When can you expect to hear from Stanford about whether you qualify for financial aid? I have already submitted my docs
I heard in the first week of April. Some people heard earlier, some heard later. I submitted mine in early February.
Also did anyone of you turn down full ride elsewhere for Stanford? Do you think S is worth it?
As juliachild-ish mentioned, it is fair to assume that students at HYS schools turned down full rides elsewhere. I'd imagine perhaps less so at SLS than HLS or YLS because their LSAT numbers are slightly higher, and there seems to be a strong correlation between high numbers and named scholarships at other schools. If you have concerns about the choice, I'd suggest asking Dean Deal. I had a conversation with her last year and it was very helpful.
I absolutely think SLS is worth it. I would guess YLS is worth it, but HLS might be a little trickier to justify. I say this because of the ease of which students at smaller schools can get high paying jobs, because there is less competition (aka the ability to be confident in your ability to pay it back without taking a job you don't want). My mentor, an HLS alum, was really helpful in reminding me that I will be spending three years out of my life at a law school, and make friends and connections that last my entire life. A couple hundred thousand dollars seems like a lot of money now, but compared to the amount of money we make and spend over our lifetime, it is a drop in the bucket. He suggested that I go with my gut, and choose a school I felt most comfortable with and happy at when visiting. He is still grateful that he is plugged into his network even 10 years out of school. I don't know anyone who doesn't think it is worth every penny. When exams and grading time rolls around at SLS, we are very grateful to know that they don't independently determine our future. Disregarding all the other incredible benefits of the SLS experience, I might pay $50k per year to not be stressed about competing intensely with all my classmates.
Life is short. Don't waste it at a school that doesn't make you happy simply for the sake of money.
Random: Is it difficult to get around i.e. mall, grocery store, restaurant, without a car?
Having a car makes life much easier, for sure. You can go where you want, when you want. Yet, it is possible to get by without one. I lived without one for over a month in the beginning of the semester, and again at the beginning of this quarter, and it was doable. Borrowing from friends and using car-renting programs (of which there are a ton, because they are pretty hot in Silicon Valley right now) make it easy. Also, the law school library has bikes which you can rent to take to Trader Joe's, which is a 10 min bike ride away.