I made it into my "REACH"

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2011Law
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Re: I made it into my "REACH"

Postby 2011Law » Thu Jan 27, 2011 6:48 pm

Helmholtz wrote:
2011Law wrote:
SupraVln180 wrote:
Helmholtz wrote:161
3.1
URM

in at Yale!!!! just found out today!!!!

thanks everybody for the great advice here on TSL!!!


smh.


lol

I want to say congrats, but I also feel like saying that I hope you spend every waking moment working your ass off, cause your gonna be among the 10 or so least qualified (read: least intelligent) people at Yale, and thus in my mind you'd have to be among the hardest working just to stay above the bottom 5%.

Still though, Congrats and Good Luck!


lol @ the 168/3.4 who majored in political science lecturing me about the merits of hard work

OK, back to the topic at hand.

btw, this thread is not the venue for bitching about affirmative action (not necessarily directed towards the above quote)

Congrats to everybody who got into their reach and are gearing up for law school. You're starting out on hell of an interesting and unpredictable journey.


lol @ the mods who flame and can't take slightly insulting advice about their flame.

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Re: I made it into my "REACH"

Postby Helmholtz » Thu Jan 27, 2011 7:16 pm

femme wrote:
JayWilTheBoat wrote:To the person who got into Yale: Congratulations! Seriously, that is huge. No matter what your numbers, Yale believed that you have something special to contribute to this field. It doesn't matter what your numbers are or any of that BS. You are going to do wonderfully. Rise to the occasion my friend!

To the hater: Step off. Do you think that Yale picks their class by lottery? They don't. They deserved admission. Even if they are in the bottom 5% as you predict, which I am sure they won't be, they will like be better off than all of us.

Once again, congratulations. Don't let the haters ruin this moment for you.

Helm goes to Michigan and is quite white (no offense).


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Re: I made it into my "REACH"

Postby swc65 » Thu Jan 27, 2011 7:35 pm

Helmholtz wrote:
femme wrote:
JayWilTheBoat wrote:To the person who got into Yale: Congratulations! Seriously, that is huge. No matter what your numbers, Yale believed that you have something special to contribute to this field. It doesn't matter what your numbers are or any of that BS. You are going to do wonderfully. Rise to the occasion my friend!

To the hater: Step off. Do you think that Yale picks their class by lottery? They don't. They deserved admission. Even if they are in the bottom 5% as you predict, which I am sure they won't be, they will like be better off than all of us.

Once again, congratulations. Don't let the haters ruin this moment for you.

Helm goes to Michigan and is quite white (no offense).


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neonx
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Re: I made it into my "REACH"

Postby neonx » Fri Jan 28, 2011 2:35 am

I think I'll bite.

In at Columbia:
LSAT: several points below 25th.
GPA: between 50th and 75th.
Index: ~4.183
Non-URM
Decision Type: Regular Decision.
Complete: Early December.
Postmarked: Vomit-Coloured Envelope
postmarked 1/24; received 3 days later.


Good-luck everyone!

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Re: I made it into my "REACH"

Postby Skyhook » Fri Jan 28, 2011 9:32 am

Shooter wrote:


Thanks, hook. TITCR.

Btw, is your name inspired by The Dark Knight?[/quote]

Nope, Dan Dennett (philosopher) came up with two names for explanations of complex systems.

Cranes - start from the ground up and build complexity, these require no extra explanation of themselves.
Skyhooks - come down from the sky, declare explanatory power, but ultimately require explaining themselves.

I'm not saying anything about me with the user name, just thought it had a nice ring to it!

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Re: I made it into my "REACH"

Postby ppch » Fri Jan 28, 2011 1:05 pm

neonx wrote:I think I'll bite.

In at Columbia:
LSAT: several points below 25th.
GPA: between 50th and 75th.
Index: ~4.183
Non-URM
Decision Type: Regular Decision.
Complete: Early December.
Postmarked: Vomit-Coloured Envelope
postmarked 1/24; received 3 days later.


