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Re: Berkeley!
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2008, 10:08:08 AM »
how did it happen? and did your app go to the faculty review committee?

Re: Berkeley!
« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2008, 12:57:32 PM »
tag. did you get a faculty review email?

Re: Berkeley!
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2008, 01:43:20 PM »
Subject: You've Been Accepted to UC Berkeley Law School!!



Dear Telemachus,

Congratulations!  I am delighted to invite you to become a member of the student body at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall).  A letter formally admitting you to the entering class of 2008 and related material will be mailed to your current address in the coming days.

Your packet will explain how to respond initially to this offer.  Our response system will allow you to hold a place in our entering class until June when we will ask you to make a final commitment.  Since integrity, candor and keeping one's word are characteristics vital in your chosen profession, we will indicate our trust in you by not requiring a seat deposit at any time.

I invite you to visit our website at to learn more about Berkeley Law School and to access your Resource Guide for Admitted Students.  The specific link for the Guide is:

Our Financial Aid Office will be informed of your admission by the end of business today.  More information about financial aid will be included in your admission packet. In order to be considered for all forms of aid, we require that you complete the FAFSA.  To apply for need-based grants, fellowships, and scholarships, you must submit the Boalt Hall Financial Aid Application (page 6 of the admissions application) and the Need Access Application.  The Need Access Application will be available at  If you will not be 30-years-old by December 31, 2008, your parents must also complete this application.  You may contact our Financial Aid Office directly at, or by phone at (510) 642-1563, if you have any questions in the interim.

Now that you have been admitted to Berkeley we encourage you to come visit us.  The Berkeley campus is a particularly beautiful place. Guided tours of the campus are available Monday-Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.  They begin at the Campus Visitors Center, 101 University Hall, located at the corner of Oxford Street and University Avenue.  Call (510) 642-4636 for information.

I especially hope that you will be able to attend our Admitted Students Day on April 4, 2008.  Substantive and social activities are planned, including a mock class, a student organization fair, and sessions on various aspects of student life.  The program will begin with registration and a continental breakfast at 8:45 a.m. in the central courtyard at Boalt Hall and the official program will begin at 9:30.  Lunch will be provided.  The day will conclude with a reception that will end by 6:00 p.m.

I believe that the only way to truly experience Berkeley is to be here in person.  Therefore, we will help defray your airfare to attend Admitted Students Day.  Your airfare for one, round-trip coach ticket will be covered for up to $200 for travel from within California and for up to $350 for travel from other states.  Here's how it works:

1)  You must travel between Wednesday, April 2 and Sunday, April 6 to take advantage of the subsidy.

2)   Contact our travel agents at Carlson Wagonlit Travel Agency, to make your travel plans; you should act as soon as possible.  Their phone number is (800) 728-4918; or email them at  The Admissions Office has established an account with this agency through the University's Central Travel System (CTS).  This method will allow you to obtain your ticket without spending any out-of-pocket funds, provided that your ticket cost falls within the parameters set forth above.  Tell the travel agency that you are traveling to Boalt Hall and ask them to fax a copy of your itinerary to the Admissions Office at (510) 643-6222.

3)    You can expect an email confirmation with your ticketless confirmation once you have confirmed the flights with Carlson Wagonlit.  In the event you do not receive one, please then call Carlson Wagonlit Travel to verify your email address.

4)   Let us know via email whether or not you will attend:

5)  You will be responsible for reimbursing Boalt Hall for your airfare if you cancel your trip after your travel reservation has been made, or if you fail to attend the April 4th event.

Please be advised that we will not reimburse your travel if you make arrangements through another agency or if you make the arrangements yourself even though we realize that it may be possible to find lower fares on the web or through alternate means.  We will not cover costs for ground transportation, including rental cars, or lodging.  If you contact us before March 21 at, we may be able to find a current Boalt student who can host you.  Student host placements cannot be made after the 21st.

Of course you are welcome to visit us at any time on an individual basis, too.  Information sessions and tours for admitted students are available each Monday at 10:00 a.m., from February 1-March 21, 2008.  Contact the Admissions Office via email at, at least ten days in advance of your visit to make a reservation, especially if you wish to meet with a student.  We can arrange for you to visit a class and to have lunch with a student if you provide sufficient notice.  If you are unable to attend one of our scheduled Monday sessions, you may contact us to make alternate arrangements.  Note that we will be closed March 24-28 for spring break and that spring semester classes end on April 29.  A list of local hotels and motels is found at

Several exciting developments are afoot here at Boalt:  We are in the process of augmenting our core faculty by 40 percent over the next few years while maintaining our entering class size.  Our Loan Repayment Assistance Program has been revised and it is now  the most generous program of its kind in the country.  We have embarked on a multi-million dollar campaign to renovate our physical plant and to build a new addition to our facility.  And, of course, we continue to attract scholars from around the world to hone our multidisciplinary research centers and to introduce innovative learning experiences.  Be sure to visit our website at to learn about current developments.

You will note that our website has an administrative page reserved for admitted students.  You will be able to access this area in early April.  Among other things, you will be able to access and view your financial aid offer and to complete various registration forms.  The area will be password-protected and will require that you have a student identification number (SID) and a personal identification number (PIN).  These numbers will be generated at the conclusion of our admission process and we will send them to you at the earliest possible date.

The law school does not provide a chat room for new admits.  In recent years, new admits have availed themselves of either the Google or Yahoo group websites to set up their own message exchange.  We encourage you to complete and return the "Release of Information" form that will be included in your admission packet.  We will compile the responses and share it with you and the other members of your admitted class.  In addition, a number of our graduates have volunteered to be contacted by you should you desire more information about their experiences at Berkeley.  To locate them, go to our alumni search engine at:

I congratulate you on an outstanding application and on this opportunity to study at one of the premier institutions of higher education in the world.  I very much hope that you will join us here at Berkeley Law School in August and look forward to meeting you in person soon.


Edward Tom


Edward G. Tom
Director of Admissions
UC Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall)
Berkeley, CA  94720-7200
(510) 643-6753
(510) 643-6222 fax

Re: Berkeley!
« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2008, 01:49:36 PM »
dear god,




Re: Berkeley!
« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2008, 01:51:35 PM »
congrats telemachus!


Re: Berkeley!
« Reply #15 on: February 11, 2008, 02:01:23 PM »
last year there were only 2 days (according to LSN) that people received def, acceptances... the 16th and the 20th.  so i suppose we are seeing the first of 2 days of faculty review acceptances.


Re: Berkeley!
« Reply #16 on: February 11, 2008, 02:30:13 PM »
I really hope they let me in.

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Re: Berkeley!
« Reply #17 on: February 11, 2008, 02:32:06 PM »
congrats guys.  and brico's pullin' for those of you who haven't heard yet. 

& you know where to come if you get in and decide to attend.


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Re: Berkeley!
« Reply #18 on: February 11, 2008, 02:36:38 PM »
Someone reported a def -> waitlist on TLS (via email), someone else on LSN as well.  I'm pretty sure all waitlists (at least this early) are made by the faculty committee.

Re: Berkeley!
« Reply #19 on: February 11, 2008, 02:39:11 PM »
So if I haven't received an e-mail about the faculty review process/waitlist, is it probable that I'm a reject?