need-based aid isn't mentioned over the phone, and it can be substantial. Also, if you have offers from elsewhere they're pretty open to negotiation if you really want to go.
where did you hear about profs leaving due to paycuts? yeah I'm worried about the economy and UCLA too...but when I was at ASD in March the interim dean specifically brought up how this reputation-and-economy worry. Basically his point was that while the deficit may upset UC system in general, it won't affect law schools because of how law schools are managed/funded. Also the tuition hike will help. UC law schools are supposed to be run more like private schools. But, he is the dean talking to prospective students so take it with a grain of salt?
the profs leaving would definitely be worrisome though...
I have 20k/year to Minnesota, which is my other option right now (still waiting on two schools, waitlisted at a bunch). Would it have to be a higher ranked school to be effective in attempting to get some aid?
Honestly, I didn't hear about professors leaving anywhere...that's what my dad told me. I don't know if he read it in an article or something or if he's just predicting that himself. Either way, I really need to try to show him that UCLA is a good school and has a solid reputation if I want any help from him financially and I was hoping to hear that this would be the case. haha