Thank you for the response. I am still waiting to hear from the other MN schools, but I attended a thing for Mitchell prospectives today at and liked it, especially an enthusiastic and moving (if logically unpersuasive) pitch from John O. Sonsteng. I really liked him. Younger version of my dad (rest in peace), who was a Minneapolis cop until 1970 and then an investigator for Hennepin County, back before you had to have a J.D. to be a full-time investigator,
If it weren't for the expected debt I would want my Dad's old job, but $80k+ in student loans doesn't jibe well with a mid-fifties starting salary (guessing on that fifor 2010), so I am also considering private practice. Depends in part on how my wife's career and needs will look when I graduate. We get by, but mortgage+school can be tough.
As to other schools, I have a low undergrad GPA from 17 years ago (3.68 in a bit of grad school later) but good personal statement and work references from three employers. My deadline for deciding on Mitchell is the end of March. I have not yet been to an "accepted" day and have had no response from three other MN schools.
What do you think about the money and these ideas? If I can't afford to work for Ramsey, Hennepin, or MN, what do you think about trademark/copyright or maybe real estate as potentially safe, predictable income options. Besides picking a school, I am trying to decide what path to pursue, who to hang with, which profs to attach myself to, what orgs to join. Target planning, for those of us not expected to be in the upper 10%, might be a good approach. Do you agree? I am wide open to suggestions, and favor stability over flash or cash (though I could probably litigate).