boushi wrote:hellome wrote:jtemp320 wrote:The Law School Admission Council publishes a Statement of Good Admission and Financial Aid Practices, by which all member schools agree to abide. If you read the Statement carefully, you will see that item number 6 under "Application Procedures" states the following:
After April 1, except under binding early decision plans, every accepted applicant should be free to accept a new offer from a law school even though a scholarship has been accepted, a deposit has been paid, or a committment [sic] has been made to another school. To provide applicants with an uncoerced choice among various law schools, no excessive nonrefundable deposit should be required solely to maintain a place in the class. (Emphasis added.)
http://blogs.law.yale.edu/blogs/admissi ... power.aspx
You can deposit elsewhere and wait it out until you get a decision (waitlists and held are technically not a final decision) from H. The only thing a school can prohibit is deposits at multiple schools at the same time - most schools dont even do that (CLS is the one example I saw). I think for sanity and in fairness to other applicants it is best to make one deposit but there is nothing wrong with remaining on waitlists. Everyone who is on a waitlist will have deposited elsewhere and is also allowed to change their mind if they get in - thats the whole point of waitlists.
Not 100% on scholarship contracts but I'd guess they follow the same principle?
Yeah, I'm not 100% on whether this applies to scholarship contracts. It would be awful if it didn't...
It seems to differ by school. Carefully read the fine text on your deposit agreements before submitting. For example, the Chicago scholarship acceptance agreement seems to require you withdraw from schools you have not heard from, i.e., Harvard for those currently held, though you can stay on wait lists at other schools:
[EDIT: I got clarification from Chicago that they consider being held to be a wait list, so disregard this particular warning, but still be careful in general...]
Commitment Response Form (Regular Decision)
If you wish to reserve a seat in the University of Chicago Law School Class of 2014, you must submit the Commitment Response Form below. Places in the Class of 2014 will be reserved for all candidates who indicate they wish to reserve a seat and submit a $500 seat deposit. Whether you will be attending the Law School or not, please submit the Commitment Response Form as soon as you have finalized your law school plans. Your cooperation will assist the University of Chicago Law School, as well as other law schools, in determining how many offers of admission to extend and will ensure that candidates with pending applications receive decisions as early as possible. The Law School has a policy that applicants should have, at any time, only one deposit or letter of intent to enroll at a law school unless there are extenuating circumstances that prevent the applicant from making a decision among outstanding offers of admission. When you reserve a seat in the Class of 2014, we request that you withdraw any deposits or commitments to attend any other law school and withdraw any outstanding applications for which you have not received a decision. You are not required to remove your name from waitlists at other law schools. Please do not check this option unless you are fully committed to attending the University of Chicago Law School at this time. [Emphasis added]
Thanks for this post. It's weird, the fine print on my scholarship agreement only says "I am required to
withdraw all applications to law schools to which I have already been admitted."
But you're right, in the regular decision commitment page it says "We request that you withdraw any deposits or commitments to attend any other law school and withdraw any outstanding applications for which you have not received a decision. You are not required to remove your name from waitlists at other law schools."