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clarkh1026

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Is going to Cooley a mistake?
« on: May 14, 2008, 03:35:31 PM »
So far the only school I have been accepted to in Cooley. Should I wait another year and re-take the LSAT or go to Cooley?  Any current Cooley students with advice?

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Re: Is going to Cooley a mistake?
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2008, 03:38:11 PM »
What are your numbers?  Where did you apply?

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Re: Is going to Cooley a mistake?
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2008, 03:52:48 PM »
144 LSAT
2.98 GPA


I was waitlisted at Jones School of Law, John Marshall, and accepted to the aample at Nova. Still waiting on St. Thomas in Florida, Mississippi College, and Arkansas Little Rock

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Re: Is going to Cooley a mistake?
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2008, 03:55:00 PM »
if you want biglaw, going to cooley is DEFINITELY a mistake.

144 LSAT
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I was waitlisted at Jones School of Law, John Marshall, and accepted to the aample at Nova. Still waiting on St. Thomas in Florida, Mississippi College, and Arkansas Little Rock

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Re: Is going to Cooley a mistake?
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2008, 04:04:33 PM »
the only school i was also accepted is cooley.

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Re: Is going to Cooley a mistake?
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2008, 04:21:00 PM »
I'll pretend for a moment that this isn't a flame...

My prelaw advisor told me about a guy who applied to 20 schools and was rejected from all of them, went to cooley, earned a 4.0, and transferred to UConn after his first year.  So, anything can happen!  :D

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Re: Is going to Cooley a mistake?
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2008, 04:22:07 PM »
I will help you.  Here are some relevant statistics:

School's bar passage rate in jurisdiction  79.9 %  

2006 full-time graduates employed at graduation  N/A  

2006 full-time graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation  73.3 %  

Private-sector starting salary (25th-75th percentile)  $40,000  

Private sector starting salary (75th percentile)  $67,000  

Median in the private sector  $51,000  

Percent in the private sector who reported salary information  67 %  

Median in public service  $43,000  

This means that you may have a difficult time while attempting to repay your student loans.  Carefully determine whether or if you would be able to repay your loans, considering the potential cost of going to Cooley.

Also consider that Cooley has a pretty high dropout rate:

Attrition Rates for 2006-2007 Full- and Part-time Students  
Percent of first-year students discontinuing law school  14.3 %  
Percent of second-year students discontinuing law school  9.3 %  
Percent of third-year students discontinuing law school  4.6 %  

Add it up and about 30% of Cooley's students don't make it to graduation.  You should really consider whether you can make it to graduation.  Alternatively, some of these dropouts realize, too late, that they won't make enough to pay off their debts and try to cut their losses by dropping out and by getting a job.

If school is challenging for you...maybe you should talk to a pre-law advisor and see if you should attend.

HTH

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Re: Is going to Cooley a mistake?
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2008, 04:44:38 PM »

Add it up and about 30% of Cooley's students don't make it to graduation.  You should really consider whether you can make it to graduation.  Alternatively, some of these dropouts realize, too late, that they won't make enough to pay off their debts and try to cut their losses by dropping out and by getting a job.

If school is challenging for you...maybe you should talk to a pre-law advisor and see if you should attend.

HTH

For what it is worth he would have an admissions index of 205 and would receive 100% tuition scholarship, granted after three years he would still be in debt about 55k but that isn't that unreasonable to pay back if he is one of the 67% who report employment statistics and the 70% who graduate.

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Re: Is going to Cooley a mistake?
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2008, 05:49:42 PM »
One word: IF

hence the advice to consult a pre-law advisor

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Re: Is going to Cooley a mistake?
« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2008, 10:25:57 AM »
It depends entirely on what you want to do with you life after law school.

Do you want to work for a big law firm in New York, Chicago or LA? You might be better off not going to Cooley.

Do you have modest aspirations, simply to work for a small local firm? Then Cooley should be an option.

It depends entirely on you.