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Denials / Re: Boalt Sending out two different reject letters???
« on: April 04, 2005, 11:43:16 PM »
So then based on this above post:
Question about the Boalt rejection letters you folks got -- does the paragraph on transfer info start off with "If Boalt Hall is still your first choice,..."? My letter said that, and I was wondering -- do they just presume that Boalt is the first choice for all rejected applicants?

are we three special in that we got a sentnce in the transfer paragraph congratulating us on our academiv achivements?  I somehow doubt it, but it would be nice...

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Denials / Re: Boalt Sending out two different reject letters???
« on: April 04, 2005, 11:17:33 PM »
OK, let's straighten this out b/c it's irking me.  I'm going ot type out the entire text of mine.  Please glance over and confirm everyone got this same thing:
 
         After reviewing thoroughly your application for admission to Boalt Hall, the Admissions Committee has decided, with regret, not to offer you a place in the class of 2008.
         Our decision was not easy.  More than 7,600 people applied this year for a place in our entering class.  Our review confirmed that the majority were well-qualified to pursue the study of law, and indeed that most of them were well qualified to pursue that study at Boalt Hall.  But with more than thirty applicants competing for each place in the class, our choices had to be highly selective.  Although the review process is thorough, it is also human, fallible, and in part subjective.  In many cases different Committee members might well have reached different decisions.
          You are to be congratulated on your accomplishements and I hope that you will be admitted at other law schools.  If Boalt Hall remains your first choice you may wish to consider applying to transfer at the end of your first year at another ABA-approved law school.  Transfer applicants are evaluated primarily on their first-year performance, and we offer advanced standing admission to 30-35 students annually from an applicant pool of approx. 250-300 candidates.
          I am sorry that this letter must convet dissapointing news.  We wish you all the best in your applications to other law schools and in your career.  Thank you very much for your interest in Boalt Hall and for entrusting us with your application. 
 

   OK, THIS IS THE LETTER I GOT VERBATIM. PLEASE JSUT CONFIRM/ DENY IF IT'S EXACTLY THE SAME FOR ALL OF US... :-\

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Wait List / Re: "Reserve" at Cornell
« on: April 04, 2005, 10:44:21 PM »
OK, I have some questions.  Where are you all geographically (those who got the reserve letter today) and whne did you notice that you got the decision prompt on the status check?  I just saw that I was at decision today, I think I last checked on Fri.  No e-mail yet, from what I've heard that's normal, but I'm fully 100% expecting a reserver at best.

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Acceptances / Re: In at Vanderbilt...
« on: April 04, 2005, 09:07:13 AM »
Yeah, people here have been saying that to me, how could you take Tulane over Vandy?  Here's the thing as I see it.  In the South, any lawyer over 30 puts Tulane, Vandy and Emory in the same boat.  In NYC, Tulane actually places better than Vandy.  It's not uncommon (as they say in the Vault Law School Book) for people around the country not to have heard of Vandy.  Once you're outside of the t-10, the rankings are all pretty generic.  Also, I plan to be at the top of the class no matter where I go so it really won't matter that much.  Maybe I am arrogant in thinking this, but if I'm as good at law as I hope I am, I'll be at the top (or end up in a psych hospital trying) so it's not going to matter.  If I find Tulane is not challening enough, I can always try to transfer. If I sink and barely make it, well, what better place ot screw off than NO?
  For me, it also came down to this:  I went and sat in a cofee shop in Nashville one morning.  Did the same in New Orleans.  Which city would I rather be in and on the way to school in the morning?  No comparison for me.  I just think it's better to be comfortable where you are and have a better chance of doing well there than to go somewhere soely for rank.  Hopefully one of you all who wants it can have my spot....

ps- ctc40- it must be difficult going through life with such a chip on your shoulder about racial issues. I wish you the best.

