« on: May 23, 2006, 01:36:49 AM »
Hmmm...here are some potential reasons:
(1) Planning: People want to wait until they get back the results of their October LSAT before they decide where to apply. There's little use applying to only T14 if you suddenly bomb the LSAT and get a 150, and no use applying only to TTT if you get a 175.
(2) Perfectionism: Some people take a long time to write their personal statements and write out the applications, especially if they proofread many many times.
(3) Uncontrollable delays: Maybe it takes a long long time for your recommenders to get done with their letters, or you're waiting for your fall grades.
(4) Sudden decision: Some people don't realize they want to go to law school until the last minute. They can be graduating seniors who panic about what to do after graduation, people who decide that they'd rather apply this year than next, etc.
(5) Too much other stuff: It's surprisingly how quickly time passes when you're studying for finals, writing a thesis, meeting work deadlines, etc.
(6) Back up plans: Maybe you apply EA to a few schools and then got rejected, so you submit a few late applications as backups.
(7) Change in circumstances: If you suddenly get a slew of fee waivers, you might submit late applications to schools that you otherwise would not apply to.
(8 ) Hope: Some people think that applying too early will mean a ding, especially since the law school hasn't seen the rest of the candidate pool. Otherwise, some people might not apply early because they are dreading an inevitable rejection.
(9) ? ? ?
In any case, I'm glad that people apply late rather than early. If everyone applied early, there'd be no advantage to those who get their apps done before Thanksgiving.