Writing Sample Failure

Proper Response?

Option A: Retake!
11
11%
Option B: Addendum.
8
8%
Option C: Panic/Do Nothing...
27
26%
Option D: Not Worth Thinking About.
56
55%
 
Total votes: 102

SpoonForkSpork
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Re: Writing Sample Failure

Postby SpoonForkSpork » Wed Apr 18, 2012 4:56 pm

OP Delivers.

This was page two:
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177/3.8+

Results:
Yale: Rejected
Harvard: Held, Waitlisted
Stanford: Accepted
Columbia: Accepted, 50k
Chicago: Waitlisted
NYU: Accepted, 75/90k
Michigan: Waitlisted
Penn: Waitlisted
Virginia: Waitlisted
Berkeley: Accepted
Northwestern: Accepted, 150k contingent on a one year deferral
Duke: Accepted

I'm not quite sure what to think of my cycle. I didn't write any "Why X" essays, so I'm not sure how to evaluate the waitlists. But there are a lot. That said, two of the reputably more "holistic" schools took me anyway, even though I have essentially zero extra-curriculars and no work experience. Weird.

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twenty
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Re: Writing Sample Failure

Postby twenty » Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:21 pm

And you're not taking Stanford... why?

Edit> I'm sorry, I looked at the first post without looking at the date. Nice job with those acceptances. Who knows, maybe you were dropped by YH for the sample, but honestly, you have a lot of great choices at this rate. Were you below H's median, if you don't mind my asking?

TheZoid
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Re: Writing Sample Failure

Postby TheZoid » Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:31 pm

Seems like you probably got yp'd by schools that knew you were T6 material.

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Richie Tenenbaum
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Re: Writing Sample Failure

Postby Richie Tenenbaum » Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:45 pm

My opinion:

-MVP YP'd you b/c of the high numbers and the no "Why X?" essays.
-Harvard adcomms don't have a sense of humor.
-Your drawing did not show enough RIGOR for Chicago.

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Jeffort
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Re: Writing Sample Failure

Postby Jeffort » Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:30 am

SpoonForkSpork wrote:OP Delivers.

This was page two:
Image


177/3.8+

Results:
Yale: Rejected
Harvard: Held, Waitlisted
Stanford: Accepted
Columbia: Accepted, 50k
Chicago: Waitlisted
NYU: Accepted, 75/90k
Michigan: Waitlisted
Penn: Waitlisted
Virginia: Waitlisted
Berkeley: Accepted
Northwestern: Accepted, 150k contingent on a one year deferral
Duke: Accepted

I'm not quite sure what to think of my cycle. I didn't write any "Why X" essays, so I'm not sure how to evaluate the waitlists. But there are a lot. That said, two of the reputably more "holistic" schools took me anyway, even though I have essentially zero extra-curriculars and no work experience. Weird.


Thanks for posting the drawing, I've been waiting for it for months! Image

Go to Stanford! It's a no-brainer decision. Send in the seat deposit ASAP and lock it up. If you are short on funds I'd be willing to donate an organ, blood and/or fluids or something to help make sure you have enough cash to cover the deposit.

If I could go to law school again I'd sell a kidney or other body parts to go to Stanford LS.

Seriously, lock that up and start packing and making arrangements to move to northern California.

With a Stanford J.D., if you later decide you don't like practicing law/working for a firm/litigating, whether in big law or with a smaller firm, you can go into academics and become a law school professor/faculty at a top tier law school. Highly ranked law schools like to fill their faculty (whether full time or adjunct) with people that have a degree/pedigree from H, Y or S law schools.

Faculty professors at good schools get paid very well (more than the average annual salary most LS grads get in their first ~5 years after graduation). Plus, you are not worked to death, get to kick back in an office reading stuff whenever you want and your typical day does not include a bunch of stressful adversarial stuff.

Congrats on your results. Image

Please go to Stanford so you don't have a regret that will plague you for the rest of your life if you decide to go somewhere else. When invited to come over by Stanford you say yes and show up!

Other than Yale, Stanford is as elite as you can get. Harvard JDs are a dime a dozen at the top end these days due to the large class sizes, which is part of the reason why you see many Harvard LS grads being pundits on Fox news, MSNBC and various other political shows/channels to get paying gigs instead of holding a 70+ hours a week position at a big-law firm litigating.

elysian
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Re: Writing Sample Failure

Postby elysian » Fri Apr 27, 2012 4:12 am

hey, spork! just wanted to say how awesome i think this is. i bet most, if not all, law schools actually appreciated your ballsiness & creativity (and maybe even artistic ability?).

btw, i know you! we talked about this in the enchanted broccoli forest. (you also showed me constellations. nerd!) we hope you end up at stanford, but if not, you should visit us when you're in the area. =)




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