Do you think Duke would really give a scholarship to someone who signed a binding agreement and then decides to try to hold them over a barrel? I would think that Duke would be more than willing to say have fun toiling around for the next year.
Zero chance Duke will give a scholarship by waving an HLS acceptance in their face. ZERO. It is an absurd thing to do. Some people on this site just give the most terrible advice that it boggles my mind and actually makes me angry!!!
Duke is far more likely to REVOKE your ED than to give you one cent of scholarship money if you do that, and not only that, they will probably tell other schools to blacklist your ass.
Why zero chance? Duke is < Harvard, they're aware of that fact, and schools give out scholarship money based on your ability to get into better schools. The ED factor is unique here, but I fail to see why that absolutely precludes the possibility of the OP shaking some cash out of Dook by leveraging the H acceptance. Sure OP might just end up sitting out a year, but if they're fine with that, it's no big deal.
As for the quality of my advice, aren't you still working on the LSAT? I've done the application process myself and I've seen more than a few people leverage acceptances at better schools into scholarships at lesser schools. Granted I've never seen it with an ED app, but I also don't know anyone that got accepted into somewhere on ED, so I really don't know if it would work or not. And besides, all I said was that the OP could try it, not that they should.
Lol at the mafioso outlook on law schools. You're not going to get blacklisted because you decided not to go to school for a year after asking for scholarship money. This is a belief born of the myth and fear propagated by 0Ls. OP might not get back into Duke if they break their ED, but they're not going to be blackballed either.
Whether you have gone through the actual application process (once) does not in any way legitimize your advice or signify that you are in a better position than me to offer advice. Early Decision is binding. It means that if you get in, you must immediately withdraw all other applications. It means that if you get in you have absolutely no opportunity to accept an offer from another school. Telling Duke that you will not go at all unless they give you scholarship money because you have a Harvard acceptance is ridiculous. While he won't be blacklisted per se, it is still possible that the admissions office shares this kind of behavior with other schools. Schools do talk to each other. If he were to take your advice and go to Duke waving that HLS acceptance in their face, and then he decides after all not to go to Duke after Duke immediately denies his request for scholarship money, there is a great chance that Duke admissions will be making some calls. This will not help OP in the following admissions cycle.
As for legitimacy and quality of advice, I've been through the process, you've trolled the message boards. I have done the things you've only read about. Hopefully you can join the ranks soon, but for now, you're just a guy that's read some stuff.
I'm not saying for OP to leverage the acceptance, I'm saying to leverage the ability to get accepted. Reread my first post, I said OP is done at Harvard this year. Unless the OP no longer has the freedom to not go to law school, they can leave ED so long as they don't go somewhere else.
And besides, OP doesn't need to say "Harvard", they can just say something to the effect of "better opportunities", which could be any number of things including non-law opportunities.
So tell me how you can be so certain that there would be a "great chance" Duke would call Harvard and narc on the OP? Have you worked in Duke's admissions office? I don't know that they wouldn't, but you don't know that they would.