Waiting on the waitlist

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Strongfaithgirl
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Waiting on the waitlist

Postby Strongfaithgirl » Thu Jan 09, 2014 11:48 am

Ok I have a lot of questions :? :? :? . When you are on the waiting list if admitted you are not going to any scholarship right? When is it ever worth waiting on the waiting list. How do school's choose to admitt or deny off the list? Should you pay a deposit to a school where already admitted then withdraw if you get off the waitlist to the school you really want to go to?

Why withdraw an application? What if you stay on the list and they admit you but you choose not to go? How likely is that you will be admitted from a waitlist? How does school's vary?


Someone please weigh in

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Re: Waiting on the waitlist

Postby Trout et al » Thu Jan 09, 2014 12:07 pm

There were plenty of cases of people being accepted off WL's and getting $ last cycle - even at some T14's. You should deposit at a school your currently admitted to only to the extent that you want to go there/ its a prudent decision. The likelihood a person gets pulled off a WL depends on many factors: the particular school, class size, if they are lacking in LSAT or GPA median target, demographic reasons, LOCI, etc.

There will be WL movement at many schools after the first deposit deadline, but not all. Real movement doesn't occur until at least April/May

It doesn't make sense to withdraw from a WL unless it gets to the point where you just cannot logistically make it happen anymore, you don't want to go there at all, you would never consider the school even with $ in light of your current offers.

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Re: Waiting on the waitlist

Postby PattyCake » Thu Jan 09, 2014 12:24 pm

Strongfaithgirl wrote:Ok I have a lot of questions :? :? :? . When you are on the waiting list if admitted you are not going to any scholarship right? When is it ever worth waiting on the waiting list. How do school's choose to admitt or deny off the list? Should you pay a deposit to a school where already admitted then withdraw if you get off the waitlist to the school you really want to go to?

Why withdraw an application? What if you stay on the list and they admit you but you choose not to go? How likely is that you will be admitted from a waitlist? How does school's vary?


Someone please weigh in


It's possible you might still receive scholarship $ if you improved your application (ie. retake the LSAT and go way over their 75th, etc.). Schools that offer true need-based scholarships would also still probably consider giving you $.

It's worth waiting on the wait list if you really truly want to go to that school more than one you were already admitted to - with or without $ (if you are not planning to retake the LSAT/raise your numbers). If you don't think you'll raise your numbers or if you just don't think you'd choose to go there over somewhere you've been accepted, then there's no reason to stay on the list. UNLESS you got decent scholarship $ somewhere you've been accepted (ie, LU in Chicago, correct?), in which case it is possible (though by no means guaranteed) that if you're accepted off the waitlist you can negotiate for some $ using that scholarship as leverage.

Every school is different with wait lists - some are ranked (ie., you're #26 on the list out of 300, etc.) and some are not (ie., once the school gets 100 withdrawn acceptances they re-review the whole wait list and make new choices). I think most schools (probably) at least glance over your file again any time you update with a new LSAT score or new grades (especially if it's a much higher score than your first - sometimes that can immediately get you off a wait list). There's no telling how many people will be admitted/denied from a waitlist, because schools don't know how many accepted applicants will decide to attend. It could be most, 1/2, a few, none.

The purpose of deposits is to get you to commit to a small number of schools (preferably just one). It makes it possible for them to accept other waitlisted candidates who might truly want to go there above other schools. If you're really torn you can make more than one deposit, but that can get expensive and IMO it's kind of mean to hold more than one spot unless you have a really good reason - those spots will gladly be taken by someone else, no matter what school it is. Whether you pay deposits is up to you, but if you DON'T make your deposit AND you don't get accepted off another waitlist, then you don't get to go to law school. The deadlines are usually around April though, so hang on for a while - you applied pretty early if I remember correctly, so you might have all of your decisions in the next month and be able to make a decision that doesn't include your waitlist options.

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Re: Waiting on the waitlist

Postby Strongfaithgirl » Thu Jan 09, 2014 1:24 pm

Thanks for your feedback Pattycake. You make a lot of sense

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Re: Waiting on the waitlist

Postby PattyCake » Thu Jan 09, 2014 1:31 pm

Strongfaithgirl wrote:Thanks for your feedback Pattycake. You make a lot of sense


No problem, and good luck!




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