ianfaircloud Posted April 15, 2014 Share Posted April 15, 2014 Yep, that's right. I was shut out of philosophy admissions. I'm hearing (from a moderately reliable source) that people who wrote samples in the areas of evolutionary psychology and metaethics (Sharon Street type stuff) were at a disadvantage this year because of the sheer volume of work on the topic. I'm sure I'll analyze this for years to come. In the meantime, I hope people will benefit from my story. I received a note from a student interested in my MA program, and one line of the note read: "it sounds like if you work hard in any subject, you will be able to place well." This person means well. But the fact is, this is exactly the kind of view that hurts people. Philosophy admissions are highly subjective. No doubt the people who land top spots tend to be really, really amazing people. But for every one amazing person admitted, five amazing people are rejected to the same place. For me, the answer is to have a back-up plan, one that will not feel like a major sacrifice. I'm happy to report that I've been admitted to several good law schools, including Penn and Cornell. I was given almost a full scholarship to attend UCLA law. I am waiting to hear from Chicago, NYU, and Stanford. For personal reasons, I may choose Penn over any of these. Penn offers strengths in philosophy of law and criminal law, and I have the option of taking graduate courses with the philosophy department. I hear that Penn doesn't close the door to academia. People who are interested in law may want to do what I did. Law admissions are the opposite of philosophy admissions. Law admissions are highly predictable, based mostly on numbers. I used http://www.hourumd.com/ and http://www.lawschoolpredictor.com/wp-content/uploads/Law-School-Predictor-Full-Time-Programs.htm. These sites turned out to be accurate for me. I recommend that you treat the LSAT as far more important than anything else you do to prep for law admissions. I recommend that you apply to schools by no later than January 1. Applying in mid- to late-January absolutely reduces one's chances of admission. Also, remember that your goal is not merely admission but admission with good funding. Anyone else shut out of philosophy admissions? Best of luck to everyone. Ulixes, brettmullga, primenumbers and 2 others 5 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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