Stig wrote:thelawschoolproject wrote:How much of a difference (if any) would it make if I applied Nov. 21-22 versus December 2-3?
I have friends who applied in January who were admitted in January, friends who applied in September who were admitted in December, and friends who applied in September who were admitted in April.
TLS wisdom of "applying an extra day early = +1% chance of getting in" doesn't exactly apply at Stanford (and Yale for that matter, but I don't have any anecdotal evidence to back that up). Sure, you might hear a decision earlier, but I do not think that your chances of admission are affected. Apply when you have your app put together correctly–a stronger app is better than an earlier app.
Yale has told multiple sites/blogs/important people, etc. that they attempt to view all applications within a certain time frame and thus attempt to minimize any "rolling admissions advantage". However, I haven't necessarily heard the same about Stanford admissions.
I do agree that a few extra days won't provide you with a significant advantage if your application is not as ready as you would like it to be.