I must say as a new person to this site I read all 33 pages of this post and I am impressed. The mix of serious questions and unintentional comedy (and sometimes intentional) kep me going all the way to page 33 (yes I can admit I read the whole thing).
It looks like this thread died a little at the end but I will ask my question like the poster above. I am considering going to Law School. I am a recently seperated veteran with full GI Bill benefits. I am one of the few who also bothered to take advantage of the free money while I was still in to nearly compleet my degree even around all the constant deployments and other BS that is the military.
I have a 3.8 GPA and I am majoring in accounting (that was my job in the military so I fell into it). I havent sat yet for the LSAT but I typically do well on standardized tests. The big issue I see is the Law school in my area is 4th tier. Im thinking with my GPA and a decent LSAT I could easily come away with a scholarship and use my GI Bill to pay the rest.
My Questions is mostly aimed at the 3rd and 4th tier students. What has your experience been like? Would you make the same decision again? I could assumably do this with little or no risk but its obviously a huge time investment as I am 27 years old now and would be 30 before I even graduated.
I'm a 0L, so, I can't address your question, but I have one for you: with the type of GPA you have, and with the potential to have a really good LSAT, why do you feel you have to go to a law school that's in one area? Why not go national? I guess I'd just say that regardless of your circumstances (maybe you have wife and kids, who knows), you have more options than you may think. The school you pick will have huge implications on your career in the law, forever.
A friend of mine who got an LLM in Tax from SMU says that it still didn't matter: most job interviews, they were still asking about his undergrad school.
Law isn't like business. In business, 3 years after college, nobody cares where you went. Other than a very, very select few fields (wall street investment bankers, some high prestiege consulting firms), you'll see a smatterring of people from the best schools, but also people from the "worst" schools. The CEOs of most fortune 500 companies didn't necessarily go to ivy league schools. In fact, a lot of them went to schools that weren't very hard to get into at all.
In law, 30 years after college, people will still care where you went. This decision is huge. The rules seem to be pretty straightforward: get into the best school you can, then get the best grades you can.
Why not see if you can get into a top school somewhere?