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Well, here's what I've found out from two schools since my original post. 

Some school are willing to offer one-year deferrals, but you must pay your seat deposit when it's due, and during the fall, you must also submit a new application.

The application is simply a formality though.  It seems they need it for regulatory reasons.  The seat deposit is required because as you might imagine, many students ask for deferrals, but then decide not to attend a particular school or law school at all.  It's just a way for the school to know you're serious about attending the next year.

On the scholarship front is where things get hairy.  Both schools I've been dealing with have noted that under normal circumstances they don't outright guarantee scholarship awards, but make every effort to extend a comparable scholarship the following year when you matriculate.  In other words, if they offer you 15K this year, they will make every attempt to provide you with at least 15K the following year.

Depending on how "bad" they want you to attend, some schools are even willing to guarantee your aid award in writing.  One school was willing to do this for me. This is a best case scenario because you never know if the person you made your deal with will still be at the school the following year.  We've all heard of Deans swapping schools.

Anyway, I hope this information helps.  I can understand someone being scared to ask like I did, but I honestly felt I didn't have anything to lose.  I was completely satisfied with attending a different school if both of my deferrals were rejected.

The more I work my way through this law school process, the more I learn that nothing is impossible in the the law school admission game, if a school really wants you to attend.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Case scholarships
« on: April 13, 2005, 06:40:11 PM »
Same thing happened to me, and I've also been accepted to OSU with a $10K scholarship. Even with the increase I was given, Case is still a hard sell because of the high cost of tuition.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Who's Going to Case???
« on: April 13, 2005, 01:22:45 PM »
Just when I thought things were final, it looks like Case is back on the map for me.  I still haven't made a final decision, but it looks like Case is back in the race!

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: lots of money at Case
« on: April 03, 2005, 07:33:43 PM »
yeah still planning to defer. the only way this wouldn't happen is if I decided to go to OSU since I already live here. I've got a few reasons to defer but one of the biggies is that I need to save money to move and I don't really have any savings as of yet.

If I end up a OSU I plan to defer a year as well to save for moving costs etc.  Do you know how scholarship offers work for students who are offered $$$, but then defer for a year.

Law School Admissions / Re: Had it with Case
« on: April 03, 2005, 08:17:59 AM »
That makes sense.  You can sleep on my couch during blizzards if I end up at Moritz. I've reserved an apt across the street at that apt building they're always promoting.

Hey Name Changing Queen,
I received my acceptance from OSU this week and now I'm debating between OSU and Saint Louis University.  If you, or anyone esle has had an opportunity to visit OSU, do you mind sharing your thoughts on the school and the city of Columbus?

Law School Admissions / Re: Case Western $$
« on: April 03, 2005, 08:11:41 AM »
I found out afterwards, but since then I've withdrawn my application.  Hope my scholarship offer goes to someone who wants to attend.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Case
« on: April 03, 2005, 08:08:16 AM »
Congratulations on Case. I was also accepted about a month ago and after visiting I thought it was a GREAT school! I agree with the person who noted that Case is really hurt by its location.  If Case were in any major city other than Cleveland, it would definitely get more attention and people would be beating down the doors to get in.

After much debate, I've decided not to attend Case, so I hope my scholarship offer ends up in your hands if you end up attending.

Good luck!

Did anyone attend the OSU Admitted Student's Day this weekend? If so, what did you think of the school, the students, the administration and the surrounding community?

P.S.: Did anyone check out the new apartments right across the street from the law school?  I hear this is a really nice area. Any thoughts?????

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Comments on Howard
« on: April 03, 2005, 07:48:28 AM »

P.S.  Statistically I was more likely to be in prison than to be accepted to the Tier 1 law school that I was accepted to.

True that!!! I'm with you there. That's one way to put things in true perspective.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Who's Going to Case???
« on: April 03, 2005, 07:42:38 AM »
Where are you going Kappa? I went to Case today for a tour. School and immediate surrounding areas looked nice, took a wrong turn into East Cleveland, I was scared. I then went the other direction into Coventry and Shaker Heights and that area was very nice. Downtown was a bit sketchy. The loft apartments look cool online, but the clientel in those areas are not the best. Overall I liked Case, I liked the vibe. My tour guides were very informative. I also spoke with a friend of friend who went to Case for undergrad and raved about it. Waiting to see what other schools come in before I make my decision. Jumped into undergrad as an early decision, didn't weigh other options, and regretted it ever since.

Hey Mjsteg,
It looks like I'll be deciding between Saint Louis Univ and Ohio State.  I just received my acceptance OSU, which caught me totally off guard, and now I'm hoping to be able to defer a year and go there.  If OSU doesn't grant me a deferral I'll be at SLU.

I agree with you about Case. During my visit I thought it was a great school. I also really liked the students, faculty and staff that I met.  It seems like a great environment and it seems like the school goes out of its way to ensure the success of its students. 

My only fear was being stuck in Cleveland for three years and possibly more depending on job prospects after I graduate. I like OSU because of it's lower cost and its location in the state's capital. I do think Case is a solid school and will continue to develop a national reputation in the year's to come.

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