Reapplication after rejection. Is it worth it?


Calandre

Hi everybody,

time to make a decision for LLMs is coming and I have a big doubt.

I got into a few T14 schools, but I didn't get in my top choices (Harvard, Columbia and Stanford). Because of this, as well as for personal reasons, I'm considering about waiting an year and reapply.

On one side, given that I basically have short work experiences (I will graduate in April) and schools such as CLS and Stanford place a lot of emphasis on that, I would definitely stand better chances.

On the other side, I'm worried they might take into account this year's rejection.

I'm aware that some of the schools keep record of previous application. Does anybody know whether is it consider negatively by law schools to have been rejected the previous year? Are admission chances negatively impacted by such factor, or are application considered exclusively only the merit of the current year's application regardless of previous years results?

Thanks in advance for any help you could provide.

Hi everybody,

time to make a decision for LLMs is coming and I have a big doubt.

I got into a few T14 schools, but I didn't get in my top choices (Harvard, Columbia and Stanford). Because of this, as well as for personal reasons, I'm considering about waiting an year and reapply.

On one side, given that I basically have short work experiences (I will graduate in April) and schools such as CLS and Stanford place a lot of emphasis on that, I would definitely stand better chances.

On the other side, I'm worried they might take into account this year's rejection.

I'm aware that some of the schools keep record of previous application. Does anybody know whether is it consider negatively by law schools to have been rejected the previous year? Are admission chances negatively impacted by such factor, or are application considered exclusively only the merit of the current year's application regardless of previous years results?

Thanks in advance for any help you could provide.
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uihh

Hi everybody,

time to make a decision for LLMs is coming and I have a big doubt.

I got into a few T14 schools, but I didn't get in my top choices (Harvard, Columbia and Stanford). Because of this, as well as for personal reasons, I'm considering about waiting an year and reapply.

On one side, given that I basically have short work experiences (I will graduate in April) and schools such as CLS and Stanford place a lot of emphasis on that, I would definitely stand better chances.

On the other side, I'm worried they might take into account this year's rejection.

I'm aware that some of the schools keep record of previous application. Does anybody know whether is it consider negatively by law schools to have been rejected the previous year? Are admission chances negatively impacted by such factor, or are application considered exclusively only the merit of the current year's application regardless of previous years results?

Thanks in advance for any help you could provide.


From what I was told, it is worth it to wait if you can present a better application the next time around. That means an improved application, not just more work experience. In other words, if you can do something in the time being that would make you into a more attractive candidate, it makes sense.

<blockquote>Hi everybody,

time to make a decision for LLMs is coming and I have a big doubt.

I got into a few T14 schools, but I didn't get in my top choices (Harvard, Columbia and Stanford). Because of this, as well as for personal reasons, I'm considering about waiting an year and reapply.

On one side, given that I basically have short work experiences (I will graduate in April) and schools such as CLS and Stanford place a lot of emphasis on that, I would definitely stand better chances.

On the other side, I'm worried they might take into account this year's rejection.

I'm aware that some of the schools keep record of previous application. Does anybody know whether is it consider negatively by law schools to have been rejected the previous year? Are admission chances negatively impacted by such factor, or are application considered exclusively only the merit of the current year's application regardless of previous years results?

Thanks in advance for any help you could provide.</blockquote>

From what I was told, it is worth it to wait if you can present a better application the next time around. That means an improved application, not just more work experience. In other words, if you can do something in the time being that would make you into a more attractive candidate, it makes sense.
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cwlaw

While it is true that if you are able to present a strong application next year, it could help in getting into one of the top school...but really, is it worth the time wating just to hope that you're accepted on the basis of 1 year's experience?? Its not like you're doing a JD and have to increase your LSAT score. If you have gotten into a few T14 schools, choose the best one of those and go to it. In a year, you would have earned your LLM, and if your did well you would be just as likely to be considered for BigLaw. If you really want one of the top tier schools on your CV, there is always the JSD or even an MBA or other degree, which having the LLM would certainly make you a strong candidate for further graduate study.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

While it is true that if you are able to present a strong application next year, it could help in getting into one of the top school...but really, is it worth the time wating just to hope that you're accepted on the basis of 1 year's experience?? Its not like you're doing a JD and have to increase your LSAT score. If you have gotten into a few T14 schools, choose the best one of those and go to it. In a year, you would have earned your LLM, and if your did well you would be just as likely to be considered for BigLaw. If you really want one of the top tier schools on your CV, there is always the JSD or even an MBA or other degree, which having the LLM would certainly make you a strong candidate for further graduate study.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
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