Thank you Legalized I have actually found a job at a sandwich shop and am saving up for school. The reality is, my parents will support me if I go to school THIS year but not next year. I have tried reasoning with them but they think that there is no point taking the lsat again and that it is too expensive (I only took it once and did not study near as hard as I should have). They are willing to help me buy books, move etc. so long as I go now!
I got into Willamette as well but it has a terrible reputation locally and I have actually met a person who failed out as 3L's (not until after I applied of course). Willamette did not offer me a scholarship either. I have visited Orange Country and I would like to live there. They have a terrible attrition rate due to the fact that in 2007 the ABA threatened to remove their accreditation and everyone transferred elsewhere. (this is according to the head of admissions). The next year they had an 86% bar pass rate which is way above average. My feeling is, the ABA has put a fire under them to maintain a good bar pass rate and they have taken steps to do just that. I would like to benefit from this pressure. I guess I'm taking things one step at a time. Getting into law school doesn't mean a thing if you can't pass the bar and that is where my focus is.
Sonofapickle: Not everyone who is poor is a crack whore! Where do you get your information? I also happen to support Obama's health plan. Are you really Anne Coulter?
Honestly your family is probly just worried that you will lose your drive, your motivation to succeed, if you sit out another year and have too much time on your hands as well as more time to get even more depressed about the lack of options out here.
I don't know them, could be wrong, but them being willing to pay sounds like they want to you to strike while your iron's hot. That said, they're willing to pay! Milk that! lol
Well, at least the school was honest with you as to why their attrition was the way it was. I would say with all the talk of law schools lying, there are nuggets of truth out there...so if you have a scholarship there and they are being straight with you and your parents are willing to pay and they feed into a market you want to live and work in...sounds like the start of a plan to me! Just keep doing your research and make the final decision of whether to go or not YOURS. Cause if you get there and hate it none of us and none of your family will take over for you.
Once you decide, read Matthies' thread floating around here, advice to 1Ls, on how to get a job...it's good to know those things before the crush of 1L begins.