Applications are down, and Harvard Law is reacting. Yes, the unfortunate postponement of the December LSAT in a few locations is a nice little excuse for doing so. What is motivating them? They don’t want to compromise the quality of their student body because the number of applicants is decreasing, so they are hoping to grab those top students with February LSAT scores. Why? Because otherwise those people will wait and apply early next year and maybe go ED at Columbia or choose Stanford or Yale. By taking those folks this year, Harvard wins.
But don’t get me wrong – even in their blog post announcing the deadline extension, they say earlier is better and that if you feel comfortable with your competitiveness with your current LSAT score, you are better off having your application reviewed earlier in the cycle.