« on: April 01, 2009, 08:03:35 PM »
Here is the background: After much soul-searching, I have decided to follow my heart and pursue a career in child advocacy even though it means I will never make a lot of money. However, I still do not know which school to choose. So, for some reason unknown to myself, I have decided to create this thread to get some input from total strangers. I am a non-traditional student with a family, so their concerns need to be taken into consideration as well.
Here are the choices, and the reasons why they are being considered:
Tulane University ($7,500/yr, 3.0 GPA): I have always wanted to attend Tulane. Looked at it for UG, but ultimately got an offer I couldn't refuse. My partner also loves the idea of living in New Orleans. This is the highest ranking school to which I was accepted, but would also be the most expensive. There is no emphasis on child advocacy at Tulane, but its reputation would provide better possibilities if I later decide I want to make more money.
DePaul University [$20,000/yr, 3.3 GPA (~Top 30%)]: DePaul offered me a nice scholarship, but Chicago is an expensive city, and I am not sure it is the best place for a 2 year old girl. DePaul also offers a special section of Legal Writing which emphasizes family law and is home to the Schiller, Du Canto & Fleck Family Law Center which has offered me a guaranteed paid internship ($5,000) for my 1L summer doing child advocacy. My partner also has friends in Chicago which she considers a plus, although I still feel she prefers New Orleans over Chicago.
Michigan State University (Full-Tuition, 3.0 GPA): On the list because of the full-tuition scholarship (hard to ignore during a financial crisis) and they are also home to the Chance at Childhood Program which teams up Law students and MSW students to help children in Michigan. On the downside, it is a tier-3 school. Also, we visited last weekend, and while we liked the school, we hated Lansing.