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Sunday, September 8, 2013

69% of Law Students Retained Their Conditional Merit Scholarships

PagesFollowing up on my previous post, previous post: National Jurist (Sept. 2013): 69% of Law Students Keep Conditional Merit Scholarships:

An estimated 27.5 percent of entering first years were on conditional merit scholarships in fall 2011, and close to one-third of them did not retain their scholarship, according to a study compiled by Jerry Organ, a law professor at University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis. ...

The merit scholarship data are available for the first time, thanks to a new ABA requirement that schools publish the data on their website. Organ reviewed all law school websites netween March 19 and May 29, and found the average retention rate was 69 percent. Only eight schools had rentention rates lower than 40 percent. ...

In total, Organ found that 12,375 students who entered law school in the fall of 2011 and continued into their second year of law school at the same school entered with conditional scholarships and 4,387 students lost those scholarships.

Organ also reported that several schools switched to non-conditional scholarship programs after the 2011-2012 academic year. "For the 2013-14 academic year, there will be 131 law schools with conditional scholarship programs, five law schools with non-renewable one-year scholarships, four that only offer need-based scholarships, and 54 law schools with good standing (or guaranteed) scholarships," Organ wrote.

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I'm glad you are shedding a light on this practice.

Posted by: HTA | Sep 8, 2013 4:49:55 PM