I agree to go for the money. The differences between USC and Loyola are not enough to warrant being in debt 150k. I mean Loyola has a great rep in LA and i know a bunch of Loyola grads over the last few years who have great jobs. I read in Susan Estrich's How to get into law School that Loyola is tied with Harvard for having produced the most attorneys at LA's O Melveny and Myers office. Its not like choosing between sc and a third or 4th tier school. plus you have the freedom to pick a job you actually like without having to worry about it being super high paying to pay off your loans. Just my 2 cents
i am putting this in the general board because i want opinions..just got waitlisted at usc. was totally expecting the ding. should i prepare my case for them and plead for an acceptance (squeeze in an interview, all that)or should i stick with a scholarship at loyola?i can beg to be the butt-end of a top 20orsit on the top (with mucho denero) at a tier 2what would you do?
The other thing you might want to think about is the competition is going to be a little less stiff as Loyola (I am assuming) and you are more likely to be at the top of your class or at least higher ranked than you would be at USC (this is all in theory). And there is a train of thought that unless its harvard its better to be at the top of a class at a slightly lesser school than to be lost in the crowd at a slightly better school. It's also all about where you think you will excel, if you think you will learn better, be happier at USC then its probably better to be there otherwise Loyola in a heartbeat. With interest I highly doubt you'll ever make that 100K back.
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