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Colorado / Class of 2010
« on: April 22, 2007, 09:58:35 PM »
It seems like CU kids don't like to post on message boards (I haven't been able to find any active threads for CU Law).

Starting another one anyway, hopefully I'll be able to meet others.

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Where should I go next fall? / CU Boulder ($$$) vs. St. John's ($$$)??
« on: April 09, 2007, 06:35:20 PM »
So, I had made my mind completely up and was at peace with going to St. John's for law school on a full-tuition scholarship. I had even submitted my seat deposit/housing deposit a week ago (I probably wont' see it come back). I sent all the other schools I had received acceptances to an e-mail saying that I wanted to withdraw my name from consideration.

BUT, all of a sudden I received a call today from a lady at CU Boulder, saying that they had just sent me a letter saying I had received a FREE RIDE there, and thinking I hadn't received it yet, they were calling to see if I wanted to 'withdraw' my withdrawal...

Well, of course I did. CU Boulder is now ranked #36 in the country... great academics, gorgeous location, laid back atmosphere, in Colorado where I have family... how could I pass up the opportunity?

But now I'm facing a dilemma based on career prospects moreso than academics or other factors. St. John's is in NYC... while it's not one of the top-top schools in the city, finding a job shouldn't be too hard in the goldmine that the city and the state is. Boulder is a really nice town, and Colorado is a beautiful state, but I'm not quite sure what kind of career prospects are available there, and what my chances are finding a job outside the state should I decide I don't want to settle in Colorado (i.e. move to California or move back here to NY). I don't know what the value is of a license to practice in Colorado is, either, whereas St. John's has a 91% bar passage rate for NY, one of the toughest and most prestigious bars to pass.

I need all the help i can get! Two free rides in a cycle is amazing (I got 164 and 3.58 from a public school in NY... nothing too spectacular)... so what do I do??

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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.

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