Amy:Thanks for your answers again. I have another question about the process that I think many people on this board have been clamoring to know.Do Adcomms really read this deeply into applications? Materials and books that are available say that our essays are read, and grade trends evaluated, changes in LSAT scores considered. But the limited data that we have for most schools through Lawschoolnumbers and other sources seem to point to very solid cutoff figures that can only be derived through a formulaic approach to the admissions process. Some examples from this cycle:http://www.lawschoolnumbers.com/graphs.php?&cycle=5&school_code=0007At GULC, a 3.7 and 167 is virtually a guaranteed acceptance, while anything below is virtually a guaranteed rejection. UCLA seems to have the exact same hard cutoff:http://www.lawschoolnumbers.com/graphs.php?&cycle=5&school_code=0020With placement distribution at these schools this tightly defined, do soft factors, upward grade trends, writing sample quality and other non-numerical factors really matter?Thanks again, Amy!
Here's a question -- what, exactly, distinguishes a waitlist candidate from a reject (discounting candidates who are far, far below the 25%)? The numbers for most schools on LSN don't seem to support quite as clear a cutoff numbers-wise between waitlists and rejects vs. waitlists and acceptances. Obviously this is different for every school . . . but generally?I ask because I'm waitlisted at a bunch of places, and a lot of them were real hail mary applications to places where I didn't think I had a chance of even a waitlist. But that really puts me on the low-end of the waitlist in terms of numbers at a lot of these places, which makes me think that my probability of eventual acceptance is EXTREMELY low . . . which makes me wonder why they put me on the waitlist instead of rejecting me in the first place?[/quotHi Dischord,These schools must have seen something they liked. Waitlists can be complex creatures. In addition to protecting both the median GPA and LSAT of the entering class AND the yield on acceptances, admission officers have to keep a close eye on ethnic diversity, gender representation, and geographic representation, among numerous other things. That's not really an answer to your question - but rather some additional food for thought. Again, if they had thought your file wasn't competitive or interesting, they would have outright rejected you.AmyAmyAmy JohnsonSenior ConsultantAdmissionsConsultants Inc.firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy:Thanks for helping us all out here. A couple questions. First, I have one scholarship that I want to leverage with another school for a larger scholarship. One deposit is due 4/1 and the other 4/4. Much more money is due to the school on 4/4 that is my higher choice. Would it be wrong to send in the deposit at both to give me more time to try to get more money? What is your opinion on having more than one deposit down at once anyway (this might be necessary if someone hasn't been able to visit both schools, etc.)?Also, is the June LSAT an effective tool if someone is on many waitlists?
Amy:Your philanthropy does not go unappreciated. I received a couple unexpected rejections and am wondering where you stand/what your experience has been with writing appeal letters?? I know they are a shot in the dark, but is there even a remote chance they will be considered?
Amy, With regards to LOCI, is it ok to send them when you have not heard anything from a school for a substantial amount of time, ie., 6 months?