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How much does law school scholarship cover?

Webby_GangnamWebby_Gangnam Monthly Member
edited March 2022 in Law School Admissions 534 karma

My original goal was to score as high as possible on the LSAT and try to get into HYS Law; however, I have realized that it works better for my family if I have no loan to be repaid post-graduation. Thus, my goal still stands the same: Get as much high score as possible on the LSAT; yet, I am trying to go to a law school that pays me the most scholarship. I am wondering if any law school pays for the entire tuition and also if they pay for housing as well. Please speak about it if you know any details.

Thanks!

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  • Steven_B-1Steven_B-1 Member
    755 karma

    Following.

  • luckycharm2022luckycharm2022 Alum Member
    edited March 2022 57 karma

    Some schools do cover tuition and allowance! Just score high on LSAT :)

  • GreenEggsandSamGreenEggsandSam Alum Member
    14 karma

    All schools offer some type of scholarship. If you're looking at a school and wondering what the chance of you getting less than have, half to full, or more than full all you have to do is look at their 509 reports. Look at your UGPA and highest LSAT score to see where you would probably rank.

    There's also another test prep site that offers a "scholarship estimator" on their page...that might be helpful for you as well.

  • Lawyer_LoadingLawyer_Loading Alum Member
    128 karma

    https://7sage.com/predictor/ Not sure how accurate this is, but it's helpful. Another LSAT test prep company not sure if I am allowed to say it here, but the Demon offers it as well and they also attached the schools 509 reports.

  • Webby_GangnamWebby_Gangnam Monthly Member
    534 karma

    @GreenEggsandSam said:
    All schools offer some type of scholarship. If you're looking at a school and wondering what the chance of you getting less than have, half to full, or more than full all you have to do is look at their 509 reports. Look at your UGPA and highest LSAT score to see where you would probably rank.

    There's also another test prep site that offers a "scholarship estimator" on their page...that might be helpful for you as well.

    This information helped me a lot. I have looked up information for Emory Law and I believe I have a fair shot at receiving a scholarship from that school should I get excel at LSAT. Thanks!

  • Cant Get RightCant Get Right Alum Member Sage 🍌
    27316 karma

    Iowa and Washington St. Louis give out tons of money. I don’t know where they get this money from, but they give out big money scholarships that cover full tuition or more to about 30% of their students. Other schools, like Harvard, may not give out any merit based scholarships at all. Northwestern is well known for offering very large, and guaranteed, scholarships to their ED admits. Most schools limit full-ride scholarships to less than 5%. So you’ve just got to find the stats and see where you’ll be competitive. Ideally, you’re looking for places where you’ll be comfortably above both medians and where you can leverage offers from higher ranked schools.

  • Webby_GangnamWebby_Gangnam Monthly Member
    534 karma

    @"Cant Get Right" said:
    Iowa and Washington St. Louis give out tons of money. I don’t know where they get this money from, but they give out big money scholarships that cover full tuition or more to about 30% of their students. Other schools, like Harvard, may not give out any merit based scholarships at all. Northwestern is well known for offering very large, and guaranteed, scholarships to their ED admits. Most schools limit full-ride scholarships to less than 5%. So you’ve just got to find the stats and see where you’ll be competitive. Ideally, you’re looking for places where you’ll be comfortably above both medians and where you can leverage offers from higher ranked schools.

    My UGPA is 3.55 which puts me in 25% percentile for Emory Law; however, 75% percentile for LSAT at this said school is 169. If I get a 175 or above on the LSAT, do you think that could possibly get me a scholarship to Emory Law? I am really looking to get as much high score as possible on the LSAT even though I am not necessarily trying to attend a T-14

  • Selene SteelmanSelene Steelman Member Admissions Consultant
    1991 karma

    Hi @Ken_Kim_Seoul. Former admissions officer here. Earlier posters gave good advice about reviewing the 509 Disclosures: https://www.abarequireddisclosures.org/Disclosure509.aspx. This is public information for all ABA law schools that go back about 10 years. You can select a law school, run the 509 Required Disclosure report, and see how the school has handled scholarship awards in the past. Another thing to remember is that a school will offer merit scholarships to secure the commitment of desirable applicants. Often times, an attractive GPA or LSAT can affect a scholarship award. If your GPA and/or LSAT is close to the 75% for a school, you may be in a good position to anticipate or ask for a merit award. Merit awards are affected by the school's scholarship budget for a given year, the behavior of the school's admitted applicant pool, the time in the admissions cycle, and (sometimes) the other offers a candidate has on hand. Good luck!

