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Law School Applications / Re: HLS call & still waiting?
« on: February 02, 2006, 11:30:46 AM »
My girlfriend was in the 12/16 complete, so there could be a deferral coming very soon. Although you're right that it's unclear why they would continue the mass deferrals now that the 2/1 deadline has passed.

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Law School Applications / Re: TStock, HLS, and Academia
« on: February 02, 2006, 11:05:35 AM »
I take it all back. I just checked the USNWR methodology, and yield is not included (only acceptance rate). See http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/grad/rankings/about/06law_meth_brief.php.

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Law School Applications / Re: HLS call & still waiting?
« on: February 02, 2006, 10:56:21 AM »
My girlfriend had the call in mid-December and still hasn't heard anything.

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Law School Applications / Re: TStock, HLS, and Academia
« on: February 02, 2006, 10:20:15 AM »
I have been told (by a reliable source) that the previous Assistant Dean for Admissions (Toby Stock's current job) was fired because Larry Summers wanted HLS admissions to do more to try to take the #1 USNWR spot (and the previous dean resisted -- rightfully so, in my opinion). My theory, based on this information, is that Toby Stock realizes that he can't do much to boost the GPA and LSAT numbers (without comprising the quality of the class in other ways), so he's focusing his strategy on boosting HLS's yield. The main part of this strategy seems to be deferring applicants who would have been admitted in previous years to see who expresses particular interest in HLS (possibly accept those who seem most likely to matriculate -- thus the "please tell us if you have a particular reason to be in the Boston/Cambridge area"), and perhaps also to give the deferred applicants more time to withdraw if they are set on Yale or Stanford. The phone calls and blog could also be part of such a yield-boosting strategy.

I think it's doubtful that any strategy other than dramatically reducing the size of HLS would change the rankings, but at least Toby Stock can show that he's trying.

Just speculation of course, but not entirely baseless.

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Law School Applications / Re: Call from Harvard
« on: January 19, 2006, 04:14:03 PM »
I know of at least one person who got the complete email after the call, but hasn't yet heard anything.

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Law School Applications / Re: Held at Harvard: What does this mean?
« on: January 18, 2006, 02:25:53 PM »
My girlfriend (on whose behalf I troll these boards while sitting at my desk job) is among the few called earlier in December (around 12/12) who have heard nothing since then.

One possibility is that some faculty members just take longer to review applications than others...

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Law School Applications / Re: Call from Harvard
« on: December 20, 2005, 05:25:04 PM »
The two I was thinking of are asdf1234 (who posted on here) and lindsay34 (on LSN -- not sure if she posted on here as well -- I looked back and didn't see any other Hvd acceptances Sun. night other than asdf1234).

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Law School Applications / Re: Call from Harvard
« on: December 20, 2005, 05:09:45 PM »
Did anyone get the email/call around 12/10-12/12 (last Sat., Sun., Mon.) but not get an acceptance call yet? The only two in this category that I knew of were accepted Sunday night.

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Law School Applications / Re: Call from Harvard
« on: December 18, 2005, 01:46:49 PM »
My girlfriend is applying to law school and is among those who got the email on 12/10 and the call a day or two later (no decision yet).  I compiled the following excerpts for her from the first 26 pages of this thread.

"He asked me about the job I wrote my personal statement about, my current
job, what I'd be interested in doing in law school (which I took to mean
what I wanted to study, but the question was fairly ambiguous).  It
honestly felt like an informal chat- I hate telephones, and I tend to be
nervous about interviews anyway, but this really didn't stress me out that
much once I was actually on the phone.  He kind of gave some prompts, like
"so you sound like a very politically active person" more than specific
questions.  He talked about how nice the campus is, and what he's been
doing since he graduated.  He was very nice."

"Like people have already said, don't stress out. He said that the phone
conversation is not supposed to be an interview and it really didn't seem
like one. Apparently, Harvard's just going to be much more hands-on this
year, because that's his style (he mentioned that admissions in the next
few weeks would be via the phone as well). My conversation with him
honestly seemed much more like him trying to convince me that Harvard is
where I should be next year than me trying to convince him of that. If
you're nervous, think of some questions to ask him - it helped me to know
that I was guiding the direction of the conversation to some extent."

"I had my phone call this morning and it went the same way that everyone
has been describing it - questions about my extracurriculars, background,
what I want to study in law school.  The conversation was casual and he
sounded like a really nice guy.  Overall, I wouldn't stress about the
conversation (as I did)."

"Just got the call, conversation lasted 20 minutes. He sounded pretty
young - maybe in his mid to late 30's or so. It was very informal, he was
very easy to talk to. We chatted a little about one of my internships,
some of my extracurriculars, and about HLS. There was definitely an effort
on his part to sell HLS, especially in comparison to another school in "a
little city in Connecticut." It seems like he just wanted to get a sense
of who the applicant really is. So overall, it pretty much went like what
everyone else has been describing."

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