Admission Standards and
Scholarship Opportunities
at MSU Law
[The webinar will begin at 12:00, EST]
Presenter: Charles Rob...
 Components of the application
 Key dates
 Factors considered in the application-
review process
 Admission decisions
...
Application Components
 Completed online application
 LSAT score and LSAC Credential Assembly Service
(CAS) Report
 Per...
Key Dates
August 1: Online application becomes available
November 1: Admission Committee begins review process
November 20...
1. Does this candidate have the
ability to be academically
successful?
2. What qualities, skills, or
experiences does this...
Assessing
Academic Potential
The Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
• The LSAT has predictive value
•The LSAT is a common me...
Assessing
Academic Potential
College Performance
The Committee has no preference in terms of
undergraduate major, but inst...
The Personal Statement
 Up to three pages in length
 Think of the PS as a substitute for an in-
person interview
 It’s ...
• Ask what 3 or 4 “points” you would
like to communicate to the reviewer
• Consider how your personal statement will compl...
MSU Law Admissions Decisions
• Offer of admission
• Re-review in February
• Waitlist (review in April/May/June/July)
• Inv...
Your Resume and
Letters of Recommendation and Evaluations
11
• Your law school resume should be different that a resume
yo...
Supplemental Statements
12
• Provide context for undergraduate performance
(rigor, extenuating circumstances) and/or LSAT
...
MSU Law Cost of Attendance: 2013/14 Academic Year
Direct Costs (29 credits – FT)
• Tuition: $35,844
• Fees: $434
Indirect ...
MSU Law
Scholarships
 Admissions and Scholarship Committee
considers all admitted candidates for MSU
Law scholarship fund...
Full-Tuition
Academic Scholarships
– Covers 100% of tuition ($105,000) for all 3 years (88 credit
hours)
– Awarded to as m...
Academic Scholarships
Academic Excellence Awards
– Awarded to as many as 35 incoming
students
– Awards of $18,500 and $30,...
Trustee Scholarships
Trustee Scholarships
– Awarded to as many as 25 incoming
students
– Awards include both
partial and f...
Need-Based Grants
Career Transition Grant - $9,000 to $18,000
Part-Time Program Grant - $9,000 to $18,000
Public Interest ...
Scholarships for Upper-level Students
• Provided to students who excel in the 1L year
(after 24 credit hours) – approx. to...
Loan Programs
• Stafford Loan*
• GradPLUS Loan*
• Private Loan
Notes:
• Students may borrow up to the Cost of Attendance (...
Concluding Comments
 Fully prepare for the LSAT; re-take, if appropriate
 Apply early (pre-January 1), if possible
 Con...
22
Michigan State Law Preview Webinar
August 7, 12:00
August 15, 4:00
Crafting Your Law School Personal Statement
August 8...
Questions
Admission and Scholarships:
Courtney Gabbara: courtney.gabbara@law.msu.edu
Charles Roboski: roboski@law.msu.edu
...
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in …5
×

Admision standards and scholarship opportunities at msu law 8 1 2013

2,134 views

Published on

This presentation offers insights into the admissions process (requirements, factors considered by the admissions committee when reviewing an application for admission, etc.) and scholarship and grant opportunities at Michigan State University College of Law.

Published in: Education, Economy & Finance
0 Comments
0 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Views
Total views
2,134
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
5
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
2
Comments
0
Likes
0
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Admision standards and scholarship opportunities at msu law 8 1 2013

