sah wrote:Personally not the biggest fan of the idea of negotiating with acceptances only. How do you do that without coming across as insulting? I mean, schools can understand the "I really want to come here but it's cheaper for me at XX school so if you could reconsider" line for sure, but using "well, I got accepted to a better school than this dump so..." (not that you'd phrase it that way, but still) comes across as sort of rude. Just let them assume it based on your numbers. No need to shove Columbia/Harvard/etc. acceptances in a school's face.
Negotiating with acceptances is CRUCIAL! You're not being insulting, you're simply leveraging your skills in a market where demand for great law students is at an all time high because, due to a failing job market, smarter students are choosing to go into other fields. If you start looking at yourself as a wanted commodity, and start seeing law schools as BUSINESSES (because they are!), then you'll have a much more successful negotiation period. You need to use school names when negotiating! Why would Stanford care that you got $40K a year from Suffolk? They won't. But it will definitely catch their eye when you say you got that full ride to Harvard!
This is a business. You've got to get on board and play the game
or you'll be leaving some serious $$ on the table.
I thought this article ( http://lawschooladvice.com/guides/negot ... olarships/ )
was extremely helpful in changing my mindset and showing me how to leverage my skills, allowing me to get the most out of negotiating. I highly suggest anyone who's serious about negotiating their scholarships to check it out. It goes step by step through the process and even has SAMPLE NEGOTIATION LETTERS!