joshuajsmith wrote:lovelydarkanddeep wrote:In an entirely unwise move, I decided to look at the c/o 2015 American thread last night. People with numbers right at their averages and A LOT of people above their averages were getting WL and denied. I guess they are notorious for YPing (which is evident if you look at their LSN graph.) Perhaps this sheds some light (very dark light) on why some of us who applied in September or October still haven't heard. Or maybe I sent them the wrong PS? Gonna go check that....
Oh and one final nugget of sadness, it looks like they historically haven't given merit aid to anyone who wasn't above their 75% for BOTH GPA and LSAT. Joy.
Stop trying to read the tea leaves of last cycle. Apps are down. Money is better. The word is out about law school (i.e. it's only smart if you REALLY want to be a lawyer). It's a buyer's market. This is the best time in years to be an applicant.
This isn't to say that you (or anyone else in your situation) are a slam dunk or that American (or other notoriously "tight" schools with $$) is going to suddenly start making it rain. But this year IS different. Apply broadly, see where you get in, and negotiate.
1L at WCL here. I will say that they are very tight on giving out aid and I doubt that trend will change. I got offered a huge scholly from a lower ranked school and tried to use it to lure even just a tiny amount and they wouldn't budge. The official response I got was -- above the median for both GPA and LSAT or you are not qualified. That said, it could mean that people below 75th for both could get scholly money.
They also do a strong job on yield protecting, and in a buyers market they might target harder to ensure that the school does not drop rank or drop significantly.