« 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."