I tried it with a state school and it didn't work. It did serve as a great diversion to my intense waiting to hear back from my top law school choice though!
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I definately know how it feels to be accepted to a school where you are below the 25th percentile LSAT and feel a little intimidated by all the 'smarter' kids. That being said, I wouldn't let it factor too much in your decision, because I think it's a natural tendency to be intimidated by big time schools.
That being said, it all depends on your financial situation. If you can afford it, UVA is an awesome choice that will give you benefits through out your career and open a lot of doors. If you don't want to dish out the cash, the other options you listed will still get you where you want to go. Being so highly esteemed though, I think you will see a great return on your investment to UVA.
Vague, but I hope it helps!
Quinnipiac, depending on the terms of the scholarship. Although I am not a New Englander, I know there are a ton of schools in the area, and graduating from a school with a lesser reputation I assume would hinder you substantially when you are looking for your first job.
Side note -- isnt Q's 75th percentile LSAT a 158? That'd put you towards the top... and if you were below their median I guarantee you wouldn't have gotten that hefty scholarship.
I have been accepted to Missouri Kansas City (Tier 3) and have been deferred at U of L and Kentucky. I will hear back from them this week or the next, and will be planning visits if needed, but I will need to make a decision quickly considering deposit deadlines are fast approaching and I need to sign a new lease wherever I end up.
So, to be prepared, I would like yall's rankings of the three schools (best choice to least best choice). Here is some of my background:
Live in Missouri, but would be happy to practice in Missouri or Kentucky.
I am a military brat, so I would prefer to have a degree that has some versatility in allowing me to have good employment options in different regions.
I do not have one particular area of interest in Law, and am keeping my options open, but I do speak Spanish so will most likely want to do something using that.
Moving to Kansas City would be easier since I only live 2 hours away.
UMKC - COA $48,000
Kentucky - COA $54,000
Louisville - COA $56,000
I am most worried about employment prospects after graduation, and would be interested in working corporate law for a spell then working in public interest once I am financially secure.
I know that the rankings would say Kentucky, U of L, then UMKC, but am interested if anyone says anything different. I have yet to have an 'ah hah!' moment at either school where I feel that this one is the right choice.
Exactly. Im a bank manager and have seen too many people get in over their heads. When people spout out about how it is stupid to take a full ride scholarship at a perfectly good school and opt for a 35k/year private school it makes me think that 1) they don't fully understand the obligation they are making for the next 30 years or 2) mommy and daddy have an oil rig in their backyard.
Alright, maybe I am just bitter that the school I want to attend is 34k+ a year and will probably not happen. It all depends on your individual situation and I am sure for some it will pay off opting for a more prestigious, expensive school. But based on what you wrote, it sounds like we are on the same page.
If you are not interested in biglaw then I would go with LaVerne. It is a risk, but I think now a days the bigger risk is taking on a mound of student debt. If you choose LaVerne, make sure that you go out of your way to make your OWN contacts and connections, because you can't count on the school name to do it for you. I don't have to tell you to aim to be at the top of your class and, of course, be one of the 34% of people to pass the bar :-)
Echoing what the previous reply said... most people will say that going to a T4 isn't worth it. I think if you were attending LaVerne at sticker then you would need a serious come to Jesus meeting to determine how much you want to attend law school. But free is free and this one is easy! Of course, Im a hypocrite because I haven't decided myself and am wrestling with the same money vs. prestige issue.