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Law School Admissions / Re: Yale Obsession
« on: April 18, 2006, 07:51:37 AM »
I applied last year (2004-2005), went complete on 12/17, and didn't hear anything until a rejection email on April 22, which I've pasted below. My girlfriend is applying this year -- she went complete on 12/27 and still hasn't heard anything.


From: Yale Law School Admissions <>   
Date: Apr 22, 2005 5:58 AM
Subject: Yale Law School - Decision


We know that deposit deadlines for many schools are quickly approaching.  In the interest of time, we wanted to provide you with your decision by e-mail.  We regret that we are unable to offer you admission for the fall of 2005.

We received almost 4,000 applications for an entering class of 185 students.  Given this ratio, many highly-qualified applicants have to be turned away.  The faculty, all of whom read admissions files, work hard to reach these difficult decisions as fairly as possible, knowing the outcome will inevitably prove disappointing to many people.

We appreciate your interest in Yale Law School and extend to you our best wishes for the future.


Craig L. Janecek
Director of Admissions

Copy to follow by U.S. Mail

Law School Admissions / Re: Harvard Reapplication
« on: April 03, 2006, 02:08:57 PM »
I was rejected last year, re-took the LSAT, went up 10 points, and was accepted this year.

I applied last year and didn't get into any of my top choices. I re-took the LSAT, went up 10 points, re-applied with the same two letters from last year plus one new one and got into my top choices.

Bottom line is that the old letters should be just fine, although most schools would like to get one new one. Most schools retain files from the last few cycles so you don't need to re-submit old letters, but a few don't -- make sure you ask at each school you're re-applying to.

Law School Admissions / Re: Yale Obsession
« on: March 24, 2006, 12:28:02 PM »
Sounds similar to the situation at Harvard last year (the previous incarnation of Toby was forced out mid-cycle).

Thanks for the info. Yale's the only place I haven't heard from (complete 12/27) -- so was just wondering what to expect if I get waitlisted.

Law School Admissions / Re: Yale Obsession
« on: March 24, 2006, 12:11:45 PM »
Does anyone know why Yale is being slower than usual this year? What are these mysterious "unavoidable circumstances"?

Also, does the waitlist letter indicate when to expect a final decision?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Harvard Admitted Students Weekend
« on: March 20, 2006, 09:22:22 AM »

Choosing the Right Law School / Harvard Admitted Students Weekend
« on: March 19, 2006, 03:29:25 PM »
Does anyone know when the HLS admitted students weekend is? I have just been admitted but haven't been sent that info yet.


No, just a handful of deferrals.

Law School Admissions / Number of Applications Remains Constant at HLS
« on: February 10, 2006, 07:26:03 AM »
HLS Holds Steady As Apps Drop Nationwide
Published On 2/10/2006 5:24:34 AM
Crimson Staff Writer

Applications to American law schools have declined almost 10 percent to a total of just over 60,000 from 66,000 a year before, according to the Law School Admission Council.

Though other schools have reported consistent declines in the number of applicants over the years, Harvard Law School (HLS) has seen its pool stabilize after falling 3.5 percent last year. Though applications fell to 7,127 from 7,386 in the 2004-2005 cycle, officials claim that there has been no change this time around.

“Applications are still coming in,” HLS Director of Communications Michael A. Armini wrote in an e-mail to The Crimson yesterday. “We’re not seeing anything significantly different from last year.”

Tobias S. Loss-Eaton, an aide in the HLS admissions office, echoed Armini, saying that since applications are still being accepted, the total number of applications this year is still unknown.

Admissions numbers are based on the amount of applications received prior to the Feb. 3 deadline, though most law schools will continue to accept applications for another month. Last year, for example, American law schools received a total of 95,800, nearly one third of which were submitted after the deadline.

Though the exact reason for the shrinking applicant pools of recent years is impossible to pinpoint, admissions experts cite an improved general job market, rising law school tuition, increasingly competitive admission rates, and a return to more typical numbers of applicants after large increases in the preceding years.

Some have said that the decrease in applicants could simply reflect a change in career preferences and that the prominence of lawyers in popular culture has accounted for much of the increase in the past.

“The more lawyers there are, the more people are out there to encourage others not to go to law school,” David E. Kelly, the producer of several law-related television shows, told The New York Times. “I personally have a very glamorous view of the law. But maybe that’s because I’m out of it, and I get to write about what I would like the practice of law to be.”

In the 2004-2005 cycle, the top five law schools, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, all witnessed some decline in applicants. New York University School of Law, which experienced the largest decline, saw its total pool ebb by 4.3 percent, while Yale Law School took in just five fewer applicants, a decline of 0.2 percent. Nationwide, law school applicants fell by 4.6 percent in that cycle.

The Law School Admission Council, a trade group that comprises 202 law schools in the U.S. and Canada, is best known for administering the Law School Admission Test, or LSAT.

—Staff writer Paras D. Bhayani can be reached at

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