UD‘s friend Courtney, applying to law school, received this.

Waiving application fees is now apparently pretty standard; the Amazon gift card is, I think, something new.

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Update: Also on offer: Starbucks cards and hundreds of dollars worth of travel expenses. (See this post’s comment thread.)

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7 Responses to ““We think it’s great when you can get some perks for the hard work you put into achieving success. So when you apply to The University of Alabama School of Law, we will give you a $30 Amazon gift card and waive your application fee.””

  1. wayward Says:

    Oh, if she has good grades and LSAT scores, having her apply to Alabama law school helps their stats even if she doesn’t go there. So the gift card might be worth it for them.

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    wayward: She does indeed have both…

  3. wayward Says:

    Can’t recall if you followed the Paul Pless debacle several years ago, but he was basically cooking numbers to push Illinois Law’s ranking up: http://abovethelaw.com/tag/paul-pless/

  4. dmf Says:

    echoes of late-night tv ads telling us if we buy now we also get_____.

  5. Bernard Carroll Says:

    Just thirty bucks? Sheesh!

  6. Courtney Says:

    Update: Penn State is offering 10$ Starbucks gift card in exchange for some low-level PII (I had them send it to my mother) and 300$ worth of travel expenses to come visit:

    “There’s no better time than now to apply to the law school with the most elite small entering class in the country—and that’s a fact.

    The best way to get to know us is to come see us for yourself. If you apply and schedule an individual campus visit or attend an admitted student open house, we’ll reimburse you up to $300 in travel costs plus one night’s hotel stay.

    What are you waiting for?”

  7. theprofessor Says:

    God, this is pitiful.

    Of course, our administrators will copy this as soon as they find out. We already are giving away free t-shirts and other merchandise to applicants. Enticing completely inadmissible students to apply is just as valuable as getting the great ones. It can make us appear to be more selective than we actually are and bump us up in the rankings.

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