johnstuartmill wrote:I'm also looking to negotiate money from UChicago. I was very upset to learn last week that, although I have basically no money, and although my parents wouldn't be able to chip in more than a few thousand dollars a year even IF they were supporting me (which they aren't), I'm getting NO need-based aid. This will essentially preclude me from going to law school at UChicago, because I don't plan to go into private practice, which is the only way I'd be able to pay off my loans easily.
Unfortunately, I don't have a very strong bargaining position with UChicago, because I applied ED and my GPA is low. I only applied ED, though, because of the prospect of need-based aid that the school advertised. I've since come to the conclusion, through my experience and the experience of other applicants in similar situations, that need-based aid does not actually exist at UChicago Law. It seems, then, that I could credibly threaten to publicize the school's apparent duplicity, in addition to threatening to withdraw my application so that I can apply to other schools next year (I like my odds at NYU and Columbia), which would hurt their yield.
What do you guys think?
bro we all feel for you but most of us (including myself) think it's mostly on you and not them. few reasons:
1.) if need-based aid was such a windfall, then there'd be little need for merit money. however, most of us know that need-based aid from law school is .... well, somewhat imaginary so if you really are/were in a position of need you shouldn't have applied ED.
2.) If you want to withdraw and reapply, that's fine. They'll probably even let you do that. No need to make empty threats to them -- it'll just piss them off and worsen ur already shitty bargaining position.
3.) My only other advice is to suck it up, take out loans like the rest of us, and try to get a private firm job at the outset.