JOThompson wrote:To encourage competition and/or wiggle out of scholarship commitments. I would really like to think it's the former for Iowa though.
I would rather hope it's not the former. Do law students really need encouragement to compete? I would assume that the requirement is there to make sure that putatively top students don't take their scholarship for granted as if they are somehow entitled to it. But maybe that's what you meant by "compete," JO?
Sorry if I misunderstood.
You are correct that law students are, by their very nature, competitive people. However, I know a couple scholarship recipients who have grown complacent in law school, possibly because there's no GPA requirement on their merit awards. From the school's perspective, it makes sense to put conditions on money, to encourage students to perform to the fullest of their mental faculties. That's what I meant by extra competition.
Some schools are notorious for putting strict requirements on their scholarships and then stacking scholarship recipients in the same sections. With the curve, some of those students are guaranteed to lose their awards.
Those are the two main motivations to put stipulations on scholarship IMO. The first seems more humane, and that was my only point