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What You Need to Know About Law School Scholarships

In 2012, President Obama told a group of college students: “Check this out, all right? I’m the president of the United States. We only finished paying off our student loans about eight years ago.” That means the President and First Lady were well into their careers, with a combined resume of civil rights attorney, law professor, politician, author, nonprofit director, dean of students, big-law lawyer, and more before they paid off their law school and undergrad loans in their forties. If you needed a clear picture of how law school loans could hang over you, even throughout a successful career … there you go. During my own law school application process, I was deeply concerned about how law school loans could inhibit me from pursuing a public interest law career, but I’m here to share my own success in the law school scholarship application process to encourage you to take advantage of the same programs.

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Logical Reasonings / 1.15.15

A) Law school scholarships are overwhelmingly merit-based, and not need-based. National Jurist

B) A troubling report from Yale connects law school stress and depression. Above The Law

C) How to cope with bad law school grades. Surprisingly, Jack Daniels is nowhere on the list. Law School Toolbox

D) What the new rules on Cuba mean for Americans. Lots of very interesting and potentially impor– AW SCREW IT, RUM AND CIGARS, BABY!!! Wall Street Journal

E) A genius just turned 23 Twitter accounts into a thrilling (and grisly) Choose Your Own Adventure story. AV Club

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How to Get Law School Scholarships

With law students in such high demand, it’s a better time than ever to be thinking about scholarships. Everyone knows that law school is expensive, so I’ll go out on a limb and guess that aspiring students would like to spend less on their legal educations if possible. But how does one obtain mythical scholarship dollars?

There are two rather obvious options: obtaining financial aid directly from your school, and obtaining it through outside organizations.

1. Scholarships From Your School
You’re probably already aware that schools might offer you financial aid when they accept you. However, many prospective law students don’t know that you can attempt to negotiate additional financial aid, or even ask for aid in circumstances where you weren’t offered any.

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Logical Reasonings / 12.12.14

A) 7 ways to keep law school costs down. Ms. JD

B) The Magic Number: How many law schools should you apply to? And here I thought the magic number was 32. Barrister on a Budget

C) A black law professor is suing his former school for racial discrimination. Above The Law

D) A Canadian “electro-industrial” band has invoiced the U.S. government $666,000 for using their music to torture detainees at Guantanamo Bay. The lesson as always? Just use Spotify. The Guardian

E) The Onion weighs in on Columbia’s decision to push some final exams. The Onion

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Logical Reasonings / 9.30.14

How to get started on your law school personal statement. Pen and Chisel

Despite the risks of student loan debt, students continue to enroll in law school. New York Observer

Hey, did I just write something about risks of student loan debt? Here’s an eye-opening horror story. Above The Law

Well, this seems like a good time to brush up on some scholarship opportunities available to law students. US News & World Report

7 famous dogs from the 90’s that are definitely dead. ClickHole

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Logical Reasonings / 8.29.14

Can iterative learning help you through law school? If this were an iterative blog, I would write that same sentence again. Above The Law

‘Practice-ready’ matters to young lawyers as much as law firms. Wall Street Journal

Will American University sue drop outs who were on scholarship? Lawyers, Guns & Money

Anna Ivey’s 15 law school recommendation tips. I’ll add #16: Feeling cranky? Eat a snack… wait, that’s a pre-school tip. Ivey Files

Miley Cyrus and Beyonce as Shakespearean sonnets. If truly you did wish to win my hand, you should have graced it with a wedding band. Slate

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Logical Reasonings / 8.28.14

Is it time to stop telling people “don’t go to law school?” Lawyerist

A helpful guide to law school scholarship opportunities for minorities. Get get get get get get that paper. Ms. JD

The managing partner of a major law firm embezzled $30 million. Well, that’s one way to get get get get get get that paper, I suppose. Above The Law

An appeals court overturned 16 Amish beard cutting criminal convictions. More impressive, the court overturned them all without a single volt of electricity. NPR

Unpopular Police Officer Thinking About Committing Racially Motivated Offense For A Little Support. The Onion

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Logical Reasonings / 7.8.13

A) Are some law schools likely to withdraw their offers of merit-based scholarships? Above the Law.

B) Some law schools, on the other hand, are practically giving away free money. Inside Higher Ed.

C) UCLA and Southwestern are teaming up to have their law students get some real-world experience while supporting non-profits. LA Times.

D) The George Zimmerman trial is currently underway — keep track of all the updates. CNN.

E) This epic story of two high school athletes promises to tug at the heartstrings. Don’t forget the tissues. ESPN.

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Déjà Vu All Over Again: Law School Applications Down 13%

It’s to the point now where sounding like a broken record is giving me déjà vu.

Yet again, law school applications are down. Over 13% this time. Yet again, we here at Blueprint LSAT Preparation are repeating the news. Yet again, I sit to write an LSAT blog article on the impact of these decreases.

By now, everyone reading this LSAT blog should be aware of the general trend; of the issues in the legal profession stemming from the education system; of the employment issues for grads. If not, please take the time to check out some of my old articles on law school debt.

So what does the continuing decline in law school application numbers mean for you, the prospective law student?

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Don’t Expect Law School Scholarships to Fall in Your Lap

Last week, we were reminded of the Sandy Cohen Public Defender Fellowship, rewarded to a Berkeley Law student working in the Orange County public defender’s office, and named after the eponymous character from The O.C. Really. This isn’t exactly breaking news, but given that the number of law school applicants has been plummeting, we wouldn’t be surprised to see even more of these. Law school tuition is bad enough, having nearly doubled in the last eleven years, leaving little money for room and board. So how about the Ally McBeal Nutritional Supplement Fund to help students stay fed? Or what about all the poor sorority girls who thought Legally Blonde was a documentary? The Elle Woods Expectations Management Grant will help to lessen the blow.

But in all seriousness, now more than ever you prospective law students should be on the lookout for scholarships.