Defer? Wait? Reapply? Advise please.

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Philipsssssss
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Defer? Wait? Reapply? Advise please.

Postby Philipsssssss » Thu Mar 31, 2011 4:49 pm

Hello everyone,

Stats: 164, 3.6 (UGPA)
Soft stats: Graduating with M.A. in Accounting in May, FT job (Finance/Regulatory), speak 3 languages, and other volunteering…

In at:
Cardozo: 78k
Chicago-Kent (IIT): 80k
Loyola-Chicago: 60k
William and Marry: W/L
BC: Under Review
NYU: Under Review (had to try)
(And other rejections from some t14 and t20)

Question:

I have applied to most schools in mid-end of December and beginning/mid January. I got rejected at some schools I thought I had a decent chance to get into, for example, WUSTL (they told me they are impressed with my credential, but …. Ye…).

Should I defer/wait and apply early in the cycle? As far as retaking the LSAT, I canceled twice since 2007, got 164 this past October. I don’t know if I have the gas in me to ride-out another study session.

Also, I may have to defer or wait-out anyways because I have some immediate family matters may hold me back a year.


What would you do?

Thank you.

parsi
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Re: Defer? Wait? Reapply? Advise please.

Postby parsi » Thu Mar 31, 2011 5:50 pm

probably wont see much of a difference unless you retake

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Philipsssssss
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Re: Defer? Wait? Reapply? Advise please.

Postby Philipsssssss » Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:53 pm

Did anyone had any similar experiences where the early application cycle helped?

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Re: Defer? Wait? Reapply? Advise please.

Postby bk1 » Fri Apr 01, 2011 12:00 am

Applying early isn't going to help you when you are beneath both medians.

If you can retake, you should at least try.

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Re: Defer? Wait? Reapply? Advise please.

Postby bp shinners » Fri Apr 01, 2011 1:54 am

Additionally, the law schools keep records and, if you reapply, they'll probably compare your new application package to the old one. If nothing appreciable has changed, they're not really going to give you another look, even if you would have been accepted that year at that time.

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Re: Defer? Wait? Reapply? Advise please.

Postby FiveSermon » Fri Apr 01, 2011 11:25 am

bk1 wrote:Applying early isn't going to help you when you are beneath both medians.

If you can retake, you should at least try.


+1

If you were someone who got waitlisted while having both LSAT/GPA at/above median I would say waiting a year and reapplying without a retake could make sense. In this case no.

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Re: Defer? Wait? Reapply? Advise please.

Postby CanadianWolf » Fri Apr 01, 2011 11:39 am

It would be helpful to know which other law schools rejected you. Seems as if your application has some non-numbers related weaknesses. If you reapply next cycle with the same numbers, then apply to different law schools & change your essays. Otherwise $80,000 at Chicago-Kent looks to be your best option.

P.S. In which languages are you fluent or proficient ?




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