Tuesday, February 10, 2009

More Awsome News!!!

Hubby applied to two law schools... both of them local.

BN state school, which has a pretty decent ranking and a relatively new but private and respectably ranked school.

We just got a letter telling him he got a full tuition scholarship to the private school.

Hot damm!

Someone just offered us about $100,000.00 worth of tuition.

Of course, the question will be what to do if a pretty good offer comes from the state school. It is more competitive and highly ranked, but it will cost us more.

But -- right now I'm very proud and very happy that there is a good option for my sweet Hubby. He's so smart, compassionate and articulate -- he'll be a great lawyer... and, this takes the sting out of the job market BS that happened this year.

15 comments:

M said...

That is fantastic! Great news all around!

meteechart said...

Congratulations.

P.S. My vote is to do the free one, if given a choice - not because I know what I'm talking about, but because opportunities arise within being wanted.

Inside the Philosophy Factory said...

I tend to agree -- that simply being the Presidential Scholarship winner opens a set of doors.

Also, it isn't as if the private school is new in town... rather, the law school is a relatively new thing and they've made significant leaps in the rankings since they opened and were accredited.

The private school is likely to have really good local contacts for jobs -- while the state school would mean higher salaries on a national job market. Since we'd like to stay here, that is a good thing....

and -- getting someone to hire the Presidential scholarship winner won't be a difficult thing :).

Queen of West Procrastination said...

Such good news! Congratulations!

timna said...

WOW! this is great news!
Would you be able to take that sabbatical next year?

Dr. Crazy said...

AWESOME! I'm so happy for you both! Great news (in a year in which you've both dealt with your share of not-great news)!

Psych Post Doc said...

Wonderful news! Congrats to you both.

Inside the Philosophy Factory said...

The way I see our finances, the sabbatical will have to wait until Hubby has a paying job... although, that could change if he can get a good summer job ---- I think, due to the application time line, the soonest I could have a sabbatical is his third year. If that doesn't work, I'm applying as soon as he gets a job offer :).

Seeking Solace said...

I vote for the free deal, if possible. I know how much law school costs!!!

Cheers to hubby!

Inside the Philosophy Factory said...

I think the other offer would need to make financial sense -- and we'd still be taking a risk that the future salary would make up the difference. Of course, if it were a 100% tuition scholarship to a better ranked school.... but, the state school is more competitive and thus it's less likely that will happen.

Balou said...

Wonderful news!! So happy for you guys. Congratulations!

julie said...

Woo Hoo!!!

JaneB said...

I'm so pleased for you both! And yeah, winning a prestigious scholarship PLUS not having to take on so much debt in a dodgy financial market sounds like a REALLY strong reason to pick the private school - unless the rank difference is really huge, or he hates the place.

So nice to hear good news after your tough year!

What Now? said...

Congratulations -- that's fabulous news!

NewKidontheHallway said...

Congratulations!!! That's wonderful!

(I'm a bit of a rankings whore, and would probably lean toward BN State - but that's partly because it's really a national school in a way the other isn't, and I'd like keeping my options open. But no debt certainly opens a lot of doors!)

Oh, the one thing I will mention is to find out what the GPA requirements are for keeping the scholarship, and what the curve is, and how many students keep their scholarships after the first year. Some schools use scholarships to lure in good students, but make it difficult to keep the money (for instance, put all the scholarship students in one section, where the curve means they're pitted directly against each other and some of them will have to lose their funding). I have no reason to think the private school is like that, and I'm sure Hubby will do brilliantly there! But law school is weird, and one thing to consider is whether he'd be happy going to the school if he lost the scholarship after the first year (again, I don't think it's likely he will - but it's something to consider, especially if the requirement is above the curve).

But congrats again!! That's a great option!