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They do not grant instate after the first year and they just raised their tuition by another 2K, and have done so for the last 3 years. I would not recommend going there and paying out of state

ok about me, im 37, single, former wall streeter who quit the biz a little over 3 years ago. mom was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer shortly after i left work, so ive spent the last 3 years going to chemo and doctor appointments. in that time we all know what happened to the jobs on wall street (though i hear theyre starting to come back). anyway, my mom passed away 3 weeks ago  :'(  and now im at a crossroads...go back to finance or head off to law school?
i have no doubt about getting into law school, i finished undergrad in 3 years with a 3.97gpa in my major, and i worked for one of the best wall street firms out there. nor do i worry about the debt, heck ive had zero income for the last 3 years...somebody out there is bound to give me a scholarship   :P
now get this, i dont find law particularly attractive, i dont care for shows like LA Law, and have no desire to work at a big firm (trust me, we hired a few people from cravath swaine & moore and sullivan & cromwell, and they told me all the horror stories about working at places like that), but i just want a stable career (which means, NOT wall street), where i can set my own hours (ie; private practice...after 10 years of 12+ hour days, i now value quality of life more than obscene amounts of money, and if i am gonna work 12 hour days, its gonna be for myself, and not da' man!  :) ), and make a decent living.
so am i nuts to think of law? yeah i know, im grieving right now and under a lot of stress, so i'll continue to decide what to do...just want to hear peoples thoughts. and oh yeah, after 3+ years away from wall street, getting a job will not be easy. oh dear  ???

thanks very much

PS; my moms doctors had told me to seriously think of med school cause they think id make a great doctor...but even i know that at my age thats completely out of the question. wish i had thought of that 10 years ago !!!!! hahaha

I'll be just turning 36 when I graduate with my Bach, and 39 when I graduate from Law school. So I say go for it! If it is what you want, especially after you have been through, go for it!!!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Looking for opinions
« on: August 16, 2010, 06:42:35 AM »
I am fairly sure, and I could be wrong, that I asked for opinions. I am not positive, but that may have been the title of the post. I like to listen to other peoples opinions- it gives me an alternate way to view my choices, but ultimately I will make the decision. I am not seeking advice, per se. I am not positive which route I will take at the moment. I have plenty of time to decide. Limiting debt will more than likely be the route I go.

SOP makes me laugh and does not bother me at all- thanks for the advice.

Thanks again guys

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Looking for opinions
« on: August 04, 2010, 06:35:46 AM »
Excellent points. Thanks

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Looking for opinions
« on: August 04, 2010, 06:35:16 AM »
I think the calculus is different with T14 vs T50 as opposed to T50 vs. third tier- assuming you have some desire to work in biglaw.

Very True

T14 gives you a decent shot at biglaw, where salaries will be high enough to repay those loans quickly, and will quickly eclipse the cost difference in education. A lower T1 won't make biglaw a much better possibility than a Tier 3. Once you get out of the biglaw hiring model, school rankings mean less and less, and regional ties mean more and more.

Also, watch out for scholarship conditions. Many, if not most, 3rd Tier schools give scholarships attach onerous conditions to them. Getting a 3.0 might not sound bad at all when you are used to undergrad grading, but it could require top 1/3 grades if the school curves to a 2.7. There is a 2/3 chance you will not get that scholarship the next two years.

Excellent points

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Looking for opinions
« on: August 02, 2010, 07:16:11 PM »
So I think it comes down to ego vs practicality in my view.  My ego wants a T-14, but common sense says coming out of school with no debt may more than makes up for the lost income.

As far as the debt- I am thinking the same thing... 

Choosing the Right Law School / Looking for opinions
« on: August 02, 2010, 05:08:16 PM »

Should you limit debt or go to the best school? Lets says you are looking between 30-60, as far as school rank. If a T3 OR T4 offers a full ride would it be better to limit debt or go to the better school?

Looking for pro's and con's, an honest exchange of ideas- not an emotion driven debate.

they better choose carefully the words they use because that could be considered extortion or blackmail, possibly. It is sleazy- IMHO

I don't know man, you are really pushing it here. To say it is sleazy, ok, fair assesment and at least that is up for debate, but to say its blackmail? Extortion? You are really pushing it. Saying things like that almost defeats your entire argument. You can't be serious, can you?

I think someone could take that from that. As a student I wouldn't, but people perceive things differently. I believe someone could definitely feel like what they are saying is- either get us more students or suffer the consequences in the form of higher tuition.


If you want to say how evil & stupid Cooley is for raising tuition costs, because they need more money then go for it. However, the reality is all schools are out to make money first & foremost and Cooley is no different.

I never said that. I said they are wrong to ask their students to do that for them in an effort not to have their tuition raised, and they better choose carefully the words they use because that could be considered extortion or blackmail, possibly. It is sleazy- IMHO

To Bigs- who regardless of the numerous times you correct him/her derives his own meaning from your post, the issue was not Cooley raising tuition. Generally tuition increases annually for each school. The issue was them asking their students to recruit students to Cooley (borderline extortion in my opinion) if they do not wish their tuition to rise! Do you understand or would you still like to invent your own argument?

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