How does the waitlist work? And what to do when waitlisted.

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iChaseH16
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How does the waitlist work? And what to do when waitlisted.

Postby iChaseH16 » Sat Jan 24, 2015 11:12 pm

So I've been waitlisted at Temple. This has been my first choice from the beginning and I really do want to go here. My LSAT is a 155 and my GPA is a 3.6, so my LSAT is below their median. However, I'm really confused on how this whole waitlist works. I have filled out their waitlist confirmation form and am in the process of writing a statement expressing my commitment to Temple for the committee. However, how long will I have to wait until they actually make a decision? The other schools I've been accepted to want me to submit the deposits in April. Do those deposits then bind me to be committed to those schools? What if I make a deposit at one school then in June or July Temple says they want me? Is it impossible for me to go to Temple then or do I simply lose my deposit at the other schools. Any advice or anything anyone can offer in aiding me with all of this would be great. I'm really stressed about this especially because I submitted my applications back in October so I could get decisions early, but now it seems I may need to wait a very long time. Also, any advice for getting off the waitlist sooner or convincing the committee would be helpful.

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Re: How does the waitlist work? And what to do when waitlisted.

Postby VeteranAdvocate » Sun Jan 25, 2015 12:43 am

You need to write a Letter of Continued Interest. Look on the forum for format suggestions. You won't be bound if you pay deposits to other schools, but you will most likely lose the deposit if Temple takes you off the wait list and you accept their offer. You need to follow the guidelines Temple gave you. If Temple said not to call or email them, then don't. Best of luck.

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Re: How does the waitlist work? And what to do when waitlisted.

Postby mvp99 » Sun Jan 25, 2015 12:51 am

Not really on topic but I think you need to hear it. If you get in, it will be at sticker. If you retake and get 160+ you can probably attend temple with a substantial scholarship. Don't go to Temple if you're going to end up with a huge amount of debt.

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Re: How does the waitlist work? And what to do when waitlisted.

Postby Dr. Nefario » Sun Jan 25, 2015 4:43 pm

mvp99 wrote:Not really on topic but I think you need to hear it. If you get in, it will be at sticker. If you retake and get 160+ you can probably attend temple with a substantial scholarship. Don't go to Temple if you're going to end up with a huge amount of debt.


+1 sticker price for most schools is a bad idea. If you have a 155, you should be able to break into the 160+ range if you struggle with LG and just practice, then you can get a full ride to Temple.

Otherwise, best thing to do is write a LOCI, and tell them why you want Temple and let them know why it is your first choice and your dream school. It's not advisable to go if you don't have a scholarship though

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Re: How does the waitlist work? And what to do when waitlisted.

Postby Big Dog » Sun Jan 25, 2015 9:45 pm

you should not go to LS with a <16x. Period.

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Re: How does the waitlist work? And what to do when waitlisted.

Postby VeteranAdvocate » Sun Jan 25, 2015 10:07 pm

Big Dog if you don't have anything productive to say then go mind your own business. He could have the best work ethic in the world and simply had an off day.

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Re: How does the waitlist work? And what to do when waitlisted.

Postby Yogi2012 » Sun Jan 25, 2015 10:54 pm

If you are able to retake then I think you should. I went from low 150s to 160+--I applied to schools last cycle, but listened to my gut and the people in this forum and decided to retake. With my improved score, this cycle schools that previously waitlisted me have accepted me and are offering me substantial $$$. If you think that 155 is your best then that's one thing, but if you know you can put in the time and effort and improve your score, it is well worth it to retake.

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Re: How does the waitlist work? And what to do when waitlisted.

Postby MikeM-law » Sun Jan 25, 2015 11:18 pm

Big Dog wrote:you should not go to LS with a <16x. Period.


That's not helpful. OP said he just got waitlisted at his first choice. Telling him to not go to LS doesn't help. There are many successful attorneys who scored below 160 just as there are many struggling attorneys who scored well above 160. First year grades are far more important.

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Re: How does the waitlist work? And what to do when waitlisted.

Postby dr1366 » Sun Jan 25, 2015 11:40 pm

This thread was helpful for me.

viewtopic.php?f=18&t=60839

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Re: How does the waitlist work? And what to do when waitlisted.

Postby CanadianWolf » Mon Jan 26, 2015 3:19 pm

The waiting period depends upon Temple's yield of accepted students during the current admissions cycle. Focus on writing a brief, persuasive letter of continued interest. Consider retaking the LSAT in order to create more & better options.




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