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Scholarship Question

Posted: Sat May 21, 2011 11:01 am
by bballfreak56
If you attend a school at sticker, and finish your first year near the top of your class, is it reasonable to believe that your school will offer you scholarships in order to deter you from transferring to a higher ranked school?

Re: Scholarship Question

Posted: Sat May 21, 2011 11:04 am
by blurbz
They're unlikely to offer money with you asking first. If you get transfer acceptances then it might be worth having a conversation with the dean or dean of admissions about it. A lot, I suspect, will depend on where the school's priorities are: Is it more important to them to boost their incoming gpa/lsat or their employment numbers? If it's the former, you're probably out of luck as the money they would give you could be better used to lure more qualified 1Ls but if it's the latter, it might be enough of an incentive for them to pay you to stay.

Are you close to having this happen or just a really hopeful 0L?

Re: Scholarship Question

Posted: Sat May 21, 2011 11:07 am
by bballfreak56
The latter

Re: Scholarship Question

Posted: Sat May 21, 2011 11:08 am
by blurbz
bballfreak56 wrote:The latter


Then talk to either the dean or the dean of admissions.

Re: Scholarship Question

Posted: Sat May 21, 2011 11:32 pm
by zanda
blurbz wrote:
bballfreak56 wrote:The latter


Then talk to either the dean or the dean of admissions.

Did you think he said the former?

Re: Scholarship Question

Posted: Sat May 21, 2011 11:34 pm
by Gideon Strumpet
Law schools don't report your "good performance" to US News.

Re: Scholarship Question

Posted: Sun May 22, 2011 12:05 am
by blsingindisguise
bballfreak56 wrote:If you attend a school at sticker, and finish your first year near the top of your class, is it reasonable to believe that your school will offer you scholarships in order to deter you from transferring to a higher ranked school?


Some schools have a set policy about this, i.e. a fixed amount that they award you if you score in the top x% (or sometimes a scale based on top 10% vs. top 5% vs. top 2%). Schools that do this generally don't "negotiate" beyond that fixed amount, and it's rare for the fixed amount to be anywhere near what students with high numbers get coming in (because they're paying for US News rankings).

There's basically no reason to consider this going in, since you can't bank on being in that top x%. But you can probably look through schools' student handbooks to find out if you're really curious.