CO2016YEAH wrote: subtle wrote: pacifica wrote:
remix wrote:Waivers don't imply anything except that your score reached a certain threshold, although with a 4.0/172, you're probably fine for Columbia anyway.
Although if it makes you feel any better, I solicited for one and they said "no, we'll contact you if we're interested in giving you one" and I'm out $100 as I never got one, so consider yourself 50 PowerBall tickets ahead in life. (man would winning that would come in handy for paying for law school...)
Fee waivers mean nothing. I know a few people who got them to CLS the cycle I applied and were dinged, whereas I never got one and I was accepted. They're good for helping out your wallet, but don't read too much into getting or not getting one.
I received a waiver and have scores well below the criteria for a typical admit. I'm not exactly sure why. It could be substantial work experience, it could by my UG school is sought after, or it could just be that one of my scores fall within a requested range. I'm surprised to see they have denied requests to others with much stronger scores, though.
Let's just say my scores are somewhere between 159-165 lsat and 3.45 and 3.75 gpa.
(I'm embracing anonymity until decisions are out, lest there be any adcom members lurking.)
I'm pretty sure for unsolicited fee waviers it's just based on scores and perhaps a little more weighed towards GPA.
The options for GPA on LSAC are ranges rather than a specific number i.e. 3.0-3.5 (mostly As and Bs) or 3.5-3.8 (mostly As, some Bs) or 3.8-4.0 (mostly As) so although your GPA could be 3.5, in CLS's eyes (at least in terms of unsolicited fee waivers) you are no different than someone with a 3.75
In the limited set of data that is my memory, it seems like people with high GPAs/not necessarily great LSATs got fee waivers from schools that they might not have the best chance of admittance. Whereas traditional splitters (like myself) got much fewer unsolicited fee waivers.
my two cents