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Sorry to be the bearer of bad news - but you do not have a 3.67 LSDAS GPA (the only one they care about).  The LSDAS GPA does not count any classes after your first BA/BS.  So, you have a 3.27, 144 LSAT, and MUST retake. 

I'm not trying to be an elitist, and totally follow my own advice.  I scored a 153 on the feb LSAT, retook and scored a 158 in June, and am signed up to retake again in September (aiming for 160 plus).  There isn't much reason not to retake anymore, since they only take the highest score now.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Pitt vs. Duquesne
« on: March 22, 2016, 07:54:21 AM »
Look into the job placement from both schools and the median salaries... I'm a 0L, but that should help you make the decision.  I personally feel that Pitt Law is better respected throughout western PA than Duquesne Law, but that may just be me.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Akron vs. Roger Williams
« on: March 18, 2016, 08:32:04 PM »
Thanks.  Villanova has DEEP pockets for scholly money, and is around the cost of Drexel at sticker ($43k-ish).  Temple is the bargain at sticker ($23k-ish). just in a very bad (as in dangerous) area of Philly to live in.  It used to be a joke (? Sorta, but lso a truth) that students at Temple would have 2 different bank accounts, so when they got held up at an ATM they could empty out their small account.

Question - I was just waitlisted at Emory.  Would Emory Law hold enough clout/prestige to open up doors outside of the Atlanta region (still talking east coast/northeast)?  I think that they are Top 20-ish?

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Akron vs. Roger Williams
« on: March 16, 2016, 06:54:24 PM »
For law in PA - would you go with Drexel over Nova or Temple if it was cheaper???

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Akron vs. Roger Williams
« on: March 16, 2016, 03:18:12 PM »
Thank you.  No, I'm not.  I currently live in RI, hence applying to RWU as a safety school,  My other safety I applied to was Akron - it wasn't random though.  Otherwise, I applied to PSU, Villanova, Temple, Richmond, UNC, Wake Forest (I have some family in the Carolinas), and GA State/Emory (I have some family in the Atlanta region and have lived there before).  The only truly random schools that I applied to were Cincinnati and Tennessee.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Akron vs. Roger Williams
« on: March 16, 2016, 11:43:23 AM »
Let me preface this by saying that these are only my first 2 of 13 schools that I have heard back from, and I am registered to retake my LSATs in June (and then either starting law school this fall, or doing a new cycle and starting fall 2017).  Also, just a 1 point increase in my LSAT score should increase my ship from Akron by another $5k/yr.

That being said, I am not sold invested in practicing law in any particular area, other than I would like to stay on the east coast after graduation - I am originally from PA, so Philly is an obvious possibility, although I would be ok with anywhere from the Carolinas to the northeast (not New England, though).

The two offers that I received to date are Akron Law and Roger Williams Law, the following details the offers:

Akron: $10k/yr, total of $30k, no stips.  This makes the yearly tuition at $14,314/yr, and there is not a tuition-freeze
Annual Tuition and Fees                  $24,314
Guaranteed Scholarship                   $10,000
Annual Cost                                       $14,314
TOTAL COST                                      $42,942


RWU: $22,487/yr, total of $66k-ish, with a stip of being in the top 65% of class to renew each year.
First year Tuition                                                                  $12,109
TOTAL COST  (if you lose scholarship)                              $81,301 (12,109 plus 34,596 x 2)
TOTAL COST (if you keep scholarship)                              $36,327 (12,109 x 3)
No tuition-freeze, but the scholarship would adjust to any increase in tuition, so that it is consistently 65% of the tuition

I plan on visiting both schools (I currently live 30 min from RWU, but am by myself, so I couldn't live with any relatives to reduce my COL).

Thoughts on thes two schools and these two offers?  Thanks

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Stips vs. No Stips - Scholarships
« on: March 15, 2016, 09:26:55 AM »
Thanks.  Here are the scholarship retention numbers for School B:

(1st number/date range)
Students Matriculating In

(2nd number)
# Entering with
Conditional
Scholarships

(3rd number)
# Whose Conditional
Scholarships Have
Since Been Reduced
or Eliminated


2012‐2013 Academic Year 97 33
2011‐2012 Academic Year 84 22
2010‐2011 Academic Year 101 39

So, it looks like roughly 1/3 are reduced or eliminated (ironic, considering that you must be in the top 2/3 to keep the ship).

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Choosing the Right Law School / Stips vs. No Stips - Scholarships
« on: March 15, 2016, 07:37:21 AM »
Hi everyone.  I first took my LSATs in February of this year, but had a head ache and mis-sketched my 2nd logic game on my first section of the LSATs - that drained my time before realizing the mis-sketch, threw me for a loop, and I ended up scoring 10 scaled-points below where I was PTing.  I have already registered for my June LSATs and realize that that could (likely?) change my outlook.  So, my question is:

Given two very similarly ranked schools (School A and School B), both have offered me hefty scholarships.  Tuition at School A would come out to about $17k/year (1 more scaled point on my LSAT and that drops to $12k/year), with no stips (beyond a 2.0).

School B would come out to about $12k/year as-is, but with the stipulation that I must remain in the top 65% of my class after each subsequent year to renew.

Only given that information, what do you think is the better deal?

Is having to be in the top 65% of the class, for a 65% ship a decent stip?  Or should I attempt to negotiate that down?

Thanks

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