Hello fellow present/future/past law students! I'm in a bit of a dilemma with choosing which school to attend and would love some input on personal experiences from those who went to La Verne, Whittier or Western State law.
La Verne is offering me an extremely generous scholarship (about 80%) but I'm skeptical about the provisionally approved aspect. Actually, if anyone would like to chime in on how attending a provisionally approved school would mean to me, please do! At any rate, I stopped by the campus (ok fine, drove by) and it seems to be quite new, and esthetically pleasing (not that that matters too much since I'm sure to be cocooned in a library most my day). The main concern is that while they seem to have a couple great clinics, the one which I am most interested in, that is, a criminal justice clinic, is not offered. This brings me to the next two law schools, which appear to have leading criminal justice clinics and what I’m most excited about, the opportunity for an externship at the District Attorney’s.
Western State has offered me a 50% scholarship while Whittier has offered me about 25%, both are ABA approved. Again, they both have criminal justice clinics and great intern/extern advances with their local D.A offices.
Truth be told, the 80% scholarship at La Verne is pulling my "justice scale" nearly all the way to a side. It's of course not to say, that because La Verne does not offer a CJ clinic that I cannot try to internship at the D.A's office but the help and preparation Western and Whittier may provide may outweigh that big lump of money I’d be saving- not to mention I'm sure it might be harder for me to get in to a position that like without a law school supporting and recommending me... or would it?
Thank you very much for your input, it’s greatly appreciated!