Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Moot Court Board 1975-76
I graduated following my junior year and enrolled in the only law school my father would pay for: the University of Kentucky. My family had moved to Lexington, Kentucky, a year previous, and in-state tuition was $200 a semester. My father was anticipating putting my 4 younger siblings through college (2 graduated from Purdue, and one from the Univ. of VA, the last spent a year at Miami University in Oxford, OH) so he was not interested in paying law school tuition at NYU, the best school where I'd been accepted. And he would not fill out the financial aid forms to see if I could get loans and/or scholarships because he didn't think it was any of 'their' business what he made. Since he was paying, I didn't think I had grounds to object. I also was rather naive about the mechanics of paying for law school, not knowing that if I worked and lived on my own for a year that would emancipate me and I might be able to get better financial aid treatment. Plus, I also wrongly thought that one law school was pretty much like another. Get a degree and you could go anywhere. That was not then, nor is it the case now, with law schools in the United States.