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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Is Cooley Law School That Bad?
« on: August 13, 2011, 07:43:36 PM »
To continue the income based repayment, if you work in "public service" ie: government, nonprofit (501c3 nonprofit - not political or unions), or academia your loans are forgiven after 10 years instead of 25. And, you can pay back your loans on income based repayment & have them forgiven after 10 years of public service.

In response to the various state economies..

I'm not interested in the business aspects of it. I'd be more than happy to work for one of those unions or in public service or nonprofit etc. I like the Great Lakes region for its affordable cost of living, and I'll find something to live within those means.

I'm moving to the Ann Arbor campus, and from what I've seen Ann Arbor seems to be thriving. And, I already have a job for when I move up in the nonprofit area.

From my experience living in Florida the business economy isn't the best. Sure there are the financial planning companies and banks. But a great deal of the financial industry here is growing in the debt collection area and telemarketing- it might be a way to make money, but its probably not where you'd want to be. However, if insurance is your thing we have tons of that (and Cooley does have an LLM program for insurance law.. just a random addition).

Also, we're all law students here so we should know that who happens to be the Governor actually matters... Rick Scott anyone?

Every private law school in Florida is more expensive per credit hour than Cooley.

I'm not going back to FL LOL!! FL has a worse economy than Michigan I'd bet! And your definitely right, the jobs here in FL are corporate - finance and insurance fields mostly.

I personally intend on working in government service. Public administrative law would be ideal- but I'm completely fine with an analyst/govt agency position that would just be a JD preferred position. Cooley does have a joint JD/MPA that I'm looking into. 

I am just saying Cooley is right in that they provide an affordable and more accessible option that Stetson and Barry.

And this is what the Tampa campus is about! Serving the legal education needs of people who want to work in the public defenders offices and have small law offices in areas most people don't want to work in- in the tampa bay area.

Stetson is 33/23k for tuition (ft/pt) alone, and their 25th percentile lsat starts in the low to mid 150s. This makes it an inaccessible school for a substantial portion of applicants. Some of Cooley's policies/actions are not the best or representative of their students attitudes, but this Tampa campus does serve the mission of Cooley Law.

To me it means doing whatever it takes to make it work.

I expect that I'll have to work for 40-50k a  year for the first couple years, and I plan to live within that sort of budget. I use public transportation, have roommates, and work part time through law school. I also do not live in a "major market" area, its not nyc/boston/dc/cal. 

I am a current law student & not at Penn State.

Sorry to bust egos but a non law job beats the unemployment office any day. I also said "JD Preferred" positions- meaning state/local government analysts, nonprofits, academia, etc. I'm well aware of the economy being a total toilet at the moment, anyone who is or plans on working for a living knows that.

I'm saying it is important to be creative and resourceful. Going to law school for 3 years and working summers might not work in this economy for most people.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Practice in the South, where to go?
« on: August 11, 2011, 03:26:03 PM »
U of FL supposedly has a really good tax program.  Also on Ole Miss, its one of the cheapest in the South if you can deal with living there. Good luck!

I'll be a little bold here I suppose, but I really think that if you have a BA and a JD and you have no job at all (after 6 months or so) you have some personal problems.

After a reasonable amount of time it would make sense to switch from practicing law only positions to the law related or JD preferred positions. Then to keep involved in the legal community and continue searching for an actual practicing position. Who sits there with no job and says "No! I must practice law or nothing!" ?

So if people spread lies and you sue, it makes you the F'd up guy? ???

Dang, I hope I don't get raped, I might go to prison with people like you in the voting population. :-X

God, I hope I truly don't make it to be a lawyer- I might have to work with you on a regular basix :-X

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