« on: March 16, 2007, 05:05:26 PM »
I have a dilemma going on that I posted in response to another thread, but hopefully starting a new one will shed some more light.
I am at the end of my application cycle and have heard from all but 2 of my favorite schools (Fordham and BU are pending).
I haven't yet gotten a response from Fordham, however I have gotten acceptances from other schools including Boston College, Brooklyn and St. John's.
BC hasn't offered a scholarship yet, and I don't think they are going to.
Brooklyn offered me a similar scholarship package totaling 22,000 I think, contingent on placing in top 40%. That's 60% of the total tuition.
St. John's offered me a free ride, contingent on placing in the top 50%.
I'm not that well-off, and I am worried about the debt, and while the job prospects out of BC are fantastic, I don't know if that debt would be worth it. I want to work in NYC, and don't care much about working for huge money at BigLaw. Brooklyn, from what I've read, has a very strong local rep. Maybe not enough to guarantee a job in Biglaw unless I place in the top 5-10% but as I said, it doesn't bother me. I might do Public Interest, which is very strong at Brooklyn. St. John's has a fantastic alumni network and a 91% bar pass rate.
At this juncture I'm leaning toward Brooklyn until I hear from Fordham. I want to stay in the city, I want to have a good job coming out, if not fantastic, and I want to keep the debt as low as possible so that I don't have to waste the rest of my youth paying off debts and being a gun for a partner in BLaw.
Anyone who can provide advice, it'd be most appreciated.