Friday, April 08, 2005

Offer and Acceptance

Interesting discussion on the new PrawfsBlawg about waitlisting or rejecting overqualified law school applicants. Commenter Anthony is correct that many admits do not inform their safety schools of their intention not to attend; I applied to 10 schools and was admitted to 9, but I only informed rejected schools that took affirmative steps to ask about my intentions (follow-up letters, stamped postcards, email or telephone inquiries). Law schools have a responsibility to maximize the quality of their actual entering class, not their admit pool. Minimizing admission of superstars who won't attend without some serious pot-sweetening enables them to snap up a greater percentage of their actual target students and minimizes the chances that they will have to move down the waitlist to underqualified people.
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