Before I say anything else, I just want to say that I don't want to hear what I should have
done. I am well aware of that
So, it looks like I am one of the lucky few this year who is actually not accepted anywhere (well, I haven't heard from Penn yet, but let's not kid ourselves) with a 3.71/161. I have all kinds of qualifiers for my GPA (it's from a top 10 liberal arts college, there is a marked upward trend in grades, among others), and I could talk about my soft factors all day, but I guess none of that matters. I haven't been arrested or anything, and there are no major flaws in my academic record, so I don't think there is anything holding me back besides my LSAT score.
I am, however, on three waitlists: GW, Fordham, and American. I have already sent GW a letter of continued interest that outlines why I am a good fit for GW law and states that I will definitely enroll if accepted, an additional essay that explains my unique situation growing up and my history of standardized test scores (my SATs were crap for the college I went to, but I still graduated in the top 10% of my class), and I will send them a letter of recommendation from one of my supervisors shortly. I have also sent a letter of interest to Fordham, and contacted the executive director of a nonprofit I interned at two summers ago who is a professor at Fordham who said she would write something to the admissions committee there. I haven't sent anything to AU yet because I just received the letter the other day.
I'm not sure what kind of suggestions anyone can give besides "be patient" and "apply again next year", but I thought I'd give it a shot and see what you guys have to say. I really DON'T want to have to apply again next year, and more than anything I don't want to have to re-take the LSAT. I took it twice: once preparing extensively on my own (I ended up cancelling that one) and once after putting myself into poverty via a Prinecton Review course. I think I have taken all but two of all of the LSATs that have been published to date
. I swear I'm not an idiot, it's just something about that damn test.
Anyway, is it realistic of me to expect that I could get in off of one of these waitlists? Can anyone think of anything else I can do this admissions cycle?