Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Following up on my previous posts on the ABA's release of the 509 reports for every law school (links below): Mike Spivey, An In-Depth Analysis of the 2019 Law School Admissions & Entering Class Data:
Another portion of merit aid comes in the form of conditional scholarships. Generally, these require the student perform at a certain standard other than good academic standing. There's no universal ABA regulation on this — schools are free to set the condition as high or low as they want, so long as the conditions are clearly laid out in offer letters.
Unfortunately, many students don't quite grasp the complexity of conditional offers. As we all know, law school grading is very different from what most non-STEM undergraduates are used to. The dreaded curve makes your law school grades unpredictable at best.
83 law schools reported that at least 1 member of their incoming 2018 class had conditional scholarships. Of those, 12 reported that not a single student entering with a conditional scholarship had it reduced or eliminated. 2,492 students had their scholarships reduced or eliminated, an overall rate of 27% of those who received them. Overall, 6.5% of all law students starting in 2018 had their scholarship reduced or eliminated.
At 7 universities, over 50% of those students entering with a conditional scholarship had it reduced or eliminated.
Fortunately, the national average loss rate has been going down.
Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:
- Keith Lee, 2019 ABA Law School Disclosure Reports (Stats + Graphs)
- Jerry Organ (St. Thomas), 2019 Transfer Data Show Continued Decline In Number And Percentage Of Transfers
- Mike Spivey, ABA 509 Report Data: Applicants Up 3%, Matriculants Down 0.25%
- Mike Spivey, ABA 509 Report Data: Non-LSAT (GRE) Applicants Up 20%
- Mike Spivey, ABA 509 Report Data: The Top 50 Reduced Entering Class Size (-1%), The Non-Top 50 Increased (+3%)
- Mike Spivey, ABA 509 Report Data: Applications
- Mike Spivey, ABA 509 Report Data: LSAT And GPA — 19 Law Schools Increased Their 25th, 50th, And 75th LSAT And GPA
- Mike Spivey, ABA 509 Report Data: Acceptance Rates Fall (To 45%), Yields Increase (To 32%)
- Mike Spivey, ABA 509 Report Data: 73% Of Law Students Receive Scholarships (Up From 49% In 2012)
- Kellye Testy (LSAC),Sizing Up The 2019 Incoming Class: What Do the Numbers Tell Us?