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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Rejecting the Coasts
« on: May 02, 2008, 09:44:37 AM »
Hear hear!  Twin Cities ho!

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Minnesota vs. Rutgers
« on: May 02, 2008, 09:42:16 AM »
I asked.  They matched Rutgers' offer, and with a lower GPA requirement, no less.

So I think the pendulum has swung in favor of UMN.  Really, all that's left is the physical inspection and the official financial aid offer, which I don't think is really an issue.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Minnesota vs. Rutgers
« on: April 29, 2008, 02:12:54 PM »
Worst case scenario, after spending our savings and with scholarships taken into account, it sounds like RC would leave us with about $35,000 in debt while UMN would leave us with about $95,000. 

We're going to check it you in a week or so.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Minnesota vs. Rutgers
« on: April 29, 2008, 11:30:55 AM »
Very interesting.  Thank you.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Minnesota vs. Rutgers
« on: April 29, 2008, 09:51:36 AM »
So...

I was offered $8K/yr at UMN.  Not nearly enough to offset the financial benefits of Rutgers, assuming I don't get any instate money.

Any input on how hard it is to get in state for 2nd and 3rd year?  There are conflicting reports on various threads.  Some say its impossible, and some say it's doable by 2nd semester of 2L.

My fiancee wants to move to Minnesota.  I kind of do too.  But the debt (if their COL calculations and total tuition, etc, are true, the overall cost of UMN will be about $130K, even with my scholly) is scary.  On the other hand, I think job prospects are better coming out of UMN than Rutgers, so paying it down might be easier.

Ugh...planning to visit in two weeks, but I need a deposit extention.  Too much to consider.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Minnesota vs. Rutgers
« on: April 25, 2008, 04:57:02 PM »
I got R-C to reduce their requirement on the scholarship to maintaining a 3.0, which if I can't maintain, I probably shouldn't be at law school in the first place.

I visited the campus, and it's fine.  They're also almost done with their new law building, which will be really nice.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Minnesota vs. Rutgers
« on: April 25, 2008, 02:41:34 PM »
Thanks.  You were choosing between the same schools?  Where did you end up? Why was it unfortunate that you went there?

I think I'll end up at Camden.  Being 29 and soon to be married, the lack of substantial debt (and if I get lucky with a 1L/2L summer job, maybe no debt at all) is a huge factor to how we want to shape our lives, what with buying a house and having kids.

If I were 23 (or even 26 and single), I'd say "F it" and take a chance on taking more debt, but there's so much at stake, and graduating with $30K in debt as opposed to $100K is huge.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Minnesota vs. Rutgers
« on: April 25, 2008, 02:27:14 PM »
Thanks, all.

We'll see.  I just wonder what the mobility chances would be for Minnesota after say 2-3 years working in a Twin Cities firm. 

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Best and Worst Advice
« on: April 25, 2008, 10:34:10 AM »
Best Advice other than "apply early" and "ask for money":  Think regionally, and be mindful of scholarship requirements (i.e. GPA cutoffs).

Worst Advice: Go to the highest ranked place you get into, money be damned.

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Where should I go next fall? / Minnesota vs. Rutgers
« on: April 25, 2008, 10:13:18 AM »
Hello,

I have put a seat deposit at Rutgers Camden already.  I have family on the east coast (as does my future wife), and they offered me a generous package that would leave me with little debt when I graduate.  I have no qualms with living in South Jersey/Philly for the forseeable future.

This is all well and good, but the other day I was informed that I was admitted to UMN.  I'm not sure about $ offers yet as I haven't received a packet in the mail.  I know that UMN has a better reputation than Rutgers, but I am concerned about debt and mobility once I graduate.  Minnesota is nice, I've been there several times, and my fiancee could get a great degree at the school as well in her profession. 

Any thoughts?  From the looks of it, Minnesota's Big Law hiring isn't that much better than R-Camden's, but a job in Twin Cities would be virtually guaranteed for the top 50% of the class. 

I'm not honestly sure what kind of law I want to pursue at this time, so debt is definitely a factor.

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