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So I know there's a ton of information on graduate starting salaries, but is there any resource that shows graduate salaries 5-10 years after graduation? This would make the decision process much clearer. Is there any reliable indicator of long term success other than the ranking of a school? If you come out of a school like Rutgers Newark in the top 10% of your class, get a job that pays $100k, are you going to be that much behind the Fordham graduate in the top 25% of his class who gets a job that pays $150k in 5-10 years after graduation?

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Where should I go next fall? / Rutgers Newark $$ or Fordham P/T?
« on: March 13, 2008, 05:40:30 PM »
So I got accepted to Rutgers Newark with an $8,000 a year scholarship and I got into the Fordham P/T program. The reason I am balking at the Fordham opportunity is the cost. It costs $60k to attend Fordham every year, and I need loans for everything, and with my scholarship, it would likely cost $25k to attend Rutgers every year. I'm indifferent about practicing in NY, I could just as easily practice in NJ, because I live in northern NJ. If I am not certain I want to go into Biglaw, should I go to Rutgers so I can graduate with a reasonable debt load, or would I be crazy to turn Fordham (P/T evenings) down?

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Where should I go next fall? / Rutgers Camden or Newark?
« on: February 27, 2008, 05:15:47 PM »
Is there any signficant difference between Rutgers Newark and Rutgers Camden? I'd like to practice in NJ and see that the Princeton Review rates the career prospects for Camden as 20 points higher than Newark; Camden is rated 83 while Newark is rated 63. Any idea why this is? Also, because law school is all about class ranking, is the abysmal bar passage percentage (71%) in Newark a plus? I figure I'd start out above 30% of the class by default.

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Where should I go next fall? / UIUC$, W&M, Fordham P/T, or Rutgers$?
« on: February 20, 2008, 04:35:01 AM »
My numbers: GPA 2.9 LSAT 166

I'm not exactly sure what field of law I wish to enter, but I want to frequently go to the courthouse, so I'd like to be a litigator of some sort. I somehow got into UIUC with a $10k scholorship, and I hear the education is amazing, so right now I'm leaning towards attending school there. I am from the NYC area, so this would be a big life change, but I am willing to do it for the education. Money is a concern, and if I choose UIUC, I'm planning on paying in-state tuition during my 2L and 3L year. Is this difficult? My other options are W&M with no money, Fordham P/T, which seems tremdously expensive, and Rutgers Newark with in-state tuition and $8k, making total tuition $10k. I could also live at home, something I would not do in the other options. I'd heard that you should always go to the best school you got into, but in my case, that involves moving to another state, something I am willing to do. What's the best option for a hopeful successful litigator?

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Where should I go next fall? / Best school for a aspiring litigator?
« on: February 08, 2008, 03:21:38 PM »
My numbers: LSAT 166, GPA 3.0

I live in the Northern NJ area and have a couple of acceptances. I've decided that I definately want to become a litigator so I was wondering which school I should attend. Here are my options so far. Right now I'm leaning towards St. Johns, mainly because of the money they're giving me. Note that I never applied to Temple, and just found out that their trial advocacy program is ranked number 3 in the nation. Should I apply there last minute? If I get into William and Mary, would I be able to take that degree beyond the South?

Rutgers Newark - accepted with $8,000 a year making total tuition around 10k a year
Rutgers Camden - still waiting
Brooklyn Law - accepted
Cardozzo - waitlist
Seton Hall - accepted with $10,000 a year making total tuition around 25k a year
Fordham - accepted P/T nights, no $ making total tuition around 40k a year
St. Johns - accepted $25,000 a year making total tuition around 15k a year
University of Illinois - accepted, no $ making total tuition around 33k a year
William and Mary - still waiting
University of Boulder - still waiting

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I just got my score for the September LSAT and I got a 166. My gpa is so low because I screwed around for the first two years of school and basically didn't put too much effort into school work. I turned it around junior year (1st semester made Dean's list. 2nd semester was abroad so grades didn't count). I will mention this in my personal statement. Do I have a shot at getting into schools like Villanova and Brooklyn Law? My letters of recommendation should be excellent, my LSAT score obviously is great, my killer is my crappy gpa. What's everyone think?

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