Would you comment on Emory's view of several years of work experience for applicants at or slightly below your medians ? Thanks !
Since we really do put a lot of effort into evaluating a candidate’s entire application, it’s only natural that people with a few more years under their belts are attractive candidates for us. Our first priority, of course, is to make sure everyone we accept is a student who will have the chance to be successful both here at the Law School and as an Emory Law alumnus. But after that, we really do strive to build a class with interesting, diverse people. After all, we’re going be seeing them around the halls for the next three years, so we want them to be people that are going to enrich everyone’s experience.
Why do you send out so few fee waivers?
How many do you need? I would think more than one would not be of much use to you. (Just kidding.)
I don’t know that we give out fewer fee waivers than other schools. (I really don’t know; we track a lot of things but that’s not one of them.) Our main purpose in giving out fee waivers is to encourage people to apply that might not have considered Emory before. Based on what we know about candidates, we target people who we think could be good candidates for all sorts of reasons. We never use fee waivers just to increase our applicant numbers or something like that. So, it’s not that we withhold fee waivers from people, it’s that we give them out to people who we think (a) may not be considering us and (b) probably should consider us for one reason or another.
I did not check that I wanted to be considered for the Woodruff fellowship on my application, as the corresponding website was not available at the time. However, I do wish to be considered, and have had a recommender submit a letter on my behalf online. Do I need to do anything else to be considered for the fellowship?
We considered everyone who had a recommendation letter submitted on their behalf.
Does an endorsement or recommendation from a faculty member at Emory Law who heads up a significant clinic factor into an applicant's chance of admission?
If that person knows you really well and is familiar enough with you and your work to give you a good recommendation. And by “good” I don’t mean as in “yes, this student is good” versus “hey, this student is not so good.” (Unsurprisingly, virtually every recommendation letter says that the person in question would be a good candidate to come to our school.) The difference between the average recommendation and an outstanding recommendation is that the outstanding recommendation clearly knows the person very well and communicates that this person is truly top flight, even by the high standards of law school applicants. In short, *what* the recommendation says is far more important than *who* it is that says it.
On a different subject: to give you guys some updated information, we are preparing to send out our first batch of acceptances in the next week or so. This will represent about a third of the total acceptances we expect to issue. If you start hearing about other people getting acceptances and your mailbox stays stubbornly empty, that has NO SIGNIFICANCE. There will probably be people who applied after you did that hear something before you do. Files go into the review process in the order in which they were received; however, numerous people review your file, so it may not exit the review process in order. We’re going as fast as we can, but in the long run it’s more important that we get the decision right than getting it right now.
Just to repeat, roughly twice as many people who are accepted will NOT be in the first batch.
Also, I understand there have been some questions about why we are waiting longer than we have in the past to start issuing acceptances. There are a few reasons. First of all, we take much pride in reviewing each and every file thoroughly. Contrary to popular belief, we do not simply admit or reject a file solely based on an applicant’s LSAT and GPA. Reading these files takes time. Second, we know that financial aid is one of the major factors influencing decisions, and we only have a limited scholarship pool to distribute merit based aid Thus, we want to review as many files as possible to ensure that we can award scholarships to as many eligible applicants as possible before the pool of merit aid is depleted. We have a strong preference to deliver scholarship and admission decisions in one mailing as our research has shown that many of our applicants will not fully investigate Emory Law until they receive scholarship information.
Also, I saw some questions about the estimated cost of living. It will NOT cost you that much to live here, unless you really plan on living large or have some other unusual situation. As you may or may not know, lenders will allow you to borrow up to the estimated cost of attendance. Emory University calculates a range of cost of living every year. To maximize incoming students’ loan eligibility, a higher end in the range is used. We strongly recommend that once a student is admitted, he/she begin investigating cost of living for what fits into their lifestyle (size of apartment, roommates, food situation (eat-out, cook, etc.), necessity of car or comfortable with public transportation, etc.) What you will find is that for most people, Atlanta is remarkably inexpensive compared to almost anywhere else that you’d want to live.