MadwomanintheAttic wrote:First thanks so much for making this Q&A possible, it's been a huge help. I have one question: Given that late applications mean less this cycle than they have in the past considering the decrease in applicants, how does that play into the February LSAT? Early is always better, but provided an applicant makes a significant jump (8+ points) would that help to mitigate the late application? Any insight into how URM status or unique softs might also play into applying late? Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.
A great LSAT in February is still a great LSAT. If you have already submitted your application, make sure that the school knows you will be taking the Feb test and ask that your application be held until the results come in.
Factors other than numerical ones are very much dependent on what the rest of the school's applicant pool looks like. We know that the numbers are down because we have statistics on that, and those stats inform our opinions. We do not have stats on unique softs within each applicant pool, so there is less information to inform an opinion on that.
In general, my opinion of a late application not mattering as much this year is specifically talking about numbers more than any other factor.