- Learn as much as you can about the finances involved in pursuing a legal education. Each law school will have a different cost of attendance so be sure to check out their specific websites for more information. Understand the various costs that you will need to account for such as tuition, books, and housing.
- If you have not done so already, complete your FAFSA. For information on deadlines and answers to other questions, visit https://fafsa.ed.gov/.
- Review scholarship offers, weigh your options and take the time to learn how to negotiate with law schools. Join us on Wednesday, February 24 at 5:00 pm in IUB 514 for “Negotiating Law School Scholarships” with Deans of Admission – Rebecca Ray from the University of Illinois College of Law and Ann Perry from University of Chicago Law School.
- Look for scholarship opportunities outside of the law school. Many bar associations, religious groups, business entities, social groups and others organizations offer scholarships. Putting in some work now could save you money in the long run.
- Start thinking about where you will submit your seat deposits. Seat deposit deadlines vary from school to school, but most are due in April or May. Make sure that you have these deadlines in mind because you do not want to lose the spot you earned. Also, if you know you will not attend a specific school, send them an email and let them know. Then they can offer your spot to someone else.
- If you do not know anyone with whom you will be attending school, take the time to sign up for a roommate matching program. Alternatively, you can begin searching around your new campus for available apartments. Students often sign leases for apartments early and you will not want to live somewhere that is either far away from the school or not as nice as you would like it to be.
Keep up the hard work!