URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby Mojosodope » Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:43 pm

applelover wrote:AA Female, 167 LSAT , 3.9+GPA. I'm hoping to get into one of the t14s this cycle.


nice stats, you'll get into every school that doesn't YP you. you'll prob get at least one of YHS

AA Male here, 3.54 GPA, waiting on LSAT

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby AAJD2B » Thu Oct 10, 2013 7:15 am

Is it just me or is this thread really slow? Around this time last year, the 2012-2013 URM thread was in high gear and super active. Perhaps this is a reflection of the dwindling number of applicants and by extension, minority students??

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby mandyjay11 » Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:22 am

AAJD2B wrote:Is it just me or is this thread really slow? Around this time last year, the 2012-2013 URM thread was in high gear and super active. Perhaps this is a reflection of the dwindling number of applicants and by extension, minority students??


Yeah, it does seem a little dry in here. Maybe everyone is really focused on writing their PS, DS and Why X stuff lol idk :(

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby AAJD2B » Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:29 am

mandyjay11 wrote:
AAJD2B wrote:Is it just me or is this thread really slow? Around this time last year, the 2012-2013 URM thread was in high gear and super active. Perhaps this is a reflection of the dwindling number of applicants and by extension, minority students??


Yeah, it does seem a little dry in here. Maybe everyone is really focused on writing their PS, DS and Why X stuff lol idk :(


LOL yeah, I hope so. Speaking of which, have you done yours? I have my PS and DS done, now I just need my Why statements.

I feel like I should be doing something more though. I am so used to being busy. I may start back studying again in the event I need to re-take. Also, I miss studying for the LSAT, lol.

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby mandyjay11 » Thu Oct 10, 2013 9:51 am

AAJD2B wrote:
mandyjay11 wrote:
AAJD2B wrote:Is it just me or is this thread really slow? Around this time last year, the 2012-2013 URM thread was in high gear and super active. Perhaps this is a reflection of the dwindling number of applicants and by extension, minority students??


Yeah, it does seem a little dry in here. Maybe everyone is really focused on writing their PS, DS and Why X stuff lol idk :(


LOL yeah, I hope so. Speaking of which, have you done yours? I have my PS and DS done, now I just need my Why statements.

I feel like I should be doing something more though. I am so used to being busy. I may start back studying again in the event I need to re-take. Also, I miss studying for the LSAT, lol.


I am in the midst of my 5 day break from all things law school after Saturday's test. I have been studying for it non stop since January so I needed a short break. I will say, I do miss the structure that my days had when studying for that test haha

I started my PS and DS but they are very, very rough. I am only doing like 3 why X statements for Penn, UVA, and Duke (those are really the only places I DEFINITELY want to go to) I have to work on my SEO application too, which is not as labor intensive.

Are you doing SEO?

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby MoMettaMonk » Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:00 am

mandyjay11 wrote:
AAJD2B wrote:
mandyjay11 wrote:
AAJD2B wrote:Is it just me or is this thread really slow? Around this time last year, the 2012-2013 URM thread was in high gear and super active. Perhaps this is a reflection of the dwindling number of applicants and by extension, minority students??


Yeah, it does seem a little dry in here. Maybe everyone is really focused on writing their PS, DS and Why X stuff lol idk :(


LOL yeah, I hope so. Speaking of which, have you done yours? I have my PS and DS done, now I just need my Why statements.

I feel like I should be doing something more though. I am so used to being busy. I may start back studying again in the event I need to re-take. Also, I miss studying for the LSAT, lol.


I am in the midst of my 5 day break from all things law school after Saturday's test. I have been studying for it non stop since January so I needed a short break. I will say, I do miss the structure that my days had when studying for that test haha

I started my PS and DS but they are very, very rough. I am only doing like 3 why X statements for Penn, UVA, and Duke (those are really the only places I DEFINITELY want to go to) I have to work on my SEO application too, which is not as labor intensive.

Are you doing SEO?


I filled in my basic info on the SEO application and wrote a draft of my personal statement as well as the basic info on the LSAC applications. But this week, this week is about doing no actual work related to law school (other than figuring out what the hell my DS is going to be about).

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby EvMont » Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:06 am

mandyjay11 wrote: I am in the midst of my 5 day break from all things law school after Saturday's test. I have been studying for it non stop since January so I needed a short break. I will say, I do miss the structure that my days had when studying for that test haha

I started my PS and DS but they are very, very rough. I am only doing like 3 why X statements for Penn, UVA, and Duke (those are really the only places I DEFINITELY want to go to) I have to work on my SEO application too, which is not as labor intensive.


I'm basically in the same spot in my application process. REALLY rough PS and DS. I'm doing why Why X statements later in the month, since I have a couple of visits planned.

It would be nice to see this thread be more active though. I imagine in will be later in the cycle.

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby MoMettaMonk » Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:15 am

Out of curiosity, how many of us took the October LSAT or are taking December/February?

