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Law School Admissions / Re: Which is Better: Waitlist or Deferral?
« on: February 13, 2007, 08:18:29 AM »
Having now received both a waitlist and a deferral I have to say I prefer the deferral. To me, the wailist feels like I have no chance left. But both are better than an outright rejection...which I have also received.

I think I may have to aggree.  I just do not think that I will be able to wait until late May or June for an answer from the waitlist.  William Mitchell says that they review the waitlist on a rolling basis and that it is not ranked, but I think I call BS on that. 

Law School Admissions / Re: Which is Better: Waitlist or Deferral?
« on: February 12, 2007, 06:50:13 PM »
I was deferred from MSU, and just got an acceptance letter in the mail today for the part-time day program with the ability to move into the full-time for 2L.  I was not expecting a decision so soon since they said they would get back to me by March 15th.  Now time to see what happens with the rest!

Law School Admissions / Re: Which is Better: Waitlist or Deferral?
« on: February 11, 2007, 01:40:35 PM »
In terms of preference, I'm leaning towards deferral because it means you'll still get a decision by the application deadline, where waitlists you're pretty much guaranteed not to hear anything until after. Now, from a "better chances to get in" perspective, yes waitlists  do indicate the school's willingness to accept you (provided space needs to be filled) where a deferral means nothing in terms of that, and certainly could mean an outright rejection. So, I'd say if its a school you really have your heart set on, and wouldn't mind putting a deposit down somewhere else and waiting into the summer, then you'd def. want a waitlist. If its just a school you want a decision from before you put down that deposit, def. you want a deferral.

I think you are right, it depends what kind of situation you are looking for.  I will have to see how the rest of my apps pan out and I am sure it will be easier at that point to make some sort of decision.

Law School Admissions / Re: Which is Better: Waitlist or Deferral?
« on: February 07, 2007, 06:10:33 PM »
well...we have opened a can of worms on this debate!  The general consensus seems to be that both are a cruel way of extending the agony of this process. 

Update: waitlisted at Maine! 


I applied to 3 of these schools and was complete at the begining of January.  I have been accepted to 2 of them sofar, NESL and WNESL.  I have the same LSAT, slightly lower GPA 3.30, and am also from a pretty decent state school.  I am still waiting on Hamline, so we will have to see.  Hopefully this helps!  Good luck with your applications!!

Law School Admissions / Which is Better: Waitlist or Deferral?
« on: February 06, 2007, 01:08:24 PM »
Hello everyone,

Just wondering as I have been waitlisted at William Mitchell and Maine, and deferred at MSU.  I understand the difference, but is one of them a better indication of acceptance?


I am from Des Moines, and currently live in Iowa City.  The past several years Des Moines has improved and many of the suburbs have expanded quite a bit (West Des Moines the most).  Downtown Des Moines has seen numerous improvements, and during the summer has some neat stuff going on, like a great art festival on two of the bridges downtown, outdoor concerts at an amphitheater also located on the river, the semi-pro baseball team (Iowa Cubs), and of course you have to check out RAGBRIA if you are in Iowa for the summer.  To sum it up for those of you who do not know, it is a week long, 500+ mile ride across Iowa.  Each day the ride stops to take over a new town, and people party all night then get on their bikes again the next day.  In my opinion, everyone should at least check it out once! 

Although no the most exciting city, there is definetely stuff to do.  I would also recommend the Miller High Life Lounge and El Bait Shop as great, laid-back bars to check out if you are in Des Moines. 

Hopefully this helps!


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