Revenant:I am mid-thirties but no children (unless you count cats). So in that respect the debt is something I can take on with no impact to anyone but myself but I have a few less years to pay the money back. Little old lady and Revenant:Thank you for your advice. I am going to try to put this on a back burner until I make the trip out there to check both schools out but everyone has given me some great thoughts and a few additional factors to consider.
"What if you are a student who doesn't have any financial support from mommy, daddy, etc.- and you are trying to decide between a prestigious school in your home city that costs $30K per year vs a solid school, with a full scholarship, that is still in your home state. And you're not totally sold on working in a big firm. In fact, at this point you would prefer to work in a smaller, yet still reputable, firm. By smaller, I mean less than 50 attorneys. What would you do?And this is a true dilemma..."I'm in the same boat as you too. I'm trying to choose between Whittier (Tier 4, offering full scholarship) and Chapman (offering 50% scholarship; just dropped from Tier 3 to Tier 4, but ppl say its looking to break into Tier 2 soon and hasnt been able to just yet because its such a new school). Bar passage rates at Chapman were 70%, now are 50%. at whittier its somewhere between 37% and 50%. I dont want to work in some big firm either; heck im not even sure if i want to practice! so since i dont plan on working at the big places, then im not sure if itll really matter which school i choose. whittier is more established in this area; its been around for years, but everyone knows its Tier 4. whereas Chapman is new so theres less of an alum base, but it has the "name" in my area.so i dont know what to do either...
shortee19:Have you tried to bargain to get those Top 20/30% requirements removed? You should. Trust me- it works!
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