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Don't forget about the multitudes of outside graduate / professional school scholarships out there that you can apply for. They're all a numbers game - just go to your undergrad finaid office, go to, go to your Rhodes/Marshall/Fulbright coordinator - make a list, and start applying. That's a great way to avoid loans and get your law school fully paid for (I did it for undergrad.)

Financial Aid / Re: When the Scholarship is more than Tuition
« on: December 11, 2007, 07:17:20 PM »
^^^ Haha.

I've been in this position for undergrad. I got about $400,000 in scholarships, both from W&M and from outside scholarships. I only get back a check each semester for the difference between total expenses (tuition, room and board, , etc.) and the total Cost of Attendance (COA). In general, you cannot get back more than the COA for an institution. (But for me, all the extra money went to my mother back home, so I still have $3.50 in my bank account.)

So what happened to the rest of my money, you ask? It just gets dissolved in the system. No joke.

Sometimes, though, the individual scholarships are made out to you (not the institution), in which case you can cash away.

Recommendations / Re: LOR-problem?
« on: December 11, 2007, 07:07:07 PM »
No - as long as your M.A. / M.S. is noted elsewhere on your application. LORs aren't valuable because they show stats / credentials about you - they're valuable for specific insights and examples that can show a high degree of prerequisite experiences / skills for law school and the legal world.

Personal Statement / Re: Diversity Statement?
« on: December 11, 2007, 07:04:42 PM »
I was in a similar situation. Don't write a DS unless there's some other aspect of diversity you can / want to show that's not shown in your personal statement. For example, my PS was about how gymnastics was my route of out gangs and all that jazz. Any DS that I did addressed my educational diversity - i.e. philosophy honors thesis and its upcoming oral defense and other such details.

LSAC and LSDAS / Re: Updating Transcript Question
« on: December 11, 2007, 03:45:11 PM »
I don't see a reason that you'd need to send the community college transcript unless it's changed or been updated in some way. In general, only send have the updated transcripts sent to LSAC, and they'll update the GPA and all.

Recommendations / Re: LOR
« on: December 11, 2007, 11:30:05 AM »
You can go ahead and send in your application. LSAC will forward the letter once they receive / process it and according to each school's update preferences (i.e. some schools accept updates to reports twice a month, once a week, etc.). I would go ahead and send in your application - they won't review it until they have received the minimum number of LORs.

LSAC and LSDAS / Re: Repeated Yale Application?
« on: December 11, 2007, 01:35:46 AM »
If you sent the same basic app in, not only would it be obnoxious, but also likely fruitless.

That being said, go watch Rudy. I think intelligent persistence pays off.

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