ukphdtojd wrote:I am planning to apply to Indiana for the class of 2011, and have a few questions relating to scholarships and employment, on which I would appreciate some clarification.
1. I recently took the LSAT and got a 169. I don't know what my GPA is, as British universities don't grade that way, but I graduated near the top of my class. I also have a Masters degree from Cambridge University and will have a PhD from there by the time I apply. Looking at the stats on Lawschoolnumbers, it would appear I was in with a good chance of a substantial scholarship, perhaps even a full ride. However, I would appreciate it if people actually studying at Indiana could tell me what they or their classmates needed to get scholarships.
2. The posts on this forum seem to indicate that scholarship retention conditions are pretty easy. Is it simply a matter of not failing, which is the condition placed on scholarships at most of the T14?
3. Several posters suggest that Indiana law students have had trouble finding legal employment, with 2L Law Review members striking out at OCI. Is this trouble simply with Big Law recruiting, or does this apply to small firms as well? I'm not particularly bothered about Big Law, and would happily take no debt and a less prestigious job, but I would like some form of legal employment!
Thank you to the Indiana 1Ls for their willingness to answer questions.
1. Even the LSN data from this cycle seems to say that you should get a substantial, if not full, ride. You sound like a great applicant, especially coming from overseas. I think they throw more money at more diverse applicants. I saw one person who had numbers below mine get the exact some scholarship, so they haven't really changed from this to last year. I can almost guarantee it will be the best offer from any comparable school. Every person I talked to got a larger scholarship than anything even remotely close to a school of this quality. Lots of schools are cutting back scholarships, but Indiana has been increasing theirs.
2. Mine said I just need to stay in the top half. I feel like any competent student should be able to do that. I have also heard that some who have talked to the school said that as long as they stay above an even lower amount, they will keep their scholarship (a GPA in the 2's. Very low.) I also heard that lots of the 2L's were able to keep their scholarships last year, despite being in the bottom half. The school didn't want to take away people's scholarships in this economic climate. Sounds like they got a stern warning or something. Of course, I have no idea if any of this is actually true, it's just what I've heard. I've never bothered to check, because if I'm not in the top half, I really have no business being in this school.
3. OCI, like every school, has been cut back dramatically. I'm not sure what type of jobs anyone has gotten so far, but I know it is not good. It seems like the top part of the class is getting employed, but it's not easy. I'm not sure what level of this exists outside of this school, but this seems typical of what has been happening.