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Re: The Official BLSD "What Are My Chances?/Where Should I Apply?" Thread
« Reply #3710 on: January 06, 2010, 10:52:40 PM »
More likely than not that you will get in.

this seems pretty optimistic but i certainly hope you're right! i guess i'll start scouring this thread for tips on the phone interviews they usually do.

Yeah they didn't have those when I applied.  Things were better back then...you just got the big box with the binder and knew you were in.

that would have been nice.

so is there a story for why this thread (and the BLSD as a whole) just died all of a sudden. it seems like a group of students who all happened to be applying at the same time came and then...left. i wonder if most people have found jobs and stuff given how bad things have been.

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« Reply #3711 on: January 06, 2010, 11:22:27 PM »
Lol 5 years ago, I would've been right with you in this debate.  "What if Yale doubled its size?  Then we might just have YS!"  But yeah...not so much anymore.

in the interest of discussion, if yale were to double its size, the supposed mystique of its admissions process would evaporate.  :D

in 5 years, have you simply cast off the potential advantage of size?  no pun intended.

and what school do/did you attend?

But the mystique isn't why people attend...they attend b/c it's #1.  Same for Harvard.  It's all about prestige.

I went to Yale...which is partially why I never bought all of the Harvard trolling :P

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« Reply #3712 on: January 06, 2010, 11:23:42 PM »
More likely than not that you will get in.

this seems pretty optimistic but i certainly hope you're right! i guess i'll start scouring this thread for tips on the phone interviews they usually do.

1. Know your resume: the questions will invariably be about your experiences at some job or about what you've done since graduation (if you've finished). The questions won't be designed to trick you or anything like that.

2. Don't be nervous. If you have a phone interview, the overwhelming odds are that you will be admitted. Around 80% of those interviewed are admitted.

3. Be yourself. Yeah, that sounds stupid, but they really are looking for normal, down to earth people that can carry a conversation and speak intelligently about that which they should know (like your resume). OK, I lied a bit. Be the best version of yourself. If you're normally socially awkward, be less awkward. But if you're generally socially acceptable, you should be fine.

If the time ever comes for the phone call, best of luck!
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Re: The Official BLSD "What Are My Chances?/Where Should I Apply?" Thread
« Reply #3713 on: January 06, 2010, 11:27:43 PM »
More likely than not that you will get in.

this seems pretty optimistic but i certainly hope you're right! i guess i'll start scouring this thread for tips on the phone interviews they usually do.

Yeah they didn't have those when I applied.  Things were better back then...you just got the big box with the binder and knew you were in.

that would have been nice.

so is there a story for why this thread (and the BLSD as a whole) just died all of a sudden. it seems like a group of students who all happened to be applying at the same time came and then...left. i wonder if most people have found jobs and stuff given how bad things have been.

Yeah the board was at its apex my 1L year in 2005-06.  Lots of people from my class year (and school) were around, plus lots of people applying, getting into lots of t14 schools.  Good discussions, good times.  But the class of 2009 largely went away after school started.  Then the old heads started dropping off one by one as we each got busier.  TLS came along, and most of the applicant discussion went over there.  The politics thread was active until Obama was elected.  After that, it died as well.  So now there's just me taking a peek before work and bed, answering t14 chances questions as they pop up.  Sometimes I'll pop over to XO or TLS if I'm bored.  But mostly I find my entertainment elsewhere.

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« Reply #3714 on: January 06, 2010, 11:29:00 PM »
But the mystique isn't why people attend...they attend b/c it's #1.  Same for Harvard.  It's all about prestige.

I went to Yale...which is partially why I never bought all of the Harvard trolling :P

There's that. But there's also the fact that HLS has a pretty good breadth of programs so it's likely that there is at least one person doing work that someone would want to do. I want to do a fairly niche area of law and there has been a lot of support on campus for that (and seemingly a lot of alumni in that field, so good connections). Good support for those who want to do public interest too (well, at least for my class. Incoming classes will have a bit of a different system).

Not saying you're wrong about prestige though. It doesn't hurt when I get to tell potential employers where I go to school. They become more interested, at the very least :)
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« Reply #3715 on: January 07, 2010, 06:12:41 AM »
But the mystique isn't why people attend...they attend b/c it's #1.  Same for Harvard.  It's all about prestige.

I went to Yale...which is partially why I never bought all of the Harvard trolling :P

There's that. But there's also the fact that HLS has a pretty good breadth of programs so it's likely that there is at least one person doing work that someone would want to do. I want to do a fairly niche area of law and there has been a lot of support on campus for that (and seemingly a lot of alumni in that field, so good connections). Good support for those who want to do public interest too (well, at least for my class. Incoming classes will have a bit of a different system).

Not saying you're wrong about prestige though. It doesn't hurt when I get to tell potential employers where I go to school. They become more interested, at the very least :)

Yes, of course there are other reasons to attend any school.  GULC also has a wide breadth of programs and probably would've given you merit money to boot. But yet you ended up at Harvard...why? :)  Nevertheless, I see your point in that that's a reason one might choose Harvard over, say, Stanford.

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« Reply #3716 on: January 07, 2010, 06:40:37 AM »
I wouldn't call what I'm doing Harvard trolling, since I don't have any association with the school and I'm just trying to be objective.

Umhmmm.  This is trolling:

Are you seriously putting SLS before HLS?  I can see people putting YLS ahead of HLS, but come on.....HLS is the mother of all law schools.


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I also don't really buy all the YLS trolling which does seem to be very much tied to its "#1" ranking in US News every year (don't even get me started on the law school ranking methodology).

No, there are many objective reasons why YLS is actually better.  Again, 3-5 years ago, I would have been happy to name them.  But now I leave that to other people if they are so inclined.




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Re: The Official BLSD "What Are My Chances?/Where Should I Apply?" Thread
« Reply #3717 on: January 08, 2010, 03:34:48 PM »
Any chance at the University of Virginia? Even with these numbers

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Re: The Official BLSD "What Are My Chances?/Where Should I Apply?" Thread
« Reply #3718 on: January 08, 2010, 09:42:42 PM »
Not likely.  LSAT needs to be a few points higher.

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Re: The Official BLSD "What Are My Chances?/Where Should I Apply?" Thread
« Reply #3719 on: January 10, 2010, 12:40:30 PM »
There's that. But there's also the fact that HLS has a pretty good breadth of programs so it's likely that there is at least one person doing work that someone would want to do. I want to do a fairly niche area of law and there has been a lot of support on campus for that (and seemingly a lot of alumni in that field, so good connections). Good support for those who want to do public interest too (well, at least for my class. Incoming classes will have a bit of a different system).

Not saying you're wrong about prestige though. It doesn't hurt when I get to tell potential employers where I go to school. They become more interested, at the very least :)

Yes, of course there are other reasons to attend any school.  GULC also has a wide breadth of programs and probably would've given you merit money to boot. But yet you ended up at Harvard...why? :)  Nevertheless, I see your point in that that's a reason one might choose Harvard over, say, Stanford.

Funny enough, I actually get more money from being a poor at Harvard than I would have gotten for merit + being a poor at GULC. But I see your point :)
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