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Choosing the Right Law School / USD v. UC Hastings v. (Maybe) UCI
« on: April 08, 2015, 03:59:29 AM »
Currently, I'm trying to decide which school  is the better choice between Hastings and University of San Diego. Hastings has offered around $20k annually with pretty do-able stipulations. USD offered me $24k per year with a top 50 percent stipulation. However, they are really generous with scholarships for students in the top ten percent. Nonetheless, I'm not going to assume I'll be the unicorn in the top of the class, so I'm taking this all at face value.

Finances are a big deal to me and living in SF for Hastings would be a huge financial strain. Also, the quality of life and more relaxed atmosphere of San Diego appeal to me more than the atmosphere at Hastings.

I am also looking into applying for the MBA program after 1L. Frankly, I'm not a math person and I know my GMAT score won't be stellar enough to get me into Berkeley or Davis' MBA programs to get my JD/MBA at Hastings. At USD I have a decent shot at being able to get a JD/MBA.

Ultimately, I want to practice law in Southern California and (hopefully) someday work as general counsel somewhere in SoCal.

All things considered which is the better option of the two?

I am also still waiting to hear back from UCI. Without any grants from them I probably won't be attending, but if I get a similar deal at UCI then I'll be adding that to my list of options as well. UCI's MBA program is also pretty rigorous, but a UCI JD/MBA may be more feasible than a Hastings/Berkeley JD/MBA.

I realize that's a lot of information to take in, but any input is extremely helpful!

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