« on: March 28, 2008, 05:41:42 PM »
Tagging this thread for future schadenfreude, after the schools you reject now for going down one spot in rank end up going back up five by the time you graduate.
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Sorry if this is a stupid question...I've been placed on waitlists at 2 schools and I don't want to waste my time with sending additional letters, recommendations, etc if it's not going to make a difference. I'm assuming schools use the waitlists to balance their medians, and based on my cycle thus far, it seems that for schools in the 15-25 rankings range it's all about GPA/LSAT and nothing else seems to matter all that much.
Because 135k divided over 30 years isn't much when you are making 160k?
I think this is a question most people have to deal with personally. Other people's perceptions play such a strong role on most of us, that we often do consider our school based on how slight a difference one school's perception may be as opposed to another school.
In essence, we want to be able to say "In your face" to a higher percentage of people than have other people who could say it to us. It's for this reason that I grapple with the decision of SMU versus Fordham (and hopefully I get into Emory or WashU). SMU offers me 75K and Fordham won't offer me anything. But Fordham has a "better" name, and could possibly open more doors.
And I do think part of it has to do with the fact that this profession is just so prestige based that if we don't indulge somewhat in the "prestige whoring," we could be doing ourselves a disservice in our future careers.
Most schools have a deadline of April 15th right? And I know some are April 1st... are some as far back as May 1st?
Also if you have an April 15th deadline, when should you send in your payment, like 5 days before at least? Are they strict with the cutoff rule? How does this work? I think for example, the April 15th deadline would be the date they need to HAVE your deposit, not mail-by date, correct?