  • Webby_GangnamWebby_Gangnam Monthly Member
    534 karma

    @"Selene Steelman" said:
    Hi @Ken_Kim_Seoul. Former admissions officer here. Earlier posters gave good advice about reviewing the 509 Disclosures: https://www.abarequireddisclosures.org/Disclosure509.aspx. This is public information for all ABA law schools that go back about 10 years. You can select a law school, run the 509 Required Disclosure report, and see how the school has handled scholarship awards in the past. Another thing to remember is that a school will offer merit scholarships to secure the commitment of desirable applicants. Often times, an attractive GPA or LSAT can affect a scholarship award. If your GPA and/or LSAT is close to the 75% for a school, you may be in a good position to anticipate or ask for a merit award. Merit awards are affected by the school's scholarship budget for a given year, the behavior of the school's admitted applicant pool, the time in the admissions cycle, and (sometimes) the other offers a candidate has on hand. Good luck!

    Awesome. Thank you!

  • Almost a BoomerAlmost a Boomer Alum Member
    edited March 2022 373 karma

    Try this scholarship predictor: https://lsatdemon.com/scholarships

    It gives bunch of information that seems to be useful. Good luck and I think you are making the right choice.

  • Kharmon1994Kharmon1994 Alum Member
    33 karma

    Just for some context, I was around a 3.5 GPA with a 177 LSAT. I was accepted to NYU but didn’t receive any scholarships or financial aid. I was also rejected from several other T-14 schools, even of a lesser rank. That said, I get frequent emails offering full scholarships to schools much further down the rankings list (e.g. Penn State Law).

    Obviously, each application is different and the non-score factors definitely play a role, but if my experience is representative you might struggle with scholarships to T-14s but could be semi-competitive at a school like Emory if you get a high enough LSAT.

    I have seen housing included in a few specific full-ride scholarships, but it’s rare.

    Also, depending on your post-grad interests, you might consider the “Loan Repayment Assistance Programs” offered by many schools for working in a “public interest” role (Most government work, public defenders, nonprofits, etc.). At NYU, they cover almost all of your monthly payments so long as you make under $100,000, and they still provide scaled assistance if you make more than that. You still end up with a TON of debt (sigh…), but the impact of it on your life/choices is largely negated.

  • Webby_GangnamWebby_Gangnam Monthly Member
    534 karma

    @Kharmon1994 said:
    Just for some context, I was around a 3.5 GPA with a 177 LSAT. I was accepted to NYU but didn’t receive any scholarships or financial aid. I was also rejected from several other T-14 schools, even of a lesser rank. That said, I get frequent emails offering full scholarships to schools much further down the rankings list (e.g. Penn State Law).

    Obviously, each application is different and the non-score factors definitely play a role, but if my experience is representative you might struggle with scholarships to T-14s but could be semi-competitive at a school like Emory if you get a high enough LSAT.

    I have seen housing included in a few specific full-ride scholarships, but it’s rare.

    Also, depending on your post-grad interests, you might consider the “Loan Repayment Assistance Programs” offered by many schools for working in a “public interest” role (Most government work, public defenders, nonprofits, etc.). At NYU, they cover almost all of your monthly payments so long as you make under $100,000, and they still provide scaled assistance if you make more than that. You still end up with a TON of debt (sigh…), but the impact of it on your life/choices is largely negated.

    Wow, thank you. Which law school do you attend now?

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