Best time to submit - is it REALLY ASAP?

(Applications Advice, Letters of Recommendation . . . )
timfa
Posts: 9
Joined: Fri Jul 20, 2012 9:16 pm

Best time to submit - is it REALLY ASAP?

Postby timfa » Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:48 am

I have heard that the best time to submit an app for law school is 3-4 weeks after the application first goes live--that way your app doesnt come in at the same time as all the guys with 180's who have been preparing forever. any thoughts on this? I sort of buy it.

User avatar
Samara
Posts: 3245
Joined: Wed May 11, 2011 4:26 pm

Re: Best time to submit - is it REALLY ASAP?

Postby Samara » Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:51 am

As long as you submit your app before Thanksgiving, you're early. There's no difference between Sept 1, Oct 1 or Nov 1. Most schools don't even start making decisions until December.

Swimp
Posts: 493
Joined: Sat May 26, 2012 9:32 am

Re: Best time to submit - is it REALLY ASAP?

Postby Swimp » Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:54 am

Yeah, my understanding is that you just want to get your app in before the admissions officers start the first round of perusals. If you submit an application in September, it's unlikely that anyone is even going to look at it until november anyway.

User avatar
2014
Posts: 5831
Joined: Sat Jun 05, 2010 3:53 pm

Re: Best time to submit - is it REALLY ASAP?

Postby 2014 » Wed Aug 08, 2012 12:26 pm

I've never heard that you should wait to avoid the gunner competitive apps, that's interesting though. The best reason to wait though is that a ton of fee waivers go out throughout October so you stand to potentially save a lot of money if you can convince yourself to wait until the end of Oct.

User avatar
JamMasterJ
Posts: 6688
Joined: Sat Jan 29, 2011 7:17 pm

Re: Best time to submit - is it REALLY ASAP?

Postby JamMasterJ » Wed Aug 08, 2012 12:31 pm

2014 wrote:I've never heard that you should wait to avoid the gunner competitive apps, that's interesting though. The best reason to wait though is that a ton of fee waivers go out throughout October so you stand to potentially save a lot of money if you can convince yourself to wait until the end of Oct.

IMO this is the only reason worth waiting. They aren't going to compare you to the 180 gunner applicants. There standards are somewhat set before the applications even start coming. They really only start comparing you to other people late in the cycle.

User avatar
AntipodeanPhil
Posts: 1300
Joined: Fri Apr 08, 2011 7:02 pm

Re: Best time to submit - is it REALLY ASAP?

Postby AntipodeanPhil » Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:56 pm

Samara wrote:As long as you submit your app before Thanksgiving, you're early. There's no difference between Sept 1, Oct 1 or Nov 1. Most schools don't even start making decisions until December.

+1

I submitted some of my apps super early last year, ended up waiting a few months for decisions, and got decisions at the same time as people who submitted weeks after me.

I would aim to get your apps in before the autumn LSAT exam results come out - a lot of people apply around then.

User avatar
cahwc12
Posts: 941
Joined: Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:49 pm

Re: Best time to submit - is it REALLY ASAP?

Postby cahwc12 » Wed Aug 08, 2012 4:43 pm

Samara wrote:As long as you submit your app before Thanksgiving, you're early. There's no difference between Sept 1, Oct 1 or Nov 1. Most schools don't even start making decisions until December.


I plan to retake in October. How much "app work" should I do before I write for my retake? Should I focus all of my brainpower on crushing on retake, or should I have stuff in place to have a timely application once I get my score?

How long does it take to do this process? I'm naive to the whole thing. (sorry to hijack)

User avatar
Samara
Posts: 3245
Joined: Wed May 11, 2011 4:26 pm

Re: Best time to submit - is it REALLY ASAP?

Postby Samara » Wed Aug 08, 2012 4:59 pm

cahwc12 wrote:
Samara wrote:As long as you submit your app before Thanksgiving, you're early. There's no difference between Sept 1, Oct 1 or Nov 1. Most schools don't even start making decisions until December.


I plan to retake in October. How much "app work" should I do before I write for my retake? Should I focus all of my brainpower on crushing on retake, or should I have stuff in place to have a timely application once I get my score?

How long does it take to do this process? I'm naive to the whole thing. (sorry to hijack)

Start working on LORs right away because sometimes those can take a while. I would start working on your PS now so that you can go through multiple drafts at a leisurely pace. That will give you time to think about it and end up with a great essay. The rest you can do while waiting for your scores. It doesn't take all that long to do the other stuff.




Return to “Law School Admissions Forum”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot], hwwong and 8 guests