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Betty Burley

Chuck, I've seen this under-handed tactic up close and personal. I applied at 4 law schools in NE Ohio. the first to accept my application offered me a full-tuition scholarship PLUS a $15K cash stipend for my first year. I sent in my seat deposit quickly only to be told that they had "run out" of scholarship money and that they would add my name to the list of people waiting for scholarship funds to become available. Within weeks, they "found" some more money, but I was disgusted.

My 2nd acceptance was from the school that I eventually attended. I was awarded a full-tuition scholarship there, and decided to forget the first school. It was a good decision.

The first school required a very high GPA (I think a 3.6) to maintain the scholarship. My school required a 3.2. Even with the lower benchmark, it was incredibly difficult to maintain my scholarship - although I did.

There were many classmates who were lured to law school with full-tuition scholarship and were not able to maintain them. I would call myself "lucky," but it was sheer determination to get through school without paying tuition that kept me tuition-free.

Having easily earned a 3.95 in undergraduate, I had no concept of what it took to maintain a 3.6 - or a 3.2, for that matter, in law school. I remember a conversation with a group of scholarship students during my 1L orientation talking about what a "low" benchmark 3.2 was to maintain full-tuition. Little did we know...

I have yet to see any statistic for the number of merit scholarship that are non-renewed. Are the numbers out there?

Patrick H. Stiehm

Chuck, your comments here are extremely harsh but I fear, oh so true. Though I have had a long and very satisfying career practicing law and still I still enjoy it immensely, I have actively discouraged any of my children from following suit. That is indeed a sad commentary on the state of our profession, at this particular time in history. In addition to the problems you outlined here, I find it particularly irksome that law school faculties these days are in my opinion over loaded, over paid, underworked and in many if not most cases lack the credentials necessary to teach law students how to practice law. If you look at the biographies of the typical faculty you find the faculties at many if not most major law schools are for the most part, people who had clerked for one or more appeals judges, written books and/or articles of no or marginal practical value, spend much of their time as "Visiting Professors" at various institutions, other than their home institution but who have little or no experience actually practicing law. It is, in my humble opinion, ridiculous.


I would love a little home like this one

I've seen this Container building in Berlin some month ago.


Container buildings are a fascinating part of modern architecture. Maybe even of future Architecture.
in particular in times of "green movement"

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