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby mandyjay11 » Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:24 am

EvMont wrote:
mandyjay11 wrote: I am in the midst of my 5 day break from all things law school after Saturday's test. I have been studying for it non stop since January so I needed a short break. I will say, I do miss the structure that my days had when studying for that test haha

I started my PS and DS but they are very, very rough. I am only doing like 3 why X statements for Penn, UVA, and Duke (those are really the only places I DEFINITELY want to go to) I have to work on my SEO application too, which is not as labor intensive.


I'm basically in the same spot in my application process. REALLY rough PS and DS. I'm doing why Why X statements later in the month, since I have a couple of visits planned.

It would be nice to see this thread be more active though. I imagine in will be later in the cycle.


I guess I should plan visits. I really don't have the fund to visit a ton of schools, though. Which ones are you going to?

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby mandyjay11 » Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:25 am

MoMettaMonk wrote:Out of curiosity, how many of us took the October LSAT or are taking December/February?


I took October, I cant retake in December because I have a wedding that same day, so I will either retake in Feb/June if I bombed

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby EvMont » Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:26 am

MoMettaMonk wrote:Out of curiosity, how many of us took the October LSAT or are taking December/February?


I took the October LSAT and have (fingers crossed) no intentions of ever taking it again.

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby AAJD2B » Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:29 am

mandyjay11 wrote:
AAJD2B wrote:
mandyjay11 wrote:
AAJD2B wrote:Is it just me or is this thread really slow? Around this time last year, the 2012-2013 URM thread was in high gear and super active. Perhaps this is a reflection of the dwindling number of applicants and by extension, minority students??


Yeah, it does seem a little dry in here. Maybe everyone is really focused on writing their PS, DS and Why X stuff lol idk :(


LOL yeah, I hope so. Speaking of which, have you done yours? I have my PS and DS done, now I just need my Why statements.

I feel like I should be doing something more though. I am so used to being busy. I may start back studying again in the event I need to re-take. Also, I miss studying for the LSAT, lol.


I am in the midst of my 5 day break from all things law school after Saturday's test. I have been studying for it non stop since January so I needed a short break. I will say, I do miss the structure that my days had when studying for that test haha

I started my PS and DS but they are very, very rough. I am only doing like 3 why X statements for Penn, UVA, and Duke (those are really the only places I DEFINITELY want to go to) I have to work on my SEO application too, which is not as labor intensive.

Are you doing SEO?


Yeah, you deserve a break for sure!

Yup, I am also applying to SEO. My app for that is pretty much complete except for the photo part (and LSAT and retrieving my SAT scores). Even though they say the photo is optional I sort of think its necessary.

I'll need to try and arrange to take a professional photo.

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby AAJD2B » Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:31 am

MoMettaMonk wrote:Out of curiosity, how many of us took the October LSAT or are taking December/February?


I sat October and feel super confident about it. I figured if I scored a 165 or higher, I am calling it a day. I really don't want to retake.

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby EvMont » Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:31 am

mandyjay11 wrote:
EvMont wrote:
mandyjay11 wrote: I am in the midst of my 5 day break from all things law school after Saturday's test. I have been studying for it non stop since January so I needed a short break. I will say, I do miss the structure that my days had when studying for that test haha

I started my PS and DS but they are very, very rough. I am only doing like 3 why X statements for Penn, UVA, and Duke (those are really the only places I DEFINITELY want to go to) I have to work on my SEO application too, which is not as labor intensive.


I'm basically in the same spot in my application process. REALLY rough PS and DS. I'm doing why Why X statements later in the month, since I have a couple of visits planned.

It would be nice to see this thread be more active though. I imagine in will be later in the cycle.


I guess I should plan visits. I really don't have the fund to visit a ton of schools, though. Which ones are you going to?


I'm gonna visit Penn, mostly because it's my #1 and I know they do the whole yield protect thing. So, I want to try to avoid that. I'll probably try to visit NYU and Columbia as well, since for me it's on the way to Penn and I have a couple of friends in NYC who will let crash on their couch. That'll probably be it, because yeah...I'm not made of money. haha

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby AAJD2B » Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:40 am

Speaking of visits William & Mary's BLSA has a weekend event coming up on November 1st and 2nd. I am not sure if I will attend though. It depends on how I scored...I may be in a good or sour mood.

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby mandyjay11 » Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:45 am

AAJD2B wrote:
Yeah, you deserve a break for sure!

Yup, I am also applying to SEO. My app for that is pretty much complete except for the photo part (and LSAT and retrieving my SAT scores). Even though they say the photo is optional I sort of think its necessary.

I'll need to try and arrange to take a professional photo.


Ahh, forgot all about the SAT score part. I gotta dig that up from somewhere. I also read the photo part as being necessary.

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby Brettanomyces » Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:46 am

MoMettaMonk wrote:Out of curiosity, how many of us took the October LSAT or are taking December/February?



I took in October, and I've been thinking about cancelling all week. I'm sure I did ok, but I'll probably re-take in December. I wasn't completely ready for it.

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby mandyjay11 » Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:47 am

EvMont wrote:I'm gonna visit Penn, mostly because it's my #1 and I know they do the whole yield protect thing. So, I want to try to avoid that. I'll probably try to visit NYU and Columbia as well, since for me it's on the way to Penn and I have a couple of friends in NYC who will let crash on their couch. That'll probably be it, because yeah...I'm not made of money. haha


This might be a dumb question, but what is the yield protect thing?

