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« on: July 01, 2008, 01:15:12 PM »
Your account has probably always said this- mine has. Not to be mean or anything, but maybe you should change the title of this thread because anything with the words "score" and "LSAC" is liable to scare people- including myself. Just a thought
I am definitely going to give Vandy a shot... it's just that I don't really understand how things work. I know that the average salary for a Vandy lawyer is really high, but is that for big law or for someone who stays in Nashville? And what exactly is big law? I don't mind working 50-60 hour weeks, but I won't work 80 hours and never get to be home- it just isn't worth it. What is the average salary for an attorney working in a good job but one that doesn't require an absoulte absence of a life?
For those of you who have read some of my other posts, you know that I place higher value on geographical considerations than some other things. With the exception of doing so for maybe Harvard or Yale, I will not move to the New York/ New England area to go to law school; it is just too far away from my home to be economically feasible. I plan on seeing my family more than just once every three months when at law school, and if that means a few US News spots, then I am willing to accept that.
I am looking at Emory because it is a reasonable distance from where I want to practice (Nashville or Kentucky) and it seems to be very generous with scholarships. My number one school would be Vanderbilt, but I do not get the sense that they offer the kind of financial aid me and my wife will need. We are both 21 and getting ready to be married, and we both will just be kind of getting by during our last semesters at Western Kentucky. Neither of us are rich, and it is my ultimate goal to keep us from being so far in debt that we can't see a way out.
Thanks to all of you for the advice... I really feel like it is well thought out on this board, and it really helps me pass the time/ make decisions about my college career.
Well I wouldn't say I'm out of their league... Vanderbilt is one school I am really eyeing right now, but the debt that accompanies it is just incredible.
And yes, I do hope to be in corporate law, probably either in Nashville, Lexington, or Louisville.
Didn't you say you go to Western Kentucky University? I grew up in Bowling Green. Off topic subject though *ahem*. Anyway, if you truly get a 166-167 I would be thinking of doing ED at GULC, Cornell, or Berkeley. There is no reason not to go for the top-14 who might be willing to admit you. Or if you want a more certain bet George Washington offers a fully scholarship if you do ED there and get in. These are the kinds of thing which should be interesting you-not Emory. I think you are out of their league. Vandy, U-Texas, and UCLA are other places you have a shot at which are far better than Emory. Emory only really does well in Atlanta and NYC, otherwise the placement is not so good. As for the area it is very nice. I have been there a couple of times for debate tourneys.
What part of Bowling Green did you live in? Me and my (soon-to-be) wife are still up there, getting ready to move into apartments back in the Greenwood area.
That is really good... pretty much a full ride.
Also, I know that Emory has a top-25 US News ranking- what is their reputation though? Do students seem to enjoy it, and do employers seem to like it? Is it in a nice/ safe area of Atlanta?
For anyone who might know, how good is financial aid at Emory? My GPA is 3.95 from a mid-size regional school, and I expect my LSAT to be around 166; also, my income is probably low enough to qualify for pretty much any kind of need-based scholarship- what kind of scholarships could I expect to receive?