A few weeks back I wrote on the importance of a high LSAT score for getting generous financial aid, arguing that a few extra points on the test can save tens of thousands. I got an email from John Marshall in Chicago that puts some numbers to this claim:
Did you know that The John Marshall Law School awards more than $2 million in scholarships to entering JD students each year?…. All admitted applicants are automatically considered for our full range of scholarship opportunities, including:
- Distinguished Scholar Awards: Full Tuition Waiver + $10,000 stipend
- Howard T. Markey Distinguished Scholar Awards (for students pursuing Intellectual Property Law): Full Tuition Waiver + $10,000 stipend
- Edward T. Lee Scholarships: Full Tuition Waiver
- Dean’s Scholar Awards: Ranges from $4,000 to $25,000
With tuition at John Marshall running about $38,000/year, the top scholarship is worth roughly $150,000 over the course of your legal education.
To reinforce the point — your goal should be to absolutely maximize your score, not just clear a hurdle for admissions.