neimanmarxist wrote: MeredithGrey wrote: creatinganalt wrote:
nbaguy wrote:Harvard doesn't start until September; many other schools start in mid- to late-August. IS it possible to begin attending one school, get accepted off the waitlist in late August/early September and then go to Harvard?
Yes it is.
Once you matriculate at a law school, another law school typically does not offer you a position to their class. The school you would ditch would be struggling to fill that slot when the other law school could easily pick someone off their waitlist that has not yet matriculated at a school. It's bad politics.
It's in all schools' interests to allow students to sign non-binding enrollment agreements that allow them to leave for a better school in case they are admitted. If this policy is in place, it means that they , too, can fill up their classes should someone defer/ be unable to attend/ fall ill/ decide to go elsewhere. If all schools had binding enrollment agreements, a lot of them would end up with empty seats come fall. What's more, people would be hesitant to commit to schools if they couldn't stay on waitlists. In the end, they're selling a product. If you get a chance to buy a better product, they shouldn't legally bind you to buy theirs. That's
I am talking about people who already STARTED at a school. When you apply to law schools, most applications state, have you ever matriculated at a law school. Because once you are in your first day of class, it's a different scenario. You are now a CLS student. In many graduate schools (medicine, dentistry, law, etc), when they call you to offer you a position off a waiting list, they ask you where you are currently planning on attending or are attending. If you say CLS, they may not make the offer because you are now a CLS, and no longer available on a waiting list. Or alternatively, they already know where you are planning on attending from your LOCI where you state, "I would leave my current program of CLS, if offered a position at your school in a heartbeat". If CLS's start date has already passed, chances are theyll offer somebody else to fill the spot with the demographics they need who hasnt already started a law school. There may be a few rare stories here and there. But for the most part, you dont hear too manystories of people dropping out of programs to take other slots the first days of school. It would be a domino effect and a disaster. Into late August, waitlist offers will go to people who arent currently enrolled in programs