Offer contingent upon verbal commitment?

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travis9952
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Offer contingent upon verbal commitment?

Postby travis9952 » Thu Apr 05, 2012 12:42 pm

I had a phone interview today with the Dean of Admissions at a school I applied to (I won't say which one) and he said I would be accepted as long as I told him I would be attending in the fall. He also asked which schools I had been accepted to and asked if the school he represented was my top choice. The school happens to be one of my top choices but I couldn't make the decision right then and there so he gave me a week. If I commit to that school within a week then I'll be accepted.

Has this happened to anyone else?

Is this sort of practice even allowed by LSAC?

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PARTY
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Re: Offer contingent upon verbal commitment?

Postby PARTY » Thu Apr 05, 2012 12:43 pm

are you a borderline applicant?

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Re: Offer contingent upon verbal commitment?

Postby checkster » Thu Apr 05, 2012 12:44 pm

Never heard of it. I don't like it.

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Geetar Man
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Re: Offer contingent upon verbal commitment?

Postby Geetar Man » Thu Apr 05, 2012 12:46 pm

Are you above both medians?

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Re: Offer contingent upon verbal commitment?

Postby landla » Thu Apr 05, 2012 12:47 pm

This is actually not allowed by the LSAC Good Practices Guideline (something like that), based on my understanding of what you said. Under the good practices guidelines, schools cannot ask applicants their preference of schools/ranking of schools.

Of course, this is based on a brief reading of the guidelines for another purpose, so you should check them out yourself. They also change after April 1st, but I don't know if this part does or not.

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Re: Offer contingent upon verbal commitment?

Postby travis9952 » Thu Apr 05, 2012 12:47 pm

PARTY wrote:are you a borderline applicant?



75% for their GPA and 25% for their LSAT so I guess I am.

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Re: Offer contingent upon verbal commitment?

Postby PARTY » Thu Apr 05, 2012 12:55 pm

travis9952 wrote:
PARTY wrote:are you a borderline applicant?



75% for their GPA and 25% for their LSAT so I guess I am.


that's not really borderline, which makes this all the weirder.

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Re: Offer contingent upon verbal commitment?

Postby kindaklueless » Thu Apr 05, 2012 12:56 pm

Sounds really shady.

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Re: Offer contingent upon verbal commitment?

Postby travis9952 » Thu Apr 05, 2012 3:04 pm

kindaklueless wrote:Sounds really shady.


I felt quite uncomfortable during the interview to be honest.

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Re: Offer contingent upon verbal commitment?

Postby 20130312 » Thu Apr 05, 2012 3:08 pm

Not so happy about ASU's ranking now, hmm?

travis9952
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Re: Offer contingent upon verbal commitment?

Postby travis9952 » Thu Apr 05, 2012 3:15 pm

InGoodFaith wrote:Not so happy about ASU's ranking now, hmm?


I don't follow.

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Re: Offer contingent upon verbal commitment?

Postby sparty99 » Thu Apr 05, 2012 3:22 pm

This is not uncommon. I had a school on the east coast do this...they called to see if I was still interested and if I would accept an offer if a seat were to open up. I said, "yes." Three days later they called back and said a seat opened up and offered me admission.

I declined.

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Re: Offer contingent upon verbal commitment?

Postby hurldes » Thu Apr 05, 2012 3:36 pm

^^ haha!

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Re: Offer contingent upon verbal commitment?

Postby Randomnumbers » Thu Apr 05, 2012 3:54 pm

Relevant (http://www.lsac.org/lsacresources/Publi ... oodadm.pdf):
5. Except under binding early decision plans or for academic
terms beginning in the spring or summer, no law school
should require an enrollment commitment of any kind to an
offer of admission or scholarship prior to April 1. Admitted
applicants who have submitted a timely financial aid
application should not be required to commit to enroll by
having to make a nonrefundable financial commitment until
notified of financial aid awards that are within control of the
law school.
6. 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 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. Beginning on May 15 of each year, law
schools that participate in the Commitment Overlap Service
will be provided with information concerning all enrollment
commitments to any law school made by those applicants
who have indicated an intention to enroll in that school’s
entering class. A law school should clearly communicate its
policies on multiple enrollment commitments upon admission.




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