April 08, 2005
Not To Get Too Personal, But...
April 8, 2005 06:01 PM
Even aside from my general annoyance with senses of entitlement, I'd have to agree with co-blogger Armen about the absurdity of outrage over not getting into a law school when various numbers and rankings would seem to dictate that one should. Maybe it was a blessing in disguise that my GPA was so low; the result was that I was slaveringly grateful to any school that admitted me. University of Houston? Yes! Go me, go me...
When schools rejected me, I shrugged and figured that they had their reasons. Prof. Kerr's own school summarily refused me (not even a waiting list offer), and I wouldn't challenge the GW Law admissions office's judgment, despite my being wait-listed or accepted at several schools ranked higher on the Holy List. Even within New York City, the apparent disparity occurred: I got into Columbia (#4 on the current list, though perhaps not for long) at the last minute, but was flat-out rejected by Fordham (#27, but ranked significantly lower two years ago).
Maybe some schools value LSAT more highly than GPA and these were the schools that looked favorably upon me. Maybe Georgetown really liked my essay, and George Washington found it offensive to Yankees. Maybe affirmative action worked for me in some places and not others. In the last analysis, no one accepted to Columbia should complain about not getting Fordham. Or in the case of Leiter's informant, no one admitted to Stanford and Harvard should be bitching about Georgetown's waitlist.
How much did you pay with the number of applications you submitted? Is there available information about the annual amounts paid by applicants to law schools? Do applicants ever get over the rejections while in law school or when job hunting or after they get a job? Are there stigmas attached to these rejections? I would hope not.
I think anybody admitted to a top 25% school should have absolutely no right to complain about anything school related. You will have no problem finding a job following graduation. So what is there to complain about?
It's funny that -- of all people -- two law students from Berkeley and Columbia are railing about entitlement.
Please, it's easy to admonish those whom believe the Ivy League is a birthright when you're in your positions (at prestigious schools). If you were at Cooley or McGeorge, despite your 170-something LSAT scores, I might buy it.
But, as long as top law schools continue to accept lesser accomplished students over more meritorious students simply because they come from the right feeder school (ahem, UVA), right family (legacies), or for some other arbitrary reason, it's deplorable. And those deserving applicants who get short-changed have good reason to be upset.
Besides, their sense of entitlement might even help them get into law school. I got into Georgetown -- after I got turned down once and wrote a nasty letter to the dean of admissions.
Let's face it, virtually all of us students at top schools have a sense of entitlement. We wouldn't have applied to our schools unless we thought a) we could get in and b) we belonged there.
No, I applied to schools because it wasn't outside the realm of possibility that I could get in, and in the case of the schools where it was outside said realm -- Harvard and Yale -- because my mother made me (I made them send the rejections to her).
At the same time, I didn't somehow not "belong" at H & Y; I just knew that my GPA was statistically not one they accepted. Like, ever. I checked. But I didn't think I was incapable of doing the work, which is really all that matters in determining whether someone "belongs" at a school.
If you were at Cooley or McGeorge, despite your 170-something LSAT scores, I might buy it.
If we were at Cooley or McGeorge, I suspect people would be crying "sour grapes." And I really do feel the proper liberal guilt about using meaningless standardized testing to get ahead, just as I do about buying inhumanely-treated chickens. Can we get some legislation passed banning the SAT and factory farming so I don't have to resist temptation?
How is Cooley (4th tier) lumped together with McGeorge (tied for 90th)?