Reasons for turning in applications later

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berndie90
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Reasons for turning in applications later

Postby berndie90 » Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:25 am

I'm curious - with the obvious benefit of getting your applications in early, why do so many people seem to wait to turn their applications in until later in the cycle? I understand that some people need to retake the LSAT, but even that could be planned for by taking the first one in February and a retake in the summer. Are there other typical reasons that some students delay?

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Re: Reasons for turning in applications later

Postby Nova » Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:36 am

Its probably usually a lack of planning

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Re: Reasons for turning in applications later

Postby ltrego » Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:27 pm

What do you define as "later in the cycle"?

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Re: Reasons for turning in applications later

Postby nabadgelyo » Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:34 pm

I admire people who can turn in applications in September, but I personally worked crazy hours until fall of this year, took the October LSAT, and went through many drafts of essays. I can only speak for myself, but I delayed because of a lack of time + a desire for quality. I'm also a relatively slow writer. In any case, I believe it is better to turn in a stronger application a bit later than a weak one early on.

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Re: Reasons for turning in applications later

Postby riverwater » Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:37 pm

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Re: Reasons for turning in applications later

Postby The Dark Kite » Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:38 pm

nabadgelyo wrote:I admire people who can turn in applications in September, but I personally worked crazy hours until fall of this year, took the October LSAT, and went through many drafts of essays. I can only speak for myself, but I delayed because of a lack of time + a desire for quality. I'm also a relatively slow writer. In any case, I believe it is better to turn in a stronger application a bit later than a weak one early on.


I agree with that sentiment... though "later" is relative. And there is a threshold... though in the past few cycles, that threshold has been deteriorating on account of schools waiting for better applications anyway. I think that if your application can be very strong, waiting might be fine... but if you're looking for the early bump (which I feel is becoming increasingly nonexistent), then obviously you're risking foregoing that by submitting "late."

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Re: Reasons for turning in applications later

Postby ltrego » Wed Dec 18, 2013 1:12 pm

I meant to get my applications done in October, but ended up having some personal issues come up, and didn't get the last one sent in until Dec. 1. So, I would say sometimes it's due to issues outside one's control.
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Re: Reasons for turning in applications later

Postby bound » Wed Dec 18, 2013 2:38 pm

I think it depends what your definition of "late" is. I consider September to November "early," December and mid January "normal," and anything after that is "late".

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Re: Reasons for turning in applications later

Postby hichvichwoh » Wed Dec 18, 2013 2:45 pm

Applied in March. pure procrastination.

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Re: Reasons for turning in applications later

Postby blackbirdfly » Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:22 pm

Nova wrote:Its probably usually a lack of planning


That's me!

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Re: Reasons for turning in applications later

Postby midwest17 » Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:06 pm

riverwater wrote:Waiting for letters of recommendation to come in.




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