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My husband and I and my toddler were just relocated to Charleston, SC with his job.  I have been offered $25k for three years to attend Charleston School of Law.  Wondering if it's worth it to this recently accredited school... The tuition is $38k.  Due to my husband's job and our life circumstances, if I want to go to law school it really does have to be in our back yard, and it's the only school around.  I am confident I will graduate at the top of my class... Is it worth the roughly $30k in debt?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: T2 Schools Worth It?
« on: May 05, 2011, 02:18:04 PM »
Thank you all for the insights!  I'm stunned at the responses. Thanks, again. 

So far I've heard back from CU-- waitlisted.  I decided that since the post-grad employment stats at Lewis & Clark weren't terrific (coupled with the rumor that the pacific northwest market is saturated, like the ground), that I would withdraw and wait on CU.  They weren't offering any kind of scholarship.  I like the advice about Willamette-- maybe they'd give me some money. 

If I don't get into CU, I will take the LSAT again, this time with a prep class.  If I were able to increase my score on the Logic portion alone or my overall score by 5-10 points, I think I'd be a stronger candidate for merit scholarships at T2s and 3s, as well as a stronger candidate for T1s. 

Thanks for the enlightenment on the rankings shenanigans!  I'm confident if a school would just LET ME IN that I'll do well.  Truthfully, I coasted through undergrad and screwed off way more than I should've.  I know I'll do well in school, just don't know how confident I'll make the top 10%.  I'd like to graduate from somewhere where it'd be OK to be in the top 25% and still get a job after graduation-- boutique, hopefully.  I do plan on either clerking or donating hours to a law firm while in school or over the summer.

(Still waiting to hear back from UCLA, but if I got waitlisted at CU and Loyola Marymount, the reality of me getting into UCLA is a "little" far-fetched.)

Choosing the Right Law School / T2 Schools Worth It?
« on: April 19, 2011, 01:01:51 PM »
I've been out of school for almost ten years and have a toddler.  My husband's job pays all of our bills and mortgage.  His job will allow us to move anywhere there is one of his stores, which is Oregon (either Salem or Portland), Seattle, Charleston or Denver.   

I'm not content to be a stay at home mom and have thought about law school for a few years now.  I have a 158 LSAT (I couldn't swallow the out of control test prep costs, so I got this score on my own), a 3.55 GPA, and graduated magna cum laude with a BA in English from CU, Boulder.  I had a friend who's on the Boalt Hall admissions board read my personal statement and she said it was terrific.  I have worked as a paralegal for two years, and my letters of recommendation are from professors and the attorneys for whom I worked.

 I don't know what kind of law I want to practice yet, but I'm interested in affecting agricultural policy (sustainable and organic agriculture)... I've been accepted to Lewis & Clark but the tuition seems extremely high ($30K!) and I'm hearing that the job placement AND the market after graduation are terrible.  I also applied to CU Boulder, which is cheaper, but I haven't heard back yet.  I'm reading all over the place that going to a T2 school (L&C is 64th, does that make it T3?) means I'll never find work after graduating anyway.

What are people's suggestions about attending L&C and the job market in Portland, specifically?  And what about attending a T2 school? 

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