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By rafael (Tue Mar 14, 2006 at 07:37:08 AM EST) (all tags)
I got four pieces of law-school related snailmail yesterday. None of them were the mail I was looking for. Two of them were attempts to recruit me (it's awfully late in the season for that, I wot); one of them was a piece of bureaucratic paperwork; and one was a demand for a decision and some money.

The demand for a decision and some money came from $FOURTH_TIER_SCHOOL. Apparently there is an agreement among law schools not to ask people to commit to one school or another (unless they've applied early decision) until April 1; they want me to commit to them, or not, by April 15, and seal my commitment with USD$100. If they push, i'm going to say 'no'; i've pretty much determined that i'd rather wait another year, get my applications in early in the next cycle, and try again, than go to their school.

The bureaucratic paperwork came from $EXPLORER_SCHOOL. My application is under review, here's a username and password to check status using the online check-your-application-status system. (This is a device many law schools employ to get you to not call them to ask for your application status; you can look it up online! Never mind that what you see online isn't actually useful information, since it doesn't tell you why, for example, your application isn't under review yet despite it having been recieved twenty days ago; it's not clear that the 'information' it contains is any better than the silence provided by certain other schools). Every other school i've interacted with that has done this has sent the information via email, so I was surprised to get it. I was also somewhat relieved, as it came in a thin #10 envelope, which appeared to be a rejection letter until i opened it.

The other two letters were more interesting. One of them came from $INNER_CITY_SCHOOL, a second-tier school with an unusually good reputation in a major east coast city, pointing out that their application deadline is April 1 and encouraging me to apply. (Frighteningly, they have a part-time program which starts in May whose deadline is also April 1; that doesn't give anyone very much time.) I think i'm going to decline. While it is true that I have applied at a second-tier school in another major east coast city, that one had ameliorating factors: it has a very interesting legal co-op program, and it uses narrative evaluations instead of grades, which (a) are independently a good thing, and (b) means they'll understand my undergraduate transcript. This school has neither of those; and chances are if I can get in there, I can get in at both $GEOGRAPHY_SCHOOL and $JESUIT_SCHOOL, either of which I would prefer. Still, it's good for my morale to get recruiting spam like this.

The final letter was from a tier-one institution in the south, complete with a fee waiver. I had to give them less thought. I've already applied at two tier-one institutions in cities it wouldn't independently occur to me to live in (call them $WINE_SCHOOL and $FLOWERS_SCHOOL); but this school is located in a city where I will not feel comfortable being part of an openly gay couple, and where Jared would likely be miserable. Geography defeats it - although, again, getting last minute "apply with us here's a fee-waiver" mail from tier-one schools is good for my morale, and gives my spirits a lift while I wait.

My file at $QUICK_SCHOOL is apparently still not complete. $JESUIT_SCHOOL, the first place where my file was complete, has yet to say anything to me at all. $BOLT_SCHOOL says they'll let me know next wednesday.

I want waiting season to be over.

Real Soon Now, I tell myself. Again.

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My brother-in-law was playing off some schools by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #1 Tue Mar 14, 2006 at 07:53:29 AM EST
for his son's prelaw studies. He tried a few Jesuit places, with one well regarded one in a midwest city nearly landing him, until the better regarded one in Brooklyn anted up more money. My nephew seems very happy in NY.

er by tps12 (2.00 / 0) #2 Tue Mar 14, 2006 at 09:25:42 AM EST was a demand for a decision and some money.
I think there is a whole course in law school on avoiding this kind of construction.

what, kind sir, is the problem by aphrael (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue Mar 14, 2006 at 12:33:17 PM EST
what, kind sir, is the problem you perceive with that phrase construction?
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it's ambiguous by tps12 (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Mar 20, 2006 at 02:58:23 AM EST
"A demand for (a decision and some money)" or "(a demand for a decision) and (some money)"?

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what's the way to say the first by rafael (2.00 / 0) #5 Thu Mar 23, 2006 at 04:41:19 PM EST
without being ambiguous or awkward?

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