I'm writing my LSAT on oct and I can't decide whether to attend LS in the states or back in Canada. My main concern is that in canada, LS weigh GPA and LSAT by 50/50 whereas in the states GPA usually account for only 20% in the entry consideration.
As well, Canadian LS are definetely cheaper, usually costing around $9,000CDN. As well, I have a high GPA, so I can see myself attending any canadian lawschool EXCEPT for University of Toronto if I were to score around 158-160.
Yet, U.S. being the U.S., it is the biggest economy in the world. It seems like there are so much more opportunity here, and studying at the U.S. would be a great new start for me.
My biggest concern is that I do not think that I could score in the high 160s to attend a very prestigious LS. My realistic aim is scoring around 157-158 or 160 if I were to be very lucky. I know that I would have very limited shot at a top 50 LS. My question is that, if I score 158, and with my GPA being around 3.64, if i were to attend the best school available for me with that stat, what would be a realistic starting salary that I would make? I know this could very a lot by where I actually practice and the type of job I receive, but I would like to know a general figure.
Additionally, would it be a better idea to just attend a Canadian LS, which doesn't have an established ranking, or study at U.S. LS despite not attending a top 50 LS?