Yes, it sounds over the top, but hear my story. It is an important one which I think everyone who is applying ought to read especially as it involves medical schools screwing up my application and rejecting me without apologizing or even recognizing their screw-up. At my school, the people who do my letters of recommendation send them to my pre-medical committee who then send them to the medical schools to which I am applying. My committee forgot to send a very important reccomendation letter regarding my research for the past 2 years. The committee received it from my P.I., but due to misfiling they did not send it out to any schools. It was definitely an important recc; my pre-med tutor had mentioned that it was my strongest letter of recc. All the schools to which I applied listed my application as complete before I had found out about the missing letter. When I called them to confirm, they insisted that what was on the internet was final and so if it said complete, then it was. It was not complete. I had even written on the application that in the packet of letters they were supposed to receive my research letter of recc. No one called or emailed. I only received 2 interviews and none mentioned my missing recc. Late March, by the time most schools had made their final decisions and were sending out letters, Harvard Med called up my pre-medical committee to tell them that they were missing the letter. By that time, however, it was already too late for many schools to overturn their decisions. I am wondering who the burden of responsibility for this error lies. I argue that it is not my fault because I did everything in my power to determine whether my application was complete. I also believe that while my pre-med committee did make the mistake of not sending the letter even though they received it, they are not worthy of a lawsuit because there was no way for them to determine, after they had sent the packets, whether or not it was complete. I conclude that the medical schools are at fault for having listed my application as complete even though they had not received my letter, even though it was written on my application. They have the burden of responsibility to ensure that everything in my application is on file before stating it is complete online and then, when I call, to say that it is complete without checking the file for me. Yes, the admissions offices are busy and receive a lot of phone calls from wearied applicants, but I paid them $40-60! I would not initiate a lawsuit to get into their schools or even to get my $40 back. I would sue for the benefit of future applicants who may fall into the same situation as me. I do not want the neglect of admissions offices to destroy a person's entire future career. I feel that it is a principle worth fighting for.