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I’m contemplating writing a letter of continued interest to Boalt Hall, my absolute number one choice.  I almost started writing, but then I came across Dean Tom’s interview:

If one ends up on the waitlist, is there anything that you can do to increase the likelihood of admission?

Dean Tom: “No. There’s nothing you can do to improve your chances. And we tell people that when we inform them that they are on the waiting list. The waiting list is ranked by the faculty at the time the decision is made to waitlist them, because we believe the information is fresh in their mind and they’re best able to assign a waitlist ranking at that time.”

So saying that you’re still interested doesn’t matter?

Dean Tom: “Well, that helps us, but it’s not going to improve your chances or position.”

My main reason for wanting to go to Boalt is simply because it’s a great school. They do have several programs I’m especially interested in, but I already discussed those in the admissions essay.  Should I still write the LCI?


Law School Admissions / In at Harvard!!!
« on: April 03, 2007, 10:05:49 PM »
A few days ago I received this email:

The Harvard Law School Admissions Committee has reviewed and re-reviewed your file. At this time, we cordially extend an offer for you to enter the J.D. program at Harvard Law School.
Harvard Law School (HLS) provides unmatched opportunities to study law and related disciplines in a rigorous, collaborative environment. Harvard's remarkable scope generates enormous vitality - an unparalleled breadth and depth of courses and clinics, a wide array of research programs, a diverse student body drawn from across the nation and around the world, and an extensive network of distinguished alumni. Harvard University's extraordinary resources are available to law students through joint degree programs, cross-registration, and a variety of social and cultural venues.

Upon considering our program for exploring the expansive educational and professional opportunities available to HLS J.D. students, we hope that you will informally accept this offer via e-mail, and formal accept the hard copy of this offer sent to you in the mail.
Harvard Law School Admissions Committee.

Notice that my name does not appear anywhere in the email, and the sender is listed at But the funniest thing about this is that I didn't even apply to HLS!

Has this happened to anyone else, or am I the luckiest person in the world?

The cycle isn't over yet, but these are my top choices thus far...

No idea where I want to practice! Which one would give me more mobility and a better education?


Choosing the Right Law School / Why is Fordham ranked so low?
« on: January 24, 2007, 11:30:06 PM »
It's got the 16th most selective admissions process in the nation (in terms of LSAT), its faculty is ranked among the best, its grads enjoy salaries comparable to the levels of T14s, and it is highly regarded among attorneys (great BIGLAW placement) and scholars (Fordham Law Review one of the 10 most cited law journals in the nation) alike.

So, why isn't Fordham a top 25 school??

(partly curious because I just got accepted today, partly because it just seems odd)

Law School Admissions / Alternative Rankings
« on: January 21, 2007, 09:43:25 AM »
Does anyone have access to the Princeton Review rankings, especially the ones for Best Overall Academic Experience and Quality of Faculty? I'd really like to see them...


Law School Admissions / Is it strange?
« on: January 14, 2007, 09:39:46 PM »
Is it strange that I haven't gotten a single decision yet? I applied at the end of November to most schools, which seems pretty early, yet haven't even heard back from any of my safeties (presumable acceptances) or miracle-type reaches (presumable rejections)... Most people who applied around the same time have at least a few decisions...

How do you explain this?

Law School Admissions / how smart are the students in your college?
« on: January 13, 2007, 08:56:03 PM »
We had one of these for the mean GPA, now it's time to see where your alma mater stands in terms of LSAT.

(this number can be accessed by bringing up your LSAC report - it's in there)

Law School Admissions / xoxohth - WOW!
« on: January 10, 2007, 12:21:30 AM »
After reading some of the hype about xoxo on this site I decided to take a look at xoxo myself. It can't be that bad, I thought.

All I have to say is - wow! Those guys are the most pretentious, smug, idiotic bastards I have ever encountered!!! Where do they get off ridiculing LSD for reinforcing someone with a 159 LSAT? Or calling Hasting and GW TTTs? There is a reason why Harvard and Yale are not the only law schools in the country!

And the racial comments? Give me a break! I get the feeling that the only ones to get on xoxo are annoying little prep kids who have been handed everything on a silver platter. And now that they're in law school, obviously without a worry in the world, they have too much time on their hands so they just spit racial slur wherever they can.

But you know what, I was truly offended! Not because I am a member of one of the ridiculed minority groups, or even because those idiots are allowed to attend a respectable institution for the study of law. I was offended because I kept thinking that one day, when I'm in law school, those morons will be attending with me, hiding their disdain for anyone other then their fellow over-privileged prep kids.

And frankly, that thought scares the *&^% out of me!

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / US NEWS & WORLD REPORT
« on: January 05, 2007, 12:04:55 AM »
Does anyone know how to get last year's law school rankings (2006)?


So what's the deal with Jesuit law schools, such as Notre Dame, Fordham, and Boston College? Is the religious affiliation noticeable? If so, in what way?

Basically, will I feel comfortable attending one of the above mentioned law schools as a non-Christian??


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