Putting down deposit on School you don't want to go to?

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Putting down deposit on School you don't want to go to?

Postby youarereadingthis » Tue Apr 12, 2011 6:12 pm

My cycle has been less than stellar and I'm retaking the LSAT in June. I've been accepted to a safety school with scholly I do not really want to go to and my deposit is due Friday. I hope to do well enough in June to get off the waitlist at another school.

However, if I improve my lsat score by 8 or 9 points (which is entirely possible in my case because I didn't study enough the first time) I will withdraw my apps entirely and apply again for 2012.

If I put down a deposit, and do extremely well, will schools "blacklist" me if I withdraw all my apps and apply again next year? I'd like to put down the deposit in case the circumstances occur that I both can't get a better score or get off the waitlist after trying.

I know getting off a waitlist after 1st deposit is relatively common and not really frowned upon. However if I withdraw from everywhere and don't defer after my deposit, is it frowned upon at this point?

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Re: Putting down deposit on School you don't want to go to?

Postby CanadianWolf » Tue Apr 12, 2011 6:14 pm

No, they will not.

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Re: Putting down deposit on School you don't want to go to?

Postby cinephile » Tue Apr 12, 2011 6:17 pm

Why put down a deposit at all if you really don't want to go to this school? Why not just wait out the waitlists, and/or retake and reapply? Why waste your money?

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Re: Putting down deposit on School you don't want to go to?

Postby youarereadingthis » Tue Apr 12, 2011 6:21 pm

cinephile wrote:Why put down a deposit at all if you really don't want to go to this school? Why not just wait out the waitlists, and/or retake and reapply? Why waste your money?


I'd like to do it as a hedge if I cannot improve my LSAT or get off the waitlist. But yes you're right, I do not plan to actually go.

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Re: Putting down deposit on School you don't want to go to?

Postby krad » Tue Apr 12, 2011 6:23 pm

youarereadingthis wrote:
cinephile wrote:Why put down a deposit at all if you really don't want to go to this school? Why not just wait out the waitlists, and/or retake and reapply? Why waste your money?


I'd like to do it as a hedge if I cannot improve my LSAT or get off the waitlist. But yes you're right, I do not plan to actually go.

Then don't deposit...?

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Re: Putting down deposit on School you don't want to go to?

Postby youarereadingthis » Tue Apr 12, 2011 6:25 pm

krad wrote:
youarereadingthis wrote:
cinephile wrote:Why put down a deposit at all if you really don't want to go to this school? Why not just wait out the waitlists, and/or retake and reapply? Why waste your money?


I'd like to do it as a hedge if I cannot improve my LSAT or get off the waitlist. But yes you're right, I do not plan to actually go.

Then don't deposit...?


Okay, let me rephrase that. I will go only as a last resort if all else fails.

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Re: Putting down deposit on School you don't want to go to?

Postby Aberzombie1892 » Tue Apr 12, 2011 6:27 pm

OP is saying that he/she will attend the school if he/she doesn't improve on the LSAT.

It can be decent plan, depending on what the school is.

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Re: Putting down deposit on School you don't want to go to?

Postby cinephile » Tue Apr 12, 2011 6:28 pm

Don't go, even as a last resort. If you don't improve in June, retake again in October. It's not worth it to go to a school where you don't want to be -- either because this is not an area in which you'd like to practice or because of its rank.

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Re: Putting down deposit on School you don't want to go to?

Postby paratactical » Tue Apr 12, 2011 6:28 pm

Wait, are you saying you're only retaking the LSAT to try to get off waitlists or are you saying if you do well enough you'll reapply next year with the better score?

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Re: Putting down deposit on School you don't want to go to?

Postby CanadianWolf » Tue Apr 12, 2011 6:30 pm

I know several applicants who have made deposits but still are unsure of their plans until after the June LSAT. OP, in my opinion, you are thinking correctly.

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Re: Putting down deposit on School you don't want to go to?

Postby youarereadingthis » Tue Apr 12, 2011 7:19 pm

paratactical wrote:Wait, are you saying you're only retaking the LSAT to try to get off waitlists or are you saying if you do well enough you'll reapply next year with the better score?



Both. If I do a few points better (I have a range in mind) then I will just be trying to get off the waitlist.

If I do a few more points better than that, I will not go to any school this year even if I get off the waitlist. I will reapply for more money next year and to better schools as well for fall 2012.

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Re: Putting down deposit on School you don't want to go to?

Postby youarereadingthis » Tue Apr 12, 2011 7:36 pm

Aberzombie1892 wrote:OP is saying that he/she will attend the school if he/she doesn't improve on the LSAT.

It can be decent plan, depending on what the school is.



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