I, like some people on this website, received an admission offer from Georgetown for next year with a possibility for this year (a different sort of waitlist).
Personally, I did not feel this decision reflected my credentials (i.e. LSAT 170, GPA 3.46 with an addendum explaining a heavy drop in GPA for one year, and pointing out that my GPA for the 3 other years was 3.81, Mexican-American, chair of the student judicial board). Besides that I have been accepted to historically more competitive schools. So I suspect that something is awry. I wrote to the Director of Admissions that offered me a warm and considerate response assuring me that the policy is honest and with the best intentions.
The Director of Admissions also pointed out in her email, that my letter was the first negative response her office has received from those in this small group of deferred accepted students. Although I believe her, I was shocked. I will explain my reasons for discontent here, and hope that people in this small group, respond to why they did not share their discontent or why they are not discontent with the admissions policy at Georgetown.
1. For one, this admissions policy affects next yearís applicants without them knowing it. Like myself, they will believe that they are applying for the full number of 1L spots at GULC when this in fact is not the case; those who decide to put off their legal studies in order to attend GULC will take a certain number of spots (of course I donít know how many spots these are).
2. Based on my credentials, I believe that they extend this offer to many more students that are in a typical waitlist at other top law schools; that is there is some numbers game that is behind this practice. This is also speculation but I feel their decision on my application warrants speculation.
3. In the response to my email, the director said ďIt's a difficult situation when you have great applicants and only a dwindling and finite number of spaces, and we wanted to acknowledge the strength of your applicationĒ. The problem for me with this response is that their application deadline has been extended twice after I applied. When I applied their web page said that the deadline was Feb 1, it was then extended to March 1 and finally to March 15 (last I checked). Why would they extend the deadline if based on the number of spots they have offered, they canít offer many more offers of admission? If, I who was complete in the 1st week of February didnít get in, I suspect in order to get in now you would have to have Harvard line numbers. It seems to me unfair for those who applied past the original deadline because extending the deadline seems to send the opposite message; i.e. that they arenít happy with the regular deadline application pool.
I hope that people here offer their view on the practice. As I said in the letter, I might be wrong. But it seems to me an uncommon and dishonest policy. I am especially interesting in reading the views of those who received the same offers.