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I had remembered seeing some banter about the US News ranking methodology change this year a little while ago (I forget if it was on XOXO or here) and thought I'd post this link to an article I found. Apologies if everyone has already seen it or its old news.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Finally, Penn
« on: March 24, 2005, 11:23:59 AM »
Waitlisted today. Would have posted on the existing Penn W/L thread, but since this is fresh and will stand out more easily for those still anxious and waiting to hear back, I thought I'd start a new one. Just got the email from Derek Meeker. The only thing of interest, they mentioned a recent surge of applications.
This was much expected. Stats: 3.4 in International Studies from a Top 15 undergrad, 170.
Good luck to everyone else waiting to hear back from Penn

Choosing the Right Law School / Cornell Decision....this can't be good
« on: March 24, 2005, 09:02:25 AM »
Went to decision at Cornell late this morning. I am thinking it isn't good, as it says:

The Admissions Committee has reached decision on your application file and you will receive a written decision soon. Please be patient with the postal system. Please wait for 10 to 14 days to receive your written decision before contacting the Admissions Office.

Cornell emails acceptances - this 10-14 day business has me worried. Did any acceptees have this line in their decision status check?? Is it the generic msg that all decisions get, or is it specifically there for W/L's and Denials? AAAAAAUUUUGGGHHH so nervous and pessimistic  :'(

Stats: 3.4 from Top 15 undergrad, 170 LSAT. Non-URM. And praying. Hard.

Law School Admissions / "Desperation" Letter?
« on: March 18, 2005, 10:05:17 AM »
I apologize in advance for this question's agonizingly similar premise to other recent questions on the board. I am still pending at my top choice, which I want to attend more than 100% over any other schools I've gotten into thus far. I am borderline as it is, and all opinions aside on whether it is prudent to send a Letter of Interest without having been WL or Def. first, would it appear desperate? Would sending a letter this late in the game give off the vibe that I hadn't gotten in anywhere/anywhere good yet and that I was "desperate" for an acceptance from them? And would it cause them to perhaps scrutinize my application for flaws more carefully with this notion in mind? I have been admitted to some other T14's, and perhaps alerting them to this fact in some subtle way might allay this problem, but doing this as well seems like it might be annoying/uncalled for/overall negative.
I realize that this question, like 90% of what else is asked on this board, cannot be accurately answered by anybody, but I'd at least like to get a feel for how ppl in general would view such a letter. Thanks!

Choosing the Right Law School / Georgetown Concerns
« on: March 16, 2005, 08:44:38 AM »
Unless I get into one of my top choices which I am still pending at, I will be at GULC this fall. However, the ceaseless deadline extensions have me worried. Their original deadline was in Feb. Then they extended it to March 1. Then they extended to March 15 and said in bold letters "FINAL DEADLINE." Now, today I see they have extended to April 1. What the hell gives??? This reaks of desperation - I hope these actions translate into a weaker applicant pool in general this yr than a GULC-specific problem. With GULC's huge app pool (the largest of any school) being decently representative of the app pool as a whole, I think this is likely.
Also, I think this about solidifies the fact that yield protection does exist, no matter what the nay-sayers want to say. All those ppl with great numbers who were not accepted for 2005 but for 2006 "because they could not admit them for this academic yr" are in such a position clearly not because there are not enough spots. And there doesn't appear to be anything glaringly wrong with their apps as they have gotten into equally and more competitive schools than GULC already. So yea I think it is blatantly obvious that yield protection exists.
Anyway, what do y'all think of this kinda odd situation?

Law School Admissions / Letter of Interest w/o WL or Def.
« on: March 14, 2005, 02:07:58 PM »
General consensus seems to say "no" to a letter of interest to a pending school without receiving a WL or deferral first. It can be viewed as annoying, premature, etc. Others say it can't hurt. Anyone know for sure? Anyone write one of these and get back positive/negative results that you think can be directly attributed to the letter? With the recent hubbub about yield protection, schools calling pending applicants to gauge interest, and schools trolling LSN to gather data, would it not be an advantage to save them the work and tell the yourself that they are your top choice and you will definitely attend it admitted?
If such a letter is merited in your opinion, how should it be composed? Length? Tell them what other schools you have been admitted to? Tone of language? Etc.
Though I've gotten into some good schools, I am still pending at my top choice, very borderline, and going completely nuts! I'd love to give them an extra reason to admit me, but I'd hate to give them another reason to ding me. Thoughts?

Choosing the Right Law School / what the hell is wrong with cornell??
« on: March 03, 2005, 08:38:44 AM »
longtime lurker here. i never understood why cornell seemed to be the least respected/liked of the t-14, but i think i am starting to. their admissions office appears to be in complete disarray. i applied in early january and it still says that my application "cannot be found" on their status checker. my friend, who applied a month ago, his status-checker said he had been at "applied" for awhile until he called the office to ask why he was not completed yet. the admissions lady checked his file and told him that it was because his deans cert "looked like it had just been faxed by him" and they were awaiting an official copy of it from his school. he went to one of the top schools in the world, and his school had sent it to them via snail mail weeks ago. he then told her this and after about a min, the lady was like, "um, okay. i'll complete your file." just like that! how arbitrary! cornell is still his top choice even though he's gotten into better schools already and i'm starting to think he's crazy for it. anyway, just venting, and was curious if anyone else has had crappy experiences with cornell, and any other reasons why cornell gets no love.  :P

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