« on: January 19, 2006, 09:23:41 PM »
Baylor has a harsh curve, one of the harshest of any law school in the nation- a 2.6 may not be as easy as you think it is. What if you didnt get to keep your scholarship and you end up at Baylor with debt?
I probably haven't given that possibility the consideration that I should. It just doesn't seem very likely - in the past, I have excelled at work and school, and I remain driven. But it is a possibility. I might just not have an aptitude for that type of school.
If it came to that, it is really hard to say. At that point I would have 1) 1ost money 2) 1ost the ability to get a favorable job to pay back the money. I can accept being in Texas for some time, but I can't accept having no job and debt. Losing the money would be a complete failure. It would most likely be in the first year, which I understand to be the most critical year as far as job prospects go, so there would likely not be much of a point in continuing. I would have no job prospects and little confidence in my ability to excel in this field. However, I would come out close to debt-free.
My guess is that I would have a better chance at succeeding at Fordham. However, failure is still a possibility. If I choose Fordham, I will have a tough decision after the first year. If I can't see succeeding at that point, I could cut my losses and come out OK debt-wise (roughly 30k net, which I can accept.) However, failing after 1Y would be a true disaster.
So, even considering the possibility of losing the money at Baylor, risk-wise I would still come out on top there compared to Fordham.
What is the difference in difficulty between the two? Is a person more likely to maintian a top-quarter spot at Fordham or a >2.6 GPA at Baylor? It seems to me that the top-quarter spot would be much harder to attain...but I don't really know.
Cannotpick - thank you for the reply . It's amazing how quickly this forum has provided me with useful information and help.
My backup-backup plan is to fall back on my current career, which would certainly be livable. However, I would much rather pursue law. It seems like the general opinion on this forum is that big law is the way to go to pay back the debt. How true is that really? The stats I have list Fordham's average starting salary to be $100k/year. How quickly does that fall as your GPA falls, and as you get in to mid-size or small firms?