I have a 3.43 GPA, Master's degree in Accounting, and a 169 LSAT score. I have a job lined up with PricewaterhouseCoopers to work in M&A if I do not attend law school this fall. I'm currently on 8 waitlists and have yet to hear from UT-Austin, UCLA, and UPenn. My waitlisted schools include Michigan, Duke, UVa, Cornell, USC and Vandy. I honestly can't believe I've been waitlisted so much, but I did not go complete until early January due to my December LSAT retake. Should I sit out this year and re-apply next year to these schools with a year of work experience under my belt? When I hear that I'm waitlisted, I'm basically counting those as rejections at the moment. I have a Dean's scholarship to SMU and acceptances to GWU and BU. Thanks for your help!
If you want to work at PWC and/or if you'll kick yourself for attending GW or BU when you feel that you would be better served by a different school, then I think you should re-apply. Work on your personal statement, too, as it's not all LSAT and GPA at the top schools (contrary, perhaps, to popular opinion).The work experience will give you a better shot at Northwestern, at least. I think applying earlier with your high LSAT (a 169 is good!), strengthening your essays, and having some new WE will only help. I think applying late screwed you over.Explain to GW and BU that you're withdrawing to pursue a career opportunity that you don't want to pass up--hopefully they won't hold it against you, and will accept you again next year. Then you'll be in at least the same position.You probably already know what you really want to do. Just do it.
Thanks for the advice guys. I definitely hadn't thought about asking for a non-commit deferral for GWU or BU. I certainly hope it's not a dumb idea because it sounded like a good idea to me!
If I were you, I would definitely reapply next cycle. With experience under your belt, and the ability to apply much earlier, I don't think many of these schools would wait list you. You'd have much better admission chances, IMO, and way more time to visit the ones you got into.