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John J. Rambo, Esq. wrote:Yarp. I was hoping everyone but me was outraged by the WL decision. Aren't you all outraged??
disappointed.. yes. outraged.. no. My numbers are good for Mich so I really thought Id be in but I'm not one of these 'YP! YP! OMGZ!" people simply because my numbers are not in YP range. If they were that would definitely be my excuse.. for now Ill just assume Im not good enough.
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I asked yesterday about WL numbers and got a chorus of responses about mothers and stones in the mojave desert. From what I gather 35-40ish people get off in most years of about 200 candidates who accept the WL. That being said, last year it is my understanding that they overenrolled and did not take many (prob less than 10) off the WL. Obviously, it will depend a lot on how people respond to other offers.
In a year with increased applications, Michigan might have decided to waitlist a greater number expecting that a lot of their offers will not be accepted. This is purely speculation.
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Admissions is getting a ridiculously large number of applicants this year.... the increase in U of M applicants is much larger than the number of total unique applicants to law school overall. (this part is straight from admissions). Translation: people are putting out lots more apps than usual.
What this means...and from here on out it's just my thinking (just by the math) is that they could reasonably expect the yield to be lower than usual. However, when dealing with such large numbers, it's also easy to overshoot. With a capacity of ~350 students, accidentally matriculating 500 students would be a total disaster.
The only way to safely navigate this situation is to have a large waitlist and be conservative in actual admits. I personally believe that they will end up going to the waitlist more than in past years. The problem is that things are so different from usual that they just have to be really really careful.
I expect this dilemma is common for Michigan's peer schools as well.
I would encourage folks to keep in touch with the admissions office and send LOCIs, but don't go to the point of pestering them....and keep the hope up!
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