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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: berkeley wait list
« on: March 29, 2004, 07:24:46 PM »
just got my wl letter.


Sweetness, looked at your profile at law school numbers. I think it shows some of the idiosyncracies of Boalt's admissions. I got in with 3.68/172 but was deferred (soon to be rejected, I think) at Harvard, where you've been accepted.

Now that I'm 4 years out of undergrad, I think I brought to the table some interesting work experiences (in NYC and abroad in China), which I integrated into my personal statement.

So yes, good personal statements and work experience can help. I seriously doubt that I would've been admitted straight out of undergrad.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Santa Clara vs Pepperdine
« on: March 29, 2004, 01:18:43 AM »
If you're interest is in patent law, and particularly with high-tech, go to Santa Clara. While it isn't a Tier 1, it makes up for that fact by leveraging it's location in the heart of Silicon Valley. Many of SCU's programs (not just the law school) have strong ties with Silicon Valley Business.

Pepperdine is closer to the beach though... ;)

It would help for you to clarify some things. Why are you studying law? And where do you plan to practice? That will determine what education requirements you need. The U.S. system is much different from most of the world (my understanding that the J.D. is pretty much an American thing, and that most other countries only require an LL.B. for admission the the Bar)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Boalt Hall information...
« on: March 25, 2004, 01:02:59 AM »
Although the drawback for me is that my GPA definitely isn't as high as your guys' GPAs, and I heard that Boalt weighs GPA slightly more than other schools, so I might not be a very strong candidate. 

The general wisdom I kept hearing was Boalt goes more for GPA than LSAT, which was the reverse situation for me.

I got into Boalt this year with a 3.68 / 172. So a slightly lower GPA than average won't automatically ding you. I do also bring 4 years of work experience on the table (2 years in China), with a decent story to tell, so I'd like to think that that helped to push me past being a borderline case.

Choosing the Right Law School / Columbia vs. Boalt
« on: March 17, 2004, 09:29:48 PM »
I'm a Bay Area native, but went to an Ivy undergrad and worked in NYC for two years. Currently I'm working in China.

Both schools are ones that I could see myself going to and I love Berkeley and NYC. I think Boalt has an edge in quality of life (the weather!) and obviously cost (I'm still a California resident). And part of me wants to settle in the Bay Area.

However, I have an interest in international law, and I'm not sure if the Berkeley name will go as far as Columbia's outside of the U.S. Also, Columbia has a Center for Chinese legal studies and lots of study abroad programs. However, Boalt's lower cost might give me more flexibility to do more things by virtue of having less debt to pay back (and not be trapped by the Big Law track).

Any thoughts?

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