sandwich wrote:acat10 wrote:maybe a silly question about app deadlines...
What happens if you try to apply to a school whose deadline has already passed? Does anyone get admitted that way? Will it be unfavorable to you if you then apply to that school in the next cycle, because they remember that you tried to apply late last cycle? Or will you not be able to submit a late app on LSAC at all?
I'm curious because I applied late this cycle and didn't apply to as many schools as I probably should have. There's a good chance that I might wait for the next cycle instead. I was toying with the idea of throwing some late apps at schools where deadlines already passed, if it does any good, and if it doesn't do any harm for next cycle.
Interested in this as well. I assume this is implied by the question, but just to be clear, since I know that some schools have a "deadline" but then say that they will look at 'late' apps but won't promise a response by any date, I'm mostly interested in schools that actually say "we don't accept late apps" (i.e. Boalt, etc).
I will also likely not apply next year and enroll in law school instead. But, like the OP, I'm now wishing I would have applied to more schools, if only to know about scholarships. So I have less to lose, but I wouldn't want to waste the app fee if they would NEVER look at it.
Thanks Mike and Karen!
Ethically, it would be wrong for a school to take your application fee and not read your file -- that's just not right. Many will allow a late application if you contact them and ask. Some schools actually shut down the e-app through LSAC at a certain date/time and it really will become impossible to submit an app past the deadline.
There is no harm in re-applying if you apply late this cycle and are not successful. You really have nothing to lose (except the app fee and that you'll have to come up with some fresh material for a PS next year since you'll usually want a new PS for a re-app).
So, my advice is to contact the school directly and ask about submitting an application late. and if you can, go for it!