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Law School Admissions / Financial aid and independence?
« on: September 29, 2004, 01:51:45 PM »
Here's another question. How do schools take into account your financial status if you have been out of school and are financially independent from your parents? When I am applying for financial aid from schools, I will have been out of school and working (and paying my own taxes) for over three years. My parents do not support me at all anymore, so how can schools take their income into account?

On the Georgetown site it says this:
"For full-time J.D. institutional aid applicants who are able to document their financial independence for a minimum specified amount of time from their parent(s) with federal tax records (both student and parent), this loan may be approved to replace the lesser of either the calculated parent contribution, or the annual maximum of $6,000. In addition, applicants must submit a notarized application and statement affirming their claim of independence. "

Does anyone know what that specified amount of time is?

Law School Admissions / When should I apply? for 2005 or 2006?
« on: September 29, 2004, 10:15:41 AM »
Hi, I'm new around here, but you all seem very helpful, so I'm asking your advice.

I've decided that I want to go to law school for communication/media law (especially international comm law). Right now I am working on a M.A. in Communication (my B.A. is in a romance language, graduated '03). Spring semester '05 will be my last semester of coursework, then I plan to finish my thesis and graduate in December of '05. (I also work full-time during the day, though in an unrelated, non-impressive job).

I really, really want to go to either NYU or Columbia for a number of reasons (not just because they are excellent schools). I think my application is solid, but not a shoo-in for those schools.
So, my question is: do I apply for Fall of 2005, even though I know I would have to defer until Fall 2006? This would give me an extra chance to apply the next year if I don't get in. Or do I just wait and apply Fall of 2006?

Any advice or comments would be appreciated - thanks!

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