Ok, I know there've been threads like this before... but I feel like I need some input on my specific situation.
I knew I would get accepted to Whittier Law School, it was more like a super safety... and I figured I would get some kind of scholarship, but it ultimately wouldn't matter, and I would still go to a school in Los Angeles. However, Whittier is paying for all 4 years (contingent upon me being in the top 20% - and I say 4 years because I'm going part time, so I can work full time) so I feel like this changes things a bit.
I realize that Whittier is on ABA probation for 2 years. I did a little bit of searching, and it looks like anyone who enters the school during that period will be regarded as having graduated from an ABA accredited school, regardless of the ABA's decision after those 2 years are up. But I'm wondering if this will still be some type of black mark on my resume.
I was also considering going to the school for a year, and then tranferring up to Loyola. Would another school look down upon Whittier considering its ABA status? I assume I would have to work my butt off, and be in the very top percent of my class, but I could do it, to spare 20K worth of debt.
I only applied to places in Southern CA that have part time programs, mainly because I want to work. I've been accepted so far to Southwestern, and am awaiting Loyola's decision... I really want to live in LA no matter what, because my boyfriend's going to school up there, and we'd like to finally move in together. However, I think I would be willing to make the commute from LA to Costa Mesa for free tuition...
Anyway, I'm torn. I guess I should've studied for the LSAT so that my numbers would've been high enough to get me a scholarship from one of the LA schools - then I wouldn't be having this dilemma.