« on: September 19, 2008, 07:01:52 PM »
Someone told me yesterday that LSAC has information on how big the schools' scholarship programs are. I don't know where it's located, other than being on pages related to each individual school.
Tulane and Washington-and-Lee offered me the largest scholarships among the schools that offered me admission. Indiana University also advertises its huge scholarship program. However, Tulane had some strict conditions, and one of the people on this site has recently had trouble due to an apparently malicious professor. Be aware that many schools attach GPA or class standing requirements (Tulane's was 50%ile or higher, and apparently also required that no grade be below a C; W&L in contrast required that you not drop into the bottom 20% of the class; my school requires at least a 2.0, and notes that if I drop below it, I will be expelled anyway, so the scholarship issue wouldn't matter at that point!).
I don't know how hard it is to get scholarships. I did pretty well on the LSAT and got offered some nice scholarships everywhere, 30% to 80% off list price.
If you are an international student applying for a one-year LLM program, then I would guess that your situation will be assessed differently from that of American students applying for three-year JD programs. If there is a sub-board for LLMs (I believe that all of the LLMs at my school are foreign students), or even one in your own country for students who are studying in the U.S., you might want to ask there.
Since your username ends in "87", though, you might be an international student applying for a JD program, in which case your GPA and LSAT scores are probably the most important factors for schools' general scholarship programs. You might be eligible for some specialty scholarships targeting international students too. I doubt that any schools would refuse scholarships to you because you are international, although state schools will make you wait at least a year before getting in-state tuition.
Best of luck! I can't imagine trying to learn all this stuff in a foreign language; it's hard enough already as a native English speaker. I tip my virtual hat to you.