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Re: Q&A with former Harvard, Chicago, Vandy Admissions officers

Postby MikeSpivey » Sun Dec 28, 2014 10:09 am

Winston1984 wrote:
MikeSpivey wrote:I had an applicant with a prior record of steroid use threaten to me on the phone that they were going to "get on a plane to come kick my ass" right after getting their denial letter.

Is this an effective way to get off waitlists?


I'd recommend not threatening people as a general matter.

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Re: Q&A with former Harvard, Chicago, Vandy Admissions officers

Postby MikeSpivey » Sun Dec 28, 2014 10:10 am

hausMan arrested for screaming "THEY ONLY CARE ABOUT YOUR HIGH LSAT JUST RETAKE THE TEST AND STOP CALLING ME" continuously interrupting others trying to party and gamble their life savings away
Somehow I envision this like the most successful previous attempt at robbing a casino as demonstrated in the movie Ocean's 11.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-EGKuotUMw

[although you would need the Don Johnson/Miami Vice suit and the be smoking the cigarette to fully sell it...


Haus, I'm going for all three and I can easily do the Miami Vice look, I grew up on that stuff.

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Re: Q&A with former Harvard, Chicago, Vandy Admissions officers

Postby PeanutsNJam » Sun Dec 28, 2014 1:59 pm

fats provolone wrote:I'll defend you when the spivey scandal breaks


Spivey is our Hero of Ferelden/Champion of Kirkwall/Inquisitor all bundled into one. He needs no defense. I've been playing too much DA:I. Sorry for shitpoasting in your thread Spivey.

Srs question: Do you think GPA medians will decrease as non T-3 schools are forced to accept more and more low GPA splitters to maintain a 170 median? Or are low GPA splitters like me still doomed to NU or T20.

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Re: Q&A with former Harvard, Chicago, Vandy Admissions officers

Postby MikeSpivey » Mon Dec 29, 2014 9:32 am

PeanutsNJam wrote:
fats provolone wrote:I'll defend you when the spivey scandal breaks


Spivey is our Hero of Ferelden/Champion of Kirkwall/Inquisitor all bundled into one. He needs no defense. I've been playing too much DA:I. Sorry for shitpoasting in your thread Spivey.

Srs question: Do you think GPA medians will decrease as non T-3 schools are forced to accept more and more low GPA splitters to maintain a 170 median? Or are low GPA splitters like me still doomed to NU or T20.


Probably not substantially. GPA isn't the dwindling commodity that LSAT is this cycle. So keep in mind we are talking about medians, not mean. Schools will score up GPA later this cycle from the WL and I don't think we will see this major drop, especially in the top 25-50 range.

On a side note, looks like someone exceeded their normal tolerance for Meth/heroin/crack and absinthe last night and was posting on TLS.

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Re: Q&A with former Harvard, Chicago, Vandy Admissions officers

Postby 2654815451 » Mon Dec 29, 2014 11:11 am

Mike and/or Karen:

Should I explain my lower GPA and the amount of Ws I have in an addendum or will adcomms draw those conclusions from my PS/DS?

I discussed my situation and how I dropped out of school mid semester without dropping my classes, and my personal statement also talks about the challenges that I have faced to get where I am today. I figure that when one reads that, they automatically know that grades were affected, but do I assume adcomms do or must I repeat myself (more clearer) in an addendum?

Thanks!!

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Re: Q&A with former Harvard, Chicago, Vandy Admissions officers

Postby bjsesq » Mon Dec 29, 2014 12:23 pm

MikeSpivey wrote:
Winston1984 wrote:
MikeSpivey wrote:I had an applicant with a prior record of steroid use threaten to me on the phone that they were going to "get on a plane to come kick my ass" right after getting their denial letter.

Is this an effective way to get off waitlists?


I'd recommend not threatening people as a general matter.

