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Law School Applications / Re: Wait List Data From Last Cycle
« on: March 28, 2007, 11:04:20 AM »
I think a lot of good info can be gained by looking at LSN profiles, but not waitlist information. People are most likely to update their LSN profile as a kind of occupational therapy during the long months of waiting for admission results. A waitlist acceptance may come very late, and the accepted person may have long forgotten about LSN.

It can give a rough indication, if one school tends to accept many more people off the waitlist than another, but it is unlikely to be very accurate.

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Law School Applications / Re: Yale E-mail
« on: March 27, 2007, 04:03:49 AM »
Yale's FAQ says explicitly that you can call them and let them know if you are bound by any deadline. I suppose this means that they will try to make a decision on your file before then, if they can.

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Think of it, that's quite smart: you're a school who cares about its yield, but you don't want to reject any candidate right away. What do you do? You keep track of open-house attendance lists, and mark these students as "interested". (More likely to be seriously interested than the people who didn't attend, at any rate.)

The only thing is: why would you tell prospective students about this policy? It's bad form, isn't it?

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Law School Applications / Re: Yale E-mail
« on: March 26, 2007, 10:28:03 AM »
Perhaps they also didn't send the e-mail to people on whose file they expect a decision soon?

It's redundant to say "Have patience with us for another month" and then send the decision two days later. Perhaps they know for each file when a decision is to be expected, and sent the e-mail accordingly?

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Can one really believe this?
« on: March 22, 2007, 08:32:57 AM »
Not Berkeley though, LegalMatters. They have lower average GPAs and LSTATs than the schools nearby in the rankings.

Here are the numbers of the foreign applicants on LSN:
http://www.lawschoolnumbers.com/search_schools.php?action=search&school_code=4833&lsat1=&lsat2=&fee_waiver=0&status=0&gpa_lsdas1=&gpa_lsdas2=&attending=0&cycle=4&gpa_degree1=&gpa_degree2=&withdrawn=0&program=1&index1=&index2=&state=0&application_type=0&scholarship1=&scholarship2=&sex=0&multiple_lsat=0&urm=0&x=26&y=10&international=2 -- most of them have LSATs well above Berkeley's 75th percentile, and decent GPAs to go with them.

All other T-14 schools have a non-zero "Foreign Nationals" statistic. I'm really curious to know what Berkeley's admission policy is.

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Can one really believe this?
« on: March 21, 2007, 03:46:19 PM »
I received a rejection letter from Berkeley today. Looking at LSN it seems that Berkeley wants to keep its 0.0% foreigner statistic: of all the foreign students who applied, only one got accepted, and this one person is a Canadian who seems to have been living in the US for a while already, has an undergraduate degree from a US university at any rate.

(Not saying that that was why they rejected me, perhaps they just didn't like my numbers/PS.)

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Law School Applications / Re: Northwestern status checker?
« on: February 26, 2007, 09:59:48 AM »
Yes, the status checker is broken.

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Can one really believe this?
« on: February 24, 2007, 12:18:19 PM »
I can't open the link, but as a foreigner I must say Boalt Hall is one of the least attractive schools to apply to. First, they have a statement saying foreigners should think twice about applying because they aren't eligible for federal financial aid. (Fair enough.) Second, they require foreign applicants to take the test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL), which most other top schools don't require. (After all, if you can get an LSAT score that is good enough for them to consider you, haven't you proven that your English is good enough to attend?) Third, as the only school in the top-14 (as far as I know) they require foreign-educated applicants to submit not only their undergraduate transcript directly to the admissions office, but also a copy of the degree with a seal of the university.

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Law School Applications / Not complete -- call? When?
« on: February 24, 2007, 11:51:47 AM »
I've applied to 12 schools in mid-January. My transcript arrived later at LSAC, but was sent out to the schools two weeks ago. Since then, five schools have informed me that my application is complete, seven have not. How long do I wait before I call them to inquire?

Haven't heard a thing from:
University of Maryland
NYU
UC Berkeley

Received initial acknowledgment-of-receipt e-mail, but no "complete" message from:
Northwestern
Harvard
Yale
University of Pennsylvania

As far as I know I've sent all the required materials (transcripts directly to Yale and Northwestern, Dean's Certificate to several schools), but who knows if I overlooked something, or whether something got lost in the mail. It's quite late in the cycle -- how long do I wait before calling them?

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