How much of a disadvantage if applying early January?

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mikeylikesit
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How much of a disadvantage if applying early January?

Postby mikeylikesit » Mon Oct 24, 2011 6:50 pm

I know that applying early is best, but I'm just wondering if anyone knows just how much of a disadvantage it is to wait and apply with a December LSAT score. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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yuzu
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Re: How much of a disadvantage if applying early January?

Postby yuzu » Tue Oct 25, 2011 2:00 am

I'm not sure exactly how you expect us to quantify it - it depends on the circumstances. If your numbers are marginal for the school they may no longer be willing to take a chance on you because their class is getting full. And from a diversity perspective, they may have already admitted people with your background/interests/regional ties and not be as interested in admitting you.

If you're a clear admit for the school, though, you would probably get in.

Perhaps a late application is equivalent to taking a point or two off your LSAT score in terms of its relative detriment? But keep in mind that if you don't like what you get you can reapply next year.

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Re: How much of a disadvantage if applying early January?

Postby snailio » Tue Oct 25, 2011 2:12 am

Well at Yale it's not a problem, other schools with rolling admissions yes...like they say early bird gets the worm...two bites at the apple...yadda yadda.

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Re: How much of a disadvantage if applying early January?

Postby Gecko of Doom » Tue Oct 25, 2011 2:25 am

If there was one easy thing I could have changed about my cycle last year, it would have been not waiting until January to apply. I ended up getting waitlisted at quite a few schools where I should have been competitive (based on my numbers) and probably missing out on some scholarship offers. While I eventually ended up where I wanted to be, I think getting applications out earlier would have made things much easier and less stressful.




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