Getting Aid Below Median(s)

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pjohnstron0626
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Getting Aid Below Median(s)

Postby pjohnstron0626 » Mon Mar 09, 2015 8:47 pm

I was wondering if anyone has had luck getting a small merit offer from a school they were below on one or both medians? If you have could you PM me with the details and strategy?
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Sirius Blackstone
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Re: Getting Aid Below Median(s)

Postby Sirius Blackstone » Wed Mar 11, 2015 5:01 pm

I was a super splitter (high LSAT/low GPA) and received around 10-15k a year from every lower T14 that accepted me, including Michigan. I asked for more money from all of them and completed all of the supplemental essays, but wasn't granted any additional scholarship money.

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Re: Getting Aid Below Median(s)

Postby pamphleteer » Wed Mar 11, 2015 5:08 pm

I've gotten $120k+ at two T20s with a sub-3.0 GPA. At least earlier in the cycle, this year was very generous to 170+ splitters.

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Re: Getting Aid Below Median(s)

Postby yot11 » Thu Mar 12, 2015 10:35 am

Keep in mind though that a splitter (high LSAT low GPA) is harder to come by than a reverse splitter (low LSAT high GPA). So the above two examples don't really apply in your situation.

You can always play around on mylsn.info and see what you pull up.

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Re: Getting Aid Below Median(s)

Postby chuckbass » Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:15 am

While I'm not here to argue whether sticker is worth it or not, I don't really see how 5-10k/yr makes borrowing that much more feasible.

ETA: also Cambridge is great, but it's not going to get you biglaw from BC or ND if you don't have the grades.

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Re: Getting Aid Below Median(s)

Postby pjohnstron0626 » Thu Mar 12, 2015 3:29 pm

While I appreciate the responses, I don't think they really addressed my question, but hopefully they will inspire some splitters to pursue more money. And I will check out LSN -- I guess that was one helpful response.
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Re: Getting Aid Below Median(s)

Postby chuckbass » Thu Mar 12, 2015 3:53 pm

Everyone is confident* that they will do well in law school hth

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Re: Getting Aid Below Median(s)

Postby huskies2015 » Thu Mar 12, 2015 3:54 pm

I have very similar stats to you and was originally offered nothing from Michigan. I then told them about other offers I had, one of which was from ND, and they said I would get at least 10K/year based on that. (to be honest I have not done the official appeal yet b/c I'm still waiting on small chance of money from other T14 schools to use as leverage, but this is what they said.) So yes, I think there is hope you can get at least 10K from the schools you are talking about.

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Re: Getting Aid Below Median(s)

Postby pjohnstron0626 » Thu Mar 12, 2015 4:36 pm

Thank you sir.

@Mr. Confidant- Perhaps a Freudian slip. Touche.

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Re: Getting Aid Below Median(s)

Postby BigZuck » Thu Mar 12, 2015 4:45 pm

Retake, don't waste that GPA

Also, your confidence isn't worth a whole lot, more likely than not you'll still get styled upon by K-JDs with lower numbers who are just better at law school. Being good at law school isn't a skill that you can reliably predict going in because it's just kind of it's own beast. There wouldn't be a large margin for error at a school like ND. Maybe you'll be great at it, who knows, but having advanced degrees doesn't guarantee anything, believe me.




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