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Most people won't qualify to get fee waivers from law schools based on financial hardship.  It has a very difficult standard, even if you used them to apply for undergrad (as I did).

However, you will get many sent to you if you score well on your LSAT and have a good GPA.  I know I received fee waivers and requests to apply from Columbia, Chicago, Michigan, Cornell, Duke, etc...  You can't really do much but wait and hope that they send one to you.

When did they offer you the fee waivers? Before the normal Oct. 1 start date?

General Off-Topic Board / Re: How much do you make?
« on: July 15, 2004, 12:28:42 PM »
finance major, $46k a year, been working a year out of undergrad

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: UC Davis Waitlist
« on: July 12, 2004, 11:19:35 AM »
so was sharon upset that you accepted and then changed your mind?

Law School Admissions / Re: question about CA residency
« on: July 05, 2004, 09:44:42 AM »
I had the same question. From what I've read, you will be considered a non-resident for admissions purposes, even though you will be a resident by the time you start school.

Here's a helpful link on Berkeley / residency:

For UCLA, only 29% of those offered admission were non-residents of CA...take that for what it's worth.

I moved to California a little while ago, and I'm wondering if anyone can answer a question about my residency status.  When i apply for California schools this fall/winter, i will not officially be a CA resident yet; however, given that I will be by the time i enroll (if i am accepted and decide to enroll next fall), can I apply as a CA resident?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: just got off the phone with lsac
« on: July 02, 2004, 11:22:57 AM »
That's great news!

Thanks for the info, it was quite helpful. I'm applying to LS this fall, and plan to go to a full-time program. I've been reading a few of the law-school prep books like law school confidential, and I keep hearing that I should not try to do any significant studying before law school....

Here's my problem with that advice... I've got about 14 months before I start law school. I work full-time, but my job is quite flexible in that I work from home a lot and have a lot of time available for study. I want to be as prepared as possible, and I want to start studying before law school. I'm trying to put together a study plan to help me... what would you (or anyone else who reads this) recommend for someone who doesn't want to wait until law school to get started?

I plan to study for the next year, and then take some time off from studying for the 2 months before law school so that I'm fresh and ready to go once school starts... I'd appreciate any advise you can offer, including any good study guides, books, websites, etc.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: how on earth...
« on: July 01, 2004, 08:15:30 AM »
Go on LSAC's guide to ABA approved law schools. Each law school's profile shows the percentage of the students that receive total aid in the amount of "less than half tuition", "half to full tuition", and "full tuition or more". Plus, it gives you the average aid.

USNews also gives you the 25%ile aid, 75%ile aid, and the percentage of students that get aid.

That's mostly what I went off of...

what's a good way to find out which schools give a lot of financial aid?

Thanks for the info Ginatio. I saw the info on's guide, just wondered if there was anything else. I guess I should get a copy of US news...

Here's some more recent info on CA bar pass rates by school:

click on California, then scroll down to the bottom.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: how on earth...
« on: July 01, 2004, 07:42:40 AM »
do what I did and apply to all the top schools in all the major metropolitan markets... an added criteria for me was whether the school gave a lot of financial aid. and some of them are thrown in there because they gave app fee waivers.

ended up being 17 total

northeast: harvard, columbia, nyu, cornell
(probably should've applied to yale too, for the hell of it)
mid-atlantic: penn, temple, georgetown
(should've added gw)
south: duke, emory
mid-west: chicago-kent, northwestern, indiana-bloomington
(should've added univ. of chicago, and univ. of illinois urbana-champaign)
pac coast: stanford, berkeley, ucla, usc, santa clara

cost around a grand to do it, but i think it was worth it

what's a good way to find out which schools give a lot of financial aid?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: the numbers
« on: June 30, 2004, 02:30:28 PM »
i had no idea, til i fumbled around the lsac site yesterday, that your UG school submits itsr own median lsat for grads (and all kinds of other numbers ive never seen like # students per gpa range, my cum & percentile for each year, etc)

do you have a link to this info on lsac?

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