MissLucky wrote:melamine wrote:there's a difference between
(1) convincing a school that you meet their standards, and
(2) telling a school that their standards are not the right ones - and that they should be using some other standard (presumably one that gets you in).
we're all trying to tell admissions people how to make the "right" decision in the first sense. We are the "right" decision (allegedly) because we meet their standards. hopefully we're not doing the second. the first one is not insulting to the adcom - the second is. i'm not saying thats what she is intending to say in her LOCI - i'm just saying that that is how it could easily come across.
well the reason I even thought of mentioning other schools was because last year when I was on waitlists, every school told me to let them know of where else I had been accepted. I am not mentioning other schools I have been accepted to to try and say "hey, they think im good enough and so should you" - i thought that by telling them they were my #1 choice and that I would attend if accepted, it may put me just over the edge when they consider that I have been accepted to other schools in the T14 and that I will thereby be decreasing the yield of other schools within the same general range as them (and thus indirectly bolstering their ranking) maybe im thinking into this too much and law schools arent SO machinating when it comes to their rankings...
yeah - but unless your scores are absolutely dismal, they already know that you'll likely get offers from schools in the lower 14, yes? in which case, you do just as much work by simply telling them that they really are your #1 choice. i'm just saying it comes off really badly - even if you don't intend it. i apologize if i'm coming off as mean (i'm really trying to look out for you here) - i just think its in your best interest w/r/t applications to see how it comes off.