does it look bad to be accepted, then re-apply?

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hazedandconfused
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does it look bad to be accepted, then re-apply?

Postby hazedandconfused » Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:02 pm

Hi all,

First off, thank you to everyone who's been so knowledgeable and helpful in these forums - they've been a lifesaver.

Second, I'm in a bit of a weird situation and am seeking advice. I took the October LSAT, and secured promises to write rec letters from profs over the summer. However, they ended up not submitting their rec letters until this week (my materials are complete aside from that now). I feel like I still have a good shot at some of the T14, such as Georgetown or UT (my stats: 175/3.67, lots of community service and campus involvement from undergrad, 2 years of policy/economics full-time work experience) but I'm worried that applying this late will jeopardize my chances at some of my "reach" schools (for example, Columbia).

I am currently employed and could keep my job (investment banking) for another year to re-apply in Fall '12, but I really don't want to. I'm frankly sick of it and really, really want to go to law school ASAP. However, I don't want to "settle" for a school, knowing that I could have gotten in elsewhere had I applied earlier.

Thus, my question: should I just try anyway and apply everywhere now? If I don't get into any of my "reach" schools and decide to re-apply next fall, will the schools that I did get into this cycle (assuming there are any) hold that against me and refuse to re-admit me?

Any input or feedback would be much appreciated. Thanks so much guys!

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Re: does it look bad to be accepted, then re-apply?

Postby YankeeFan2 » Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:07 pm

yes

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Re: does it look bad to be accepted, then re-apply?

Postby moneybagsphd » Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:20 pm

hazedandconfused wrote:Thus, my question: should I just try anyway and apply everywhere now? If I don't get into any of my "reach" schools and decide to re-apply next fall, will the schools that I did get into this cycle (assuming there are any) hold that against me and refuse to re-admit me?

Any input or feedback would be much appreciated. Thanks so much guys!

Don't apply anywhere you wouldn't attend. Problem solved.

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Re: does it look bad to be accepted, then re-apply?

Postby snehpets » Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:25 pm

moneybagsphd wrote:
hazedandconfused wrote:Thus, my question: should I just try anyway and apply everywhere now? If I don't get into any of my "reach" schools and decide to re-apply next fall, will the schools that I did get into this cycle (assuming there are any) hold that against me and refuse to re-admit me?

Any input or feedback would be much appreciated. Thanks so much guys!

Don't apply anywhere you wouldn't attend. Problem solved.


Yeah, agree. Also, you still have a pretty good shot at Columbia if you submit basically now. Most of the people around your hypothetical submit date last year seem to have been accepted, rejected, or waitlisted in a way that's consistent with the numbers of applicants earlier in the cycle. Good luck!

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Re: does it look bad to be accepted, then re-apply?

Postby moneybagsphd » Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:49 pm

snehpets wrote:Yeah, agree. Also, you still have a pretty good shot at Columbia if you submit basically now. Most of the people around your hypothetical submit date last year seem to have been accepted, rejected, or waitlisted in a way that's consistent with the numbers of applicants earlier in the cycle. Good luck!

With those numbers I would apply to 1 of HYS, all of CCNMVPB. Cast a wide net. I think you'll be fine as long as you submit your applications ASAP. Really, you're just barely late at this point.

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Re: does it look bad to be accepted, then re-apply?

Postby CanadianWolf » Mon Jan 02, 2012 3:40 pm

Yes, since you didn't defer.

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Re: does it look bad to be accepted, then re-apply?

Postby Gail » Mon Jan 02, 2012 4:17 pm

enjoy Harvard, Chicago, Colombia, or NYU, dude

hazedandconfused
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Re: does it look bad to be accepted, then re-apply?

Postby hazedandconfused » Mon Jan 02, 2012 6:50 pm

Thanks for the help and advice, everyone. I'm finishing up apps now, so I'll keep my fingers crossed!

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Re: does it look bad to be accepted, then re-apply?

Postby r6_philly » Tue Jan 03, 2012 12:36 am

No, I was accepted to Michigan. Did not accept. Reapply and accepted again. Just have a reasonable reason.

I applied in March after taking Feb LSAT. I had the same exact concerns, and ended up on a lot of waitlists. You go to school when you are ready and willing. Good schools are generally really understandable.




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