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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Law school questions
« on: December 19, 2011, 11:09:07 PM »
Thanks again Jimmy.  That was really helpful and I have a lot to think about.  And Julie, your post simply blew me away - big thumbs up.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Law school questions
« on: December 19, 2011, 03:27:30 PM »
Wow, thank you for the feedback.  I notice that you write in a lot on these forums, and I am sure a lot of people are appreciative.  I do have one further question.  The geographical region of one's school of choice seems to be important.  It would seem that schools tend to be relative heavyweights in their surrounding region (although I would imagine a top 14 school is a heavyweight anywhere).  That, coupled with the variances in each state's legal codes and bar exams seems to limit one's options for traveling.  So my question is this, if I was to attend a law school in Arizona (ASU/UofA) would I have a difficult time branching out of the state during the course of my career?  Because, to be frank, I don't want to live in Arizona (and I certainly don't want to live in the Phoenix metro area) for the rest of my life.  However, I don't know exactly where I want to live, and I will most likely move to several different states (predominantly west coast) at different points.  Thank you for any advice you may be able to provide!

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Where should I go next fall? / Law school questions
« on: December 19, 2011, 04:52:26 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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