  1. 1. Admission Standards and Scholarship Opportunities at MSU Law [The webinar will begin at 12:00, EST] Presenter: Charles Roboski, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid If you do not have internet audio capability, please use our telephone audio connection: 1-866-642-1665 and when prompted, enter the Passcode: 334512
  2. 2.  Components of the application  Key dates  Factors considered in the application- review process  Admission decisions  Recommendations and Advice  Cost information  Scholarship and grant assistance  Questions What I’ll Cover… 2
  3. 3. Application Components  Completed online application  LSAT score and LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report  Personal Statement  Resume  Two LoRs or Evaluations  $60 application fee or fee waiver Your file also might include: • Two add’l LoRs or Evaluations • Supplemental statement (LSAT or undergrad performance) • Description of affirmative responses to C + F Questions • Diversity statement 3
  4. 4. Key Dates August 1: Online application becomes available November 1: Admission Committee begins review process November 20: First round of acceptance decisions mailed February 1: Admission application deadline to ensure full consideration of scholarship aid; file FAFSA February 20: Need-based, grant aid deadline March: Visit Programs for Admitted Candidates April 1: Enrollment confirmation deadline for candidates admitted through March 1 April 30: Application deadline 4
  5. 5. 1. Does this candidate have the ability to be academically successful? 2. What qualities, skills, or experiences does this applicant possess that we consider to be important to the study/practice of law? 1. How does this candidate compare to others? Questions Asked by Admissions Committee Members in the Application Review Process LSAT and academic record are primary Personal statement and resume are primary Competitiveness of the National Applicant Pool 5
  6. 6. Assessing Academic Potential The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) • The LSAT has predictive value •The LSAT is a common measure •The Admission Committee relies on the highest of multiple scores 6
  7. 7. Assessing Academic Potential College Performance The Committee has no preference in terms of undergraduate major, but instead gives consideration to: •Overall performance •Rigor of courses and college attended •Grade trends •Extenuating Circumstances/activities •Length of time since graduating •Graduate work, if applicable 7
  8. 8. The Personal Statement  Up to three pages in length  Think of the PS as a substitute for an in- person interview  It’s your opportunity to communicate insights about you beyond academic performance – skills, interests, goals, experiences 8
  9. 9. • Ask what 3 or 4 “points” you would like to communicate to the reviewer • Consider how your personal statement will complement your resume (but not re-state it) • Identify abilities and traits you possess that will serve you well as a law student and as a lawyer • Describe your reasons for applying to Michigan State • No need for creativity, but ensure that your PS has authenticity • Make it a quality piece of writing….your PS will be viewed as an indicator of your writing skills and motivation Recommendations as you Prepare your Personal Statement 9
  10. 10. MSU Law Admissions Decisions • Offer of admission • Re-review in February • Waitlist (review in April/May/June/July) • Invitation to apply to Legal Education Opportunity Program • Denial 10
  11. 11. Your Resume and Letters of Recommendation and Evaluations 11 • Your law school resume should be different that a resume you’ve developed for employment purposes • Your law school resume may be up to two pages in lenth • Faculty LORs are generally preferred for applicants who are (or who recently were) enrolled in college • The most insightful LORs are written by individuals who know you well and who wish to support your candidacy • Provide the letter writer with a copy of your resume and PS, and allow the letter writer as much time as possible to write the LOR
  12. 12. Supplemental Statements 12 • Provide context for undergraduate performance (rigor, extenuating circumstances) and/or LSAT performance • Required if you respond in the affirmative to a “Character and Fitness” question • MSU Law does not require, but accepts, diversity statements
  13. 13. MSU Law Cost of Attendance: 2013/14 Academic Year Direct Costs (29 credits – FT) • Tuition: $35,844 • Fees: $434 Indirect Costs – Thrifty Budget • Books: $1458 • Medical insurance: $1042 • Transportation: $200 • Room and board: $5091 • Other: $970 MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE TOTAL: $7,919 13
  14. 14. MSU Law Scholarships  Admissions and Scholarship Committee considers all admitted candidates for MSU Law scholarship funds  Awards are communicated in the acceptance letter  Preference is give to candidates who have completed admission files by February 1  As many as 150 scholarships and grants will be awarded to members of the 2014 incoming class 14
  15. 15. Full-Tuition Academic Scholarships – Covers 100% of tuition ($105,000) for all 3 years (88 credit hours) – Awarded to as many as 50 incoming students – Criteria for consideration • Faculty Scholarship: – UGPA = 3.65 – LSAT = 158 • King Scholarship: – UGPA = 3.75 – LSAT = 162 15
  16. 16. Academic Scholarships Academic Excellence Awards – Awarded to as many as 35 incoming students – Awards of $18,500 and $30,000 per year – Criteria for consideration: UGPA = 3.50; LSAT = 157 Alumni Academic Awards – Awarded to as many as 35 incoming students – Renewable awards up to $18,500 per year – Criteria for consideration: UGPA = 3.00; LSAT = 157 16
  17. 17. Trustee Scholarships Trustee Scholarships – Awarded to as many as 25 incoming students – Awards include both partial and full tuition – Awards are renewable – Criteria includes assessment of academic potential and diversity of student’s personal and professional background 17
  18. 18. Need-Based Grants Career Transition Grant - $9,000 to $18,000 Part-Time Program Grant - $9,000 to $18,000 Public Interest Grant and Stipend - $7,500 Note: FAFSA results and essay due February 20 18
  19. 19. Scholarships for Upper-level Students • Provided to students who excel in the 1L year (after 24 credit hours) – approx. top 15% of the class • Award Criteria and amounts • 1L GPA of 3.50 to 3.69 = 50% tuition • 1L GPA of 3.70 to 3.79 = 75% tuition • 1L GPA of 3.80 and higher = 100% of tuition 19
  20. 20. Loan Programs • Stafford Loan* • GradPLUS Loan* • Private Loan Notes: • Students may borrow up to the Cost of Attendance (after deducting other forms of aid) • Create a financial plan for law school; research salary data; understand the impact of significant educational debt *federal loan 20
  21. 21. Concluding Comments  Fully prepare for the LSAT; re-take, if appropriate  Apply early (pre-January 1), if possible  Contact Admissions with any questions you may have (personal statement, unique circumstances, character and fitness issues)…phone consultations may be scheduled  Continue to connect with attorneys in order to continue to learn about career options and to develop a network  Join us at future webinars and/or in-person events 21
  22. 22. 22 Michigan State Law Preview Webinar August 7, 12:00 August 15, 4:00 Crafting Your Law School Personal Statement August 8, 3:00 Note: we are on Eastern Standard Time Upcoming Events
  23. 23. Questions Admission and Scholarships: Courtney Gabbara: courtney.gabbara@law.msu.edu Charles Roboski: roboski@law.msu.edu Loans and General Financial Aid Questions: John Garcia: finaid@law.msu.edu Phone: (517) 432-0222 23

×