I am also going to visit Penn, I signed up for the info session this month.

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby Brettanomyces » Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:49 am

mandyjay11 wrote:
EvMont wrote:I'm gonna visit Penn, mostly because it's my #1 and I know they do the whole yield protect thing. So, I want to try to avoid that. I'll probably try to visit NYU and Columbia as well, since for me it's on the way to Penn and I have a couple of friends in NYC who will let crash on their couch. That'll probably be it, because yeah...I'm not made of money. haha


This might be a dumb question, but what is the yield protect thing?

I am also going to visit Penn, I signed up for the info session this month.


We're here to learn! YP is when schools reject you because they'd like to boost their numbers--in this case, selectivity. It affects URMs specifically because some of us have borderline numbers. Some URMs have experienced being accepted into one or two of HYSCCN and rejected from all of MVP. :O

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby mandyjay11 » Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:51 am

Brettanomyces wrote:
mandyjay11 wrote:
EvMont wrote:I'm gonna visit Penn, mostly because it's my #1 and I know they do the whole yield protect thing. So, I want to try to avoid that. I'll probably try to visit NYU and Columbia as well, since for me it's on the way to Penn and I have a couple of friends in NYC who will let crash on their couch. That'll probably be it, because yeah...I'm not made of money. haha


This might be a dumb question, but what is the yield protect thing?

I am also going to visit Penn, I signed up for the info session this month.


We're here to learn! YP is when schools reject you because they'd like to boost their numbers--in this case, selectivity. It affects URMs specifically because some of us have borderline numbers. Some URMs have experienced being accepted into one or two of HYSCCN and rejected from all of MVP. :O


whoa... I had no idea! I saw last cycle their numbers were INSANE. That worries me because some days I actually feel like I have a fighting chance.

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby Brettanomyces » Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:54 am

mandyjay11 wrote:
Brettanomyces wrote:
mandyjay11 wrote:
EvMont wrote:I'm gonna visit Penn, mostly because it's my #1 and I know they do the whole yield protect thing. So, I want to try to avoid that. I'll probably try to visit NYU and Columbia as well, since for me it's on the way to Penn and I have a couple of friends in NYC who will let crash on their couch. That'll probably be it, because yeah...I'm not made of money. haha


This might be a dumb question, but what is the yield protect thing?

I am also going to visit Penn, I signed up for the info session this month.


We're here to learn! YP is when schools reject you because they'd like to boost their numbers--in this case, selectivity. It affects URMs specifically because some of us have borderline numbers. Some URMs have experienced being accepted into one or two of HYSCCN and rejected from all of MVP. :O


whoa... I had no idea! I saw last cycle their numbers were INSANE. That worries me because some days I actually feel like I have a fighting chance.


It has been said that the best way to combat YP is to express plenty of interest in the T14 school you'd like to attend. One way to do this is to write a compelling Why X piece.

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby MoMettaMonk » Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:56 am

mandyjay11 wrote:
Brettanomyces wrote:
mandyjay11 wrote:
EvMont wrote:I'm gonna visit Penn, mostly because it's my #1 and I know they do the whole yield protect thing. So, I want to try to avoid that. I'll probably try to visit NYU and Columbia as well, since for me it's on the way to Penn and I have a couple of friends in NYC who will let crash on their couch. That'll probably be it, because yeah...I'm not made of money. haha


This might be a dumb question, but what is the yield protect thing?

I am also going to visit Penn, I signed up for the info session this month.


We're here to learn! YP is when schools reject you because they'd like to boost their numbers--in this case, selectivity. It affects URMs specifically because some of us have borderline numbers. Some URMs have experienced being accepted into one or two of HYSCCN and rejected from all of MVP. :O


whoa... I had no idea! I saw last cycle their numbers were INSANE. That worries me because some days I actually feel like I have a fighting chance.


To be fair, they don't usually outright reject people. You'll usually be waitlisted. There's not all that much data on going from waitlist ----> accept or waitlist ----> reject though because a lot of people put in that situation just withdraw and go to HYSCCN.

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby mandyjay11 » Thu Oct 10, 2013 11:01 am

Brettanomyces wrote:
It has been said that the best way to combat YP is to express plenty of interest in the T14 school you'd like to attend. One way to do this is to write a compelling Why X piece.


MoMettaMonk wrote:To be fair, they don't usually outright reject people. You'll usually be waitlisted. There's not all that much data on going from waitlist ----> accept or waitlist ----> reject though because a lot of people put in that situation just withdraw and go to HYSCCN.



I am definitely do a why X so hopefully that helps. I'm also probably going to apply to like two schools from HYSCCN (more if they give me waivers). I just want to/need to manage my expectations for those schools.

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Re: URM 2013-2014 Cycle Thread

Postby Brettanomyces » Thu Oct 10, 2013 11:02 am

You're right. Most of the stuff on lsn.i and numbers lumps waitlists and rejections together in a big, sad pile.




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