Ask UC if you can get some aid.
Are you getting 25K from Duke PER YEAR or OVER THREE YEARS? This makes a big difference.
I just found out that I got into Chicago (3.4, 171) and I知 trying to decide what to do. I only applied to a few schools because I had no idea where I might get in (rejected at Boalt, waitlisted at Columbia, in at Hastings, UCLA, Michigan $15K, Duke $25K).
So is Chicago worth $200,000 in loans? (And as a sidenote, does anyone know why their annual budget is so high? They estimate $59,000 for next year.) I知 debating whether I should re-apply next year to more places with a better application in hopes of having more options and maybe some money. Other T14s cost less even without any financial aid. Boalt (in-state) would be $120,000 total, Virginia $146,700. If I could get in to either of these schools, would it be worth having $60-80,000 less debt? How about UCLA, the more likely option? Is that worth $80,000 less in debt? Or, should I take Chicago now, because let痴 face it, chances are slim that I値l get in again.
In terms of what I want to do...who knows. I applied to law school because I'm interested in law but also because it seems to offer more financial stability than any of my current options. My decision is compounded by the fact that I知 not sure about law school/being a lawyer and I知 extremely debt averse. The more I hear of biglaw, the less I want any part of it but in-house sounds nice. Ideally, I壇 like to be in academia but I know that even out of Chicago my chances would be slim...
Sorry for such a long post. Thanks for your advice!