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Law School Admissions / Re: Hastings Status Checker question
« on: February 07, 2007, 01:33:35 PM »
I to Hastings about 3 weeks ago.  They requested my report within a day or two.  However, the online status checker, under My Documents still says:

"You have no missing, received, or waived documents"

Does that ever change?  If so, how long does it usually take (not the decision, but this to be updated)?

Yeah, that should change to "complete - ready for review" then it will eventually give you a decision. For me it took about a month to go complete, so expect it to change soon.

Law School Admissions / Re: Oh Berkley please
« on: February 07, 2007, 10:09:23 AM »
I'm a ucla alum and I consider USC to be part of LA.

Just not the part of LA I'd want to be in outside of a car.

I also am a UCLA alum, and I hate USC with every fiber of my being. As most people don't like LA, I'd say yes USC is in the heart of it, just don't walk outside the campus unless you want to get shot, or see someone throwing their baby in a dumpster, or get impregnated by Matt Leinart. Wait, you should be okay on that last one, he's in the pros now.

And as for the game tomorrow, UCLA is gonna wipe the floor.

Oh, and does anyone remember that game on Dec 2? Yeah I took my LSATs and went straight there. I'm pretty sure UCLA, an unranked team, beat the #2 team in the country and stopped them from going to the championship Bowl game. Ah, so beautiful.

I don't want to stray off topic, but that is a lot of school pride coming from a UCLA grad. Don't you guys go to school for four years in an impacted environment and relish graduation where you will interview with an 'SC alum and not get hired? We will see about tonight, good luck, you will need it!

As for Dec. 2nd, enjoy the win while it lasts, this upcoming football season begins another seven straight years of defeat for the Bruins.

By the way, this is all in good fun for those of you who don't know our rivalry. I am not really an a**hole. In fact, I have a lot of friends at the school across town.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Hastings or Santa Clara?
« on: February 06, 2007, 04:48:25 PM »
Either way, by going to a decent school (which SCU most certainly is) that gives me the financial security to do what I want post-graduation, I'll at least know that I have the freedom to make that choice. Hope this helps.

Thanks for clarifying the importance of class ranking. All I can say is I'll try my best.

Re the quote: Yes, you've helped a lot-- perhaps too much. Coupled with the other reply regarding SCU and the fact that IP doesn't fully require a strong science background, I feel like I'm back to square one!

The fact that SCU would be overall ~$30k cheaper for me than Hastings, compounding the reply from that other kind person stating that a strong science background is not necessary to be a competitive IP attorney (and this is quoting an IP prof *at* SCU, no?), not to mention that SCU would have a smaller class and therefore less competitiveness re class ranking.

What a decision, christ!

I am in the exact same boat with these two schools, but I am leaning towards Hastings. I am considering IP litigation or public interest as well. I was concerned about Hastings and IP until I did some research about their IP courses and it seems that they have a lot of adjunct professors who practice in IP litigation.

As for the science background in IP, I spoke with a partner at an SF firm and he said that you need a masters or PhD in a technical background to be super competitive for IP litigation. In all honesty, I think he was trying to scare me, by the time you have a PhD and a JD you would be 30 something without any experience. Anyway, take this how you wish. I have an undergraduate technical background, and I might go back for my masters if I have time but definitely not my PhD.

I will be curious to see what you do. Good luck!

Law School Admissions / Re: Boalt - "Passed initial review"
« on: February 06, 2007, 03:55:18 PM »
eeeeeek- still like 17 days. i need to get away from computers.

Same here. I check this board compulsively! I wonder what the faculty committee meetings are like. I envision all of them sipping Brandy and smoking "tobacco" pipes.   ;D

Probably not, but it is Berkeley.

Law School Admissions / Re: Oh Berkley please
« on: February 06, 2007, 03:50:51 PM »
I am with ya, but in a different situation. Please Berkeley, rescue me from LA and bring me back to the Bay!

We don't really consider where USC is to be "L.A." :)

True, but I don't consider Westwood to be LA either ;) Fight on! I am curious to see how the game goes tomorrow night...

Law School Admissions / Re: Oh Berkley please
« on: February 06, 2007, 03:46:12 PM »
Please accept me and rescue me from this bitter East Coast cold...

I am with ya, but in a different situation. Please Berkeley, rescue me from LA and bring me back to the Bay!

Law School Admissions / Re: Boalt - "Passed initial review"
« on: January 31, 2007, 05:18:05 PM »
Well I am super stoked to get the email! Good luck to everyone who received it today, I know that we would all kill to go to Boalt (me included!)

What do you guys think, will they notify as they accept people or will they send them out on the 23rd?

Law School Admissions / Re: Boalt - "Passed initial review"
« on: January 30, 2007, 03:42:26 PM »
yeah but it seemed like the deferral emails were all splitters at least from lsn, or not super candidates. i'm not sure though

Yeah, I agree with that. Maybe they had super extracurriculars! I have no idea.

From LSN it appears that people who applied at the end of Dec. are now going complete. One more month of apps to go through and then that is it.

Law School Admissions / Re: Boalt - "Passed initial review"
« on: January 30, 2007, 03:31:27 PM »
so after all that---where do you think we (non email/rejection letter receiving californians) stand in this whole process? we're not at the committee level yet, so we shouldn't be waitlisted....or are we already there and we just didn't get an email?

I have thought about that, not getting an email but going to the committee, perhaps they sent out emails to top candidates and not others to show interest. I doubt that though.

My guess, they sent the top candidates to the admissions committe, and, much like the acceptance process, will be slowly adding people to the pool. I feel that they are waiting for the feb 1 deadline to come and catch up with all of the applications before they send out the majority of their rejections.

Again, London Bound knows best, these are just my speculations.

Law School Admissions / Re: Boalt - "Passed initial review"
« on: January 30, 2007, 03:22:23 PM »
i have a question---does ed tom waitlist people without sending the applications to the committee to look over? it seems, if the boalt 1L on the thread is right, those who didn't receive an email/rejection letter will be waitlisted. but it also seems that those who don't receive the email do not go to the committee to be reviewed. how is the whole process for boalt? is ed tom looking at all the apps by himself at the moment? or does he have a team with him? are our applications being looked at everyday by someone or another or did he already put us in a waitlist pile and we'll just find out in march?

There is a great interview with Ed Tom at

But here is an excerpt:

TLS: What does the admissions process consist of, and how is an application rated?

Dean Tom: “Well, all the files are read, previewed initially by me or by one of my staff. I have 4 other people who help me with the application process initially. However, I read the bulk of them. I read about two-thirds of the applicant pool, while the other 4 read the other one-third.”

TLS: Wow, busy man.

Dean Tom: “Yeah. But it’s structured this way because I know what I’m looking for. And, if my staff finds an applicant whom they want to admit, they have to bring the file to me for a final review. Concurrent to this review process we also identify about 1400 to 1600 other applications that are very competitive, and these we send to our faculty admissions committee, comprised of 6 faculty and 12 students. Students serve in an advising capacity on the committee. I admit roughly 550 people through what I call the administrative review process, and the admissions committee (the faculty committee) admits about another 200 or so. So, we end up admitting about 700 to 750 people. The admissions committee also structures a waiting list, and then everyone else is denied, either administratively or by the Committee."

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