« on: January 19, 2006, 08:38:17 PM »
I applied to several schools in the Northeast - Pitt, Temple, Notre Dame, and Fordham. As a 'dry run' before I submitted my applications, I applied to Baylor, which had offered me a fee waiver.
I ended up getting in to all but Notre Dame (which I have not heard back from yet.) Unexpectedly, I recieved a full scholarship to Baylor, and little money from Temple or Pitt (none from Fordham.) I really like Fordham, and I would love to live in NYC, etc...but I will obviously end up in some serious debt. Up to this point I really haven't viewed law as a set-in-stone career choice - I have been thinking of it like a greuling, challenging adventure to test my abilities and build my confidence. I already have a budding career in computers and business, and financially I am relatively secure. I have about $20k saved up for law school (a drop in the bucket, I know) and I have kind of become used to living without debt. I also know that, at least for the time being, I would much prefer to end up working in the northeast than the Texas area, and I don't know how difficult that would really be with a Baylor degree.
So my question: How risky of a proposition would Fordham be over Baylor? Would the increased potential earnings offset the (way) higher cost? I already know that I would rather go there, but I am just having trouble justifying the cost. Is it worth it?