agentzer0 wrote:This slow-admission-anger strikes me as impatient and immature. If you are going to fall in love with the first law school that accepts you or the first one you visit solely on the basis of timeliness then you have a weak emotional constitution; if you are unable to wait until the end of the cycle to weigh your options and make a fully informed/reasoned decision then I doubt Chicago would care too much about missing out on you. Especially since most candidates will, setting aside scholarships, go to the highest ranked school possible. If you get into HYS and Chicago, you're going to HYS, doesn't matter when Chicago admits you. If you get into MVP and Chicago, you''ll probably go to Chicago, regardless of when they admit you. If you get into both CC or all of CCN and are set on deciding in February and are fundamentally offended by Chicago's thorough admissions methodology then by all means, run off with NYU and call it a day; no one cares.
My point wasn't personal. Even before I was aware of Chicago's relatively slow admissions process, I preferred NYU for a variety of unrelated reasons. However, you're totally discounting human psychology. Everyone
develops irrational emotional connections that the law schools, if they want to matriculate the best accepted applicants, have to play towards. This is why a beautiful viewbook is better than an ugly one. They may convey the same information, but the beautiful viewbook will make the school seem more appealing.
Honestly, this is just advice to Chicago. I really don't care that they're slow (although I'm sure other people commenting do). The relaxed nature of their admissions process is somewhat comforting, as it means I have no reason to be nervous. But they are undoubtedly guaranteeing that some people who would otherwise have chosen Chicago will instead be going to Columbia or NYU--or Michigan or Virginia or Penn or Berkeley with a small scholarship. Obviously, it's not going to (or shouldn't) make the difference between someone attending, say, UIUC or Chicago, but on the other hand, the person with that choice is likely someone who got into Chicago by the skin of their teeth. The strongest applicants who Chicago most wants to retain are the ones most likely to have emotionally committed somewhere competitive with Chicago by the time their decision roles around.