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Choosing the Right Law School / I can't decide!
« on: February 07, 2013, 03:28:58 PM »
I went a bit crazy and applied to basically every ranked school that gave me a free app. The end result is I have 23 acceptances. I have narrowed it down to 3-5 schools right now but can't make a decision!

Here's a little about me. I'm 28 years old, will have a Masters when I enter Law School. I had a 3.33UGPA but a 3.8 GGPA. My LSAT was 166. I Live in Pennsylvania, but don't mind moving for school. One if my issues is I don't know HOW far I want to move. My major interest is in Intellectual Property, on the side of working either in Copyright or Academia. So here are my options:

Drexel: Unranked, buy there is a LONG family history there, and my Uncle is on the Board. Also, they have a high bar passage rate and placement rate in my home city of Philadelphia. They have a concentration in my area, and require co-op placements. Also, they gave me a full ride.

Alabama: The Best ranked of my choices. Cost of living is so cheap there that after my scholarship, I would pay the same as going to Drexel and paying only for living expenses. They have been VERY friendly to me, and I went to visit and liked it a lot. I don't know, however, if I could live so far away for 3 years. Also, they have no concentration or special certificates in my area.

Richmond I like the admissions staff there a lot. They are extremely friendly and helpful. They accepted me into their John Marshall Scholars program which is a huge honor, and cost of attendance is only slightly higher than Alabama. They have a concentration in my area and are closer to home than Alabama. They are lower ranked than Alabama, but still have a high job placement and bar passage rate.

Maryland MAYBE: I have a Scholarship interview with them so I don't know about financial aid. I love Baltimore, and the school has a great reputation. It is highly ranked, and has a concentration in my area. It is close to home, but cost of living is higher than any of my other choices.

Temple: I have a HUGE family connection here. I am an Alum, my parents were both Alums, and my sister is a professor. Its comfortable, I could stay in my house which is 5 minutes away. Their overall tuition is low, under $20k a year, but the scholarship offer they made me was a bit insulting when compared with similarly ranked schools. They are re-evaluating that now.

In my heart I think it will come down to Richmond and Alabama, with Richmond having a slight advantage, but im having a heck of a time deciding!

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