How binding are seat deposits

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kjb
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How binding are seat deposits

Postby kjb » Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:56 pm

Is there anything wrong with securing a seat to buy yourself time? I still have quite a few applications that are pending review/in review. In the event that more preferable schools say no, I wanted to have something to fall back on. Considering these seat deposits are required between 4/1-4/14 I'm obviously concerned that I won't have heard back from many schools.

Not sure if this is frowned upon....or even possible. However if not it leaves me wondering what the best course of action would be.


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Re: How binding are seat deposits

Postby BelugaWhale » Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:58 pm

Usually its not, though you might not get deposit back. Just read the form, I'm sure they'll say. Generally though, it's not binding

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Re: How binding are seat deposits

Postby Tiago Splitter » Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:03 am

I don't know of any school that requires you to withdraw pending applications when submitting your seat deposit. You shouldn't have to withdraw an app on which a decision hasn't been made or one where you have been waitlisted. Schools say they'll be mad if you deposit at more than one school, but I don't think this really matters until LSAC notifies schools of this on May 15th.

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Re: How binding are seat deposits

Postby ManOfTheMinute » Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:04 am

LSAC doesn't let law schools ever require a student to withdraw outstanding apps from other schools at any stage in the process. However, you could lose your $$

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Re: How binding are seat deposits

Postby JamMasterJ » Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:08 am

they can't ask you to withdraw from WLs or pending apps

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Re: How binding are seat deposits

Postby kjb » Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:13 am

Thanks for the responses.

In the grand scheme of things the deposit money is a minimal concern. I'd much rather "throw away a few hundred" than "throw a year away at a school I find less desirable".

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Re: How binding are seat deposits

Postby ManOfTheMinute » Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:16 am

kjb wrote:Thanks for the responses.

In the grand scheme of things the deposit money is a minimal concern. I'd much rather "throw away a few hundred" than "throw a year away at a school I find less desirable".


Indeed. Based on a rough understanding of you case (if you get into no more schools, you want X but X requires deposit before you get responses from schools that you would take over X), you should deposit




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