freekick wrote:Is the law school's CoL estimate liberal? What's the lowest one can realistically go? I guess housing would be the biggest negotiable component. Would really appreciate an insight. Thank you!
I can only speak to my own experience. I'm paying some of the cheapest rent I've heard of, and I need the full CoL allowance to live without worrying about paying for rent and groceries -- your 1L year is going to be stressful enough without that added anxiety.
For background, I've been grazing the poverty line for most of my life, and even dipped my toe into it once or twice. I know how to live frugally, and I'm good at it, but Ithaca is fucking expensive, and there are definite costs associated with attending law school beyond the tuition and textbooks if you're not from a background where you wear suits a lot.