Law School Discussion

Poll

You applied to LUC and...

Wrote the optional essay, got accepted
4 (21.1%)
Wrote the optional essay, got waitlisted
6 (31.6%)
Didn't write the optional essay, got accepted
2 (10.5%)
Didn't write the optional essay, got waitlisted
7 (36.8%)

Total Members Voted: 14

Loyola University of Chicago Waitlist Poll

Loyola University of Chicago Waitlist Poll
« on: February 13, 2006, 10:26:36 AM »
Just curious.  I'm a 3.1/165, got into much better schools, and got WL'd at Loyola.  I opted not to write any of the optional essays. 

Re: Loyola University of Chicago Waitlist Poll
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2006, 10:30:18 AM »
I have a 3.7/165, wrote the optional essay on why I wanted to attend Loyola, and got in with $$.  Maybe it did help.

Re: Loyola University of Chicago Waitlist Poll
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2006, 10:49:47 AM »
I actually forgot to do the optional essay  :-[ and got waitlisted.  With a 158/3.45 it would surprise most people to be waitlisted by them since I'm not a URM and considering what they look for LSAT-wise.  However, I also go to their undergrad so I'm fairly sure that they look at Loyola students a bit more favorably which is why I was waitlisted.  Would the optional essay help me get in?  Perhaps.  I can still turn in the optional essay to help me out and if they do offer me a spot in May then it was probably the optional essay that was missing.

Re: Loyola University of Chicago Waitlist Poll
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2006, 11:45:15 AM »
Couple of things:

1. Not writing the optional essay is NOT a good idea.  Loyola stresses that they want people who want to be here.  It's a small school, so they try to craft the class in a certain way.  If you did not write and and are waitlisted or have not yet heard, I'd write it immediately.

2. Though I cannot say for sure, I don't think it really matters if you go to Loyola undergrad. or not.  I don't think it will have much impact on your application.

Saphyrva

Re: Loyola University of Chicago Waitlist Poll
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2006, 12:59:00 PM »
I did not write the optional essay and was accepted with a 159/3.25, so who knows.  If someone was waitlisted, it certainly couldn't hurt to send in the essay with a letter of continued interest. 

Re: Loyola University of Chicago Waitlist Poll
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2006, 01:31:21 PM »
I did not write the optional essay and was accepted with a 159/3.25, so who knows.  If someone was waitlisted, it certainly couldn't hurt to send in the essay with a letter of continued interest. 

I am sure Loyola LOVED your social work experience.  Child Law is HUGE here.

bluestater

Re: Loyola University of Chicago Waitlist Poll
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2006, 01:34:45 PM »
Oops.  When they say "optional" it means mandatory.

Re: Loyola University of Chicago Waitlist Poll
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2006, 05:45:28 AM »
Ok, how about one of their own dean of admissions telling me (off the record) that if it were between a Loyola undergrad person and someone else and both people were the exact same across the board (soft factors included) that they would take the Loyola student.  I don't know about you, but it sure sounds like a bit of favoritism to me.

Re: Loyola University of Chicago Waitlist Poll
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2006, 07:50:12 AM »
Ok, how about one of their own dean of admissions telling me (off the record) that if it were between a Loyola undergrad person and someone else and both people were the exact same across the board (soft factors included) that they would take the Loyola student.  I don't know about you, but it sure sounds like a bit of favoritism to me.

Haha, OK now try to go find two people that are exactly the same across the board.  You won't.

Re: Loyola University of Chicago Waitlist Poll
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2006, 08:12:20 AM »
I wrote the optional essay.  Had good soft factors... 161 LSAT (average 165/157) and 3.47 GPA.  Thought I had a pretty good chance of getting in, but I got waitlisted.  They wouldn't let me know why... they did offer to let me write another optional essay.