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My husband and I and my toddler were just relocated to Charleston, SC with his job.  I have been offered $25k for three years to attend Charleston School of Law.  Wondering if it's worth it to this recently accredited school... The tuition is $38k.  Due to my husband's job and our life circumstances, if I want to go to law school it really does have to be in our back yard, and it's the only school around.  I am confident I will graduate at the top of my class... Is it worth the roughly $30k in debt?

Choosing the Right Law School / T2 Schools Worth It?
« on: April 19, 2011, 01:01:51 PM »
I've been out of school for almost ten years and have a toddler.  My husband's job pays all of our bills and mortgage.  His job will allow us to move anywhere there is one of his stores, which is Oregon (either Salem or Portland), Seattle, Charleston or Denver.   

I'm not content to be a stay at home mom and have thought about law school for a few years now.  I have a 158 LSAT (I couldn't swallow the out of control test prep costs, so I got this score on my own), a 3.55 GPA, and graduated magna cum laude with a BA in English from CU, Boulder.  I had a friend who's on the Boalt Hall admissions board read my personal statement and she said it was terrific.  I have worked as a paralegal for two years, and my letters of recommendation are from professors and the attorneys for whom I worked.

 I don't know what kind of law I want to practice yet, but I'm interested in affecting agricultural policy (sustainable and organic agriculture)... I've been accepted to Lewis & Clark but the tuition seems extremely high ($30K!) and I'm hearing that the job placement AND the market after graduation are terrible.  I also applied to CU Boulder, which is cheaper, but I haven't heard back yet.  I'm reading all over the place that going to a T2 school (L&C is 64th, does that make it T3?) means I'll never find work after graduating anyway.

What are people's suggestions about attending L&C and the job market in Portland, specifically?  And what about attending a T2 school? 

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