Fucking puritan

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Re: Q&A with former Harvard, Chicago, Vandy Admissions officers

Postby MikeSpivey » Mon Dec 29, 2014 2:13 pm

Working on our new mobile website. Who wants to help by letting us know your favorites from these pictures?

http://www.stocksy.com/user/consumergallery?id=22848

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Re: Q&A with former Harvard, Chicago, Vandy Admissions officers

Postby Rigo » Mon Dec 29, 2014 2:18 pm

Middle Column: Bottom Picture (the fox in the grass) is probably my favorite.
The entire middle column (fox grass, fox beach, fox stump) is my top 3.
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Re: Q&A with former Harvard, Chicago, Vandy Admissions officers

Postby jw316 » Mon Dec 29, 2014 2:19 pm

MikeSpivey wrote:Working on our new mobile website. Who wants to help by letting us know your favorites from these pictures?

http://www.stocksy.com/user/consumergallery?id=22848


The one in the grass is pretty sweet

Edit: so is this one >> http://www.stocksy.com/306876

Edit2: I like the beach one too haha
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Re: Q&A with former Harvard, Chicago, Vandy Admissions officers

Postby MikeSpivey » Mon Dec 29, 2014 2:19 pm

Dirigo wrote:Middle Row: Bottom Picture is probably my favorite.


The little fellow in the grass field?

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Re: Q&A with former Harvard, Chicago, Vandy Admissions officers

Postby Rigo » Mon Dec 29, 2014 2:20 pm

MikeSpivey wrote:
Dirigo wrote:Middle Row: Bottom Picture is probably my favorite.

The little fellow in the grass field?

Clarified above, but yes.

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Re: Q&A with former Harvard, Chicago, Vandy Admissions officers

Postby peger » Mon Dec 29, 2014 2:46 pm

As far as softs go, is substantial experience abroad and fluency in an asian language a big draw, or pretty common?

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Re: Q&A with former Harvard, Chicago, Vandy Admissions officers

Postby bjsesq » Mon Dec 29, 2014 4:17 pm

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Re: Q&A with former Harvard, Chicago, Vandy Admissions officers

Postby Redynsje » Mon Dec 29, 2014 5:25 pm

Hello! I am new to TLS, and I am really enjoying the sage advice you have to offer. I have a question that may be a bit off topic. How do schools calculate their initial scholarship offers? Do these generally correspond to GPA/LSAT alone? Are all students with the same numbers generally offered the same amount (if any), or are these offers generally more individualized? Thanks!

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Re: Q&A with former Harvard, Chicago, Vandy Admissions officers

Postby MikeSpivey » Mon Dec 29, 2014 6:25 pm

Good call, bjsesq, that will be our homepage.

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Re: Q&A with former Harvard, Chicago, Vandy Admissions officers

Postby MikeSpivey » Mon Dec 29, 2014 6:27 pm

Redynsje wrote:Hello! I am new to TLS, and I am really enjoying the sage advice you have to offer. I have a question that may be a bit off topic. How do schools calculate their initial scholarship offers? Do these generally correspond to GPA/LSAT alone? Are all students with the same numbers generally offered the same amount (if any), or are these offers generally more individualized? Thanks!


Initial scholarship offers, even more than admission, tend to correlate very heavily towards those two metrics and the need of the school that cycle, correct. When you see disparate scholarship amounts with similar numbers that often means one person is negotiating/negotiating more successfully.

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Re: Q&A with former Harvard, Chicago, Vandy Admissions officers

Postby bjsesq » Mon Dec 29, 2014 6:29 pm

MikeSpivey wrote:Good call, bjsesq, that will be our homepage.

*bumps knucks*

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Re: Q&A with former Harvard, Chicago, Vandy Admissions officers

Postby Auxilio » Mon Dec 29, 2014 7:53 pm

MikeSpivey wrote:Working on our new mobile website. Who wants to help by letting us know your favorites from these pictures?

http://www.stocksy.com/user/consumergallery?id=22848



The 2nd and the 6th are my choices.

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Re: Q&A with former Harvard, Chicago, Vandy Admissions officers

Postby 2654815451 » Tue Dec 30, 2014 11:29 am

Posted this earlier but think it was overlooked.

Mike and/or Karen:

Should I explain my lower GPA and the amount of Ws I have in an addendum or will adcomms draw those conclusions from my PS/DS?

I discussed my situation and how I dropped out of school mid semester without dropping my classes, and my personal statement also talks about the challenges that I have faced to get where I am today. I figure that when one reads that, they automatically know that grades were affected, but do I assume adcomms do or must I repeat myself (more clearer) in an addendum?

Thanks!!

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Re: Q&A with former Harvard, Chicago, Vandy Admissions officers

Postby KarenButtenbaum » Tue Dec 30, 2014 1:14 pm

peger wrote:As far as softs go, is substantial experience abroad and fluency in an asian language a big draw, or pretty common?


