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Think About Grad School for the Future

There are tons of reasons students choose to attend graduate school after college. When considering whether or not grad school is right for you, it is important to consider the long term effects it can have on your life down the road. While it’s not necessarily an easy decision to make, here are some questions you can ask yourself to help move the process forward.

Do I know what I want to do, and does it require grad school?

If you are planning to go into the fields of medicine, law, psychology, research, or collegiate education, you have to attend some form of graduate school. So, that decision is made for you. If you don’t know what your career path looks like but know you want to spend more time studying and theorizing on a specific topic, graduate school can still be a valid option. Plus, during your time at grad school, you may discover new jobs to which you can apply your degree.

Am I passionate enough to focus on one topic ambitiously for the next few years?

While in graduate school, your studies will be narrowly focused on a single topic of your choosing. You should ask yourself as you apply if you can envision yourself studying the same subject matter and rereading the same terms over and over again. Does this idea excite you or put you to sleep? Yes, you will find nuance within your studies over the next few years at school, but if the fundamental field doesn’t peak your interest now, it won’t stick once you are in school or after you’ve finished.

Will attending graduate school eventually help me earn a higher salary?

Take a look at career options you have with the field of study you are considering. If your goal is to increase your future salary by attending graduate school, make sure you do research on different salaries for your career options. Don’t forget to factor in any student loans you’ll need to pay off. It’s expensive to attend grad school, but if you find it worth it in the long run, go for it!

Am I ready and willing to take on the rigor?

You can always take time off between college and grad school to refuel your batteries before diving into a pool of books and independent research. Be honest with yourself about whether or not you can be the self-motivated and ambitious student graduate schools require.

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How to Consider Grad School Over Summer

It’s the summer before your senior year! You cannot believe how fast the time went! You’re looking forward to your senior seminar, final projects, and living in your first apartment off campus! You may also start wondering what it is you’re going to do once you graduate. One of your options could be graduate school, and since the graduation application process can begin as early as the first few weeks of the Fall semester, you may want to consider it now!

Do I Need Graduate School?

Spend some time over the summer doing some research on what a masters degree could do for you in your field. Is this something you have to get for your dream job? Is this something that could allow you to have a great advantage in your field? What kind of degree would compliment the degree you’re about to earn? If you don’t need a masters degree, and if having one won’t give you any advantages in your career, graduate school probably isn’t your best option after graduation.

Do I Want Graduate School?

Some students graduate college ready to dive into grad school full force! Other students never want to find themselves in a classroom again! There are also some college seniors who would love to go to graduate school one day, but right now they’ve had it with school! Determine where you are on this spectrum. If you’ve had senior-itis since your junior year, you probably don’t want to start another degree just yet. Grad school is a lot of hard work, and if you’re already over school, you wouldn’t be doing your best if you went right away.

What Might I Need?

Even if you have no idea where you would attend graduate school, you can start getting a feel for what the application process involves. What type of essays might you have to submit? What kind of tests will you have to take, and what score would you aim to receive? Do you need letters of recommendation, and if so, who have you met the past three years you could ask? What kind of GPA is required for acceptance? What are your options if your GPA isn’t at its highest? If you know now what’s expected of you to apply, you have the power to make changes. You have this semester to raise your grades or to improve your relationships with past professors.

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24 Best Law Schools for 2012

For most high school students, the only thing on the horizon is college, college and more college. Oh, did I mention college?

But once you get there, you’ll notice a lot of people have their eyes on another prize: graduate school. And more specifically, law school.

Law school tends to attract a lot of people. Why? Well because going to law school doesn’t mean you necessarily have to become a lawyer. Going to law school can help give you the credentials for tons of other things! Think of all the U.S. president who’ve had law degrees! There are dual degree programs that combine law and business. Or sometimes a law degree is just a great background education to have for a totally, sometimes seemingly unrelated career. Think Ari Gold, the celebrity agent in Entourage, or a big time CEO.

So if you’re interested in law school, here are the top 24 law schools for 2012, according to US News & World Report:

1. Yale University
Tuition: $52,525 per year

2. Stanford University
Tuition:  $49,179 per year

3. Harvard University
Tuition:  $48,786 per year

4. Columbia University
Tuition: $52,902 per year

5. University of Chicago
Tuition:  $47,502 per year

6. New York University
Tuition: $48,950 per year

7. University of California – Berkeley
Tuition: In-state: $50,163 per year, Out-of-state: $54,370 per year

8. University of Pennsylvania
Tuition: $50,718 per year

9. University of Virginia
Tuition: In-state: $44,600 per year, Out-of-state: $49,600 per year

10. University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
Tuition:  In-state: $46,830 per year, Out-of-state: $49,740 per year

11. Duke University
Tuition: $49,617 per year

12. Northwestern University
Tuition: $51,920 per year

13. Georgetown University
Tuition: $46,865 per year

14. Cornell University
Tuition: $53,150 per year

15. University of California – Los Angeles
Tuition: In-state: $44,922 per year, Out-of-state: $54,767 per year

16. University of Texas – Austin
Tuition:  In-state: $30,243 per year, Out-of-state: $46,028 per year

17. Vanderbilt University
Tuition: $46,148 per year

18. University of Southern California (Gould)
Tuition: $50,591 per year

20. University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Tuition: In-state: $34,817 per year, Out-of-state: $43,385 per year

21. George Washington University
Tuition: $45,750 per year

22. University of Washington
Tuition: In-state: $25,780 per year, Out-of-state: $39,850 per year

23. University of Notre Dame
Tuition: $43,335 per year

24. Washington University in St. Louis
Tuition:  $46,042 per year

Does law school interest you? Which law school would you want to go to?

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