fashion novel, read on a beach with a cool drink in hand and a gentle breeze- RELAX while you can, you'll have plenty to read once you arrive at law school

I think the only real way to know if they'll pay is to apply, though I'd base your decision more on where you want to practice, rather than who'll pay. If you'd like to practice near family in West Virginia, the WVU's probably the better choice. If you want to eventually live and practice in Florida, the one of the Florida schools is probably the better choice

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