Putting off law school withdrawal letters

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Putting off law school withdrawal letters

Postby rw2264 » Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:23 am

i applied this cycle mostly as a back-up in case i hadn't found a job by the time law school started... and lo and behold, i got a job last week, and in the legal field no less! so i'm wondering when/how i should let law schools know that i will not be attending this fall. should i wait for all the admissions decisions, or withdraw from all of them beforehand? and how long do my letters have to be? should i take care to address them to specific people or is the admissions office sufficient? i will be reapplying in a couple years so naturally i want to be respectful.

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Re: Putting off law school withdrawal letters

Postby roguelaughter » Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:26 am

Withdraw immediately from every school you know you will not be attending. There are many students waiting on each space and many of them aren't as lucky as you are. Do the responsible and mature thing and send the letters tomorrow.

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Re: Putting off law school withdrawal letters

Postby sundevil77 » Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:32 am

You should withdraw right away. You could probably create a standard letter letting them you appreciate their consideration/acceptance, but that due to your circumstances you'll be putting off law school for a couple of years. Let them know you intend to apply again down the road.

I don't imagine it should be any more than a couple of paragraphs. Also, I think sending your withdrawal to the admissions office via email should be sufficient. hth

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Re: Putting off law school withdrawal letters

Postby rw2264 » Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:35 am

obviously i'm going to withdraw soon, and not in like, may. i'm wondering about the process of withdrawal, i guess. snail mail? email? snail mail and email? withdraw and send a more detailed letter later?

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Re: Putting off law school withdrawal letters

Postby gossipgirl » Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:39 am

Why not defer?

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Re: Putting off law school withdrawal letters

Postby Notor » Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:39 am

What is the point of withdrawing? If I didn't read TLS, I wouldn't even know that it was an option.

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Re: Putting off law school withdrawal letters

Postby MBZags » Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:42 am

rw2264 wrote:obviously i'm going to withdraw soon, and not in like, may. i'm wondering about the process of withdrawal, i guess. snail mail? email? snail mail and email? withdraw and send a more detailed letter later?


There's no need to send a detailed letter. Just send an e-mail saying that you appreciate the offer but you won't be attending law school this year.

And as a courtesy to other applicants and to the schools you are still waiting to hear from, just withdraw your application now. There's no reason for them to waste their time reading your application.

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Re: Putting off law school withdrawal letters

Postby rw2264 » Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:43 am

i don't want to defer for a year because i don't know if i'll want to go in just one year... also, i will be in a different place financially and i'll be able to afford to apply to a broader range of schools than i applied to this cycle which included only 6 schools (only one of which i paid for). so i don't want to lock myself into something when i could be getting into a t14 in a couple years by applying early.

the point of withdrawing is to be nice, i guess.

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Re: Putting off law school withdrawal letters

Postby flyingpanda » Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:50 am

rw2264 wrote:i don't want to defer for a year because i don't know if i'll want to go in just one year... also, i will be in a different place financially and i'll be able to afford to apply to a broader range of schools than i applied to this cycle which included only 6 schools (only one of which i paid for). so i don't want to lock myself into something when i could be getting into a t14 in a couple years by applying early.

the point of withdrawing is to be nice, i guess.


Email is fine. I don't know how important it is to withdraw right now, because if you don't put down a deposit, the school isn't saving a seat for you. Deposits have either been due or will be due very soon.

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Re: Putting off law school withdrawal letters

Postby Charles Barkley » Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:54 am

I think people replying are assuming OP meant he is "putting off" his withdrawal letters, when in reality, OP meant he is uncertain of how to write withdrawal letters regarding him PUTTING OFF law school.

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Re: Putting off law school withdrawal letters

Postby BenJ » Thu Mar 04, 2010 9:53 am

Just send a short and sweet email. They'll be very polite, and they'll also be glad that they didn't yet accept someone who will not be attending

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Re: Putting off law school withdrawal letters

Postby LadyTarHeelian » Thu Mar 04, 2010 9:56 am

aznflyingpanda wrote:
rw2264 wrote:i don't want to defer for a year because i don't know if i'll want to go in just one year... also, i will be in a different place financially and i'll be able to afford to apply to a broader range of schools than i applied to this cycle which included only 6 schools (only one of which i paid for). so i don't want to lock myself into something when i could be getting into a t14 in a couple years by applying early.

the point of withdrawing is to be nice, i guess.


Email is fine. I don't know how important it is to withdraw right now, because if you don't put down a deposit, the school isn't saving a seat for you. Deposits have either been due or will be due very soon.


Completely untrue about deposits. I don't have a deposit deadline until April 15th. That's over a month away. A lot can happen between now and then. Withdrawing is the respectful thing to do if you have crossed a law school (or law school altogether) off your list. I've already done so for my last choice school. Hopefully someone else who really wants to go there will get my spot.

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Re: Putting off law school withdrawal letters

Postby eudaimondaimon » Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:12 am

Not withdrawing from schools which you have no intention of attending is like buying a candy-bar, deciding not to eat it, then setting it on fire, and doing it all directly in front of these kids:

--ImageRemoved--

Dick move.

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Re: Putting off law school withdrawal letters

Postby sapp » Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:48 am

I think people replying are assuming OP meant he is "putting off" his withdrawal letters, when in reality, OP meant he is uncertain of how to write withdrawal letters regarding him PUTTING OFF law school.

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Email something like this (below) to all the admission offices. Emailing it to the generic admission office email is fine unless you have been specifically instructed otherwise. No need to snail mail a hard copy.


To Whom it May Concern:

I am writing to withdraw my application for admission for this year's entering JD class. Thank you for your time and consideration of my application.

Signed,

IGotAJob

LSAC# ____________




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