Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) Class of 2015

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Re: Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) Class of 2015

Postby smokeylarue » Wed Apr 11, 2012 6:03 pm

What are everyone's plans on Thursday? Is anyone going to that "Diversity Dinner"? Do you have to be... uhh diverse to go, as in can I attend if I'm white lol

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Re: Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) Class of 2015

Postby me!0712 » Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:01 am

smokeylarue wrote:What are everyone's plans on Thursday? Is anyone going to that "Diversity Dinner"? Do you have to be... uhh diverse to go, as in can I attend if I'm white lol


Im going to the diversity dinner. Not sure what to wear though... And lol! I don't think that they would mind if you showed up even if your not "diverse"

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Re: Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) Class of 2015

Postby Rotor » Fri Apr 13, 2012 12:03 am

Welcome to Berkeley 0Ls! You've brought us crazy weather! It "never" thunders here.

Looks like we are getting our April's worth of rain over the next day or so! See you tomorrow.

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Re: Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) Class of 2015

Postby FryBreadPower » Fri Apr 13, 2012 1:17 am

100% of rain tomorrow. da fuck.

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Re: Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) Class of 2015

Postby ddalton22 » Sun Apr 15, 2012 5:52 pm

Has anyone here created a Facebook group?

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Re: Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) Class of 2015

Postby bigtexmex » Sun Apr 15, 2012 6:14 pm

ddalton22 wrote:Has anyone here created a Facebook group?

https://www.facebook.com/groups/176573315788732/

Here you go.

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Re: Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) Class of 2015

Postby Genki » Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:29 pm

So what was everyone's thoughts about Berkeley and ASW.
I was having a difficult time deciding between Columbia and Boalt before this weekend, but now I'm almost certain that I'll be in California this fall.
I met a lot of great people at the ASW (maybe some of you on this board) and was impressed by the faculty and various programs offered by the school.

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Re: Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) Class of 2015

Postby EvelynS » Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:25 pm

I liked that current Boalt's students were very nice and helpful. I am so excited to be a part of this law school.

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Re: Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) Class of 2015

Postby smokeylarue » Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:02 pm

EvelynS wrote:I liked that current Boalt's students were very nice and helpful. I am so excited to be a part of this law school.


Loved the visit, also choosing betweeen Columbia and Berkeley. Does anyone know if it's too late to submit a matching scholarship thing?

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Re: Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) Class of 2015

Postby DBishops » Mon Apr 16, 2012 6:22 pm

Went to ASW for Berkeley. Pretty great campus and faculty. Going to Columbia at sticker though (heard today), so it it looks... Unless Berkeley offers me a nice scholarship, but that seems to be unheard of huh?

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Re: Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) Class of 2015

Postby Redamon1 » Mon Apr 16, 2012 6:54 pm

DBishops wrote:Went to ASW for Berkeley. Pretty great campus and faculty. Going to Columbia at sticker though (heard today), so it it looks... Unless Berkeley offers me a nice scholarship, but that seems to be unheard of huh?


Nice scholarships from Berkeley are not unheard of... And, with regard to a question in another post, I don't think it's too late to submit a matching request. As far as I understand, sooner is definitely better, but merit and/or matching money is allocated or re-allocated all the way through June.

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Re: Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) Class of 2015

Postby DBishops » Mon Apr 16, 2012 7:12 pm

So if people's matching offers expire you think Berkeley will still match? UVA was a bit ago...

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Re: Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) Class of 2015

Postby Redamon1 » Mon Apr 16, 2012 7:22 pm

DBishops wrote:So if people's matching offers expire you think Berkeley will still match? UVA was a bit ago...


I don't know but someone on a TLS Berkeley thread reported a call with the admissions office in which they were told that B can't always respond in time for people's deadlines (i.e. silence doesn't necessarily mean they don't like you) and B doesn't necessarily know or keep track of whose scholarship deadline was extended and whose wasn't.

