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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Duke Priority Waitlist
« on: April 04, 2005, 07:01:38 AM »
Just talked to the Duke Admissions Office. There is a priority waitlist for the regular JD program. Wish they'd told us there were two waitlists in their letter--saying there was no ranking and then not mentioning the two lists is pretty misleading. They say the priority waitlist is "short," but they won't give numbers. Arghhh. Guess I can rule out Duke, then, since I'm didn't make the priority list.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: WL @ Duke w/ a 3.63/159
« on: April 03, 2005, 10:14:38 AM »
Duke Admissions Office told me there was no ranking of their waitlist--they choose to "maintain the diversity of their class." That said, letting them know how much you want to go to their school is never a bad thing.

To be honest with you, I took the same essay strategy that got me into Penn in Undergrad.

I researched each of the schools thoroughly, finding specific programs, classes and professors that match my interests and my accomplishments thus far.  Then, I went ahead and told them that I couldn't give them one good answer why they should accept me but give them a pretty good idea of what kind of student I would be if I were to attend their schools.  And then, I went ahead and painted my first 1L year at their school (specifying classes, places I would go and volunteer/get involved at, professors I would seek a mentorship with, etc).  Step by step, I described my interaction with their campus, etc.  I tried to paint myself as a pretty well rounded student, adding things I'd do on the side (like which specific museums I'd attend, etc).  Mainly, I emphasized my soft factors, trying to make sure that numbers left their mind.

When I got into Penn, I went to the admissions office and asked them why they let me in.  They said that my essay assured them that I knew about the school and demonstrated to them how I FIT into their institution.  I figured that approach would work in law school as well.

After speaking with Emory's addcomm, it apparently had the same effect on them.  Feel free to PM me if you have any other questions.  I think the strategy paid off as I have yet to be Rejected by any school even with my tremendously low LSAT score. 

Hope this helps!

Thanks! Very helpful. Inspires me to write that kind of letter to my top choice. Are you going to Emory? I grew up 5 minutes from there and my high school best friend's dad is a law professor there.

Maybe I should rephrase my question (gotta learn how to be more specific by fall): Does anyone see any _negatives_ for sending a follow-up, "I love your school so much" letter (without substantive info to add to your file) before hearing from the adcomm? (I'm not looking for format here--just whether or not to send such a letter). Thanks.

call the admissions office and see what they prefer, for ex. W&L said e-mail was fine, but fordham preferred paper

I was referring more to the idea of writing such a letter in general (regardless of whether it's in email or snail mail format) before hearing from the adcomm, but thanks for the reply anyway.

Before I send off an email/letter: Would anyone advise _against_ writing such a letter. I was going to email the dean of admissions directly, but I just don't know if that's obnoxious or assertive in a positive way. I don't want to do anything that would jeopardize my chances, so I'm considering waiting until I hear if I'm on the WL.


My app is also "still w/ the committee" at UVA. I would love to go there, but as someone else mentioned on this thread, I don't have anything substantive to add to my file. Would an "I love your school letter" be appealing to the adcomm or just look desperate? Would love to hear people's thoughts.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: WL @ Duke w/ a 3.63/159
« on: April 01, 2005, 07:11:45 AM »
There isn't a "fluid waitlist."  I thought the deadline was the 20th as well.

My letter says the deadline is April 1 (underlined and bolded).  It's dated March 1st.  Maybe they changed the deadline with subsequent letters?

I think some folks are on the WL for summer start and some of us (Pythagoras and me, for instance) for fall start. That probably accounts for the different deadlines. My letter also said April 1.

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: WL @ Duke w/ a 3.63/159
« on: March 31, 2005, 11:43:05 AM »
The notification is due tomorrow (to remain on the waitlist) and I still don't know what the heck to write them. I've already told them why I want to go to their school (IP program). I have no grades to submit, no articles to mention, no new LORs.

What are you guys on the WL writing or what have you written. I really ought to do this tonight.

My email to them was just that I wanted to remain on the waitlist. I decided I would add more information to my file later on, if need be, after I'd heard from the rest of my schools. You don't have to submit everything by tomorrow--just let them know if they should keep you on the WL (at least that's my understanding).

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: WL @ Duke w/ a 3.63/159
« on: March 31, 2005, 06:23:19 AM »
I don't intend for this to be a downer, just a heads up. I spoke with Dean Shields recently and he said that Duke has admitted a ton of people this year, and it didn't look like they were going to dip too far into the waitlist this year. They really won't know until after May 1st, but it sounded like a lot of people have already sent in deposits and the class is going to fill up from regular admits.

Yuck.  :( Doesn't sound good for those of us holding out hope.

Question: Were you able to get in touch w/ Dean Shields pretty easily? Was he polite about talking to you? I talked to some admin assistant in the admissions office who wasn't helpful at all, but I was a little intimidated to ask for the big man himself. However, I think he would be a lot more forthcoming with information, especially as the summer goes on.

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