I was looking over last year's Cornell applicants thread and it seems the people who applied EA were mostly deferred and then strung along till May-ish until a final decision was made. They made it sound like they filled up lots of the spots from RD applicants and then used the people waiting from EA to fill up remaining spots/ppl who withdraw or deny their offers until they can fill up the entire class.
But my stats are probably ideally best served applying EA because I am a splitter. (hoping for a 168-170 from Oct/10).
Any suggestions or ideas of how EA really works?
I was in this group last year. Applied EA, deferred in December, added to the Reserve List (a pre-waitlist waitlist) in either January or February, and finally admitted (after 3 letters of continued interest) with a small handful of others just before Memorial Day. At the time it SUCKED. The entire process was incredibly frustrating and, at the time at least, we all felt like they were preferring the RD people to those who applied back in October. In retrospect, I'm not sure if that's the case though.
My numbers were incredibly marginal (3.45/168). While traditionally "good enough" for Cornell, I think they probably just didn't know how low they were going to need to dip to fill up the class in light of the uptick in applications last year. I will say that as someone with marginal numbers, I think having applied EA helped me in finally gaining admission in May - i.e., I doubt I would have ultimately been accepted had I been an RD candidate with the same numbers.
Anyway, good luck to everyone!!! If anyone has any questions, there are a bunch of 1Ls and 2Ls who fairly regularly populate this thread: http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=41118