Economic Disadvantage

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Economic Disadvantage

Postby niederbomb » Mon Sep 13, 2010 7:42 am

For an applicant who comes from an economically disadvantaged background, would providing copies of parents' past tax filings be a good idea even if it's not required? Many law schools ask for some type of addendum for this.

Some Canadian law schools ask for tax returns; most U.S. ones don't. I'm applying to T-14 in the US.

Basically, I have 8 brothers and sisters, and until I was 19, my parents' income was about $10,000 per year. The poverty line for a family of four was about $17,000 about 5 years ago.

I also plan to use this as the basis for my personal statement, so documentation might be more important for me than for others.

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Re: Economic Disadvantage

Postby haydee » Mon Sep 13, 2010 12:20 pm


I don't see any reason to submit actual tax forms unless they are specifically requested. If you want, you can have them on hand just in case, but I've never heard of anyone submitting documentation of low income in order to corroborate a PS.

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