The tuition for the top schools is always around 45k nowadays. For many cities where the top schools are located (nyc, chicago, boston, DC), 1,500 is pretty reasonable for a pretty good place. Let's say I drop that down to 800 per month for a dingy single apartment and that's 28800 for 3 years just for apartment costs. I think 1000 isn't that far off for food and miscellaneous expenses (things add up quickly, especially when you don't really cook, and don't have the time to in law school). But let's drop that number down to 800 per month. Using my prior calculation you still get a grand total of 192,600. That's huge.
Are 1L and 2L summer jobs both around 20-30k, or is this only for 2L summer?
Assuming I'm lucky and I get a 30k total scholarship (10k per year), and that I can save 20k each summer (40k total), only then am I looking at about a 120k+ debt, which is manageable. But of course the chances of all this happening isn't that high, and the prospect of a 192,600 debt is something I admittedly didn't realize.
How often do people get these 30k-ish scholarships? Also, does financial aid take into consideration your parents' wealth, even though they won't be helping to pay for law school at all and you are legally independent from them?