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Re: Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) Class of 2015

Postby DBishops » Mon Apr 16, 2012 7:28 pm

Redamon1 wrote:
DBishops wrote:So if people's matching offers expire you think Berkeley will still match? UVA was a bit ago...


I don't know but someone on a TLS Berkeley thread reported a call with the admissions office in which they were told that B can't always respond in time for people's deadlines (i.e. silence doesn't necessarily mean they don't like you) and B doesn't necessarily know or keep track of whose scholarship deadline was extended and whose wasn't.



That is highly inconvenient. I'm done waiting though, looks like I'm gonna withdraw from Berkeley this week. If I hear nothing by Friday it looks like I'll be putting my deposit down at Columbia.

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Re: Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) Class of 2015

Postby curiouscat » Tue Apr 17, 2012 12:21 am

Does Berkeley let you know if they decide not to offer you money? Trying to figure out how long I should be hanging on and waiting.

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Re: Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) Class of 2015

Postby thebigspoon » Tue Apr 17, 2012 5:27 pm

curiouscat wrote:Does Berkeley let you know if they decide not to offer you money? Trying to figure out how long I should be hanging on and waiting.


+1. anyone get any offers this week yet?

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Re: Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) Class of 2015

Postby boaltbear » Wed Apr 18, 2012 3:58 am

Hey future 1Ls, I just wanted to say how awesome it was to meet and party with so many of you this weekend. I hope many of you have found your home now at Boalt.

Feel free to message me if you have any questions about Boalt or the Bay Area in general. It is finals time but I will try to respond ASAP.

-BoaltBear

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Re: Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) Class of 2015

Postby Aspen » Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:43 am

boaltbear wrote:
kolokena wrote:
boaltbear wrote:Just to confirm this for you all, I wasn't offered a scholarship until May last year. It came after I had already committed to Berkeley. It was actually a really substantial amount which was a nice surprise but I had already decided I was going to Boalt no matter what.


Thanks for this info! Was the scholarship you were offered in may a need based grant, or merit? And just to clarify further, was it a matching scholarship?


I believe it was merit. I had submitted matching scholarship info but the amount did not exactly match any of those so I am not sure if it was matching or not. The emails and forms I signed accepting it did not indicate it was matching but it could have been.

Also, this has not been talked about much on TLS but it is definitely worth mentioning that Boalt has been drastically reducing its class size.

292 for c/o 2013
254 for c/o 2014 (my amazing classmates)
235 is the projected class size for 2015 (this is you guys :D )

The actual reason for the reduction has to do with faculty retirement and class coverage but it will significantly enhance your job prospects. Less Boalt grads during OCI is a great thing for those of you that want big law. Many firms are use to hiring at least a couple Boalt grads every year and this reduction in the supply of Boalt grads can only benefit your class.


I spoke to Dean Tom yesterday and he said that the 235 plan actually didn't end up going through because of opposition by the faculty. His targeted class size for the Class of 2015 is 270.

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Re: Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) Class of 2015

Postby FryBreadPower » Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:43 pm

Aspen wrote:
boaltbear wrote:
kolokena wrote:
boaltbear wrote:Just to confirm this for you all, I wasn't offered a scholarship until May last year. It came after I had already committed to Berkeley. It was actually a really substantial amount which was a nice surprise but I had already decided I was going to Boalt no matter what.


Thanks for this info! Was the scholarship you were offered in may a need based grant, or merit? And just to clarify further, was it a matching scholarship?


I believe it was merit. I had submitted matching scholarship info but the amount did not exactly match any of those so I am not sure if it was matching or not. The emails and forms I signed accepting it did not indicate it was matching but it could have been.

Also, this has not been talked about much on TLS but it is definitely worth mentioning that Boalt has been drastically reducing its class size.

292 for c/o 2013
254 for c/o 2014 (my amazing classmates)
235 is the projected class size for 2015 (this is you guys :D )

The actual reason for the reduction has to do with faculty retirement and class coverage but it will significantly enhance your job prospects. Less Boalt grads during OCI is a great thing for those of you that want big law. Many firms are use to hiring at least a couple Boalt grads every year and this reduction in the supply of Boalt grads can only benefit your class.


