« on: May 01, 2005, 12:44:29 PM »
This is exactly my dilemma. I am 36 and have a wife and a 14-month old daughter. We live in Portland but our families are in Virginia and California. My wife is a speech language pathologist so switching jobs is easy.
I have an excellent scholarship from William Mitchell in Saint Paul, MN. The other two schools I am considering are Oregon and McGeorge. I get in state tuition at Oregon but that is still $18k. I applied late in the process to McGeorge and they do not have much scholarship money left to give.
If we go to WM, I might only owe $60k but we will be far from relatives and far from the mountains. But it is a good legal market and an affordable area with great amenities.
Oregon is close to the mountains but Euegene does not offer the same opportunites as a big city. Sure it is close to Portland but I do not want to leave my family for summer work and I also worry about the opportunites for internships during the school year. The legal market in the Pacific NW is kind of crappy and the schools in Portland are a disaster.
McGeorge is close to my in-laws and to the mountains. My wife could see her family on a regular basis and our daughter would enjoy the extra attention. It is also a huge government town and has a good business climate. The major problem I have with it, besides the summer heat, is that I will owe around $130k and that bothers me as an older student with a family.
As you can see this is a very tough issue and I need to make a decision soon. I know it will all be okay in the end but it is very stressful.