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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: How valuable is a full ride?
« on: March 23, 2006, 07:31:29 PM »
just curious-what is the "reality" that set in regarding Alabama for you? What did you think about it when you visited?

I'm making the decision sound a lot easier than it was -- I think initially the thought was that a full ride should be the deciding factor but after talking to some people, I realized that while a full ride is certainly good, the scholarship from Alabama was not guaranteed, and I wouldn't want to have the added stress of having to stay in the top 25 percent of the class to keep my scholarship during my first year -- if I lost the scholarship, I'd be paying close to what I would pay at Vanderbilt.  All in all, it WAS a difficult choice to make, but a decision that big shouldn't be easy, and one shouldn't be too quick to make a decision about anything.

I think it is possible to get a job just about anywhere with an Alabama degree, but it is more difficult than it would be at Vanderbilt.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Help!! UNC or Wake Forest
« on: March 23, 2006, 02:00:59 PM »
Since you're an NC resident, I would think that the dollar offer from UNC is almost as good.  Go wherever feels right for you.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: How valuable is a full ride?
« on: March 23, 2006, 01:59:18 PM »
Are you going to withdraw from Alabama soon?

Yeah -- I will be withdrawing soon, so that will open up some scholarship money for someone else I guess.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: How valuable is a full ride?
« on: March 23, 2006, 01:51:45 PM »
Hmm. Big change I guess. What is it that you like more about Vandy than Alabama? What do you now think about Alabama?

Pretty big change, I guess.  Job prospects at Vandy are better, for one thing; I'd like to think that I'd finish high in the class at Alabama but can't be so sure what with grading curves and everything.  I still think Alabama is a good law school but I just can't turn down Vanderbilt.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Cost of visiting schools
« on: March 23, 2006, 01:26:01 PM »
I calculated my cost of visiting Illinois and Iowas in the coming month as the following:

Air fare = $140
Car rental 2 days = $80 (Chicago has cheap rental cars)
Hotel 1 night = $70
Meals = $50

Total = $350

Still need to add underage driver fee and insurance for car rental.  This is starting is sound expensive.

How much did you spend when you visited your school?

Vandy, WashU and Alabama were both close enough to drive and come back later that day, so I didn't spend all that much.  Probably about $100-150 each.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: How valuable is a full ride?
« on: March 23, 2006, 01:24:08 PM »
Congrats on rollin the dice and doing things the way you really want to.

It must be a good feeling to be 100% on your decision now.

Yeah... but it's a little crazy because last week I thought I was 100%.  But there was a reason why I had Vandy ahead of Alabama on my initial list.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: How valuable is a full ride?
« on: March 23, 2006, 01:16:08 PM »
Which is Vanderbilt... I realized that after looking back at everything over the last week or so.

So now what?

I'm going to Vanderbilt... I contacted the admissions office earlier today and they told me I could still go there, and I'd still have my scholarship.  It's where I really wanted to go all along (except for the week or so before reality set in about Alabama)... just thought I'd been left out in the cold and sent in my withdrawal before I got the scholarship letter, which was a mistake.  Luckily, it turned out not to be a problem.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: How valuable is a full ride?
« on: March 23, 2006, 01:04:55 PM »
Plus there's that little matter of potentially losing the scholarship if I don't stay in the top 25% of the class... if that were to happen, it could end up costing almost as much as Vandy (the Vandy scholarship is guaranteed, though I'd have to double check that.)

Well, it's no little matter when you consider the random nature of law school grades.  You could do quite well and be top 1/3 of the class and still lose that scholarship.  You've got to figure that these schools are run as businesses...they know that a certain % of scholarship holders will lose the scholarship.

The nice thing about Nova was that they said you keep your scholarship so long as you don't fail out.  Of course, I haven't received a scholarship (yet) so it's moot for me.  The plus side for you is that you went to UG for free.  If you go 100k into debt in the next 3 years, that's it -- 100k.  Nothing else being tacked on top.

Anyhow, I think you already gave some of the best advice of the thread -- go where you feel comfortable.  Go to the school you want to graduate from.

Which is Vanderbilt... I realized that after looking back at everything over the last week or so.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: How valuable is a full ride?
« on: March 23, 2006, 12:38:41 PM »
Plus there's that little matter of potentially losing the scholarship if I don't stay in the top 25% of the class... if that were to happen, it could end up costing almost as much as Vandy (the Vandy scholarship is guaranteed, though I'd have to double check that.)

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: How valuable is a full ride?
« on: March 23, 2006, 12:37:27 PM »
Yeah... now I'm having second thoughts about taking the money...

I wouldn't worry about it too much.  Beyond that, Alabama is a well-ranked school.  I'd just keep in mind that no matter where you go, you could work your hardest and still be middle of the pack or worse.  I mean, that's going to be the nature of the beast when there is only one grade for each class and professors can be idiosyncratic about what they are looking for on exams.  Plus there's the curve, so only so many people will end up at the top.

That's only half the problem... yes, there is that worry about not finishing high in the class and not having nearly the same options.  I loved Vandy and kind of thought that I'd want to go there whatever the cost, though I kind of had second thoughts about that for a while -- then, of course, the scholarship $$ from Vandy (only $10k/year... nothing big, but nothing to laugh at either) came AFTER I sent my seat deposit to Alabama.  Plus my advisors at school tend to be from the camp that a full ride is worth more than the debt.

The debt is beginning to sound as though it may be worth it, especially since I have no UG debt.  It seems like I fell into the full-ride trap once and am not sure that won't be the case again.

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