I agree, it's very beneficial to apply early. Paradoxically, I applied in early November and have yet to hear from 4 schools and am waitlisted at 3. It's good practice to submit your apps. ASAP, but if you are in the middle of the pack, as it appears I am, your app. may be shuffled aside, thereby, diminishing any advantage you had by applying early. My track record with LS's this year can attest to this. It is not practical to apply late, but applying early does not always guarantee a prompt response.