Accepted: Stanford, UCLA, Boalt, USD
Pending: USC, Loyola
Question: How do I select? I am expecting close to $100K this year from my business. Is that worth giving up for a Tier 1 law degree (since no Tier 1 school I applied to has a night program)?
Note: some Tier 1 schools on the East Coast do -- Fordham, GW , and Georgetown. On the West Coast, nada.
Logical conditions: If foregoing $100k per year income is not worth the Tier 1 prestige, then I only have Loyola and USD as choices. Else, what criteria is best for choosing amongst Tier 1 schools.
My Selection Theory: Applying to both logical conditions, selecting the best school should be based on the following preference criteria or school statistic (by order of importance): 1. employment at graduation; 2. average starting salary; 3. atmosphere; 4. quality of interested law specialty; 5. quality of life on campus as well as with living arrangement; 6. Bar pass rate relative to state average.
What I found out so far: 1. Stanford, UCLA, and Boalt are at the top nationally when it comes to bar pass rate; 2. All Tier 1 schools have a graduation employment rate of over 90%, while USC has a 9 month employment rate of 100%; 3. Loyola has a dismal graduation employment rate of 57.x%, while Southwestern (where I did not apply) has a rather high one at 84.4%; 4. USD has average employment stats (73.1% at grad/94.4% after 9 months)
Check this link for 2003 raw law school acceptance data: http://www.ilrg.com/rankings/law/index.php/2/asc/Accept
As far as starting salary is concerned, I don't know where to get that info. I never considered it before because I don't intend on working for a law firm. My law education is supposed to help me with my business interests -- present or future. But as selection factors, I figured that employment and salary statistics are solid quantifiable measures of school value and educational repute.
Kind responses would be greatly appreciated.