Holly Golightly wrote:I am convinced that application exists to dissuade people from applying.
Oh no doubt!!! The effect of the arduous application process and the small number of spots in the few participating divisions is that there will be a lot less applicants but the applicant pool will probably be of a higher average/median quality because only people who think they have a solid shot based on their creds bothered to go through it. Like Tax= mostly people with accounting degrees or tax-related WE, antitrust= only econ backgrounds or antitrust WE, immigration= only people who did immigration law work during 1L summer, period.
There will also be a lot of half-assed Why DOJ? and One Thing essays. How many words did y'all write for each of them? My Why DOJ was up to the word limit, but my One Thing was only like a paragraph (because it's ONE thing).
EDIT: Well to be clear, there will still be delusional doofuses and blowhards who applied in ignorance of how competitive it is. A lot of the dissuaded people are smart students at good schools who just lack the specific credentials.