hwstewart wrote:Big Mediocre, can you elaborate on what the Dean said re:scholarships. I'm curious considering that our numbers are very close to each other and I haven't heard anything about scholarships. I have heard/seen enough disparaging things about Emory in general to rule it out entirely, but I'm finding it pretty surprising that it seems like sticker is going to be their best offer.
First, It's my understanding that if you were admitted to the Fall class and haven't heard anything about scholarships yet, you wont. He said that the scholarship committee has finished awarding merit aid for the entering class. Also, "We're an elite top-20 law school, not eBay. We have a zero scholarship negotiation policy and while we know some schools do dicker, we currently don't" (That's a paraphrasing, but he did make the eBay reference
) He said my two options were to either attend at sticker and hopefully get money 2L and 3L year, or reapply next year.
Second, this is how he described Emory's methodology for selecting scholarship recipients. All potential scholarship recipients are divided into three pools. The first pool is filled with people who Emory deems as likely to "make a community impact and have a propensity to attend Emory". The second pool is filled with candidates who Emory deems to have "diverse experiences" that can add to the law school class. The third pool is filled with academically strong candidates who have neither of the first two characteristics. They then go through these pools first to third and divvy up the money.
This seems to jive with me based on anecdotal evidence. I'm a 3.35/170 and only did the typical paragraph at the bottom of my PS about Emory. I received nothing, third pool. My fraternity brother who has weaker numbers (3.2/166) wrote about their child advocacy clinic throughout his PS received 18k/year, first pool.The Moral of the Story:
Take an extra hour to browse their website and find something that interests you and then another 30 minutes to weave it into your personal statement.