Waiting until next cycle to apply?

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Waiting until next cycle to apply?

Postby cc999 » Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:24 pm

Quick question..

So here are my stats/ situation:

I have a 169 lsat and a 3.43 GPA (had mono freshman year, 3.5-3.7ish every year since) from Harvard. I'm graduating with honors, writing a thesis, have good softs (lots of community service) and letters of recommendation, but it took FOREVER for my recs to get in so I'm just applying now. I'm wondering if I should just wait to apply next cycle and take a year off to work (probably paralegal-ing) to have any shot at a T-14? Ideally I'd like to be in NYC so I'm really talking about NYU/Columbia. Does anyone have any thoughts about or experience with this?

Thanks!
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Re: Waiting until next cycle to apply?

Postby emkay625 » Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:26 pm

are you a urm? if not nyu/columbia might be tough with those stats. is a retake possible?

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Re: Waiting until next cycle to apply?

Postby 20130312 » Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:28 pm

These schools have already started sending out acceptances. Throw out a few apps to schools that you really want right now (no shot at CCN, slight chance at MVPB now, probs more realistic for schools below that). If you don't get in, no big deal, there's always next year. Maybe you can even retake in that timeframe! I have almost exactly the same numbers and I'll probably be waiting til next year too, despite the apps I have out now.

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Re: Waiting until next cycle to apply?

Postby cc999 » Thu Dec 15, 2011 6:02 pm

Thanks, Yeah at this point I'm even thinking that I might apply to Cardozo and see if I get scholarship money. If not/if I hate the place I might retake the LSAT and apply next year to the higher ranked schools. I honestly don't think I want biglaw and getting out of law school with little or no debt sounds really appealing. Or that might be completely insane? bold move :shock:


Do you think that applying first thing next year with the same stats might make any difference?

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Re: Waiting until next cycle to apply?

Postby 20130312 » Thu Dec 15, 2011 6:07 pm

cc999 wrote:Do you think that applying first thing next year with the same stats might make any difference?


Absolutely. The earlier, the better. I'd consider anything before Thanksgiving early. Anything before mid-December is okay at most places, but afterwards is when you're really gonna get hurt by it.

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Re: Waiting until next cycle to apply?

Postby iamrobk » Thu Dec 15, 2011 6:28 pm

InGoodFaith wrote:
cc999 wrote:Do you think that applying first thing next year with the same stats might make any difference?


Absolutely. The earlier, the better. I'd consider anything before Thanksgiving early. Anything before mid-December is okay at most places, but afterwards is when you're really gonna get hurt by it.

Yeah, though for some schools getting your apps out in September would be even better (Duke, UVA, Michigan in particular seem to love the super early people this year). I'd really suggest a retake and applying next year, since at 169 you're so close to a 170, and there's a pretty big wall at small schools just between a 169 and a 170. But hey, you can do whatever you want, and a 169 and still a very, very good score!

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Re: Waiting until next cycle to apply?

Postby fakehunter » Thu Dec 15, 2011 6:37 pm

You are a senior, right? I'm guessing that if you take a year off, your senior year GPA will raise your cumulative GPA more, maybe above a 3.5. Though that's still low for CCN, any increase helps so waiting a cycle certainly won't hurt. This is also a total guess, but maybe paralegal experience in NY could make you a more competitive applicant for the NY schools as well.

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Re: Waiting until next cycle to apply?

Postby cc999 » Thu Dec 15, 2011 6:48 pm

Thanks! Yes I am a senior, so if I waited to apply next year my GPA would likely be around a 3.5. Unfortunately I spent a semester abroad and have to take my thesis pass/fail for two semester, so my grades from freshman year have really stuck around. It's probably better to apply to the higher-ranked schools once rather than reapplying after a rejection, right?

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Re: Waiting until next cycle to apply?

Postby iamrobk » Thu Dec 15, 2011 7:03 pm

cc999 wrote:Thanks! Yes I am a senior, so if I waited to apply next year my GPA would likely be around a 3.5. Unfortunately I spent a semester abroad and have to take my thesis pass/fail for two semester, so my grades from freshman year have really stuck around. It's probably better to apply to the higher-ranked schools once rather than reapplying after a rejection, right?

If there's any way to get your GPA above a 3.5 (even a 3.50), I think that'd also be a big boost, wherever you apply. But yeah, definitely better to only apply once than to reapply (AFAIK).

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Re: Waiting until next cycle to apply?

Postby Tiago Splitter » Fri Dec 16, 2011 12:23 am

Boost GPA to just short of 3.5 while retaking into the upper 170s. Get into NYU. WL at Mich. Profit.

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Re: Waiting until next cycle to apply?

Postby Perdevise » Fri Dec 16, 2011 10:39 am

Tiago Splitter wrote:Boost GPA to just short of 3.5 while retaking into the upper 170s. Get into NYU. WL at Mich. Profit.




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