What is an Acceptable GPA Scholarship Stipulation?

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GPA Stips

Top Third
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2%
Top Half
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Top 75%
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Good Academic Standing
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59%
 
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Aroldis105
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What is an Acceptable GPA Scholarship Stipulation?

Postby Aroldis105 » Sat Feb 16, 2013 8:39 pm

Obviously you want to avoid any sort of scholarship GPA stipulation, but at what point do you begin to consider a stipulation "reasonable", "doable", "non-damning", etc?

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Lacepiece23
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Re: What is an Acceptable GPA Scholarship Stipulation?

Postby Lacepiece23 » Sat Feb 16, 2013 8:51 pm

If you go to a school that actually has gpa stips I'd probably drop out if I was below top half of the class so therefore for me that would be an acceptable stipulation. The reason being is that the employment prospects at schools that actually have gpa stips aren't very good below the top half of the class. Actually top third, but I don't know if I would necessarily drop out if I didn't hit that.

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Re: What is an Acceptable GPA Scholarship Stipulation?

Postby Ti Malice » Sat Feb 16, 2013 8:52 pm

There are too many factors in play for a one-size-fits-all answer here. In one respect, all stips are unacceptable, because only schools with crappy employment statistics put stips on scholarships. The applicant should retake the LSAT and improve his or her options instead of attending that school.

On the other hand, if someone is hellbent on going to one of these schools, the answer partly depends on the placement characteristics of the school and on whether someone is paying in-state public tuition or private tuition. Many schools place so poorly that the only rational decision for someone who fails to place in the top third (or much better) after 1L year is to drop out. For someone who makes the rational decision in this situation, the stip itself causes no harm. Honestly, in almost all cases, failure to meet a stip just means that the rational decision is to drop out.

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Re: What is an Acceptable GPA Scholarship Stipulation?

Postby timbs4339 » Sat Feb 16, 2013 8:57 pm

Top 80% after year one.

I would say good academic standing, but the issue for me is when losing the scholly will encourage a student to drop out. If you are bottom 20% at most schools, you're going to have serious problems finding work and you know it. Someone who is 45% on a 40% scholly might assume they will just do much better 2L and 3L and secure a job that way.

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Re: What is an Acceptable GPA Scholarship Stipulation?

Postby 313DetroitLove » Sun Feb 17, 2013 7:52 am

you will note the better schools only require good standing

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Re: What is an Acceptable GPA Scholarship Stipulation?

Postby nebula666 » Sun Feb 17, 2013 9:26 am

Top 75% is the lowest I would consider. Just because you had a better LSAT and GPA than some of your classmates does not mean you will earn better grades in law school. Everyone thinks they are a special butterfly that will be in the top 10%; 90% of them will be wrong. Even 75% is risky but depending on the school, I would be comfortable with that.

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Re: What is an Acceptable GPA Scholarship Stipulation?

Postby rickgrimes69 » Sun Feb 17, 2013 9:59 am

Lacepiece23 wrote:If you go to a school that actually has gpa stips I'd probably drop out if I was below top half of the class so therefore for me that would be an acceptable stipulation. The reason being is that the employment prospects at schools that actually have gpa stips aren't very good below the top half of the class. Actually top third, but I don't know if I would necessarily drop out if I didn't hit that.

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Re: What is an Acceptable GPA Scholarship Stipulation?

Postby magp90 » Mon Feb 18, 2013 12:08 pm

I would say that top 75% is reasonable, because you probably shouldn't stay in law school if you're in the bottom 25% of your class anyways.

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Re: What is an Acceptable GPA Scholarship Stipulation?

Postby Pumpkin_Pie » Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:53 pm

Lacepiece23 wrote:If you go to a school that actually has gpa stips I'd probably drop out if I was below top half of the class so therefore for me that would be an acceptable stipulation. The reason being is that the employment prospects at schools that actually have gpa stips aren't very good below the top half of the class. Actually top third, but I don't know if I would necessarily drop out if I didn't hit that.

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Re: What is an Acceptable GPA Scholarship Stipulation?

Postby goldeneye » Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:58 pm

For the morons who voted top 1/3... lol.

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Re: What is an Acceptable GPA Scholarship Stipulation?

Postby HBBJohnStamos » Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:05 pm

goldeneye wrote:For the morons who voted top 1/3... lol.


I just assume those were Cooley adcomms.

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Re: What is an Acceptable GPA Scholarship Stipulation?

Postby hephaestus » Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:07 pm

Don't go to a school with GPA stips. HTH.

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Re: What is an Acceptable GPA Scholarship Stipulation?

Postby Bildungsroman » Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:10 pm

Good academic standing. Otherwise TTT you shouldn't attend at any price.




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