MumofCad wrote:@Schola - not Stanford, don't worry lol
@lawschoolproject - Unfortunately for us non-trads, I've heard that is the way all fin aid for law school's work. If you're going to need it most likely, you might as well get it now. I'm not up-to-date on these things, but I think my Harvard friend said it works on some sort of sliding scale based on your age and it isn't a non-factor until like 30+ Not sure if that is accurate, but before you give up, you might want to find out if you are going to need the info anyhow later on KWIM? I thought she said at 28, they took into account 20% of her parent's income and it was a real pain because they were small business owners who aren't great about that sort of thing and it was just plain awkward.
This document explains it all: http://www.law.stanford.edu/program/tuition/jd/doc/2011/Handbook2011-12.pdf. You start to get shielded from your parent's income/assets starting at age 26. From everything I've read, the need based aid is quite generous at Stanford compared to others.