Yes, they give out scholarships but it seems like nothing beyond $5k/yr. It looks like the lowest LSAT they've given money to is someone with 158 (see lawschoolnumbers). There may be other things about your applications besides money which have affected your scholarship offer. For instance, where in NY are you from? The ad-comm may not feel you have a strong connection to upstate-NY and therefore think it is unlikely you will attend in the first place.
If you're really serious about attending UB, which IMHO despite the rankings is a better school than either Syracuse or Albany, send them an email or call to express that. The worst they can do is say no to offering you any scholarship money.
FWIW, in the letter about scholarship they practically apologize for the fact that the scholarship is only $5,000/yr. They go into a little detail about how as a state school they have limited funds. HTH
Should I try to give them a call immediately about this or wait until mid-March when all of the acceptances been finalized to ask them about it?
I am ~6 hours away from the city, but I am an in-state resident. Driving that distance shouldn't be an issue, especially if they do indeed give me the money to go there.
You seriously need to consider Buffalo's in-state tuition as a plus, rather than a slap in the face that you didn't give a scholarship.
The other schools have larger endowments available for scholarships BECAUSE of their ridiculously high tuition.
As insinuated to you in the other thread, if you wait a little while (Mid-March), and write a nice, thoughtful, well-written e-mail on perhaps receiving the 5,000 dollar scholarship (I would mention the amount specifically), you have a good shot at getting it. No guarantees though.
Also, screw the rankings. UB is a much better law school for future jobs than Syracuse or Albany, unless you have a real strong connection to Albany. UAlbany also won't get you anywhere in Public Interest any more than UB will; UB actually has a strength in Public Interest.
As the above mentioned, they really do apologize for not being able to give out more money for scholarships. I am a 170/3.85 and I got 5k a year. They just don't have the endowments for scholarships, but I'm totally okay with their stance because its freakin 17k a year. I think I deserved more money for things other than my numbers (I'm a UB undergrad who has done so much for this school, and they know that), but they just couldn't.
I would ask for money, but if they don't give it to you, don't act like they're shortchanging you. UB is the best option for you in my opinion.