Let's get one thing straight: I've withdrawn from every school to which I've been admitted and that I know for sure I won't attend. Look at my LSN (http://lawschoolnumbers.com/crackberry
). The only schools to which I've been admitted and from which I haven't withdrawn are Stanford, Cal, UCLA and USC. Now, while I've nearly positive I would go to Stanford if I were choosing among those four schools, I've always had great respect for Boalt (seriously) and when I got in there on Dec. 4, I thought almost for sure that's where I'd be going. It was the school I had my eye on when I started this process, its got an awesome environmental law program, it's in-state and its LRAP is third only to Yale and Stanford. I would like to go to the Cal ASW before I (probably) withdraw. If you really want to fault me, fault me. I don't give a shit.
I have extremely personal reasons for not having withdrawn from UCLA and USC. There is conceivably a situation in which I could be going to one of those schools (more likely than my going to Boalt) and I cannot withdraw from either until I know fur sure I don't have to be in LA for the foreseeable future.
I have withdrawn from every other school to which I've been admitted. This includes schools like NYU, Michigan, Duke, Georgetown and Cornell. I wthdrew from Northwestern and Virginia before even getting decisions from the two of them. I took myself off the UChicago waitlist and told Columbia thanks but no thanks when they decided to hold me.
The only schools I'm waiting on at this point are Yale and Harvard. I'll probably go to Yale if I get in, so that takes care of itself. As for Harvard, I had an early JR1. When I was held in January, the amount of effort required to write a letter was very minimal. You're right; I could withdraw from Harvard and not lose any sleep over it. But the rest of you shouldn't lose sleep over my not withdrawing from Harvard. I promise you that they aren't sitting there staring at my app for six weeks in lieu of reviewing other people's apps. I'm just a little fish in a big sea.
Also, the argument that I am somehow taking up a seat at Harvard is totally preposterous. I haven't even gotten in! How the hell could I be taking someone else's spot?! And if I do get in and withdraw, it's not as if Harvard is just gonna say "fuck it, we're so distraught crackberry didn't enroll that we're not going to accept someone off the WL in his spot." That argument is ludicrous and I think all of you know it. I'm more open to the "withdraw if you're in with merit aid and not gonna go" argument, because that may actually affect something in the real world. Get over yourselves, people.