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Choosing the Right Law School / Akron vs. Roger Williams
« on: March 16, 2016, 11:43:23 AM »
Let me preface this by saying that these are only my first 2 of 13 schools that I have heard back from, and I am registered to retake my LSATs in June (and then either starting law school this fall, or doing a new cycle and starting fall 2017).  Also, just a 1 point increase in my LSAT score should increase my ship from Akron by another $5k/yr.

That being said, I am not sold invested in practicing law in any particular area, other than I would like to stay on the east coast after graduation - I am originally from PA, so Philly is an obvious possibility, although I would be ok with anywhere from the Carolinas to the northeast (not New England, though).

The two offers that I received to date are Akron Law and Roger Williams Law, the following details the offers:

Akron: $10k/yr, total of $30k, no stips.  This makes the yearly tuition at $14,314/yr, and there is not a tuition-freeze
Annual Tuition and Fees                  $24,314
Guaranteed Scholarship                   $10,000
Annual Cost                                       $14,314
TOTAL COST                                      $42,942


RWU: $22,487/yr, total of $66k-ish, with a stip of being in the top 65% of class to renew each year.
First year Tuition                                                                  $12,109
TOTAL COST  (if you lose scholarship)                              $81,301 (12,109 plus 34,596 x 2)
TOTAL COST (if you keep scholarship)                              $36,327 (12,109 x 3)
No tuition-freeze, but the scholarship would adjust to any increase in tuition, so that it is consistently 65% of the tuition

I plan on visiting both schools (I currently live 30 min from RWU, but am by myself, so I couldn't live with any relatives to reduce my COL).

Thoughts on thes two schools and these two offers?  Thanks

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Choosing the Right Law School / Stips vs. No Stips - Scholarships
« on: March 15, 2016, 07:37:21 AM »
Hi everyone.  I first took my LSATs in February of this year, but had a head ache and mis-sketched my 2nd logic game on my first section of the LSATs - that drained my time before realizing the mis-sketch, threw me for a loop, and I ended up scoring 10 scaled-points below where I was PTing.  I have already registered for my June LSATs and realize that that could (likely?) change my outlook.  So, my question is:

Given two very similarly ranked schools (School A and School B), both have offered me hefty scholarships.  Tuition at School A would come out to about $17k/year (1 more scaled point on my LSAT and that drops to $12k/year), with no stips (beyond a 2.0).

School B would come out to about $12k/year as-is, but with the stipulation that I must remain in the top 65% of my class after each subsequent year to renew.

Only given that information, what do you think is the better deal?

Is having to be in the top 65% of the class, for a 65% ship a decent stip?  Or should I attempt to negotiate that down?

Thanks

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