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I would still have gone down to a certain point (if my LSAT had been a little lower, I'd happily have gone to Alabama - in atate tuition - or Tulane), but I agree that dreams have to be tempered with reality.  I wouldn't take on full tuition debt to go to a school where it would be unlikely that I could pay that debt back without living in poverty, no matter how much I want to be a lawyer.  I'm not going to assume I'll be the exception to the rule.

I'm really glad I didn't bomb my LSAT.  And that I started figuring out that grades are important somewhere in my sophomore/junior years instead of after I graduated.  I am far from the best candidate these schools have applying, but I'm happy with my cycle thus far.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Wash U($$$$) vs. U Mich (loans)
« on: April 23, 2008, 02:51:33 AM »
Ha.  I can't even decide this for myself.

But you sound like you prefer Michigan, not only based on academics, but personally.  Is that true?  In which case, if you do BigLaw, you're set to pay the loans, and if you end up in any low-paying job requiring a JD, their lovely LRAP will keep you from living in poverty.  Plus it seems like all the staff there are the nicest people in the world.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: T14 options - What would you do?
« on: April 23, 2008, 02:29:43 AM »
Agreed, Yale or Michigan (Michigan for me - I hate debt).  But I guess you love Cali?  In which case, nice decision!

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Wake Forest?
« on: April 14, 2008, 02:11:43 AM »
Thanks everyone!  But I think there's been some confusion - sorry!  My original post was old, made before I got the $$ offers from other places.  If anyone wants to help me, help me decide between Mich, Vandy, and WUSTL and their various money offers when I don't want biglaw but may want work with a fed. gov. agency...

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: WashU 1L taking questions
« on: April 13, 2008, 03:31:09 AM »
I was wondering what your feel for the fed. gov. job market from WUSTL is.  I have that fantastic full scholarship they've been giving out this year, but I'm wondering how I would fare in my career goals from WUSTL.  I'm interested in working for a federal gov. agency like the EPA and the like.  Any feeling for this?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: What about government jobs?
« on: April 04, 2008, 04:31:17 AM »
Hmm, I hadn't thought of the public school angle...

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: What about government jobs?
« on: April 03, 2008, 07:33:50 AM »
I'm very interested in this as well.  Would I be better off doing the scholly at WUSTL and having a pretty teeny debt (relatively), or the partial tuition at Michigan w/LRAP?  My question is for the fed gov. positions, as with the DoJ, EPA, etc.  Anybody actually have any idea?

So, ummm...bump again.  I know, I'm sad.  But hearing a lot of opinions from different people really helps me to figure out how I want to go.  You know, who sounds right to me, etc.  Thanks!

I seem to be the minority, but I think you should consider Emory.  I'm guessing they offered you the 96k, which i think is worth considering.  they won't place quite as well as texas, but NYC is still quite possible if you do well...

anyhow, if financially it's a better choice for you (which i guess depends on the exact amounts and COL) I think it's a good idea.

So no one feels I need to reevaluate the other schools (Duke, Cornell, etc.)?  Waver, waffle, waver...

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