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Financial Aid / LRAP Roundup
« on: May 06, 2009, 02:28:36 AM »
I thought it would be helpful for us applicants to have all debt forgiveness programs in one place, for comparison's sake.  The following list isn't complete and may not be accurate, so please post corrections/additions.  I'll add your information to the main list here.

Notably, almost every school sets a limit (cap) to the amount of forgivable loans they are willing to award.  You will see that I have neglected to post most of these caps.  Feel free to share your knowledge on this point.

All schools require graduates to work for an eligible employer, but I believe that most of these standards are pretty similar.  One point of contention may be clerkships.  If you know whether a school will award a forgivable loan to a graduate working as a clerk, please post.

Most schools require the graduate to contribute a percentage of adjusted income exceeding a certain amount.  Assume this is the case unless otherwise noted.

Yale
Adjusted Income   Graduate's contribution
$0-60,000                   0%
$60,001-inf.              25% of adjusted income over $60,000

Harvard
0-42,000                     0%
42,001-48,000            20%
48,000-inf.                $1200+40%

Stanford
0-50,000                      0%
50,001-65,000             15%
65,001-80,000             $2250+50%
8,001-inf.                   9,750+70%

Columbia
0-50,000                    0%
50,001-inf.               34.5%

NYU
Base income figure may change from year to year.  The most recent is 47,621.
0-47,621                      0%
47,621-67,621             40%
67,622-77,621             50%

Berkeley
0-58,000                    0%
58,001-inf.               35%

Chicago
0-60,000                      $10,000/year forgivable loan
60,001-72,000             "Award decreases proportionally"
*Loans are available for a maximum 7 of the first 8 years following graduation.

Penn
0-35,000                      0%
35,001-40,000             20%
40,001-45,000             $1000+40%
45,001-inf.                 $3000+60%

Duke
0-60,000                  ?
*80,000 loan cap

Northwestern
0-30,000                      0%
30,001-40,000             6% of TOTAL income
40,001-50,000             7% of TOTAL income
50,001-60,000             8% of TOTAL income

UVA
0-35,000                    0%
35,000-inf                50%

Cornell
Graduate contribute 50% of adjusted income exceeding the SMA.  SMA varies depending on where you work.  Default SMA is $30,000.

Georgetown
Graduate contribute 50% of adjusted income exceeding the SMA.  SMA varies depending on where you work.  There are three SMA levels: 40,000; 43,000; 46,000.

UCLA
0-42,000                      0%
42,001-63,000             35%
*105,000 loan cap

Vanderbilt
"Based on salary"         50%-80%
*Paging Observationalist

USC
0-40,000                      0%
40,001-60,000             33%
60,001-inf.                 70%
*Minimum loan amount $1000

WUSTL
Washington requires a different contribution for every additional $1000 in salary.  Some samples:
0-25,000                      0%
35,001-36,000             35%
40,001-41,000             52%
46,001-47,000             71%

...and the formatting is all screwy, but my eyes are burning so that will have to wait.  Feel free to delve deeper into the rankings!

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Law School Applications / Targets?
« on: October 23, 2008, 02:04:26 AM »
Trying to trim my list of target schools.

Credentials: 3.75, 167, two years at a V50 firm, lived abroad for a year, nothing else too special

Criteria: Looking for 1/2 to full scholarship as high in Tier 1 as possible.

aaaand go!

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Where should I go next fall? / Regional v. national name recognition
« on: October 07, 2008, 11:08:28 PM »
I understand that the top 14-20 schools (or so) have national name recognition.  The rest are considered regional schools.  Does this distinction matter outside of biglaw?

I'm interested in public interest, advocacy, or maybe government.  Assuming I don't choose to attend a t14, is it necessary to choose a school near where I would like to work after graduation?

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Where should I go next fall? / UVA Status Checker
« on: February 24, 2007, 03:23:13 AM »
UVA's status checker page hasn't loaded for me all day on two different computers.  Anyone else have this trouble?

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Law School Applications / Status Checkers
« on: January 31, 2007, 05:21:08 PM »
Which schools have online status checkers?

UVA: https://law5.law.virginia.edu
Georgetown: https://www.law.georgetown.edu/admissions/statusCheck/


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Where should I go next fall? / Federal Government jobs
« on: December 19, 2006, 05:09:12 PM »
Anyone aiming for a job with the govt after law school?  The reputation of a favorable work/life balance has me intrigued.  Its a considerable pay cut in comparison to biglaw, but it seems like an attorney can crack 100k in most agencies without much trouble.

I'm looking for any info or resources about this.  What do I need to do to get a job with the DOJ?  Anyone have experience with any of the other departments/agencies?  Know anything about loan forgiveness/LRAP?

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Recommendations / halfway there!
« on: September 25, 2006, 04:35:11 PM »
At long last, my elusive third recommender has contacted me!  I sent off all the materials to him so all I have to worry about now are reminder e-mails and thank yous.

Sweet relief!  ;D

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Personal Statement / want to read a ps draft?
« on: September 22, 2006, 12:07:31 PM »
I wrote the first draft a few days ago and didn't look at it until today.  I rewrote the closing section just now.

Does anyone want to give me input?

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General Off-Topic Board / Subway POTD? (play of the day)
« on: September 11, 2006, 01:20:24 PM »
Does anyone know what Monday is for the Subway Play of the Day?  I think either turkey breast or turkey and ham, but I can't remember...

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Where should I go next fall? / Too optimistic?
« on: September 07, 2006, 04:48:12 PM »
167, 3.74 (degree, don't know LSDAS yet)

Here's my tentative list of schools that I'm applying to: Boalt, Virginia, NYU, Columbia, Fordham, Conn, BC.

Would I be better served with less reaches and more realistic schools?  I know H is out of reach but I may have a targeted LOR there and a friend got in last cycle, so I have to at least give it a shot.  I don't want to sell myself short on the others but it would be a nightmare if I didn't get in anywhere.

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