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Law School Applications / Re: Held at Harvard: What does this mean?
« on: January 20, 2006, 03:27:27 PM »
That does suck.  Man.  Good to have company I guess.

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Law School Applications / Re: Call from Harvard
« on: January 20, 2006, 03:18:02 PM »
Practiceboy and I don't tend to agree very often (whether I voice my opinion or not), but here is one situation where I think he is right on.  I have many more academic credentials not on LSN (including a second Law Review publication in the *very* near future, and 2 philosophy papers under review).  But as for public service, my resume is not as stellar.  Since it must already be entirely obvious who I am to any adcom, I'll just throw it on the table.  Here's my service record:

-1 year as a Volunteer RA for the International House (student housing for international students/scholars)
-3 committees for administration searches (finding Temple's next vice provost, etc.)
-Fraternity community service events (singing at hospices, VA hospitals, retirement homes, etc.  Fundraising for relief efforts)
-University committee for the tenure and promotion of faculty (only student member)

Even my service commitments are mostly related to academia.  And I have no bleeding heart for any particular cause (copyright in cyberspace?).  I am not politically active (I am a moderate, and not even passionately so).

I see HLS as a place for people who feed starving kids in Africa, work for [insert party, perhaps third party] candidates in elections, lead organizations committed to diversity (GLBT, etc.), and the like.  I see people who want to change the way we run this country.  While, of course, I have some commitments in this area, I am much more interested in coming up with a better way to think about cyberspace authority, and the like.  I'd also rather read Plato in the original Ancient Greek than attend a political rally.

If anything is missing from my application it is this kind of spirit.  My recc's are from some great people with great things to say (from several institutions), and my essays are the product of many hours of revision and hard work.  My numbers can't be keeping me out.

I think P-boy is right.

SORRY in advance for people who think this is some brag-fest.  It isn't.  I just want to put all the info on the table so people puzzled by this decision can think about the whole picture.

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Law School Applications / Re: Call from Harvard
« on: January 20, 2006, 08:52:21 AM »
Wow, bassdesire.

Just wanted to express my shock about your deferral.  Dayum! As I've said before, your numbers seem about as good as they get. I still feel pretty sure that you'll still get it, but still, sorry that you have to wait longer now.   

As someone else just said, I think the fact that they're deferring so many people this years means they're going to have to actually admit a good chuck of those deferrees later in the cycle.

Two questions to everyone who has been deferred:

1) Where was it sent, current or permanent address? ( i feel like i've read a couple of posters say it went to their permanent address which sounded strange)

2) When was the letter dated/postmarked? I'm sure mine is in the mail, so i can join the club.
1. Current Address
2. 1/17 date on the letter

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I just checked out LSN from last year.

48 applicants were accepted to Yale out of roughly 400 applicants.  Exactly three ALSO got into Stanford but got dinged or deferred by Harvard.  None of them ended up getting in.  Also, none of them are similar to me:

161/3.5 URM
170/3.9 Non-URM
168/3.72 Ivy

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You got deferred because they knew you were YLS material and they might not get you. I'm probably getting deferred, too, since we have gotten the same treatment from H all along (no call, no love, etc.) I haven't gotten the letter yet, though.

That's a very nice thing to say.

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Law School Applications / Re: Call from Harvard
« on: January 19, 2006, 11:43:18 PM »
I heard from TStock today...

                 in the form of a HOLD letter. ;)

Do you actually care about Harvard, bass?  I'd just send them the Yale admittance letter as your formal rejection, let Toby weep over that one.

I have a serious GF.  I told her "I want to go to H, and there is a decent chance I'll get in."  She applied to 2 grad schools in Boston.  About Yale I said, "It's just a bargaining chip, don't worry."

Yea, I cared about Harvard then. A little less now, but there's still the logistical problem.

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Law School Applications / Re: Call from Harvard
« on: January 19, 2006, 11:40:15 PM »
Did you get the phone/interview call?

Are you Pedestrian?

Am I pedestrian?  Do you mean, is there anything to me other than numbers?

No call, just kind of surprised.  I also have been known to complain about not getting a call.

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Law School Applications / Re: Held at Harvard: What does this mean?
« on: January 19, 2006, 11:38:35 PM »
Honestly, I doubt that I'll get in.  I'll send in some extra stuff, but nothing that will wow them (though I'll hear within 2 weeks about a second law review article that may be published).  When it comes down to it, I am less motivated because Yale is such a good option.

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Law School Applications / Re: Call from Harvard
« on: January 19, 2006, 11:31:39 PM »
I heard from TStock today...

                 in the form of a HOLD letter. ;)

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