18 May 2015

Coming This Summer: Waitlist Movement

A question we get asked a lot these days is “will there be more waitlist activity this summer than in recent years?” It is, of course, a pertinent question for the vast majority of law school applicants because most applicants will be waitlisted at least somewhere. While there is no definitive answer yet, data from this cycle and historical trends give us at least one theory. And “the new norm” of law admissions leads to another. Let’s take a look at both. **Theory 1: The dominoes will fall. **

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10 May 2015

Know Your Waitlist Movement Dates (Part I)

Wouldn’t it be awesome to know when schools will look to take applicants off of the waitlist? You could hold off on the status checker for a few days/weeks (remember, a few years ago someone checked their GULC status checker more than 1200 in one day!) Even better, you could reach out to the school about your interest right around when they will be looking at taking people. If only we knew… …wait, we do know! May 15th marks the first Seat Deposit Overlap Report. Among others things (eg: “hey yo

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06 Apr 2015

The Only 3 Things That Matter on the Waitlist

Being admitted off the WL is actually pretty simple. There are three factors that schools consider. 1. What the desired class versus the current deposited class looks like at your target school This can be projected before a seat deposit deadline based on what their admits, deposited students, and some withdraws look like, but it usually gets clearer after the first seat deposit. Maybe 15 days after the first deposit deadline you start seeing the first real waves of movement off the WL. But, k

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10 Jan 2015

Applicant Question: "When a law school Defers/WL's someone well below the medians but has great softs, is this a polite way to reject them?"

Highly likely it’s not. Unless the applicant is some form of “special interest,” meaning that they have people who are donors interested in their admission, connections to the law school itself, etc. you really wouldn’t defer someone just to intentionally deny them later. That isn’t doing either you or them any favors. Rather, you defer them to see how your numbers look throughout the entirety of the cycle. At some point almost every school, including T3, will say “our medians look like x and z

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18 Nov 2013

Pressure Points in Contacting Admissions: Professional Persistence versus Pestering?

The hardest part of the admissions cycle is the wait. For many it is worse than logic games, worse than filling out applications, dropdown boxes, questions that you have to answer that you should not have to (e.g. has anyone influenced your decision to attend our law school, yes or yes?), etc. The wait only gets intensified when others start hearing from your dream school and you are, well, waiting. What is more, if you are applying to law school you are likely a proactive person. You WANT to b

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03 Dec 2012

Help! I've been Waitlisted and I can't get up [off the waitlist]

The majority of law school applicants will be waitlisted somewhere this year and, at many schools, upwards of 50% (or more) of the matriculates will be from the waitlist. Now is the time such WLing is starting to happen, which means now (and through August) is when I am getting a great deal of emails and calls about the waitlist. This blog post is not near all-compassing re: what to do if WLed,  but I do want to share a few words of encouragement.  The first comes from the above. Simply keep in

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