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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: stanford
« on: August 11, 2006, 08:07:30 AM »
Thought you all might like to know that there's hope yet. Got am email from Faye Deal asking me if I was still interested. I'm pretty set on Harvard though, at this stage, so that means that there's at least one seat still available.

Law School Admissions / Re: Chances at HYS? 3.9/172/China experience
« on: July 03, 2006, 11:44:34 PM »
I think you'd have a good shot at all three, though I'd be sure to really work on those applications; craft your essay, agonize over your resume etc. I'm sure the international experience will help a lot (I think it worked for me), but everything else should be close to perfect too. Think about packaging - how do all aspects of your app contribute to a single image of yourself?

I'm not sure where you're based in China or what you're doing right now, but Yale has a China Law Center based in China and I hear that they sometimes hire non-jds to do research, writing etc. Also, you might want to try and get something published in a China/Taiwan/Hong Kong journal. Those kinds of things would probably send your app over the edge. Good luck!

Jolie's advice is excellent. I just wanted to emphasise that it's really not worth writing about point 3, 'why I want to go to law school,' unless the rest of your application points us in the opposite direction (ie, if your entire resume screams musical theatre performer, then perhaps you might want to explain your passion for the law). But otherwise, just write about a set of experiences and passions that make you seem like an interesting person (in your case your experiences living abroad?), and I'm sure the law schools will figure the rest out. Good luck!

I was in the same situation (international student applying for a US JD), and at the end of the day, I don't think being asian hurt me (I'm not East Asian, though). First off, I'm skeptical that being asian (international or us-based) is actually going to hurt you in the application process, though perhaps it might if one fits the type with a strong science background and interest in IP law. Second though, I think being international can be an advantage, if it means an interesting background or interesting set of interests. Otherwise, it pretty much makes no difference. And of course, the LSAT still rules all - being international makes no difference if your score is low.

Law School Admissions / Re: Call from Harvard
« on: May 16, 2006, 08:06:22 AM »
Thanks all. Got my waitlist letter in the mail today, so it looks like I was right. My best guess is that, as SouthSide said, it has nothing to do with other schools' waitlists (yet), but that this round of emails/calls is the direct reaction to the May 1 deposit deadline. Since they've been going to the waitlist straight away, it would make sense if there was another round of acceptences once the last minute defferals, YS waitlists etc. straighten themselves out. At least, I hope so. Hoping to see you all in September!

Law School Admissions / Re: Call from Harvard
« on: May 15, 2006, 10:51:18 AM »
Hey all, another lurker here, but I wanted to let you all know that good news is still to be had - I'm in too!!! Also definitely going. Got the email last friday like the others. An interesting wrinkle is that I was initially deferred, and decided to call on Thursday to find out my application status. I was told a letter had been in the mail for a couple of days (I live overseas), only to get the Toby email on Friday. So, while it's pure speculation, I'm thinking that my case was more of a deffered>waitlist>accept. I also hear friend of a friend was waitlisted and then got the same email and call last Friday. Guess there's hope for everyone still on the waitlist!

Law School Admissions / Re: Harvard mailing question
« on: December 09, 2005, 03:25:15 AM »
I got the same mailing as David. It did include the form you'd use to apply for a need based fee waiver, but of course, didn't mention anything about merit based waivers.

I'd be happy to read it. Just PM it over.

Law School Admissions / Re: academic honors
« on: November 03, 2005, 04:20:31 AM »
On a related note, is it worth explaining obscure awards (like Wall Street Journal Award Winner) out here, or should we just presume that they'll read the explaination in the resume?

From my experience, faxing the form has been fine, and LSAC processed the rec without any problems

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