Is there a downside to applying early?

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Is there a downside to applying early?

Postby cuchar » Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:20 pm

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Re: Is there a downside to applying early?

Postby sinfiery » Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:32 pm

Retake the LSAT












No

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Re: Is there a downside to applying early?

Postby thelawdoctor » Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:36 pm

sinfiery wrote:Retake the LSAT












No




why? no score was given, for all we know it was a 180.

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Re: Is there a downside to applying early?

Postby thelawdoctor » Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:37 pm

cuchar wrote:I took the LSAT early (in february) and plan on applying to schools in the fall. I have my resume and personal statement ready so all I need are my LORs. I really want to have my applications in as early as possible so I don't have to worry about them anymore, could having them completed in september hurt me in any way? Should I wait?


Contact the schools. Some having rolling admissions but many ONLY accept applications during limited windows of time. Whatever they tell you, roll with that.

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Re: Is there a downside to applying early?

Postby sinfiery » Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:38 pm

I play the odds. I'm a betting man and I always win except when I lose.

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Re: Is there a downside to applying early?

Postby thelawdoctor » Mon Jun 10, 2013 11:06 pm

sinfiery wrote:I play the odds. I'm a betting man and I always win except when I lose.


ok, but how would the odds be better late vs early?

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Re: Is there a downside to applying early?

Postby sinfiery » Mon Jun 10, 2013 11:08 pm

thelawdoctor wrote:
sinfiery wrote:I play the odds. I'm a betting man and I always win except when I lose.


ok, but how would the odds be better late vs early?


Odds are better to apply early. There is no downside.

I was referring to the odds op doesn't have a 180

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Re: Is there a downside to applying early?

Postby thelawdoctor » Mon Jun 10, 2013 11:14 pm

sinfiery wrote:
thelawdoctor wrote:
sinfiery wrote:I play the odds. I'm a betting man and I always win except when I lose.


ok, but how would the odds be better late vs early?


Odds are better to apply early. There is no downside.

I was referring to the odds op doesn't have a 180


an extreme I know, think fertile octogenarian mentality,

OP.........what was your GPA and LSAT score? These could be factors in the advice given.

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Re: Is there a downside to applying early?

Postby hq2x » Mon Jun 10, 2013 11:57 pm

thelawdoctor wrote:
OP.........what was your GPA and LSAT score? These could be factors in the advice given.


From OP's profile:

Highest LSAT: 171
GPA: 3.5
Major(s): Political Science
Residency: Domestic (no state specified)
Underrepresented Minority?: No

Go ahead and apply early, and retake if you want to. If you score better, update the schools and let them know. You probably don't need to retake though.

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Re: Is there a downside to applying early?

Postby sinfiery » Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:06 am

Retake. CCN opens up with 1 more point and you've already admitted you have nothing to do

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Re: Is there a downside to applying early?

Postby NoodleyOne » Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:17 am

sinfiery wrote:Retake. CCN opens up with 1 more point and you've already admitted you have nothing to do

We may be overdoing it with the retake advice nowadays...

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Re: Is there a downside to applying early?

Postby MyNameIsFlynn! » Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:57 am

NoodleyOne wrote:
sinfiery wrote:Retake. CCN opens up with 1 more point and you've already admitted you have nothing to do

We may be overdoing it with the retake advice nowadays...


In this case, OP is below both medians at CCN and right around the 75 for MVPD. Three or four more points puts him at or above everyone's 75. GPA isn't that bad... he will get $$ somewhere with a few more points on the LSAT.

Retake in Oct, still apply early (in Nov) and enjoy that T14 $$ with your higher LSAT

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Re: Is there a downside to applying early?

Postby thelawdoctor » Tue Jun 11, 2013 12:04 pm

MyNameIsFlynn! wrote:
NoodleyOne wrote:
sinfiery wrote:Retake. CCN opens up with 1 more point and you've already admitted you have nothing to do

We may be overdoing it with the retake advice nowadays...


In this case, OP is below both medians at CCN and right around the 75 for MVPD. Three or four more points puts him at or above everyone's 75. GPA isn't that bad... he will get $$ somewhere with a few more points on the LSAT.

Retake in Oct, still apply early (in Nov) and enjoy that T14 $$ with your higher LSAT


Yes, This.

Still apply, but retake if you think you can do better and if the school doesn't "average" the scores. 100% agreed.

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Re: Is there a downside to applying early?

Postby cuchar » Tue Jun 11, 2013 5:03 pm

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Re: Is there a downside to applying early?

Postby thelawdoctor » Tue Jun 11, 2013 5:13 pm

cuchar wrote:Thanks for all the input!

I'm not retaking, but I will definitely be applying early.


glad we could help, and yeah if not retaking then I can't imagine any benefit to waiting to apply (in some cases seats could actually get filled if you wait, and the sooner you apply the sooner you can fix any unexpected "bumps" in the road if they need you to answer extra questions,etc)

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Re: Is there a downside to applying early?

Postby banjo » Thu Jun 13, 2013 12:09 am

I applied in September and actually wish I had waited until November or December. When I applied, I was still relatively new to workforce and was not able to talk about my WE very substantively. A few more months might have changed my application for the better.

Not sure if that will apply to you, OP, but it's definitely a situation in which waiting can help. As for retaking, I think you're at the LSAT medians for Chicago and NYU, but a retake might be worth it anyway.

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Re: Is there a downside to applying early?

Postby t-14orbust » Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:37 am

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Re: Is there a downside to applying early?

Postby cuchar » Thu Jun 13, 2013 3:01 pm

banjo wrote:I applied in September and actually wish I had waited until November or December. When I applied, I was still relatively new to workforce and was not able to talk about my WE very substantively. A few more months might have changed my application for the better.

Not sure if that will apply to you, OP, but it's definitely a situation in which waiting can help. As for retaking, I think you're at the LSAT medians for Chicago and NYU, but a retake might be worth it anyway.


Thanks for that perspective; I'll still be in my senior year of college while applying so that scenario isn't applicable to me. I can see how that would make a major difference.

I don't plan on applying to NYU or Chicago.

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Re: Is there a downside to applying early?

Postby banjo » Fri Jun 14, 2013 9:21 pm

banjo wrote:I applied in September and actually wish I had waited until November or December. When I applied, I was still relatively new to workforce and was not able to talk about my WE very substantively. A few more months might have changed my application for the better.

Not sure if that will apply to you, OP, but it's definitely a situation in which waiting can help. As for retaking, I think you're at the LSAT medians for Chicago and NYU, but a retake might be worth it anyway.


3.76. I got each of CCN but missed out on H, so I've spent some time analyzing the things that went wrong.

cuchar wrote:
banjo wrote:I don't plan on applying to NYU or Chicago.


Can I ask why? Are you HYS+CLS or bust? I still think an app to Chi or N could give you some negotiating power with CLS. But you can figure this out later. For now, earlier the better.

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Re: Is there a downside to applying early?

Postby cuchar » Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:01 am

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Re: Is there a downside to applying early?

Postby sinfiery » Mon Jun 17, 2013 11:13 am

cuchar wrote:Banjo - That's not it at all, actually I'm not applying to any of those either. It's honestly just more about where I think would be a good fit for me personally.


Before you apply, you should check out

http://www.lawschooltransparency.com


Goodluck

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Re: Is there a downside to applying early?

Postby cuchar » Mon Jun 17, 2013 11:43 am

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