I wouldn't say it is common, but it is not entirely unique. But that doesn't mean it is bad by any means -- it is a good thing to have and it is certainly a feather on the scale.

Cheers,
KB

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Re: Q&A with former Harvard, Chicago, Vandy Admissions officers

Postby KarenButtenbaum » Tue Dec 30, 2014 1:18 pm

KAYCEE wrote:Posted this earlier but think it was overlooked.

Mike and/or Karen:

Should I explain my lower GPA and the amount of Ws I have in an addendum or will adcomms draw those conclusions from my PS/DS?

I discussed my situation and how I dropped out of school mid semester without dropping my classes, and my personal statement also talks about the challenges that I have faced to get where I am today. I figure that when one reads that, they automatically know that grades were affected, but do I assume adcomms do or must I repeat myself (more clearer) in an addendum?

Thanks!!


It may be worth the exercise of writing an addendum just to see how redundant it will be. If you find that you are borrowing sentences or phrases from your PS/DS then it might be overkill to add it. If you find that it adds a connection from your circumstances to your grades, then it might be worth submitting.
There is no need to be redundant but you do want to make sure that the connection is made.
Hope that helps!
Cheers,
KB

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Re: Q&A with former Harvard, Chicago, Vandy Admissions officers

Postby 2654815451 » Tue Dec 30, 2014 1:35 pm

KarenButtenbaum wrote:
KAYCEE wrote:Posted this earlier but think it was overlooked.

Mike and/or Karen:

Should I explain my lower GPA and the amount of Ws I have in an addendum or will adcomms draw those conclusions from my PS/DS?

I discussed my situation and how I dropped out of school mid semester without dropping my classes, and my personal statement also talks about the challenges that I have faced to get where I am today. I figure that when one reads that, they automatically know that grades were affected, but do I assume adcomms do or must I repeat myself (more clearer) in an addendum?

Thanks!!


It may be worth the exercise of writing an addendum just to see how redundant it will be. If you find that you are borrowing sentences or phrases from your PS/DS then it might be overkill to add it. If you find that it adds a connection from your circumstances to your grades, then it might be worth submitting.
There is no need to be redundant but you do want to make sure that the connection is made.
Hope that helps!
Cheers,
KB



Yes, very helpful. Thank you!

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Re: Q&A with former Harvard, Chicago, Vandy Admissions officers

Postby Dr. Nefario » Tue Dec 30, 2014 1:58 pm

Mr. Spivey,
What are some good questions/topics for a meeting with an admissions officer to a school you're already accepted to? Also, is that a bad time to ask about scholarship negotiations or increasing their amount of scholarship they will offer? Thanks!


I know I posted this in Dean Meeker's thread too, but this is a confusing part of the application process for me.

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Re: Q&A with former Harvard, Chicago, Vandy Admissions officers

Postby KarenButtenbaum » Tue Dec 30, 2014 3:17 pm

RaiderRed wrote:Mr. Spivey,
What are some good questions/topics for a meeting with an admissions officer to a school you're already accepted to? Also, is that a bad time to ask about scholarship negotiations or increasing their amount of scholarship they will offer? Thanks!


I know I posted this in Dean Meeker's thread too, but this is a confusing part of the application process for me.


After you've been admitted, the conversation really is about making your decision about this school vs. your other options. What are your concerns about attending the school? I assume that you have other questions about the school and what your life/career would look like as a student/alum
If it is only about money, it is OK to mention that, but depending on the timing of the meeting, it might not be the right time to bring up negotiations.

Good luck!
Cheers,
KB

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Re: Q&A with former Harvard, Chicago, Vandy Admissions officers

Postby MattM » Wed Dec 31, 2014 3:07 am

Hello,

I was curious as to what the recent differences in Northwestern Law admissions were?

I am interested in considering applying Early Decision for Fall 2016,...I noticed though however, the bottom 25% jumped up dramatically from a 3.38 to a 3.53 from 2013 to 2014 even though there were fewer applicants. even in the 2011 ABA 509 they had 500 more apps but the bottom 25% was still around a 3.35 mark.

Does this mean NW is not favoring work experience as much as it did in the past? it seemed in the past NW considered work experience more and took into consideration other factors than beyond just the numbers compared to some of its other peer schools ( more so a lower GPA than a lower LSAT)

I still have a GPA competitive enough for NW and looking to get some post grad WE before law school


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