The scholarship does not require a specific GPA, only that I am in the top 33% of my class.
Quote from: jinc1019 on February 11, 2011, 04:19:04 PMThe scholarship does not require a specific GPA, only that I am in the top 33% of my class.Umm . . . clueless post of the month, strong contender for clueless post of the year.All 1L classes are curved. You can calculate exactly what GPA is required in order to be in that "top 33%".Not only that, but some law schools put all of their "scholarship students" into a single section to compete against one another. It's sort of like starving rats being thrown into a pen to eat each other. I don't know if JM is one of those or not, but if so, "Look to your left, look to your right, only one of you will be here next year."That said, JM-Chicago has some rather unusual stats in general, and seems to be well regarded in patent law.
My school did that putting the scholarship students all in one curved section. It was pretty messed up, but thankfully I finished high enough to keep the scholarship. Still anytime there are restrictions on a scholarship it is something to really be wary about. There is a 67% chance you won't be in the top 33%. At least they don't hide it under a 3.0 GPA, which is even worse. It is possible for a school to have a curve that makes it almost impossible to get a 3.0. Conditioned scholarships are a big trap and any 0L should really consider the implications of it before attending a school for a condition based scholarship. You might be able to negotiate with the school to ensure you keep it the whole term etc. They want you there for your numbers so they can boost the b.s. U.S. News ranking of their school. Before you lock yourself in and attend you have a bit of bargaining power and it is worth using to your advantage.