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Need HELP!

Need HELP!
« on: April 16, 2011, 01:59:25 AM »
Accepted to Southwestern Part Time(sticker)
Accepted to LaVerne Full Time (20,000 per year)
Accepted to TJSL Full Time(10,000 per year, 6,000 housing grant)

Where should I go?


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Re: Need HELP!
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2011, 01:13:54 PM »
This isn't the answer you probably want, but I would say none of the above unless:

You spent at least 250 hours studying for the LSAT and took it at least three times. The reason for maximizing LSAT isn't just about rankings, but scholarships. 5 points on the LSAT can make people go from rejection to big scholarship at a school.
Your desire to be a lawyer is so strong that you don't mind a low salary
You have a strategic post-graduation plan
You are very good at networking.
You know you want to practice in California
You have no desire or intention to practice in a large law firm or do transactional work

If all the above conditions are met, you MUST examine the scholarship retention requirements before making a commitment. Many schools have a 3.0 GPA requirement to retain scholarships, which may sound easy if you are used to undergrad courses, but is not easy if the school curves to a 2.5. Many schools essentially guarantee that more than 1/2 of scholarship recipients lose their scholarship.