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A few weeks ago, in at Cornell. w00t!

I hope we get some more great stuff for people to post in here shortly (cough *GULC* cough)...

Wow... I find it modestly offensive that Cornell is letting people in off the waitlist when they haven't given me a decision yet, and told me they won't be able to until next week.

My application was sent before New Years and went complete around January 15th. Come on Cornell, you coulda at least had the decency to WL me if you were gonna play this game, or reject me outright.

I'm very dissatisfied with Cornell's utter lack of responsiveness.


Sorry to hear that. FWIW, I applied in October, and was deferred in December, so *technically* I was never waitlisted, but in essence that's what the deferral was.

That actually does make me feel a bit better... way less of a FU from the admissions office, fairly reasonable actually.

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A few weeks ago, in at Cornell. w00t!

I hope we get some more great stuff for people to post in here shortly (cough *GULC* cough)...

Wow... I find it modestly offensive that Cornell is letting people in off the waitlist when they haven't given me a decision yet, and told me they won't be able to until next week.

My application was sent before New Years and went complete around January 15th. Come on Cornell, you coulda at least had the decency to WL me if you were gonna play this game, or reject me outright.

I'm very dissatisfied with Cornell's utter lack of responsiveness.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Chicago Law WL action?
« on: May 03, 2007, 05:16:05 AM »
Count me in as someone who got one of these letters. Seems like a good chunk of people, all told.

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Law School Applications / Forced Decision
« on: April 27, 2007, 12:17:41 AM »
A few days ago GULC offered me a significant scholarship, $30k/year for all three years with no strings whatsoever.

I was elated and still am, but now I'm realizing that this leaves me with a slight dilemma. They want a decision on the scholarship by 5 pm EST, next Friday. If I accept the scholarship...

"I understand that, in accepting this award, I am committing to enroll at the Law Center and will withdraw my applications and decline any offers of admission from other law schools."

I like GULC, and would be thrilled to go there at this kind of discount (of my four acceptances this money makes GULC a no-brainer choice). On the other hand, I am on the waitlist at Penn and NYU, on hold at Columbia (at least, as of tuesday), and still waiting to hear from Cornell. All four are closer to home and closer to my girlfriend (particularly the NY state schools).

I have some reason to think that I might get decent need-grants (possibly in the 30-60k range, given offers made by other schools), though I don't want to count on it.

I'm not going to turn down money in hand from a T-14 for wait-list odds, not a chance. I'm assuming that it would be reasonable to contact Columbia and Cornell and let them know that I am still interested, while politely requesting a decision before next Friday, if possible (the real tough situation would be if I got into one/some but was unable to discover what, if any, need aid they were offering before the Friday dead line).

I'm also assuming that it would be far less reasonable to contact NYU and Penn (the wait-list schools) requesting the same.

Any advice?

(I realize that this is, all in all, a great problem to have... but it's still a problem.)

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Law School Applications / Re: THE MAIL CALL THREAD
« on: April 26, 2007, 04:41:39 AM »
Wow, totally sweet! Do you think you'll take the money and go?

For now, beyond a doubt. I'm withdrawing from all the other schools I've gotten into.

I'm still waiting on some pendings and on a few waitlists as well. If those schools are willing to offer at least some money, things may open up.

But this answers the "GULC or NW or BC?" question I'd been asking myself... and it means that even if I get cold rejections from the pending/WL schools, I'll be thrilled with how my cycle turned out.

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Law School Applications / Re: THE MAIL CALL THREAD
« on: April 25, 2007, 05:28:40 AM »
Not sure if this is the ideal thread for this...

I've been in at Georgetown for over a month now. I received a call from the assistant director of admissions today, and she told me they were bumping my grant money to $30k/yr. GULC had already given me a financial aid package containing around $20k/yr need grants (so this isn't 90k in new money), but all 90k of grants is now guaranteed, regardless of grades or changing income.

That felt awfully good, and it's worth noting that even at this late juncture there's still the possibility of getting a better money offer from some schools.

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Waitlist email here. Sizable batch, I take it.

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Law School Applications / Re: THE MAIL CALL THREAD
« on: March 16, 2007, 12:55:47 PM »
Waitlist Email from Penn.

My failure to write "Why Penn" and "Why Michigan" essays may have hurt me.

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Law School Applications / Re: THE MAIL CALL THREAD
« on: March 15, 2007, 03:51:39 PM »
Harvard declines. I weep disconsolately into my Jello. Oh well.

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Law School Applications / Re: Am I African or am I cheating?
« on: March 10, 2007, 02:29:42 AM »
"Other: Arab" sounds like the honest answer to me.

I mean technically Chelsy Davy is African...

The question has more to do with ethnicity than location.

I'm against AA, but the fair/proper thing to do here is go with "other".

My father's from Central America, born and raised, but I never hesitated before putting "Caucasian" down.

The system leads to weird effects. I grew up in rural semi-poverty and my Dad's a citizen of a small Central American country. My step-sister's step-sister (my family tree is a thing of beauty) grew up in the wealthiest suburb of Boston, from a wealthy family that goes way back to Castilian aristocracy. She's a minority, by the current definitions, I'm not one by any serious definition.

The system is what it is. You're a minority and you'll be able to make a great diversity statement. Don't cheat yourself or the schools by trying to play games with it though.

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