December 2, 2010 at 8:10 pm (Applying to Law School)
Recently, it has come to my attention that some of my co-applicants for the entering fall 2011 class are upset that despite holding higher LSAT scores than myself, are receiving waitlists or acceptances without scholarship offers to the same schools I have applied to. While I appreciate your concern, there is nothing I can do about this. Contacting me on lawschoolnumbers.com and top-law-schools.com won’t do any good. I won’t be calling any admissions offices telling them to rescind my offer and to grant it to “sillygirl 228” or whoever the heck you people are in real life.
My explanation/analysis/guesstimation: Some of you have mentioned you only applied to a given school because you received a fee waiver. Others have indicated being so disgruntled at the alleged “unfair” application cycle (which by the way only begun 3 months ago) that you no longer want to wait for your application response and withdraw. One of you said you were asked to supply a supplemental “Why X School of Law” essay. My guess is that schools really want to first extend offers to applicants who clearly are serious about attending. Afterall, extended offers vs. admitted/matriculated students goes into USN&WR rankings. I think that a lot of these law schools are probably looking for several things:
1) A Why X School of Law essay or at least a paragraph that is specific to the various programs and reasons why you want to attend;
2) Some indication that you have attempted to make contact either at an LSAC forum, formally visiting the school, by signing up on their email list, tuning in to a webinar, etc.;
3) If the app asks you to list other schools you applied to, and this school is the lowest rank of your list, the school may realize they were really just a safety and that your an applicant simply taking advantage of a fee waiver.
Hope this helps.