So all valid points -- of late I have given serious consideration as to where I would want to practice law - point well taken. I thought I would give you guys an update.
Thomas Jefferson - Accepted/Scholarship
Florida A and M - Wait-list
U of Idaho - Wait-list
Texas Southern - Still Waiting
Florida Coastal - Still Waiting
What a wacky group of schools. How did you settle on those? Fee waivers? Or did something attract you to the markets? The University of Idaho is different than the others, in my opinion. There's less competition in Idaho, but it's a small market. I personally like Boise a lot, and I think Idaho gives you a good shot at that market. The Idaho campus is gorgeous, especially in the summer (I played at a jazz festival there once).
Honestly, if you get rejected/wait listed to Florida Coastal, I would be blown away. That place threw me a $10k scholarship offer and I didn't even apply through LSAC. It took them like a week to get back to me. I applied free online for fun, and they never got my transcripts or anything. They just saw my LSAT score and threw money at me. I don't know if the school has improved since then (2007-2008 cycle) but it was a degree mill in the past.
I hope you know what you want to do with your life, and I hope you have reasonable expectations.
I don't mean to discourage you from going to law school, but the truth is I went to a great law school and did very well, I fought my ass off to get a law firm job and now I pretty much hate it. I make 60% of the money of the class of 2008, and I have more debt. It's hard for me to not be a little cynical.
First, as far as location - I've been a resident of Colorado most of my life and I'm tired of winter, I want to go to law school where I would want to live - in this case a warmer location so ... that is why I chose Florida A and M ... Florida Costal .... Texas Southern ... and Thomas Jefferson. Honestly, cost is my number one concern since I am not looking at a T14 and I NEVER want to work for big law. That is also why I also applied in Idaho, I do have some family there and they have offered free room and board so that helps. Also, I have been around people in the legal field most of my life and feel very strongly that I would enjoy the work. Also, as far as how much money I might make ... I have been poor my whole life and I assure you that the idea of becoming rich not only seems unlikely to me but is certainly not the driving factor in my decision to study law ... in fact when it comes down to it ... I just like the subject and I do quite well when that's the case. That having been said, you have also given me more to think about and consider and I appreciate that someone who has been in my shoes, and has made the decision to dedicate to the law would take the time to help advise me.