YungJedi wrote:Finally got my rejection letter from Harvard so my cycle is officially over. AA k-JD male at a top 2 liberal arts with ok softs (involvement with law-related campus orgs, 2 law-related summer internships, some minor scholarships). I applied with a 3.59 GPA and a score of 169. My results are below.
George Washington ($)
Harvard (eventually rejected)
Even though it's super late, I really wanted to share my results for the benefit of future applicants, especially AA male ones. This thread has been incredibly helpful for me. When I discovered it the summer after my freshman year of undergrad, I can honestly say that it completely changed my outlook. I had a particularly bad prelaw advisor who refused to acknowledge the URM bump and, without this thread, I would have had no idea what schools I was capable of getting into. She actually told me to take Penn (where I ultimately ended up enrolling), along with some of its peer schools, off of my list.
Advice to future applicants: don't trust your pre law advisor if his/her advice starkly contrasts with the info you see on this site. And do not be shy about negotiating. I highly doubt that Penn would have offered me as much as they did if it weren't for a good deal of negotiation. Also, don't be afraid to tailor your statements, especially for those schools that are highest on your list. While I am ultimately happy with my cycle, I can't help but wonder if I would have had a better chance at Harvard if I didn't send the same boilerplate statements to everywhere that I applied. Also, apply EARLY! I sent my final applications (Harvard included) on Christmas Eve in hopes that I was giving myself enough time to fine tune my materials. Now, I wonder if I would have been better off just sending them as they were in early December when I sent my safety school applications.
Congrats to all the amazing future attorneys on this thread and good luck & blessings to the future applicants out there! You CAN make it happen!
Congrats on your cycle! Shame on your pre-law advisor for providing you with erroneous info. Question, you said it is advisable to apply as early as possible, I plan on applying first week of January, will that hurt me at all? I'm an AA male, with a 4.0 and I hope to score at least a 170 on the December, LSAT (gunning for YLS). I'm currently testing in the 165-169 range, but I don't want to take the LSAT until i'm consistently scoring in the 175+ range and I don't think i'll get there for the September LSAT.