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Incoming 1Ls / Northwestern, UT, Vandy - $$$ or prestige?
« on: May 02, 2007, 07:58:03 PM »
So, I haven't posted in a while, but that's because I'm still undecided.  Ironically, while hubby's job transfer didn't happen, he got another job offer in Nashville two weeks later. So Vandy's back in play, but the attorneys at work (I work for a large national firm) all but talked me out of it  :-\ 

I'm not solely driven by prestige, but as it stands today, I'm leaning towards Northwestern.  It will cost the same as UT, and while moving may be a pain, work opportunities for hubby are much greater. And seriously, UT will be out-of-pocket and NU will give me loans, and while it costs the same, Northwestern just seems more eager to have me as a student. So there we are...  I'd appreciate any thoughts, comments, etc.

Does your school offer a chance to repeat the first year?  I've read of several tier3/tier4 schools that do it.  The slate is wiped clean, and you basically start over.  It's an expensive option, but considering that you like law school and already know the material, you would be able to do much better.  Just a thought...

Once that ambition bug hits, it's hard to look at UT the same way.

crystal, we have similar numbers and situations, give or take a few kids - I'm almost 30, have a 3-year-old, and also live in Austin.  I did not apply to Yale/Harvard/Stanford, but I have other mitigating factors (not eligible for federal loans, lots of dependents abroad) so it'd be hard to afford them anyhow.  I only applied to schools known to give out good scholarships, and did pretty well.  At first I was reluctant to move for law school, because of the support system we have locally and the fact that too many changes would be hard on the family at precisely the time when I couldn't be there too much.  But like Anne Shirley said, the ambition bug is a factor.  Or, in my case, getting more $$ from schools ranked above UT is a factor (oh, and UT's tuition is $20K per year starting in the Fall, not $17K - quite a jump, and will likely go up even more next year).

To sum up, I can't really offer you any advice other than to retake if you think you'll do much better.  Sure it isn't necessary to get a higher score for UT, but it will result in bigger scholarships- just look at LSNs of applicants with 174s and high GPAs - they pretty much got full tuition.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Northwestern c/o 2010
« on: April 16, 2007, 10:54:29 AM »
Can I join the party? Sent my deposit in last week. I'm so excited about meeting you all in August!

Did you get my message?  I'm visiting Northwestern in 2 weeks and just sent my check today!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Negotiating with schools for $
« on: April 12, 2007, 08:54:40 AM »
For those interested, it looks like USC upped my offer from 10k/year to 15k/year.

That's awesome!  Does that lure you away from GW?

Law School Admissions / Re: Texas Admissions Packet
« on: April 11, 2007, 08:08:17 AM »
Isn't just being The University of Texas enough? It's the Harvard of the People's Republic of just be happy that you didn't get rejected. No recruiting is necessary.

Oooh, I wish I had room in my signature for this!  So true  :D

But I disagaree that financial aid office is a joke - in all my interactions they were helpful and responsive.  And ASW, at any school, is what you get out of it.  I rather enjoyed it, actually, despite the 70s inspired decor and "Texas #1" propaganda.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: USC v. UT
« on: April 11, 2007, 07:57:08 AM »
sorry to hear that! I can't even really be that selfishly pleased about it since they're both two schools I'd like to get off the wait list (although UT wins hands down)

and I'm sorry to say that I'll most likely selfishly hold on to both for a while, since I have to make sure hubby's job transfer goes through before I withdraw from UT, and we won't know until June.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: USC v. UT
« on: April 11, 2007, 07:48:41 AM »
I'll second the question on scholarship matching.  I'd be very interested in more information on how that process works and what schools are considered even for partial matches.

I'm a little bitter about UT's scholarship matching right now, but the process itself is pretty straight forward and user-friendly - you send them an e-mail outlining reasons why you like UT, and why the scholarship from the other school makes it difficult for you to make a decision, and scan/attach other school's award letter to the e-mail.  Scholarship committee meets on Fridays, and the Financial Aid Director will e-mail you after the meeting with their decision.

In my situation, UT was willing to match (and slightly beat) Northwestern, but declined to bump it up later when I received an increased scholarship from Vandy.  But that could also be because they gave me one of their higher scholarships already and don't really care that much if I go or not.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Negotiating with schools for $
« on: April 09, 2007, 10:40:02 AM »
You love 1) them 2) the area 3) your money. If there's anyway they could make those 3 things happen you'd be greatly appreciative, and have a seat deposit in on the hour.

Hah, almost exactly the summary of my final request for matching funds to UT ;D

Which didn't work  :'(

Awwww... Slad :-[ Realy?
So if you like Vandy this weekend, then that's it for you?

Yes m'am.  It's a little childish, but I think I've made a good case of why I'd be worth the extra 3K per year, and UT said "no thanks". 

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