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« on: May 10, 2005, 11:20:44 AM »
Someone said 100 are on hold. However, there are quite a few on LSN and if LSN only represents 5% of applicants it has to be more than that.
I'm not sure about the 5% figure, but consider this: what sort of person signs up for a service like LSN? To generalize, people who are competitive, and are likely slightly insane (like me). For this reason, I think that LSN is probably not an accurate cross-section of the law school applicant pool. I guess all I'm saying is that if LSN users comprise 5% of law school applicants this cycle, it makes sense that a higher proportion of users would be on the hold list at a fairly competitive place like Wisconsin.
In other news, I am still on hold there, but I have already decided to attend Ohio State...so on the off chance that I get into Wisconsin off the hold list, I will be declining.
I was thinking about calling them up and asking/demanding for my application fee back. Somehow, I don't think that they would be too receptive of that though...
I'm in the same boat as all of you. I sent in my application on November 17, and have heard nothing! I called the other day and was told the same thing; my file had not yet been reviewed, blah blah blah.
I actually asked the guy I spoke to, since no action had been taken on my application and it was past other schools' deadlines, if they would consider refunding my application fee. The answer? A resounding "no."
« on: April 19, 2005, 12:01:09 PM »
Everyone that has posted so far is right on, but I'd like to add my two cents.
It seems to me that LSAT and GPA have an inverse relationship when it comes to law school admissions. In general, I think that the higher your LSAT score is, the more leeway you have with GPA (to a certain degree). In computing their admission indices for each individual candidate, GPA accounts for 20-25% of the numerical index, which is by far the biggest indicator of whether or not you will get in to a certain place. Of course, other factors matter (work experience, personal statement, recommendation letters, etc.), but the LSAT is the most important. So, to answer your question, I'd say, yes, a kickass LSAT can negate an average GPA.
But FYI: the average score increase between the very first diagnostic test and the actual test is 7-8 points. If you're scoring in the low 150s, I think it would be highly improbable that you'd break the 170 threshold. Anyhow, good luck!
« on: April 18, 2005, 12:34:31 PM »
I think Wisconsin would have been great, but I am really fed-up at how they've handled things. I think the whole "hold" things sucks, and I sort of feel like I've been misled - they made it sound like it was better than being waitlisted, and this is just showing that it's not.
Reading this thread has made me feel better about my decision to attend Ohio State.
Where should I go next fall? / Re: Waitlist Purgatory- Need opinions/advice desperately- panic attack coming on« on: April 14, 2005, 04:58:14 PM »
If you can afford to do so, why don't you send your deposit into UF to set your mind at ease? That way, you'll know you have a seat somewhere if nothing else comes through. Seriously, though - that's not a bad fallback option to have.