I realize that most of you that will be viewing this thread, have not gone through the process of a legal education and can only speculate as to the appropriate choice. However, I welcome any and all advice.
I have been accepted to UOP McGeorge with a $7500 scholarship. I have also been accepted to La Verne law school with nearly a full ride offer.
To help you with my dilema let me give you some background information as to why these two schools have come into play.
I live 450 miles from McGeorge and would require relocation and rent.
I live 25 miles from La Verne and would be able to live rent free for 3 years.
My sole reason for entering Law School is to work in the local D.A.'s office....NOT "Big Law".
My calculations indicate that I would be approx $130,000 (principle) in debt with a majority of the loans @ 6.5% if I attended McGeorge.
I would most likely be able to pay out of pocket the money I have saved to attend La Verne.
Now I know these schools are miles apart geographically and also in terms of rankings. However, the idea of being $130K in debt has a very sour note to it. I am familiar with at least a few D.A.'s in our local office that have received their JD from LaVerne. La Verne, while obviously the inferior school, would allow me to do what I want with minimal risk. I know McGeorge will open up doors and that its name carries some weight...but is that name worth $130K debt entering the workforce?
I think I have covered all aspects here, I thank all of you in advance for your advice.