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Applying after seat deposit

Posted: Fri Jan 24, 2020 11:20 am
by Faustian89
I plan to hear back from schools (t14-t20s) around the first seat deposit deadline (mid/late April). I plan on retaking (March LSAT) to help with potential waitlists, but in the chance I do exceptionally well in March, I may even want to apply to higher ranked schools. I know this would be extremely late, but I have seen for AA males they do make exceptions. At that point I may need to have already placed a seat deposit at a school, however, which often allows you to stay on waitlists but often requires you to withdraw other pending applications. I know it really comes down to the specific language of the deposit, but can someone give me advice about this? Thanks.

Re: Applying after seat deposit

Posted: Fri Jan 24, 2020 11:53 am
by pancakes3
you lose most of the leverage gained from a killer march LSAT by committing to attend this cycle, both in terms of admissions, negotiating scholarships so the advice, not to be reductive, is to sit out and reapply.

Re: Applying after seat deposit

Posted: Fri Jan 24, 2020 1:36 pm
by heythatslife
pancakes3 wrote:
Fri Jan 24, 2020 11:53 am
you lose most of the leverage gained from a killer march LSAT by committing to attend this cycle, both in terms of admissions, negotiating scholarships so the advice, not to be reductive, is to sit out and reapply.
Agree with this.

Re: Applying after seat deposit

Posted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:52 pm
by Slytherpuff
It would depend on the specific language of the seat deposit, but most schools would require you to withdraw from consideration at other schools if you weren't going to ride a waitlist there. You couldn't submit a new application to a T-14 if you put a seat deposit down elsewhere. I'd echo pancakes' advice and keep yourself open to reapplying next cycle with a better spring/summer LSAT score.