The application deadline is rapidly approaching.  February 1, 2010 (11:59:59 PM PST) to be exact…

Take note of this date and mark it clearly on your calendar if you’ve not already done so as I must confess I’m not all that generous when it comes to applicants who ask for special consideration in submitting a late application.  If you’ve only discovered today that you want to go to law school next fall and you’ve not even taken the LSAT yet,  you are not in an enviable position.  4000-plus candidates will have managed to hit that “submit” button in a timely fashion.  What might your reason be for not making the deadline?  Am I being harsh?   Perhaps.  Probably.  But deadlines are important and they are plentiful in law school – paper deadlines, clinic application deadlines, add/drop deadlines, financial aid deadlines and the list goes on.  Let’s not even get started on “real life” deadlines.  So, if you’ve not been good about meeting deadlines in the past, make a change and chart a new course starting today.   Now, of course, if there truly is a compelling reason for a late submission, let me know and I will give it full and careful consideration.  I’m not that harsh all the time.

If you’ve not yet gotten that application in – but have every intention of doing so by the deadline noted above –  and are wringing your hands because you think you’re late and behind the eight ball, stop the worrying.  The class is not yet full.  There are seats still waiting to be filled.  Take that nervous energy and use it instead to put the finishing touches on that personal statement.  And, savor the moment when you are done and have turned things over to us.