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I'm no math geek, but you'll see most T3/T4 scholarships have statistical odds stacked against them.  Schools just can't hand out that free money to that many people. 

Best of luck in your decisions.

Concur. I received full tuition to Akron--with a 3.3 GPA requirement (pegged at top 10%). In the face of that, I will take the half-tuition to Notre Dame (which I retain as long as I stay off probation) any day.

As others have said, it's an investment. Although the idea of attending a law school for free is very tempting, I can almost guarantee that you will be less than satisfied with the end result. I could have ended up paying as much at Akron as I will be paying at Notre Dame for my 2L/3L years. (Of course, if you already have employment secured for post-graduation and are simply going to law school to get the degree, all bets are off.)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: The Official I'm Going to X School Thread
« on: May 02, 2009, 08:40:37 PM »
i be reppin Notre Dame Law Class of 2012.

And, just in case you're still considering Akron: what are the requirements at each school to keep the scholarships?  Last I heard, Akron had pretty high requirements.

This is true. Akron's renewal standards are ridiculously high--a 3.3 cum. GPA is required to retain the full scholarship for each additional year. To my uninitiated brain, that didn't sound too terrible at first, but A's literature lists that as ~90th percentile. I am going to venture out on a limb and risk sounding a braggart by saying I had hoped to fall at the top 10% of A's class, but it will be nice to not have that additional pressure.

In the last several days, it's become clearer to me that this isn't even really a decision. Not only are ND's employment prospects much better (which, honestly, I will take any advantage I can get in the current market), BUT ALSO--attending ND at any level has always been a pipe dream of mine. It wasn't possible for undergrad (I was too uninvolved in HS despite good scores/grades), and honestly, I hadn't thought it possible for law, either. (167 LSAT but a low ugpa of 3.4--I guess my PS was kick-ass?)

Now that I've gotten past the initial accept-notice shock, I've highly warmed to the idea of attending. I do believe I'm going to call their admissions dept tomorrow and have a chat with them.

Not sure if this is the best way to continue asking advice, but I'd rather not start a new thread--anyone have any advice for coming up with $35,000/year?

I'm a little confused is Notre Dame only offering you the scholarship for the first year. How do you figure it's going to cost you 100k more?

No, the offer's $16,000/year, renewable for 3 years.

Notre Dame's student budget (tuition/fees + COL + misc. expenses), as listed on their Web site, is about $50,000/year. Taking away $16,000 leaves me $34,000/year to come up with on my own. Over three years, that's $102,000.

At Akron, I would still have to come up with money on my own, but the amount would be greatly reduced, perhaps $14,000/year.

Choosing the Right Law School / Akron (free) vs Notre Dame (not free)
« on: April 17, 2009, 02:37:51 PM »
I come to this forum seeking advice. Here's my scenario:

I live in Ohio, and enjoy the thought of attending school at least in the same region as my home. I'm interested in IP law.

Two months ago, I received a full-tuition scholarship to University of Akron's law school. Yes, they are T3. But, they also: have the best bar pass rate in the state of Ohio currently; and have a fairly well-known IP program. Given that the cost of my education there would be FREE, I accepted the scholarship and paid my seat deposit.

Three months ago, I received an app fee waiver from Notre Dame. I've always loved the idea of attending ND, undergrad or grad, so I applied, and essentially forgot about it, given the scholarship info I received from Akron. However, I got a shock this morning when I received notice of my acceptance at ND with an accompanying half-tuition (approx.) scholarship.

I've already arranged a campus visit for next Friday at ND, but I'm just unsure about everything now. I would LOVE to attend ND, but, in your (hopefully non-elitist) opinions, is the ~$100,000 of debt I'd incur worth it? An ND degree would certainly better my career chances, but the debt load sounds...oppressive.


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