WL, JS1, then Rejected at Harvard - Retake or Reapply?

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La.Chocolate
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WL, JS1, then Rejected at Harvard - Retake or Reapply?

Postby La.Chocolate » Sat Aug 10, 2013 6:35 am

170/3.85+ non-URM relatively decent softs (published books, etc)

Applied to HLS in late January this year, several days before the Feb. 1st deadline.
I didn't feel too confident about my LSAT score, so I hesitated until the very last minute.

I was waitlisted, then had a JS1 offer shortly after, and didn't hear back for...about 1.5 months, and was finally rejected a couple weeks ago.

Would I have higher chances if I applied on the first day HLS starts accepting applications, or would it better if I apply later in the year (after retaking the Oct/Dec LSAT)?

Thoughts?

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Re: WL, JS1, then Rejected at Harvard - Retake or Reapply?

Postby hiltopp01 » Sat Aug 10, 2013 6:45 am

Retake in October for 173+ is TCR.

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ArtistOfManliness
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Re: WL, JS1, then Rejected at Harvard - Retake or Reapply?

Postby ArtistOfManliness » Sat Aug 10, 2013 6:59 am

hiltopp01 wrote:Retake in October for 173+ is TCR.


Given that you weren't rejected for a while, I would say that they were trying to fit you in, but your LSAT score kept you out (so probably not a bombing of the interview). Retake.

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Re: WL, JS1, then Rejected at Harvard - Retake or Reapply?

Postby Lavitz » Sat Aug 10, 2013 5:16 pm

Unless their GPA median dropped, you're below both medians so retaking will do much more for you than applying in September. Helix was below both medians, applied in September, and still got WL-->JS1-->rejected.

Ti Malice
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Re: WL, JS1, then Rejected at Harvard - Retake or Reapply?

Postby Ti Malice » Sat Aug 10, 2013 5:44 pm

Definitely retake.

tabula rasa
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Re: WL, JS1, then Rejected at Harvard - Retake or Reapply?

Postby tabula rasa » Sat Aug 10, 2013 7:50 pm

Very little risk to retaking in October. Even if you don't improve, you can still blanket the T-14 for $$.

La.Chocolate
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Re: WL, JS1, then Rejected at Harvard - Retake or Reapply?

Postby La.Chocolate » Sun Aug 11, 2013 12:51 am

thanks hiltopp01, ArtistOfManliness, Lavitz and all others for sharing your opinion. I decided to go for a re-take.

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Re: WL, JS1, then Rejected at Harvard - Retake or Reapply?

Postby Ti Malice » Sun Aug 11, 2013 5:04 am

La.Chocolate wrote:thanks hiltopp01, ArtistOfManliness, Lavitz and all others for sharing your opinion. I decided to go for a re-take.


Smart choice!

If you hit 174 or higher, definitely throw an app to YLS. Actually, apply even if you don't. They do in fact admit some non-URM applicants under both medians. If you've published books, you have a soft the faculty reviewers should weight fairly heavily.

Good luck!




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