is it too late to apply now?

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red_alertz
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is it too late to apply now?

Postby red_alertz » Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:17 pm

for this year? not going well so far in admissions for me, so thinking abt sending more apps to schools with march 1st as deadline, too late ?

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Re: is it too late to apply now?

Postby YankeesFan » Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:19 pm

It really just depends on how strong you stats are. If your above the schools 75 percentile you should still have a shot, if you are below the median I would say your chances arent so good.

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Re: is it too late to apply now?

Postby SherlockHolmes » Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:20 pm

red_alertz wrote:for this year? not going well so far in admissions for me, so thinking abt sending more apps to schools with march 1st as deadline, too late ?


By no means an expert, but I would say yes. If you're disappointed in the way your cycle has turned out, don't settle. Take a year off. Get some WE. Retake the LSAT if you need to and reapply.

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Re: is it too late to apply now?

Postby Malcolm8X » Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:21 pm

YankeesFan wrote:It really just depends on how strong you stats are. If your above the schools 75 percentile you should still have a shot, if you are below the median I would say your chances arent so good.


+1, but it's really kinda late dude. If you do, I'd add a "Why X?" essay to the school you really wanna go to so that they know you're very interested.

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Re: is it too late to apply now?

Postby red_alertz » Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:23 pm

darn it, the applications few months ago drained all my savings, so was too broke to send out a few more apps I wanted, now it came to haunt me

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Re: is it too late to apply now?

Postby 2L2011 » Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:35 pm

Then apply to ones that are free to do online.

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Re: is it too late to apply now?

Postby URMdan » Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:36 pm

few things:

-general rule of thumb is to ask for a fee waiver before applying to schools, you'd be surprised at how often they give them out.
-take a year off if this cycle isn't working out. if you try and force the issue you will probably regret it down the road. you're better off retaking the LSAT, and reading Anne Ivey's book and sprucing up your application.

i can relate to your situation. i took the feb LSAT last cycle after studying for only a month and tried squeezing my apps in before the deadlines. bad idea, got dinged to every school i applied to (18 dings). i took a year off, raised my LSAT score from a 148 to a 153, and made some big time changes to my apps. needless to say i got into American with numbers way below their 25%iles as well as other schools that i had gotten rejected to last year.

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Re: is it too late to apply now?

Postby sidhesadie » Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:04 pm

I don't know...normally I'd agree 'too late', but I have letters, emails coming out my EARS from schools saying 'please apply, we've extended the deadline".

Makes me think they don't like what they are getting, so it might be worth it to give it a try. Scholly money is probably gone, though.

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Re: is it too late to apply now?

Postby URMdan » Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:08 pm

sidhesadie wrote:I don't know...normally I'd agree 'too late', but I have letters, emails coming out my EARS from schools saying 'please apply, we've extended the deadline".

Makes me think they don't like what they are getting, so it might be worth it to give it a try. Scholly money is probably gone, though.



They send that shit to you so that they can ding you. More dings = more selective = better US News ranking

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Re: is it too late to apply now?

Postby northwood » Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:09 pm

sidhesadie wrote:I don't know...normally I'd agree 'too late', but I have letters, emails coming out my EARS from schools saying 'please apply, we've extended the deadline".

Makes me think they don't like what they are getting, so it might be worth it to give it a try. Scholly money is probably gone, though.



you cant read into those emails- if they give you a fee waiver, then give it a shot( you will still have to pay 12 to lsac). if you ahve to pay the fee plus 12 ( lsac) i would say no.

If you dont like your cycle, you have to assess what you can do to make it stronger, fix it, re evaluate your school choices and try again. You can apply to a school more than once ( i applied late last cycle- got rejected, made my app stronger and got in with money). its not a big deal

Just dont rush this process. Its a major life decision. 12 more months isnt that long in the grand scheme of things.

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Re: is it too late to apply now?

Postby r2b2ct » Fri Feb 18, 2011 12:32 am

If you would prefer attending this cycle, then try to get fee waivers and apply. I don't see a downside as long as finances aren't a problem. Many schools have not finalized decisions for a majority of applicants (same for scholarships). I agree that, in general, it's better to apply early rather than late, but I've seen examples of people being accepted to targets when applying in February.

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Re: is it too late to apply now?

Postby lawfuture10 » Fri Feb 18, 2011 12:38 am

Depends on where you're applying to. I hit some lower T2 schools last year around this time and managed to get scholarship money from a couple.

I had a high LSAT and a low GPA (split), so my case was different -- but depending on what the school is looking for (GPA Boost, LSAT boost) and what you have to offer you may just get lucky. Call admissions and ask if you still have a decent shot. Most places are friendly and will give you a helpful answer.

Don't give up. But time is burning, so get on it.




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