In the wake of useless threads dedicated to surreptitiously shaming "low school" law students who allegedly don't think about the debt they will incur, I thought perhaps we could use a thread to develop useful advice on how to plan for, limit or reduce, and pay back law school debt whichever school you attend. So...here it is!
I'll start. BYU has a useful budgeting tool here:http://fao.byu.edu/12monthstudentbudget.xls
It's not specific to BYU, and the missionaries won't show up at your door if you use it. Analyzing monthly cash flow isn't important to me, so I deleted columns leaving Jan, Feb, Mar and the totals columns, renamed Jan - Mar as Year 1, 2, and 3, then worked out yearly budgets. Right click on your cells and select "add comments" to enter your assumptions, this way you can easily change them if they turn out wrong.
I've narrowed down my choices to 3 schools and am now doing a budget analysis on each of them to project the amount of debt I'll take on at each. You can do the same! The first one's the hardest.
Anybody else with good advice or links to quality tools/information please post it here!