From the Career Files: Choosing a Law School Based on Scholarships

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A key factor in choosing a law school should be the cost of attendance. By limiting your student loan debt, you will relieve pressure from yourself to find a high-paying job after passing the bar. Of course, the law school you choose also determines the opportunities that will be available to you as a first year lawyer. As you consider which law school to send a deposit to, you should weigh the scholarship you are being offered and the likelihood of keeping that scholarship beyond your first year. And, before you submit your deposit, consider attempting to negotiate the amount and/or terms of your scholarship to law school. For more about law school scholarships, why schools give them, and how and when to try to negotiate with schools, see this article I wrote for Above The Law

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  1. Ann,

    So I’ve been following your blog for a while and it’s been so helpful to me! Thank you for all you do!

    I’m not sure whether you can even answer this here, but I’ve been trying to ask people in the legal profession their opinion on this. I’ve been accepted to many schools with a lot of scholarship money. I think I’ve narrowed the decision down:

    Wake Forest (tuition would end up being $10,000/year)
    FSU (tuition would be $6,000/year) and
    UNH (where I received a full tuition scholarship).

    I am from Florida and want to practice IP law in the South Atlantic region. Any advice? I’m having a tough time making a decision!

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