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Anyone else think it's a slam dunk for Pepperdine?  I didn't realize until last week that goverment loans won't cover 40K+/year for law school expenses.  They're capped at around 28K, I think.  Then it's all private loans... unless you can get a scholarship.  No wonder so many people go to schools that offer $$$.

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The two people I know who applied to Southwestern haven't heard a peep yet.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Be weary of scholarships?
« on: March 09, 2006, 09:53:52 PM »
From what I've seen...  law school is so difficult the first year that a lot of people spend that time just trying to adjust and figure out the "game" and the really smart ones coming in, aren't always the same one ;)s getting the highest grades off the bat.  At Whittier you need 95% to get an A.  And you need to stay in the top 20% of your class to retain your scholarship.  I've also heard that some schools make you pay back your scholarship if you decide to transfer.  Read the fine print before committing to anything...  Good luck!

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I enjoy hearing different opinions... and it's especially important in the field of law.  I am super liberal - but not worried about fitting in.  I think the more I hear from the "other side", the better attorney I'll become.  But we'll see how I feel about that a year from now  ;)

Whittier is great for liberals though, despite being in Orange County - awesome vegan food in the cafeteria, and super liberal profs.  It just might come down to that amazing Pepperdine ocean view.  Honestly, it's hard to not let that factor into the decision...  It's breathtaking from the law library!

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Thanks again for everyone's advice.  Regarding Whittier's ABA probation.  Honestly, I'm 99.9% sure they will not lose their accreditation.  If they did, the ABA would face a big lawsuit, since other schools have lower bar passage rates, yet still remain ABA approved.  So although it's not great to be at a school on probabtion, according to insiders, this probation seems to be politically motivated.  But still kinda sucky that less than 40% pass the bar there.  As for Pepperdine being a conservative school - I actually think that that's sometimes more of an incentive, not less, for a liberal to go there... after all, if we always shy away from opposite views, how will anything ever change.  I welcome the challenge.  I'm going up there to meet with financial aid tomorrow...  it is scary giving up a full scholarship though (although dependant on my grades)... especially when I saw on another posting someone got a full ride, plus 5K stipend to go to Pepperdine this fall.  Sounds like they're choosing the money over prestige - and turning down Duke.  These decisions are never easy... good luck to everyone!  And thanks for all the great advice :-)

Anyone else going to Pepperdine?

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It takes a 95% to get an A at Whitter... just fyi. :o

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Thanks for everyone's comments!  Very helpful.  I agree, it's easy to lose the scholarship after the first year - regardless of where you go. The other thing is that Pepperdine had about 220 employers come to visit the campus, and Whittier had 10.  Professors at both schools are top notch - but I just think I may be limiting my options (not just monetarily) by going to a school that everyone knows is on ABA probabtion.  I got a 80% scholarship to Chapman, which is a great up and coming school I hear... but I think I'll go with Pepperdine sans scholarship....unless miracle, of miracles I get into UCLA... Supposedly they only take about 25 out of close to 600 applicants for their public interest program.  Anyone gotten into that program that you know of???  Drool...

Thanks again!
 :-*

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Quote from: pinkybella on February 23, 2006, 12:29:41 PM

Also, if you go to TJ with any type of scholarship and you end up in the top 5% of the class and you want to transfer to a better school, you have to pay back your scholarship.

So if you go to TJ, with a scholarship & hopes of transfering to a better school, be careful. It may end up costing you..... end quote.
 :o

Does anyone know if you have to pay back Whittier if you have a scholarship and want to transfer?  It was my understanding that you don't.

Also - any opinion on which school to accept if it's between:

1)  100% scholarship to Whittier

or...

2)  Pepperdine, without any scholarship

Thanks!

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Also, if you go to TJ with any type of scholarship and you end up in the top 5% of the class and you want to transfer to a better school, you have to pay back your scholarship.

So if you go to TJ, with a scholarship & hopes of transfering to a better school, be careful. It may end up costing you.....

Does anyone know if you have to pay back Whittier if you have a scholarship and want to transfer?  It was my understanding that you don't. 

Also - any opinion on which school to accept if it's between:

1)  100% scholarship to Whittier

or...

2)  Pepperdine, without any scholarship

Thanks!

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