goosey wrote:Just out of curiousity, if someone with a super high lsat--like let's say 172 or something, which is considerably high for cardozo--applied to summer or january and stated they would only attend with a scholarship, do you think they'd bite? I don't have that score, but just wondering...
I applied for May because of my weak gpa. My lsat is just ok--161--but I am retaking in feb to either up my chances at schools or get more money from schools I've been accepted to. That said, if I did get a significantly higher score, I am wondering if they'd care enough to offer money for may. I also wonder if one would be in a better position with money at cardozo or sticker at fordham. There's a pretty huge gap in rankings, but freedom from debt seems nice. At the moment, I am a weak candidate at either school, but..curious as to how people would choose between the two
I was told by both the admissions staff and the financial aid staff that students entering the May part time program are not given ANY merit scholarships. The cap for the need based grant at Cardozo is $5,000 per year. This means that, as a May student, you will be footing almost the entirety of your education costs (via federal loans if your parents don't have that kinda cash on hand).
If you start in January, however, you are eligible for merit money. This is not considered PT anymore, though. You are actually squeezing your 1L year into one semester and a summer. Don't know what kind of numbers are required to get in, but I am inclined to think that they are more like the RD numbers and not the PT numbers.
One guy at the financial aid office said that there have been "very rare" instances in which one who initially started in the May program received some merit money their 2nd and 3rd year because of stellar achievement. Honestly, I think he was not telling the truth. He seemed to be discouraging me from relying on this being a possibility.
I would not recommend Cardozo at sticker to anyone. This is especially true because of their LSAT whoring nature. Check LSN. Everyone with a decent LSAT gets a full ride. If you really want to go to Cardozo, retake and go for free.