Good-luck everyone!


Amazing!!! You give me such hope.

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Re: I made it into my "REACH"

Postby rbarcelo9 » Fri Jan 28, 2011 1:06 pm

neonx wrote:I think I'll bite.

In at Columbia:
LSAT: several points below 25th.
GPA: between 50th and 75th.
Index: ~4.183
Non-URM
Decision Type: Regular Decision.
Complete: Early December.
Postmarked: Vomit-Coloured Envelope
postmarked 1/24; received 3 days later.


Good-luck everyone!

Yeah I want to be just like you when I grow up! Congrats! That's huge!

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Re: I made it into my "REACH"

Postby RackBall » Fri Jan 28, 2011 10:41 pm

I think this thread is pretty important for reminding us all that it's not only about the numbers, so I'll add mine.

LSAT: Barely within the 25th
GPA: Probably around 3.5 (non-trad university that LSAC had trouble converting into a GPA)
URM: More like WASP
School: University of Illinois

Illinois, and Dean Pless in particular, seem interested in filling a truly diverse and interesting class. If you write a passionate PS, and include a diversity statement about what you could bring to UIUC, I think the School is willing to be sold on accepting a person with a lower LSAT/GPA. When I received my acceptance, I thought someone was playing a joke on me. Some law schools seem to understand that when you receive an acceptance that might as well have "We took a risk on you" you're a) more prone to matriculate and b) going to work harder to prove your place once you get there.

And for what it's worth (it was a topic on much earlier posts), I have toured about 10 law schools now, and after hearing the responses from Deans to the question "Do you look at websites like TLS and LSN?", I fudge my numbers (I too, use to not understand why people would do it.) But seriously, if you do fudge your numbers, fudge them up -- don't give people false hope. I have a friend that actually got a 166 and says he has a 162 on LSN. Why do that to people? I'm sure there are plenty of people who have applied, thinking they could be 'that guy', just because they saw that one green dot.

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Re: I made it into my "REACH"

Postby Upton Sinclair » Sat Jan 29, 2011 3:55 pm

Never thought I'd have a reason to post here...now I definitely do.

School: Penn
LSAT: At median
GPA: Below 25%
Decision: Regular

Whiter than you. Average-to-below average LORs and softs.

What got me in: I honestly have no idea.

edited to say congrats to everyone else.

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Re: I made it into my "REACH"

Postby jman77 » Sat Jan 29, 2011 8:31 pm

I think I can post here.
School: Columbia
LSAT: below median, above 25th (took 4 times)
GPA: none (international, "superior")
Awesome LSAT addendum, PS, DS :)
Extensive WE, community service

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Re: I made it into my "REACH"

Postby africaforlife » Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:06 am

GPA: 3.65
LSAT: 159
URM: No

School: Boston College

What got me in: Masters degree, outstanding academic and professional recommendations, five years WE including two with the UN in Africa, father is an alum.

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Re: I made it into my "REACH"

Postby Patriot29 » Wed Feb 02, 2011 6:24 pm

africaforlife wrote:GPA: 3.65
LSAT: 159
URM: No

School: Boston College

What got me in: Masters degree, outstanding academic and professional recommendations, five years WE including two with the UN in Africa, father is an alum.


Wow congratulations to you, I would give anything to go to BC (I live down the street from the law school). It truly is a great school from what I've heard, good luck with your future studies.

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Re: I made it into my "REACH"

Postby lisjjen » Wed Feb 02, 2011 6:39 pm

GPA: 3.45, LSAT: 161
URM: Y/Black Male

UMich

Optional Essay: Just a brief nod in my PS, but Dean Z said she loved it.

Primarily, I think I benefitted from a strong upwards grade trend and a strong narrative thread that was backed up by WE and a compelling DS.

Now. To break the mood for a moment, I'd be curious to know, is it really impossible to get into these schools or do they just have great accountants?

