Komaliie wrote:What did you write in your LOCIs specifically & how many did you send/how often did you send them?
I applied ED & got deferred to the regular pool. I'm thinking about sending a LOCI & a LOR.
I can't remember exactly, but I think I sent three or so, over the course of a few months. The afternoon after I sent the last one, I received an e-mail saying that I was admitted. I don't know if this was coincidence or if I suddenly popped up on their radar. (I'd faxed the letter -- all other LOCIs were sent via snail mail)
The thing with the LOCI, and pretty much everything else you do now, is that it's hard to tell how much it'll help. Each individual thing you do, by itself, won't get you admitted. What does get you in is a combination of factors (they need someone with a high LSAT, a high GPA, or some other demographic, you have expressed your interest in the school for a long time, etc) some of which are in your control. So don't overanalyze the LOCI -- no one thing will make or break your application. Just write something genuine.
Having said that, I dug up my old LOCI and here's what I found:
[After reading this for the first time in years, I can't believe how gunner I was. In any case, this is the letter I sent right after they deferred me to the regular applicant pool.]
LOCI wrote:Dear Sir or Madam,
My name is Dark Horse and I am a deferred applicant. I would like to reemphasize my specific interest in [LAW SCHOOL]. Even though I am free of the obligation, if offered a spot in the class, I will certainly choose to attend. [I meant this when I wrote it]
Since late October, when I submitted my Early Decision application, I have received [AWARD] from my division manager at [COMPANY] for my stellar performance this past fall. Though I have only been working for a little under a year and a half, I have developed a sophisticated view of the business and of my particular career interests.
[YOUR SCHOOL] is looking for students who are mature and have a well articulated career strategy. Upon further reflection, I realized that I may not have communicated my career goals as well as I should have. Therefore, I have attached a one page statement of purpose describing my current ambitions in the legal profession.
Even though this time is fraught with anxiety for applicants, I understand that the admissions staff has the thankless job of putting together a well rounded first year class in the face of great uncertainty. Therefore, if there is any more information I can provide to make your job easier, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank you for your time and consideration