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Is it the practice of law schools...

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:14 am
by CR2012
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?

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

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:22 am
by CanadianWolf
Yes, since it makes their numbers look better & keeps the admission officers busy (and thereby avoiding layoffs and decreased university funding for admissions).

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

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:25 am
by rinkrat19
Yes. Selectivity is one of the numbers used in the rankings calculation.

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

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:44 am
by nickb285
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Re: Is it the practice of law schools...

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:47 am
by CanadianWolf
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.

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

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 1:23 pm
by goldenflash19
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.

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

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 1:38 pm
by rinkrat19
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.

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

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 3:35 pm
by nickb285
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Re: Is it the practice of law schools...

Posted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 4:07 am
by CR2012
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.

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

Posted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:42 am
by JCFindley
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.)

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

Posted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:51 am
by dingbat
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.)

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

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:42 am
by izy223
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

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

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:48 am
by JCFindley
And there, we have a damn good reason.

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

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 1:27 am
by mqt
I love the fee waivers from top schools. They even make it sound like you have no damn chance.

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

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 7:39 am
by dingbat
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