akcorps wrote:Alright. Seriously. Its my winning personality.
cool. thanks for all the help and insight.
Wow. You're going to give up that easily? No wonder you are having trouble negotiating! Look, you want to be a lawyer, right? Well, I don't want to be a dick, but if you can't negotiate this is going to be a tough job for you.
I have written several posts on my situation and the potential wiggle room and trade offs inherent in the law school funding process. I think the number one thing that law students forget is that you are not entitled to any money in the first place. First, be happy you got in. Next, evaluate why you want to go and what you want to do. Once you have done this, think about what the school is looking for and what you are bringing to the equation. Inform the dean of admissions that you want to go, talk up your strong points, mention your rationale for choosing that school, stress that funding is an important part of your decision making process and that you really cannot make this work if you do not receive some level of funding. When they don't write back, do it again, send it to other email addresses in the admissions department. Don't give up.
Here is the thing, put yourself in the admissions department's shoes for a minute. Think of how many arrogant, entitled students are bothering them with requests for more money. People act like its another prestige point instead of an incentive for you to come to their school instead of another institution. If you are nice, reasonable, and think like a lawyer (and a bit of a salesperson) you will have better luck than badgering them with threats or insisting on getting more money because you are elite or whatever.
Look, some of that money was also need-based, but again that only came after I made my case to them. I realize I have a set of strange circumstances, but the fact is that they were willing to let me pay for the whole thing until I showed them why it would be better for all parties if I didn't have to.