BeachandRun23 wrote: PomasThynchon wrote:
BeachandRun23 wrote:Im really surprised at the reponses in this thread. While that is a good scholly offer, GW gives everyone with a 167 or 168 lsat and a high gpa that offer. Last time I applied, I got it and I was pretty much an auto-reject at gulc.
I think difficulty of getting it is irrelevant to the cost/benefit analysis. It might not be uber impressive, but it's still good.
That said, damn you for shattering my illusions. I figured my 105k from GW was a good sign of my chances at GULC, but I guess not so much. There's always UCLA/USC I guess. Damn.
It could be different for you but the point I was trying to make is that GW is giving this offer to some people they know dont really have a chance in hell at gulc. So when people are considering taking the offer over GULC its surprising just because GW is making the offer to people who wont even get into GULC.
But of course, this is largely irrelevant. Take the offer if you think its worth it.
I'm not attacking you or questioning you or anything, but as a general question, I don't understand why GW would bother giving people without a snowball's chance in hell at GULC 105k. I mean, one would think that many people applying to GW are interested in GULC (or perhaps not, who knows?) but what is gained from that. That 105k will most likely keep a student from going to any other school in the 18-30 range without a competing offer/similar regional location, but does it really take that much money? I'm very debt averse, but many people I see have a do or die attitude regarding law, regardless of price. I personally think GW half price = GULC full price, but both are extremely unenviable. I know GULC gets derided a lot as being the "bottom" T14, but...it's got a name that can carry. But being debt averse, I'm not sure I'd go anywhere outside the T6 at sticker.
Anyway, back to the point, if I were GW, I'd give people who had a decent to good shot at GULC the 105k (i.e. people who would probably get into GULC, but most likely not offered any $$$, like the OP). I understand they're still fighting tooth and nail for the rank against 18-25 more than the T14 (rank maintenance, you know, can't see GW moving up anywhere except maybe beyond WUSTL in a good year), but...oh whatever. I just don't understand why they'd give so much to so many people without prospects even at the low end of the T14. I mean, realistically, GW is competing with the likes of WUSTL, ND, Emory, the 18-30 range, and wants to snare as many who would go to its peers and threaten its prized #20 spot, but you'd have to think that maybe they'd entice some applicants with prospects/numbers for the lower T14 to try to lower their median gap, if just a little bit. You want to be realistic about who you're going to snare, but I've seen a lot of people at my school take a nice fat check from GW and its peers over the low end of the T14, say, anything lower than Cornell this year, maybe even a little higher. But who knows. Just idle speculation.
For the record, I'm trying to get BU to match my GW offer (though hoping I get into one of my reaches and considering reapplying even with a BU match, because I don't want to die poor and alone). I would like to echo a poster in an earlier thread--I too would rather have Boston as my home market over DC.