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Acceptances / Re: In at Vanderbilt...
« on: April 02, 2005, 07:27:10 PM »
Having visited Tulane and Emory, I defintely got the vibe that it's a only a matter of time before Tulane overtakes them in US news. Same for WUSTL.   Hopefully, their generousity with the $$$ this yr is going to raise the mean, make it look better. 
  Is there any decent housing with in walking distance of the school?  Ideally, I'd want to rent something right around the park over there.  I'll definitely be bringng the car, but I'm hoping I can mostly get around w. the trolley. 
   Have you looked into the clinics?  I really think they look kick-ass.  I'm actually excited about the whole place.  I think New Orleans attacts a certain kind of personality while repelling the stereotypical jerkkoffs and the "gunners."  Also a large intl population and the exchange program (esp semester in Ammsterdam and Hong Kong)  look cool, too. 
   As far as the Pt employment siutation, well, bummer but maybe we can get jobs wheeling around the Lucky Dog carts like in "Confederacy of the Dunces" ...

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Acceptances / Re: In at Vanderbilt...
« on: April 02, 2005, 02:05:12 PM »
Yeah man, how about Emory?  I heard it's a nightmare where evryone's cutt hroat, so screm em anyway.
 Tulane only gaue me 7.5 per yr.  I can't figure it out, b/c people w. similar numbers have gotten 15 and 20 on LSN.  Go figure.  Maybe if I do as well as I hope to my 1st yr, I can renogociate it.
  Have you figured out where you're living yet?  As crazy as it is, I'd really like to live in the Quarter (just love the atmosphere there) but clearly it wouldn't be the most economical thing to do. 
  Anyway, congrats.  Based on most of the people I've seen on here who are going to Tulane, we're going to have a good group.  I'll also make a bet that we're going to be ranked significantly higher than 41 by the time we graduate. Have you actually sent in the deposit yet?
  take care.

  BTW-  I've heard that it's hard to get a PT/Summer job in NO b/c most lawyers in the area are loyola/LSU poeple who are real loyal. Have you heard this?

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Wait List / Boston College's WL...
« on: April 02, 2005, 01:32:28 PM »
  The woman was rude and short with me.  She said that after all responses are in and they knw hw many candidates are coming, they basically do a mini-application process all over again and review all the files.  There is no ranking system.  They expect to accept 5%-8% of the cadidates from the WL this yr.  She said you stand the best chance of hearing something a few weeks to a few days before class.  The 5%-8% typically comes off the priority WL, so if you're not on the priority, unless there's a miracle, don't hold your breath...hope this is helpful to some people and saves you all some time...

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Wait List / Wash and Lee's WL....
« on: April 02, 2005, 01:28:00 PM »
Ok, here's school # 2 in my series on WLs.  The Wash and Lee woman I spoke with, while nice, was not very optomistic.  She stressed how competitive this cycle has been and said that they have "hunreds" of people on the WL.  If there is any movement, she said it will come late june at the earliest.  She said that while supporting information "certainly can't hurt," she's not sure how helpful it will be, though it will be added to the files...

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Wait List / Emory has a new WL system this yr...
« on: April 02, 2005, 01:25:45 PM »
I'm not sure if this has already been posted, but here it goes.  In the past, Emory has ranked WL candiates individually.   Last yr, she said they made about 50 WL offers, about 1/4 accepted them.  This yr, they're using anew system for the first time.  They're putting cadidates into groups.  There are three tops groups.  Those in group 1 have a very high chance of being offered admission.  Groupd will be set by May 15, so get all supporting info in by then.  Send spring grades directly to the school.

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Ok, I'm on a bunch of WLs and I spoke to a few yesterday about taking the June LSAT.

WUSTL-  it would be a GREAT idea if you're willing to do it, if you do substantially better the committee will definitely consider it.

 EMORY-  They're not ranking candidates individually for the first time this yr, but rather are putting them into groups, which will be arranged by MAY 15.  June LSAT won't matter, b/c groups will be decided already.  She also said if you're in group 1, you stand a good chance of admission.

Wash and Lee-  The dean was really nervious about this one.  She said basically that we neither encourage or discourage it...would we cnsider it?  Yes.

  I'll call the rest on Monday and post my findings... hope this helps some people

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