« on: April 05, 2005, 12:24:58 PM »
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For anyone that attended admit day, I just corresponded with Edward Tom, who told me the Edley video would be linked into the admitted students website ( which is apparently still being set up after being announced a month ago)
I honestly don't really care all that much, but I do find it a bit ironic that Boalt, which is perhaps criticized for its lack of IT and facilities improvements, would have such IT gaffes!
« on: April 04, 2005, 05:33:14 PM »
I am still waiting on this, too. I have not heard about acceptance, yet either. I might call this week, though I would think they have to get back to us before April 15 anyhow, right? Or am I just making that date up...?
I'll give you my take on those points, maybe others have a differing one.
Career Office: the Career services director looked like she was in her late 20s (i found out later she was actually much older than that). She still seemed young and inexperienced to me. Some 1Ls I spoke with gave me the impression that that office was not of much help, and that you kind of need to be proactive on your own career prospects (though it seems like the resources are there at your disposal).
Campus: beautiful. It is a huge draw. The moment you walk onto campus you feel good about it. Lush, green, meandering walkways, picturesque buildings and trees. Boalt building is not as nice as the others, that's for sure, but the courtyard, outdoor cafe and surroudings help it integrate into the beauty of the rest of the campus.
Food - it's a college town and so has what you'd expect. I didn't sample too many places, but there is plenty of ethnic food, burger and pizza joints, and bars and pubs. SF obviously has great food, if that is a big selling point for you.
Law library - kind of crappy, I thought. It felt like my high-school library. I suppose I'd be comfortable studying there, but would probably seek out nicer spots on campus to study if it was all the same. Luckily, there are plenty of other nice spots, including the main library, to study.
It's great to see see the pros and cons being laid out on this thread. I think I agree with the gist of most of the points made on Boalt and admit day here.
That video thing (both the dean's message and that horribly choppy student video), even though it was not really a big deal, was pretty ridiculous. Several 1Ls I spoke with found that particularly telling of the IT/facilities complaint.
Yet I was really watching to see how they responded to that problem, and they kept their cool - to me, telling of the prevailing attitude and environment at Berkeley.
I was sold on it. Still waiting on other schools, but I am left with the feeling that I could be happy and productive there.
Now to work on my Cali residency...
I'll never know for sure which schools averages my scores, but I did hear that Penn reserves the "right" to average, but doesn't necesssarily do so. This seems to me that they LOOK at both and use that information as they see fit.
Even if they didn't, it looks like Penn is just as tough as anywhere else this year, though, judging by who else has been rejected and waitlisted.