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Choosing the Right Law School / Law school questions
« on: December 19, 2011, 01:52:26 AM »
I am interested in attending Law School, but I have a few questions and I figured this would be the best place to ask them.  First of all, I have a 3.85 GPA and I believe I can score between a 168 and a 174 on the LSAT.  I recently took my first LSAT pretest and I scored a 168, so I figure I can improve that number with practice.  My numbers are pretty decent, but I do not come from a wealthy background and I would prefer not to graduate saddled with debt (I'm older than most students, and I want to start a family soon). 

As an Arizona resident I could apply to ASU, which is a pretty good school at a reasonable price (ranked 40th, for what that is worth).  I would be a fair amount above their 75th percentile, and perhaps qualify for some type of scholarship (?).  Or, I could apply to a top fifteen school, where I would spend a lot more money, and I would be a lot more average and thus be less likely to get any scholarships.  If I managed to get into a top 15 school, would the extra debt be worthwhile?  What would you do in my situation?

Finally, what is a good focus to choose during law school?  I realize that question is quite broad and based on opinion, so I will try and narrow it down.  What would be a good focus for finding a job?  What would be a good focus for high earnings?  Is there a direction to take my studies that would be a good financial decision, but also allow for substantial do goodery?  Or, is saving the world one itty bitty step at a time not compatible with making decent money (honestly/realistically)?

Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

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