rockchalk86 wrote:So if this move is supposed to kill the law school, why hasn't YP'ing done the same thing? It offers a reason for crazy numbered people not to apply, but they still do. Shouldn't this practice hurt the schools reputation just like their new ED policy?
Guess what, UVA is very highly ranked... people are still going to apply. Most 0L's have no idea what this whole process entails and don't understand these things until they are right in the middle of it. They will still apply, people will still go ED, and this whole crazy thing will start all over again every year.
Say you have 200 ED members in the class. Out of the 1st 100, 40 get scholarships. Out of the second 100, 15 people get scholarships. That is still a significant amount and people will still believe they have a chance of a scholarship if they ED, but they can focus on that last 100 by making much bigger offers to them. They would still offer scholarships to more ED's than most schools, but game their numbers with the last 100. Their reputation would not suffer.
It's adorable how you're still arguing despite not knowing at all what you're talking about. You'll make a good lawyer if you actually start paying attention to facts and relevant issues more when you're in law school than you are now.
How can I make this more simple? Let's think for a moment...
Step 1 - Why would UVA create this new ED policy? Is it for the students... no. Is it to supposedly have more control of the class size... I don't think this would help. The only reason that makes any logical sense is that they want more people who they don't have to offer scholarships to. By doing so, they can focus on getting really high numbered people by having more freed up money to offer them. This would increase LSAT and GPA medians and selectivity, which would in turn increase their rankings. Plus they would have still offered enough scholarships to ED's to not ruin their reputation. If they offer the same number of scholarships to ED's as in previous years, they don't have to tell us that the number of ED acceptances increased. They still maintain the reputation.
Step 2- rankings go up, alums see that the school is on the rise, and more donations come in. And if we are talking long term, theoretically, crazy numbered people probably have more of a chance of making more money in the future than average numbered people if the LSAT really is indicative of someone's chance of being successful in law school. This would mean that the 20 year plan has richer alumni with more money to donate... but I digress.
Step 3- Next year's cycle. People still apply because it is UVA and their ranking has not only increased, but it's freakin UVA! C'mon... do any of you really think people will not apply, and not apply ED if they really want it and need the boost. Most people go into the ED decision with the knowledge that they probably will not get a significant scholarship. And most people that ED are not crazy numbered people and really need the boost anyways so money is probably not their main concern anyway. How many people say they ED'd Virginia because they think they will get money?
Reputation is not destroyed, rankings go up, more money funneled into the school... sounds like a win.