Is it the practice of law schools...

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CR2012
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Is it the practice of law schools...

Postby CR2012 » Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:14 am

Is it the practice of law schools to offer you fee waivers so that they can deny your application, thus creating the appearance of being a highly selective school?

I just got an email from a school offering me a fee waiver even though I am below both of their medians (I am retaking).

Thoughts?

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Re: Is it the practice of law schools...

Postby CanadianWolf » Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:22 am

Yes, since it makes their numbers look better & keeps the admission officers busy (and thereby avoiding layoffs and decreased university funding for admissions).

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Re: Is it the practice of law schools...

Postby rinkrat19 » Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:25 am

Yes. Selectivity is one of the numbers used in the rankings calculation.

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Re: Is it the practice of law schools...

Postby nickb285 » Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:44 am

I got a fee waiver from Columbia with a 3.17/169. Not transparent rankings gaming at all.
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Re: Is it the practice of law schools...

Postby CanadianWolf » Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:47 am

Maybe not in your situation--although your GPA is low--but fee waivers drive up application numbers & that games the rankings system. Otherwise, all fee waivers should be need based, in my opinion, with minimum numbers (LSAT & GPA) for any top law school.

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Re: Is it the practice of law schools...

Postby goldenflash19 » Mon Nov 05, 2012 1:23 pm

nickb285 wrote:I got a fee waiver from Cornell with a 3.17/169. Not transparent rankings gaming at all.


I disagree- your LSAT is above median.

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Re: Is it the practice of law schools...

Postby rinkrat19 » Mon Nov 05, 2012 1:38 pm

nickb285 wrote:I got a fee waiver from Cornell with a 3.17/169. Not transparent rankings gaming at all.

No one said it was the ONLY reason a school would send out waivers. Just one genuine reason.

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Re: Is it the practice of law schools...

Postby nickb285 » Mon Nov 05, 2012 3:35 pm

goldenflash19 wrote:
nickb285 wrote:I got a fee waiver from Cornell with a 3.17/169. Not transparent rankings gaming at all.


I disagree- your LSAT is above median.


Yes, but on the other hand I can't type things correctly. I meant Columbia, not Cornell. 169 doesn't even hit their 25th percentile.
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Re: Is it the practice of law schools...

Postby CR2012 » Tue Nov 06, 2012 4:07 am

While this message in no way ensures your admission, we encourage you to apply. Every year, we end up admitting students who never thought they had a chance at getting into Harvard


Email I just got. This is just mean.

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Re: Is it the practice of law schools...

Postby JCFindley » Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:42 am

CR2012 wrote:
While this message in no way ensures your admission, we encourage you to apply. Every year, we end up admitting students who never thought they had a chance at getting into Harvard


Email I just got. This is just mean.


Hey, why not?

At least you can tell people you applied at Harvard. (If I had a fee waiver, I really would have.)

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Re: Is it the practice of law schools...

Postby dingbat » Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:51 am

JCFindley wrote:
CR2012 wrote:
While this message in no way ensures your admission, we encourage you to apply. Every year, we end up admitting students who never thought they had a chance at getting into Harvard


Email I just got. This is just mean.


Hey, why not?

At least you can tell people you applied at Harvard asked you to apply. (If I had a fee waiver, I really would have.)

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Re: Is it the practice of law schools...

Postby izy223 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:42 am

dingbat wrote:
JCFindley wrote:
CR2012 wrote:
While this message in no way ensures your admission, we encourage you to apply. Every year, we end up admitting students who never thought they had a chance at getting into Harvard


Email I just got. This is just mean.


Hey, why not?

At least you can tell people you applied at Harvard asked you to apply. (If I had a fee waiver, I really would have.)


Ill give you a good reason why not, Being placed on hold, then WLed then kept on WL then rejected one week into your 1L year. Oh Harvard you played with my heart

ETA: i may be a tad bit bitter

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Re: Is it the practice of law schools...

Postby JCFindley » Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:48 am

And there, we have a damn good reason.

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Re: Is it the practice of law schools...

Postby mqt » Wed Nov 14, 2012 1:27 am

I love the fee waivers from top schools. They even make it sound like you have no damn chance.

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Re: Is it the practice of law schools...

Postby dingbat » Wed Nov 14, 2012 7:39 am

izy223 wrote:Ill give you a good reason why not, Being placed on hold, then WLed then kept on WL then rejected one week into your 1L year. Oh Harvard you played with my heart

ETA: i may be a tad bit bitter

Boy, does that sound familiar




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