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 Post subject: Application Fee Waived - What does it mean?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 12:50 pm 

Joined: Thu Jul 10, 2008 5:38 pm
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Never applied for a free waiver or anything of that sort. Does an email like this actually mean anything?

Dear ___

The LSDAS Candidate Referral Service has identified you as a
promising candidate for Georgetown University Law Center. On behalf
of the Admissions Committee, I invite you to apply. Although this
invitation does not guarantee admission, we feel that your obvious
academic talent and background would make a positive contribution to
the intellectual dialogue at the Law Center. Due to our belief in
your potential, your application fee has been waived as well.

We invite you to visit our website at
<http://www.law.georgetown.edu/admissions> which provides an overview
of the Law Center’s extensive curriculum, numerous student
organizations and renowned faculty. To obtain the application fee
waiver please complete your online application through the LSAC
website, and you will see that the fee will automatically be waived.

Located near the U.S. Capitol and Supreme Court, Georgetown
University Law Center is one of the most diverse law schools in the
nation, comprised of 44% women and 27% minorities. The fall 2007
entering class is composed of students from 46 states, 13 foreign
countries, and 200 colleges and universities. The median LSAT for
this class was a 170, and the median undergraduate GPA was a 3.67.
We are an educational institution dedicated to the principle that law
is but the means, justice is the end. With this principle in mind,
Georgetown has built an environment conducive to the exchange of
practical ideas and the pursuit of academic excellence. If you would
like to tour our campus, or if you have questions about our
application, please contact __________ or
__________. Feel free to contact me directly through my
e-mail address at __________

I look forward to receiving your application.

Sincerely,
______
Director of Admissions


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 Post subject: Re: Application Fee Waived - What does it mean?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 1:09 pm 

Joined: Wed Jun 18, 2008 2:58 pm
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Um...it means you don't pay $70 when you apply to Georgetown...


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 Post subject: Re: Application Fee Waived - What does it mean?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 1:23 pm 

Joined: Tue Nov 06, 2007 6:32 pm
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Having the GPA and LSAT to receive a fee waiver from a top law school, but not the reading comprehension to understand what it says?

Priceless.


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 Post subject: Re: Application Fee Waived - What does it mean?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 1:26 pm 

Joined: Tue Oct 16, 2007 11:23 pm
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jsporter wrote:
Having the GPA and LSAT to receive a fee waiver from a top law school, but not the reading comprehension to understand what it says?

Priceless.


Hah... made me chuckle


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 Post subject: Re: Application Fee Waived - What does it mean?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 1:39 pm 

Joined: Mon Aug 25, 2008 2:06 am
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I think it means they dislike your numbers so very much that they have waived any duty to receive your fee :roll:


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 Post subject: Re: Application Fee Waived - What does it mean?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 2:31 pm 

Joined: Wed Oct 24, 2007 1:15 am
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dude, you're fucked.

sorry :(


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 Post subject: Re: Application Fee Waived - What does it mean?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 3:13 pm 

Joined: Tue Nov 06, 2007 6:32 pm
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You guys aren't getting it. What does it all mean???


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 Post subject: Re: Application Fee Waived - What does it mean?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 3:19 pm 

Joined: Thu Aug 07, 2008 5:45 am
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"Waiver" is a French bastardization of the more traditionally English "waver." In this context I have to assume that the Director of Admissions is telling you that, when you apply, he will come to you in person, wave the application fee in your face, laugh, and ding you on the spot. Hence "waver" (also known as the "waver-laugher-dinger," which briefly replaced being "drawn and quartered" in eighteenth-century France - hence the French spelling "waiver").


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 Post subject: Re: Application Fee Waived - What does it mean?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 3:48 pm 

Joined: Mon Jul 02, 2007 9:32 pm
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Come on guys -- go back to some of your first posts on TLS -- we've all made our share of posts that seem to have laughably obvious answers now. :)

To the OP -- Schools hand out fee waivers of this sort to serve their own interests. Their interests can be, but are not necessarily in concert with our interests. Schools give fee waivers to potential applicants who fit demographics they feel will enhance their applicant pool. The catch is that one way an application can enhance their applicant pool is by being rejected. The ratio of acceptances to rejections can help their USNWR ranking. So, while a school may hand out fee waivers to auto-admit applicants whose scores would boost the schools LSAT/GPA numbers, they may also hand them out to other applicants who really don't have a very good chance of admittance. Other demographic info can also trigger fee waivers, such as ethnicity, sexual orientation, or geography.

In other words, getting a fee waiver is great if you are interested in applying to the school, but it doesn't necessarily offer any predictive insight to your chances.


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 Post subject: Re: Application Fee Waived - What does it mean?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 4:07 pm 

Joined: Wed Jun 18, 2008 2:58 pm
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Come on guys -- go back to some of your first posts on TLS -- we've all made our share of posts that seem to have laughably obvious answers now.


But isn't that the point of a forum? One simple search will bring the wisdom of the past so that every time a 0L starts to think about law school we don't go through the same cycle of questions and answers?

Nevertheless, YoungFogey has given a beautiful explanation. The sad thing is that the next person who gets :shock: at a fee waiver will just come on here and post a new thread instead of finding YoungFogey's monograph.


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 Post subject: Re: Application Fee Waived - What does it mean?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 4:14 pm 

Joined: Sat Aug 09, 2008 11:02 pm
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Come on guys -- go back to some of your first posts on TLS -- we've all made our share of posts that seem to have laughably obvious answers now. :)


Indeed, when I saw this thread I was like, whoa, harsh! Poor guy/gal.

jsporter wrote:
You guys aren't getting it. What does it all mean???


Ahahahahaha, maybe this IS all a matter of metaphysics.


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 Post subject: Re: Application Fee Waived - What does it mean?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 10:46 pm 

Joined: Tue Aug 26, 2008 5:05 pm
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Ignore it; it must have been a clerical error.


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