About a month ago I sent in an application to a law school, Florida Coastal School of Law, just because the application made me laugh. I had been filling out pages upon pages of applications, answering all kinds of important questions, filling in my educational history, and reviewing my extracurricular activities. All the Florida people wanted to know was my name, address, and whether or not I had ever committed a felony. The entire application filled only one side of a glossy sheet of paper and offered to put me in a drawing for a free trip to Florida! I shouldn't have filled it out and I shouldn't have sent it in since I knew full well that I wouldn't go there, but my students and I were having such a good time filling out the application that I went ahead and dropped it in the mail.
Today I got charged $12 for the Law School Admission Council to send the Florida Coastal people a report. This is typical of the Admission Council, nothing surprising, but I hadn't thought of it when I mailed the application. After I paid the $12 for the report to be sent to a school I do not intend to attend, I went over to a website that calculates my chances of admission. I have, like, a 99.999% chance of receiving an acceptance letter. I guess I can think of it as $12 well spent because that? That is a serious safety school.