ogman05 wrote:On a side note. Those who have been accepted to cleo, do you have any acceptances as of yet? I know cleo can help you get into schools which was a big portion of why I wanted to participate however I was accepted ED to a law school before the cleo acceptance so no help there. Is anyone in my shoes and still going? I feel like at this point, also spending 2k I'm not so sure if the benefits outweigh the costs anymore. If it helped me into my school then without a doubt. Anyone at a T14 accepted to go and still gungho? Otherwise I am ready to give up my seat for someone more enthused than myself. I have a kid I'd rather spend the summer with than spend 6 weeks studying to begin 3 years of the same. Any thoughts?
before my CLEO acceptance, I was already accepted in American (WCL) so it was good to know that a school would take me without having to do the program. I honestly wouldn't do CLEO with the expectation of getting placed into a better school. from what i know and the people who did it last year, only the top 5 got bumped up into better schools than they came in with. those who got into better schools had already came into CLEO with conditional acceptances/waitlist offers from school contingent with specific academic performance in the summer program (ie-top 10% of the students); that's top 4 out of 40 kids and pretty difficult. CLEO's more of a law school prep program. it does help place students who have yet to be accepted anywhere into schools, though.....most of the time, at least.
Let me correct you on something....
For those that dont know me, I attended last year's summer institute. Yes, it is true that CLEO can assist in helping you to get into a "better" school but I wouldn't necessary count on it if you're trying to get into a highly ranked school. I think the highest ranked school that interviewed us was Iowa and Illinois. Depending on the school, you may have to place within the top 10 to 15% in order to be considered. However, there are some schools that will also take top 50% but most of those schools are likely outside of T14 but you can still get into a solid school if you arrive at CLEO without an acceptance. There are some schools that may even consider even if you fall outside the top 50% as long as you perform competently in CLEO.
My suggestion to all....if you remain on the waitlist of a school that you really like to attend by the time you start CLEO I would suggest letting the school know that you are attending CLEO. They may consider your performance and thus offer you an acceptance. But if you're coming to CLEO expecting to get into a highly ranked school then you may be expected to place within the top 10% which is difficult given the caliber of CLEO students that are selected.
Bottomline.....learn from the CLEO experience. It will give you an advantage going into the 1L year.
Best wishes to all and congrats!!!!