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(Note: I searched the first few pages for a similar topic and found none.  Hopefully this isn't a over-asked newbie question...)

I'm taking my LSAT this summer and going to law school in the fall of 2008.  But I have this nagging question:  how am I going to freaking pay for law school???  The schools I'm looking at have a price tag of $15,000 - $30,000 a year.  My single mom makes maybe $30,000 a year and I make like $15,000+ a year working part time at a telemarketing firm.  Federal aid will only go so far. 

So does everyone else have parents pay for it?  Scholarships?  Student loans from the private sector?  I have a feeling I'll have to go the student loan route... so does anyone have any idea how easy it is get loans for law school if one doesn't have any collateral?  Would getting a credit card to establish credit be helpful or only negligably so? 

Any advice or stories from people who have gone through this or resesarched this already would be really helpful.  Thanks a lot~

It looks like you're doing remarkably well on your LSAT prac tests.  If getting out nearly debt free is important to you, consider this.  If your numbers are good enough for , say, a top 20 school like UT, Vanderbilt, GW, etc..., but you would be happy going to a tier two like American, U Maryland, Brooklyn, St. John's, Rutgers, etc..., you should apply to the tier 2's and expect to get some serious scholarship money.  My ex- girlfriend had a strong transcript/LSAT, knew she wanted to stay in Boston, and got a free ride from a reigional school.

Debt is important, and may keep you from practicing the kind of law you want to.

What do you people think about Albany?  It's in NY States Capital.  Lots of legal work in that area.  Worth the high price of admission?

I am attending ALS, unless JM Chicago gives me a good offer.  I was impressed with the school upon visiting. I also e-mailed many attorneys from ALS who graduated in the last ten years and work in NYC, Boston, and RI.  All spoke very highly of the school, and said that top %15 would surely open doors in the more urban markets.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: New ENgland School of Law
« on: May 07, 2007, 12:16:59 PM »
Always good to see some posts from people who can think for themselves and aren't brainwashed by USNWR.

I am in at ALS and on the WL at Suffolk, which would give me pause if Suffolk lets me in.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Transferring
« on: April 24, 2007, 09:58:01 AM »
what about transferring from a T20 to a T10 school?
Specifically interested in Columbia, Michigan or Boalt.
Top 20%? Top 10%?

Just want to throw this transfer story out there.

One of my former interns (black female) was a 1L at SNESL (Southern New England School of Law; Unaccredited), did well, and transferred over to American.  Not a bad jump at all, in my opinion.

Actually, got dinged just this morning.  Ahh well...

I applied to Wisconsin in late January and still have not heard back.  I feel that it's a real long shot for me, so I wish they'd hurry up, frankly.

I support the boycott on the grounds that it's completely flawed and encourages otherwise intelligent students to wet their pants while deciding between a school ranked #85 and #95, or #20 and #26, or tier 3 and tier 4 when in reality there's NO F**KING DIFFERENCE!

OVERALL: (371 cities)
 1 St. Louis, MO

 2 Detroit, MI

 3 Flint, MI

 4 Compton, CA
 5 Camden, NJ
 6 Birmingham, AL

 7 Cleveland, OH

 8 Oakland, CA

 9 Youngstown, OH

 10 Gary, IN

 11 Richmond, CA

 12 Baltimore, MD

 13 Memphis, TN
 14 Trenton, NJ
 15 Richmond, VA
 16 Kansas City, MO
 17 Atlanta, GA
 18 Cincinnati, OH
 19 Washington, DC
 20 North Charleston, SC
 21 Reading, PA
 22 Newark, NJ
 23 Little Rock, AR
 24 San Bernardino, CA
 25 Orlando, FL

I'm probably attending ALS this fall (short an accept from St. John's or Wisconsin, which is unlikely I think), and have these thoughts:

I liked ALS very much upon my visit.  It is expensive, but places very well in the immediate area.  As for NYC, the Career Services reports that one-third of recent grads have been placed in the city.  I also contacted various attorneys in NYC, and they all spoke very well of the school (note: these were folks that were ranked 20% or better, and many were on law review.)  Only one regretted not going to LS in NYC, but still spoke highly of the program.  It seems that the school is on an upswing, interms of reduced class size and increased bar passage rate.

I think it comes down to where you want to end up.  If you like the NJ area and don't mind an extra yr in school, go to Seton Hall.

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