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Law School Rankings / Re: did your school drop in the rankings?
« on: March 27, 2005, 08:27:40 PM »
1) Harvard.  didnt lose any spots, but lets face it, it could be #1. what is holding it back? its larger class size.  Shrink the class size,(this will help in both acceptance rate and student/faculty ratio) hire some more profs too, and send out a bunch of fee waivers to auto-rejects.

Harvard isn't number one because Yale is better in several important statistical categories.  Yale is clearly the top spot for law faculty and it has the highest yield rate for admitted students, who statistically are better than Harvard's.  How then could Harvard be #1?

That would ill-advised, especially as so few schools have changed significantly.

What percentage of the applicant pool do people on LSN represent, particularly at "T14" schools?  (i.e. if 100 people have been accepted to a given school on LSN, approximately how many have been accepted total?)

My own guess is somewhere around 25%, depending on the school.  The better the school, the higher the percentage because LSN is clearly a non-representative/skewed upward sample of law school applicants.

EDIT: A better question to ask is what % of the applicant pool considering the upward skew ... or what percentage of actual spots are LSN people taking.  That is clearly higher than 10% and probably closer to 25% -- I guess that's what I'm really asking.

Wait List / Re: waitlisted at Michigan
« on: March 12, 2005, 05:55:04 PM »
yield protection = ego protection

Generally, that may be true, but something is definitely a bit off with the range of Michigan waitlists.

Acceptances / Re: GULC accepted me for next year...?
« on: March 09, 2005, 09:39:48 AM »
Someone else posted about being accepted for next year as well.  I wonder if they're finished accepting people for this year... ???

That was me.  I'm in the same boat.  It's really quite odd.  You have numbers that should get you into Georgetown no sweat and have gotten into several schools that are as good or better than G-town.  My numbers are well above the averages for my college's stats on their admittees to Georgetown.  I'm thinking it's a form of yield protection.

Acceptances / Georgetown acceptance for 2006 - how odd
« on: March 03, 2005, 12:13:29 AM »
I received a letter today indicating that I had been accepted to GULC for the fall of 2006, not 2005.  The letter says that I was part of a special group of students that they could only admit for next year.  It suggests that there might be a possibily to be accepted this year, but provides no details as to how or when that might occur.  Ends with a handwritten note that says "hope this works out."

I find it incredibly bizarre.  My numbers are a bit above average for Georgetown: 3.73/(166+171) with strong ec's at HYP and two years work experience on Capitol Hill.  I am really at a loss as to what is going on.  I've already been accepted to several schools that are at least as good as Georgetown (UVA, Boalt, Duke).  But I have an interest in staying in DC, so I'm quite disappointed.

On top of everything else, I have access to the admitted students' web site, with all the info about admitted students events.  Except that I'm not really accepted in the way that everyone else at those events will have been.

Is anyone else in this boat?  Or can at least rationalize this?

Acceptances / Re: In at Michigan!
« on: February 05, 2005, 04:30:13 PM »
Well, I think I'd put it slightly behind Penn at the moment but the Michigan campus and Ann Arbor look absolutely beautiful, so I think I'll need to give a visit.  I still haven't heard from Columbia, but I've got my fingers crossed for that one. 

I think most people would agree -- reputation aside, Penn is a sh&thole compared to Michigan.

Wait List / Re: Chicago Hold
« on: January 26, 2005, 08:34:18 PM »
I'm a hold as well.  3.73 Ivy/(166+171/2).  Unclear whether they had received and processed my second LSAT score from December when they made the decision.  Letter was dated Jan. 17.  I scheduled an interview, but not writing an essay.

Law School Applications / Re: informing law schools of Dec LSAT
« on: December 27, 2004, 02:46:48 AM »
weeks? wtf? they have monkeys doing it?
Harvard is the school that specifically mentions up to 4-6 weeks to match, so I figure if they have problems like that, other places might too.

Law School Applications / Re: informing law schools of Dec LSAT
« on: December 27, 2004, 02:42:07 AM »
LSAC automatically sends "score updates" to any schools that have previously requested your report.  The new LSAT will be reflected on all future reports, so any school that requests your LSAC info from this point on will receive both scores.

I might not have been clear enough.  I understand LSAC sends update reports, but I have also read that it can take several weeks for a law school to match that report to a particular admissions file.  I'm just worried about being rejected in the meantime based on the lower LSAT score.

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