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Law School Applications / Need Help! Less than 48 hours! *UPDATED* with decision. Thanks for replies.« on: March 30, 2009, 09:55:09 AM »
Mercer Law Full-time Program (Ranked 100, 33k Tuition, no scholarship)
Georgia State Law Part-time Program (Ranked 77, 9k Tuition, no scholarship)
I have less than 48 hours to make a decision...well, at least a seat deposit. The answer might seem obvious, but I'm having trouble because of the following:
1) 3 years at Mercer vs. 4-5 years at GSU. I'm 28 years old atm.
2) Mercer has less attrition and significantly higher clerkship placement, although Georgia State places more grads into the NLJ 250 by a very small margin.
3) Mercer has the #1 Legal writing program in the nation. (Which I actually care about)
4) I don't think there is much of a difference between 77 and 100 in the rankings.
5) I feel like my chances for moot court and law review would be enhanced at Mercer both from the standpoint of competitiveness and the distinction between PT and FT. I'm not sure about the latter, I'm hoping someone can fill me in.
6) I went to GSU as an undergrad and their law campus leaves much to be desired while the Mercer Law school building is much more inviting. I know this isn't all that important, but it deserves some attention.
All comments and advice will be appreciated. Please spare me the "don't go to law school" comments. I know it's bad out there but I'm much more concerned about a long term career than instant NLJ 250 success. By the way, I'm looking at roughly 75,000 in debt coming out of GSU as opposed to 150,000 out of Mercer.
USNews currently ranks Mercer at 100 and Penn State at around 77. Without considering location and where you plan to practice...which do you think is the better law school? I know PSU ranks much higher, but I've read a lot of negative posts about that program in contrast to the positive posts about Mercer. Since I am an out-of-state student who doesn't plan to practice in either state, location has no bearing and tuition will run about the same.
Does anyone know why Mercer Law places so many more students into judicial clerkships than Georgia State Law? The following 2008 chart shows around 9 percent for Mercer grads and 1 percent for GSU grads...
From my understanding, Mercer may soon have a Loan Repayment Assistance Program(LRAP) available for students. The link is here.. http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/probono/lawschools/pi_lrap.html
Does anyone have any more information about this? How long do you think the committee will take? Do they already have the program? etc..
I recently checked my application status on Mercer's website. It said "Complete and ready for review" (2/24/09). So I am assuming that a decision has yet to be made. However, on the left side of the page, there is a listing of all mail sent out by the admissions office that includes both subject matter and date sent. The most recent mailing listed is "Acceptance letter mailed" (2/27/09). Am I accepted? The status still shows "Complete and ready for review."
So again, 2.65 gpa and 158 lsat. I have great recommendations. Here are the law schools I am applying to:
Georgia State University
University of Georgia
St. John's University
University of Baltimore
Seton Hall University
Santa Clara University
Penn State University
University of San Diego
What do you guys think? Any advice?