I spoke to Dean Tom yesterday and he said that the 235 plan actually didn't end up going through because of opposition by the faculty. His targeted class size for the Class of 2015 is 270.


I had also noticed that he had pulled out the 270 number during his welcome speech.

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Re: Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) Class of 2015

Postby LeftCoast » Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:28 pm

FryBreadPower wrote:
Aspen wrote:
boaltbear wrote:
kolokena wrote:
Thanks for this info! Was the scholarship you were offered in may a need based grant, or merit? And just to clarify further, was it a matching scholarship?


I believe it was merit. I had submitted matching scholarship info but the amount did not exactly match any of those so I am not sure if it was matching or not. The emails and forms I signed accepting it did not indicate it was matching but it could have been.

Also, this has not been talked about much on TLS but it is definitely worth mentioning that Boalt has been drastically reducing its class size.

292 for c/o 2013
254 for c/o 2014 (my amazing classmates)
235 is the projected class size for 2015 (this is you guys :D )

The actual reason for the reduction has to do with faculty retirement and class coverage but it will significantly enhance your job prospects. Less Boalt grads during OCI is a great thing for those of you that want big law. Many firms are use to hiring at least a couple Boalt grads every year and this reduction in the supply of Boalt grads can only benefit your class.


I spoke to Dean Tom yesterday and he said that the 235 plan actually didn't end up going through because of opposition by the faculty. His targeted class size for the Class of 2015 is 270.


I had also noticed that he had pulled out the 270 number during his welcome speech.


I asked about this at ASW and Dean Tom looked at me like I was crazy while he said, "No, 280. We always shoot for around 280." Also said apps were only down 3% this year.

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Re: Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) Class of 2015

Postby Aspen » Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:28 pm

The only thing that's kinda stressing me out is the housing situation. I have no idea where to live and I definitely don't want to move in any earlier than late July.

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Re: Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) Class of 2015

Postby bigtexmex » Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:36 pm

Aspen wrote:The only thing that's kinda stressing me out is the housing situation. I have no idea where to live and I definitely don't want to move in any earlier than late July.

Yeah, same here. It's the toughest part to figure out especially because I don't live in California.

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Re: Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) Class of 2015

Postby EvelynS » Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:41 pm

bigtexmex wrote:
Aspen wrote:The only thing that's kinda stressing me out is the housing situation. I have no idea where to live and I definitely don't want to move in any earlier than late July.

Yeah, same here. It's the toughest part to figure out especially because I don't live in California.


+1. Started looking for studios. Unfortunately, I cannot travel back and forth to attend open houses, so I would be doing that blindly (by viewing pictures) :?

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Re: Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) Class of 2015

Postby mcenteno » Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:52 pm

EvelynS wrote:
bigtexmex wrote:
Aspen wrote:The only thing that's kinda stressing me out is the housing situation. I have no idea where to live and I definitely don't want to move in any earlier than late July.

Yeah, same here. It's the toughest part to figure out especially because I don't live in California.


+1. Started looking for studios. Unfortunately, I cannot travel back and forth to attend open houses, so I would be doing that blindly (by viewing pictures) :?



Ugh! Housing I loathe thee!! Where is the one room for rent, all utilities included, cats allowed, across the street from the law school, low rent living situation!!! haha :(

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Re: Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) Class of 2015

Postby Aspen » Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:27 am

I think I might have found someplace actually. It's two blocks from Boalt. I'd be sharing a one bedroom with this girl where I'd have my own room and she'd be living in the living room but it's like $760 a month including utilities and $830 if I wanted a parking spot instead of street parking. It's a weird situation but it's hella cheap! Plus, the kitchen and bathroom are nice and the building is retrofitted! Soooo any of you guys who want to be my friend.....we can hang out at your place instead when we hang out BUT if there's a massive earthquake and your place collapses you can always come crash at my place!!! :-)




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