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Letters of Intent/Calling Admissions Office

Postby sirilu91 » Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:27 pm

A few of my friends applying to med school are sending in letters of interest or intent in order to 'reaffirm' their interest in a school. This is apparently really common in med school admissions. Is this something you guys see as appropriate for law school admissions? Idk if it helps that much- but can't hurt to try, right?

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Re: Letters of Intent/Calling Admissions Office

Postby rinkrat19 » Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:28 pm

sirilu91 wrote:A few of my friends applying to med school are sending in letters of interest or intent in order to 'reaffirm' their interest in a school. This is apparently really common in med school admissions. Is this something you guys see as appropriate for law school admissions? Idk if it helps that much- but can't hurt to try, right?

LOCI are pretty common for law school apps too. Usually if you're sitting on the waitlist.

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Re: Letters of Intent/Calling Admissions Office

Postby PRgradBYU » Fri Jan 18, 2013 6:53 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:Usually if you're sitting on the waitlist.


I'm curious... do you think there would be a situation (besides being waitlisted) where you would want to email/send a letter of intent?

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Re: Letters of Intent/Calling Admissions Office

Postby rinkrat19 » Fri Jan 18, 2013 8:45 pm

PRgradBYU wrote:
rinkrat19 wrote:Usually if you're sitting on the waitlist.


I'm curious... do you think there would be a situation (besides being waitlisted) where you would want to email/send a letter of intent?

In what other situations do you think it would do anything? Acceptance: no. Rejection: no.

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Re: Letters of Intent/Calling Admissions Office

Postby PRgradBYU » Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:01 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:In what other situations do you think it would do anything?


Not sure, maybe if you hadn't heard back from a school for a while and wanted to reaffirm your interest in them.

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Re: Letters of Intent/Calling Admissions Office

Postby rinkrat19 » Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:16 pm

PRgradBYU wrote:
rinkrat19 wrote:In what other situations do you think it would do anything?


Not sure, maybe if you hadn't heard back from a school for a while and wanted to reaffirm your interest in them.

Ok, sure. Pre-decision limbo. But you want to be careful not to annoy them. Just because it feels like they're taking a long time doesn't mean they are.

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Re: Letters of Intent/Calling Admissions Office

Postby PRgradBYU » Sat Jan 19, 2013 1:12 am

rinkrat19 wrote:Ok, sure. Pre-decision limbo. But you want to be careful not to annoy them. Just because it feels like they're taking a long time doesn't mean they are.


Agreed. There's definitely a fine line between proactive and overbearing. It's probably safer not to send a LOCI unless you're waitlisted, then, I think you're right.

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Re: Letters of Intent/Calling Admissions Office

Postby cynthiad » Sat Jan 19, 2013 1:16 am

Don't send a LOCI if you haven't been waitlisted. However, you can "update" your application, and include a reaffirmation of your interest in the letter. For instance, if you got new grades or landed a new internship, you can let the school know about that, and at the same time mention that you're still very interested in the school.

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Re: Letters of Intent/Calling Admissions Office

Postby JayJones78 » Sat Jan 19, 2013 7:16 pm

cynthiad wrote:Don't send a LOCI if you haven't been waitlisted. However, you can "update" your application, and include a reaffirmation of your interest in the letter. For instance, if you got new grades or landed a new internship, you can let the school know about that, and at the same time mention that you're still very interested in the school.


So in your opinion sending a few LOCI to the schools you're very interested is not a good idea? (Schools that hadn't gotten a why X essay). Why not? How will they view it?

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Re: Letters of Intent/Calling Admissions Office

Postby rinkrat19 » Sat Jan 19, 2013 7:30 pm

JayJones78 wrote:
cynthiad wrote:Don't send a LOCI if you haven't been waitlisted. However, you can "update" your application, and include a reaffirmation of your interest in the letter. For instance, if you got new grades or landed a new internship, you can let the school know about that, and at the same time mention that you're still very interested in the school.


So in your opinion sending a few LOCI to the schools you're very interested is not a good idea? (Schools that hadn't gotten a why X essay). Why not? How will they view it?

Every piece of paper/email you send them requires effort on their part to read and file. If they already have enough information about you on which to base their decision, and if you aren't sending them anything they don't know already, what are you doing besides just causing more work for busy people? When you're busy, do you like people to give you more pointless work?

A LOCI/Why X/transcript update/resume update can tip you over the edge in certain situations. You just need to be careful.

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Re: Letters of Intent/Calling Admissions Office

Postby JayJones78 » Sat Jan 19, 2013 7:38 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:
JayJones78 wrote:
cynthiad wrote:Don't send a LOCI if you haven't been waitlisted. However, you can "update" your application, and include a reaffirmation of your interest in the letter. For instance, if you got new grades or landed a new internship, you can let the school know about that, and at the same time mention that you're still very interested in the school.


So in your opinion sending a few LOCI to the schools you're very interested is not a good idea? (Schools that hadn't gotten a why X essay). Why not? How will they view it?

Every piece of paper/email you send them requires effort on their part to read and file. If they already have enough information about you on which to base their decision, and if you aren't sending them anything they don't know already, what are you doing besides just causing more work for busy people? When you're busy, do you like people to give you more pointless work?

A LOCI/Why X/transcript update/resume update can tip you over the edge in certain situations. You just need to be careful.



I understand. Do you think these letters should get to them though LSAC/email to the admission office or sending a direct LOI to an admissions dean?
Thanks for your input!




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