Veritas2010 wrote: Peter North wrote:
See... this is the trouble I have with YLS' admissions process. The Dean of Admissions is the ultimate "gatekeeper" so to speak. She is the only one who decides as to which application gets to the faculty review stage, etc. etc. etc. On first read, if she doesn't like your app, you're fucked...
It's pretty amusing how YLS portrays itself to be a bastion of giving "everything" (not just LSAT/GPA) full consideration, yet they have this ONE PERSON
making the ultimate decision on a file... talk about making arbitrary decisions...
Then again, for all we know... the other schools have some no-name "gatekeeper" in the admissions office filtering applications left, right and center...
OMG! I love you for saying that. I was too afraid to ever voice that thought, but I always worried about the fate of 4000+ people being in the hands of ONE person. What if they're having a bad day? Or just don't like one little thing about the person?
Interestingly enough, I know someone from a so-so school who got into Yale last year with good grades, a low 160 LSAT, some ECs, honors, etc. and this year another person from the same school got dinged (they had a slightly better LSAT, same GPA and far better ECs and honors). Now I'm assuming that the LOR and essays were about the same but they were from the same profs etc. So if the Dean is consistent, I wonder why this year's applicant got rejected? (just speculating)
I think it would be foolish to just assume that their essays were of similar quality, and you aren't accounting for the fact that most admitted applicants go through faculty review. It's not all in the hands of one person. Yes, the dean decides which applications make it to the faculty review stage, but for all you know these two people fared differently because they encountered different groups of professors.
In fact, since the guy you know who was admitted got in with a low 160s score, I'm almost 100% sure that he went through faculty review, instead of being a presumptive admit. He was probably just a survivor of the carnage of faculty review. It's like they say in that movie Poseidon: sometimes there's nothing fair about who lives and who dies. Yale's process isn't designed to treat applicants with consistency, it's designed to give professors the students they want.
So, ironically, if you have a complaint about the fairness and consistency of Yale's process, it shouldn't be that too much power is in the hands of one person; it should be that not enough power is in the hands of one person.