Unavoidable Section Stacking

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Unavoidable Section Stacking

Post by justonemoregame » Sat Dec 01, 2012 11:35 am

If a law school class has 65% of its members on scholarship, and all of those scholarships have stipulations, and the most favorable of those stipulations requires a student to remain in the top 60% of his or her class, how are all of the scholarship holders able to retain their grants?

As many of you know, Washington and Lee University over-enrolled this past fall, and had to offer many of its scholarship holders additional aid to defer for a year. Despite those offers, W&L still ended up enrolling 187 students, an increase of 66 from the previous year. W&L is fairly generous with aid - according the Official LSAC Guide, 65% of students there receive grants. That's a snapshot of all three classes, so the numbers for a given class may be higher/lower.

If this past year's over-enrollment is due to a greater number of students accepting scholarship offers than predicted, might the percentage of c/o 2015 receiving grants be significantlly higher than 65%? This seems to create a situation where some people are automatically screwed. I know the stip on the 40K/year is top 60% - are the 1/2 and 1/3 rides similar?

I don't think W&L has engaged in intentional section-stacking in the past, but the math seems to work conveniently in their favor here.

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Re: Unavoidable Section Stacking

Post by Aberzombie1892 » Sat Dec 01, 2012 11:50 am

What you are talking about is prevelant at all law schools that offer scholarships that leave students with less than a 70% chance of keeping them.

For example, i graduated from Tulane this year. While Tulane's class of 2013 and later scholarships give people that 75-85% probability of success, prior classes were in the same boat as Wash and Lee's students in that there was around 40-55% chance of keeping the scholarship.


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Re: Unavoidable Section Stacking

Post by srfngdd6 » Sat Dec 01, 2012 12:02 pm

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Re: Unavoidable Section Stacking

Post by cinephile » Sat Dec 01, 2012 12:53 pm

justonemoregame wrote:I know the stip on the 40K/year is top 60% - are the 1/2 and 1/3 rides similar?
It was a couple of years ago, but my 1/2 ride came with a good standing stipulation only.


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Re: Unavoidable Section Stacking

Post by Dubyuhnell » Sat Dec 01, 2012 4:14 pm

W&L doesnt section stack

1) One we dont have typical sections only small sections in which we have one class with the 25 or so people ...the other three classes are around a total of 50-60 students which are a combination of the small sections

2) what the posted link says is true W&L tries really hard not to revoke or reduce your scholarhip if you can show them that you tried hard but you didnt get the material or something they will leave your scholarhip alone


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Re: Unavoidable Section Stacking

Post by timbs4339 » Sun Dec 02, 2012 3:18 pm

wrong thread.

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