Paying for Law School

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hockey30
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Paying for Law School

Postby hockey30 » Wed Aug 10, 2016 1:21 pm

I am a sophomore in college, and I am interested in pursuing law school. I'm just curious how loans and financial aid work. I will have around 50k of debt from UG and my parents will pay $0 for law school. Will I most likely be a recipient of a lot of financial aid, or will I have to take out $200k + in loans? Only looking to attend a T6 school with the exception of a serious scholarship from a lower T14 school. Thanks!

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Toni V
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Re: Paying for Law School

Postby Toni V » Wed Aug 10, 2016 1:27 pm

You should take the LSAT to see if a T14 is in your future. With sky-high results you could end up with a free ride (if not at a T14, somewhere highly respected).

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Re: Paying for Law School

Postby cavalier1138 » Wed Aug 10, 2016 9:14 pm

Yeah, this is putting the horse before the cart (edit: strike that, reverse it). You don't even have an LSAT yet, so "T6-or-bust" isn't a realistic position to take. Get an LSAT score, and then start looking at what financial burdens you'll be taking on.
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Re: Paying for Law School

Postby Nebby » Wed Aug 10, 2016 9:18 pm

hockey30 wrote:I am a sophomore in college, and I am interested in pursuing law school. I'm just curious how loans and financial aid work. I will have around 50k of debt from UG and my parents will pay $0 for law school. Will I most likely be a recipient of a lot of financial aid, or will I have to take out $200k + in loans? Only looking to attend a T6 school with the exception of a serious scholarship from a lower T14 school. Thanks!

They work the same way they do in undergrad

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Re: Paying for Law School

Postby LoganCouture » Wed Aug 10, 2016 9:19 pm

Nebby wrote:
hockey30 wrote:I am a sophomore in college, and I am interested in pursuing law school. I'm just curious how loans and financial aid work. I will have around 50k of debt from UG and my parents will pay $0 for law school. Will I most likely be a recipient of a lot of financial aid, or will I have to take out $200k + in loans? Only looking to attend a T6 school with the exception of a serious scholarship from a lower T14 school. Thanks!

They work the same way they do in undergrad


Pretty much, except need based aid is actually a thing at the top undergrads and sucks a lot at law schools

hockey30
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Re: Paying for Law School

Postby hockey30 » Wed Aug 10, 2016 10:37 pm

Thanks. I'll continue getting good grades and start planning for the LSAT. I always get a couple steps ahead...

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Re: Paying for Law School

Postby gsy987 » Thu Aug 11, 2016 2:38 am

hockey30 wrote:Thanks. I'll continue getting good grades and start planning for the LSAT. I always get a couple steps ahead...


Totally understand the nature, but people here are right, you're best off trying to get a 4.0 and saving worrying about the LSAT and apps till later on. I only had a 3.3 in undergrad, and that made things wayyy more difficult in applying!




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