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Hi all!

 

So I've been perusing the site and I know lots has been said on this topic, yet I still haven't been able to get a clear answer for my specific question. Once I provisionally accept one school what happens to my other offers? I understand that my application will remain open for those schools that have yet to accept/waitlist me, but I'm still unclear about what happens to those other offers I have already received. Specifically, I am nervous that I will be accepted into a school just before the April 1st deadline and will then have very little time to decide on which school I will give my provisional acceptance to. 

 

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A major determinant will be where your various offers are from. If one is from BC, another from Sask, and a third from NS, then the effect (none) is potentially different than, eg, if you have offers from schools in Ontario who have the common OLSAS admissions system.

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A major determinant will be where your various offers are from. If one is from BC, another from Sask, and a third from NS, then the effect (none) is potentially different than, eg, if you have offers from schools in Ontario who have the common OLSAS admissions system.

 

 

I apologize for not being more specific! I am only dealing with Ontario law schools. 

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Well a couple of points. One is that it's pretty unlikely there will be a lot of offers going out in the last week of March. 

 

But let's say your worry comes true. You currently have offers from schools A and B. You haven't decided between them and your deadline is April 1st. Then school C gives you an offer let's say on the 29th (I doubt it'll be any closer to the 1st - admissions offices are aware of deadlines). That offer will probably expire mid-April to give you more time to decide. But now if you accept A or B, you'd cancel out C, so you only have 3 days to decide between all three. That's kind of a worst case scenario but I suppose not inconceivable...? I'd say either choose between A and B and provisionally accept as early as possible, that way you have more time if C shows up, or rank all of your schools right now by preference so you don't need to think about it later. 

 

I dunno, I tend to make decisions without too much hemming and hawing, so I don't really understand why it'd take days to choose which school you would rather go to, especially since you've been presumably thinking about this for months, if not longer. 

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Well a couple of points. One is that it's pretty unlikely there will be a lot of offers going out in the last week of March. 

 

But let's say your worry comes true. You currently have offers from schools A and B. You haven't decided between them and your deadline is April 1st. Then school C gives you an offer let's say on the 29th (I doubt it'll be any closer to the 1st - admissions offices are aware of deadlines). That offer will probably expire mid-April to give you more time to decide. But now if you accept A or B, you'd cancel out C, so you only have 3 days to decide between all three. That's kind of a worst case scenario but I suppose not inconceivable...? I'd say either choose between A and B and provisionally accept as early as possible, that way you have more time if C shows up, or rank all of your schools right now by preference so you don't need to think about it later. 

 

I dunno, I tend to make decisions without too much hemming and hawing, so I don't really understand why it'd take days to choose which school you would rather go to, especially since you've been presumably thinking about this for months, if not longer. 

 

Worth noting that in this scenario you can delay your choice between two schools by provisionally accepting one school's offer now. If you've been accepted to, say Western and Queens and are still waiting for Ottawa's decision you can provisionally accept at Western, which rejects your Queens offer. Then, if Ottawa gives you an offer on the 29th with a decision due by 15 April you will have until 15 April to choose between Ottawa and Western (with the Ottawa offer expiring or by firmly accepting Ottawa, withdrawing your provisional Western acceptance). 

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