Law School Discussion

Unorthodox Merit-Based Aid?

Mr. V

Unorthodox Merit-Based Aid?
« on: April 11, 2006, 07:44:41 AM »
Do any schools offer scholarships based on outstanding soft-factors such as WE and LOR's?

Re: Unorthodox Merit-Based Aid?
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2006, 07:53:31 AM »
Yes -- if you look at LSN, you'll find that plenty of people are awarded so-called "merit" money with lower LSAT/GPA (and even worse resumes) than other candidates.  Personal statement, URM/region status, Work Experience, LORs, etc. can definitely give you the edge in merit money.
However, if you haven't gotten any yet, chances are getting slim.

Mr. V

Re: Unorthodox Merit-Based Aid?
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2006, 08:04:46 AM »
I haven't applied yet.  I was debating retaking my LSAT because I know that I can get a 6-8 point jump.  I can get in to the school I want to go to (I think) with my current numbers but am likely out of the running for money.  However if my soft factors may be a good push perhaps I should go through the hassle and retake to put myself in a much better position for some $/$$/$$$!?

Re: Unorthodox Merit-Based Aid?
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2006, 10:09:15 AM »
I got $105k from Northwestern, and my numbers are below most if not all others that got such a substancial offer from the school.  It had to be something in my essays/ work experience/ or interview.  Whatever it is- I'm very excited!- And maybe someday I'll wander into the admissions office and ask "what were you thinking!?"  ;D

http://www.lawschoolnumbers.com/display.php?user=kaf244

cyberrev

Re: Unorthodox Merit-Based Aid?
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2006, 03:44:52 PM »
i got 28,000 merit from a school and my numbers are less than their 25%

Mr. V

Re: Unorthodox Merit-Based Aid?
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2006, 06:44:49 PM »
If you don't mind me asking rev, what school and what did your soft factors look like?

cyberrev

Re: Unorthodox Merit-Based Aid?
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2006, 06:48:20 PM »
If you don't mind me asking rev, what school and what did your soft factors look like?


not at all, u arkansas little rock

28 years we, masters, disabled veteran (17 years military service), tons of public service, pretty solid resume.