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Choosing the Right Law School / Drake, Albany or Stetson?
« on: March 09, 2009, 04:04:56 PM »
Hey everyone. I narrowed my choice down to these three schools. All three will cost around the same when scholarships are taken into account (give or take $5,000/ year). So what do you think?

Choosing the Right Law School / Seriously....what gives!?!!!
« on: March 01, 2009, 11:28:32 PM »
Alright, I have been wanting to go to law school for the last few years of my undergrad. I took the LSAT, applied to 9 schools, and got accepted into every school I applied to. While none of them are top 50 (a few T2's and some T3's with $$$) I was really excited about law school. However, reading all these posts saying "You wont get a job coming out of anything below T14" makes me second guess my choice of going to law school. I just can't see how the legal market can be THAT horrible. I have a few friends who graduated law school back in 06' and all of them have meaningful jobs (one went to Southwestern here in LA, a T4, and makes close to six figures). They all tell me that the hype about not finding a job is just that...hype. Yet, they all graduated 3 years ago. Two work in government and the one who went to Southwestern says his firm isn't hiring right now but its only a response to the economy being slow and not an accurate reflection of the legal field. However, all these posts and articles being posted point to the contrary.These posts are really discouraging! Seriously, I'm starting to think I should get an MBA instead of a JD to open up more job opportunities. I would really love to be a lawyer (working for the DA is my goal) and I am thinking of attending Drake because they offered me a decent scholarship and seem to have good employment prospects. But even with the scholarship, including my undergrad loans, I would be graduating with roughly $110,000 of debt. Any thoughts on this whole situation of "not finding a job"?

Choosing the Right Law School / Stetson at full price?
« on: February 23, 2009, 12:03:11 AM »
I know stetson is at the upper end of the T-2 schools, but what do you guys think about stetsons job prospects? I didn't get a scholarship so i would be graduating with roughly $135,000 of debt upon graduation. Is stetson worth it? Any insights?

Choosing the Right Law School / Suffolk at full price?
« on: February 20, 2009, 11:02:10 PM »
Would it be worth paying full price at suffolk ( currently hovering around $38,000/ year) or am I crazy to even consider it? I would really like to go to Boston and didn't get into Northeastern. I also got accepted at NESL with a $12,000/ year scholarship but I don't know if that school is worth it. Any insights?

I would go to Loyola. San Diego, from what I'm told, is strictly a San Diego school.If you want to  practice in San Diego then go to USD. A friend of mine went to USD and she is now an employment lawyer doing pretty well...she opened her own firm in SD. Also, USD is a pretty conservative school...just keep that in mind. My friend didn't realize that until she attended and said it was difficult to engage in class discussion because the majority of the class was conservative and she is liberal (she said they would gang up on her). Loyola has lots of ties with LA employers and many successful litigators have come out of Loyola. I think the name recognition in LA is much better for Loyola than USD. So it all depends on where you want to practice. Loyola if you want LA, or USD if you want to work in San Diego. 

Choosing the Right Law School / NESL or Suffolk?
« on: February 12, 2009, 07:22:36 PM »
Hi everyone! Alright, I am seriously confused on what to do. I was accepted to New England Law with a $12,000 scholarship provided I stay above a 3.0 (they don't use a curve). I was also accepted into Suffolk but with no $$$. With the scholarship NESL comes out to $26,000 a year and Suffolk is $38,000 a year. Taking out so much money for Suffolk scares me. What are the reputation differences between the two? Would it be dumb to go to NESL because its a T4? I would like to stay in Boston after I graduate if I attend either one of these schools. Any info would help. Thanks.

Also, just a side note. I was accepted to Drake ($5,000/ yr- top 1/3 requirement,) Stetson (no $$$), Albany ($10,000/ yr- top 50% of class requirement) and Baltimore (no $$$). I would like to go to Boston but if anyone thinks these schools would be a better choice please comment.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Drake or Stetson?
« on: February 01, 2009, 11:17:59 PM »
I plan on trying to visit both schools...not sure if I will be able to swing it though. Looking at the employment prospects, Drake has more people employed in "Business and Industry" (17% vs 12%) than Stetson does which leads me to believe that graduates are unable to get meaningful employment.Any other thoughts? Oh, and Drake offered me a scholarship of $5,000 a year as long as I stay in the top 1/3. Stetson didn't offer me any money.

Choosing the Right Law School / Drake or Stetson?
« on: January 26, 2009, 05:30:15 PM »
I got accepted to both. I know both are rather prestigious in their respective geographic locations, but I am conflicted. What is your opinion?

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