Ex Cearulo wrote:
corman3000 wrote:So I've now been wait-listed at 5 really good schools: Michigan, Penn, UCLA, W&M and Notre Dame. My stats are not that great (3.49/161), but I also have URM status.
Who knows? May be out of respect, may be because you fit a very particular demographic (URM & veteran) that they'd love to have in their class but have to see how things play out. You probably won't be surprised by this answer, but in your situation a retake may be the best answer. URM and military service are great; a few more points on the LSAT would likely get you across the finish line at a few of those schools. Really it just depends on what you want to do with your law degree since school is pretty much paid for.
Echo the retake since monetarily you're only bound by where you gain admission. A URM vet north of a 165 with your GPA opens up everything outside of HYS (and depending on the type of URM, maybe even H as well).
I'd say a WL could mean you have a shot, or it could be some level of respect. I really don't know. I was a sub-3.0 / >170 guy, and got WL'd at Chicago, NYU, UVA, Duke, and Michigan. I'm pretty sure that Chicago, NYU and Duke don't tend to go fishing for big splitters like me, even though I had over a decade gap since undergrad. I felt that there was some kind of respect nod there and that I never really had a solid shot. But, who knows?
Anyway, if you're not going to retake (again, please consider it), write LOCIs. Show interest. You never know!