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sanoora
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Deferring at Georgetown

Postby sanoora » Tue May 05, 2009 3:31 am

I couldn't find any info on their admitted students website. How does it work?

I got a seat deposit extension until next week and am on 3 other waitlists - Georgetown is not my top choice. If I defer, would I still have to pony up a deposit or just let them know?

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Re: Deferring at Georgetown

Postby drew » Tue May 05, 2009 9:33 am

I doubt they will let you defer because you are on other wait lists. The typical strategy is to make your seat deposit (for GULC its only $250) and sit on the other wait lists. You'll just have to forfeit it if you end up accepting another offer.

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Re: Deferring at Georgetown

Postby tome » Tue May 05, 2009 9:58 am

You seem to be deeply confused. Deferring is for people who get into the school they want to get into, but want to take a year off. In fact, almost all schools make you sign a statement saying that you will withdraw all current applications and not apply to any other law school for the following year. This is NOT what you want to do if you are not sure you want to go to Georgetown.

If you want to go to G'Town in the event you do not get off the waitlists at any other schools, then pay the deposit, and wait for the waitlists to work themselves out. It is your only option.

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Re: Deferring at Georgetown

Postby sanoora » Wed May 06, 2009 12:53 am

No, I'm not deeply confused about the meaning of "deferring", thank you; I asked how it works at a particular school, especially in relation to the seat deposit deadline: can I do it now or later, and do I have to pay for it?

The fact that I'm on other waitlists is relevant because if I have to withdraw all other applications to defer at Gtown and defer, it would complicate things. Would I have to pay my Georgetown seat deposit now, wait through the summer to hear from the others, and then defer at the last minute when I'm certain of my top choice?

My reason for deferring is not simply to avoid paying a seat deposit while playing the waitlist game. If I was only accepted at Gtown, I would still want to defer for a year.

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Re: Deferring at Georgetown

Postby sanoora » Thu May 07, 2009 2:45 am

Bump

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Re: Deferring at Georgetown

Postby de5igual » Fri May 08, 2009 11:46 am

sanoora wrote:No, I'm not deeply confused about the meaning of "deferring", thank you; I asked how it works at a particular school, especially in relation to the seat deposit deadline: can I do it now or later, and do I have to pay for it?

The fact that I'm on other waitlists is relevant because if I have to withdraw all other applications to defer at Gtown and defer, it would complicate things. Would I have to pay my Georgetown seat deposit now, wait through the summer to hear from the others, and then defer at the last minute when I'm certain of my top choice?

My reason for deferring is not simply to avoid paying a seat deposit while playing the waitlist game. If I was only accepted at Gtown, I would still want to defer for a year.


if you're planning on deferring, i hope you realize that if you do get in off a waitlist, that acceptance is never deferrable. that said, i was able to get a deferral without paying a seat deposit, but different schools work differently. i'd imagine that if GULC had a binding deferral, they would likely make you sign an agreement that requires the deposit payment and withdrawal of all outstanding applications.

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Re: Deferring at Georgetown

Postby Jadcia » Sat May 09, 2009 11:24 am

To defer at GULC you would need to write a letter and pay the seat deposits. I don't know about deferring off of the waitlist, but if it happens in the summer, I don't think they would let you defer. It doesn't hurt to ask though.

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Re: Deferring at Georgetown

Postby Portal » Sat May 09, 2009 11:46 am

Yeah, you can't defer off a waitlist. If you are sure that you have to defer, you'll want to withdraw from the waitlists anyway.

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Re: Deferring at Georgetown

Postby sanoora » Sat May 09, 2009 2:58 pm

So if I'd prefer to go to a school that I'm currently waitlisted at, I'd have to reapply next cycle?

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Re: Deferring at Georgetown

Postby 02082010 » Sat May 09, 2009 3:14 pm

sanoora wrote:So if I'd prefer to go to a school that I'm currently waitlisted at, I'd have to reapply next cycle?


Yeah. Withdraw you app and state that you'll be reapplying next cycle. If you're doing something productive it can only enhance your application. On Sept 1. apply ED to the school you're waitlisted at and you'll be almost sure to get in. If they waitlisted you then they think you're qualified but are just waiting to see how the rest of the class shapes out. With an ED, I think you're a shoe-in. Good luck.




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