Under normal circumstances, I totally agree with you, comotellamas. However, I think this cycle is going to be wicked competitive - thousands of people are being laid off by Lehman Brothers alone. That will definitely affect the application cycle. To be perfectly honest, I don't think that the results are going to be as predictable as they have been for the past two or three years. Across the board, I think it's going to get harder to get in. Sure, people who are just laid off probably won't be able to get their stuff together in time for the October LSAT and will apply late, if at all. But there are also lots of people who will be able to, or people who graduated last year and haven't been able to find work.For a 3.3/168, I would expand the list to 2-3 reaches, 5-6 targets, 2-3 safeties, with hopefully about half being covered by fee waivers. Those are unpredictable numbers even in a normal cycle.
The money argument doesn't make any sense to me. It is totally irrational.You are applying to law school next. The price of applications is part of the total expenses you will pay to attend law school.Next year, when law school starts, you will dish out around $50,000 to attend. Much of it will be loaned.Right now, you are freaking out as to whether your first law school expense should be $100, $500, or even (gasp!) $1,000!Madness.
I think you are being generous haha! I am applying to: U-Washington, Seattle Univ, Gonzaga, Lewis and Clark, University of Minnesota, Willamette