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Re: I made it into my "REACH"

Postby Ratchet Jackson » Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:01 pm

lisjjen wrote:GPA: 3.45, LSAT: 161
URM: Y/Black Male

UMich

Optional Essay: Just a brief nod in my PS, but Dean Z said she loved it.

Primarily, I think I benefitted from a strong upwards grade trend and a strong narrative thread that was backed up by WE and a compelling DS.

Now. To break the mood for a moment, I'd be curious to know, is it really impossible to get into these schools or do they just have great accountants?


Congrats brah! When did you submit/get accepted?

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Re: I made it into my "REACH"

Postby arobb527 » Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:21 pm

Wish I was a minority, gay, and economically disadvantaged...It seems I could go anywhere I want with a 165

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Re: I made it into my "REACH"

Postby subtle » Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:23 pm

arobb527 wrote:Wish I was a minority, gay, and economically disadvantaged...It seems I could go anywhere I want with a 165



Life's not fair. I guess you'll have to take all that privilege and do something with it.

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Re: I made it into my "REACH"

Postby dissonance1848 » Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:26 pm

jman77 is not a reach. If you have no GPA from the US, then its assumed to be median (isn't it?). So jman77 is really a 3.7 170, 172.

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Re: I made it into my "REACH"

Postby jman77 » Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:29 pm

dissonance1848 wrote:jman77 is not a reach. If you have no GPA from the US, then its assumed to be median (isn't it?). So jman77 is really a 3.7 170, 172.


Except I'm a 160/167/cancel/171...

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Re: I made it into my "REACH"

Postby subtle » Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:33 pm

I think the definition of "reach" in this thread should be: Where did you get into that you didn't think you were going to get into? That way people can stop coming and trying to make people feel badly about being accepted because of their minority status or trying to take away from the elation by saying, "It's not a reach; it was a target." Let people be happy.

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Re: I made it into my "REACH"

Postby paulinaporizkova » Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:34 pm

arobb527 wrote:Wish I was a minority, gay, and economically disadvantaged...It seems I could go anywhere I want with a 165


gay? no. economically disadvantaged? no (unless it's boalt.) URM? yes.

only 33% correct on this one

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Re: I made it into my "REACH"

Postby paulinaporizkova » Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:38 pm

jman77 wrote:I think I can post here.
School: Columbia
LSAT: below median, above 25th (took 4 times)
GPA: none (international, "superior")
Awesome LSAT addendum, PS, DS :)
Extensive WE, community service


You may not post here. Also, if your LSAT is in your profile, you can just say it you don't have to beat around the bush.

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Re: I made it into my "REACH"

Postby jman77 » Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:40 pm

paulinaporizkova wrote:
jman77 wrote:I think I can post here.
School: Columbia
LSAT: below median, above 25th (took 4 times)
GPA: none (international, "superior")
Awesome LSAT addendum, PS, DS :)
Extensive WE, community service


You may not post here. Also, if your LSAT is in your profile, you can just say it you don't have to beat around the bush.


? Edit: nope, not gonna bite on this one.
Last edited by jman77 on Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:17 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: I made it into my "REACH"

Postby Pleasye » Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:42 pm

paulinaporizkova wrote:You may not post here. Also, if your LSAT is in your profile, you can just say it you don't have to beat around the bush.

wut.

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Re: I made it into my "REACH"

Postby JaLeCa » Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:45 pm

Not exactly a reach for me, but I was pretty surprised I got in with less than spectacular numbers...

University of Alabama
GPA: below 25th percentile
LSAT: 7 points below 25th (ugh, I know)
URM: Yep

What got me in: Economic background, work experience through college, single parent?

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Re: I made it into my "REACH"

Postby southernsnapp » Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:52 pm

arobb527 wrote:Wish I was a minority, gay, and economically disadvantaged...It seems I could go anywhere I want with a 165


Or since you're not, you could have gotten a better lsat score and done better in school for a better gpa, written an excellent PS, gotten great recommendations and go anywhere you want. Plenty of other plain white ppl have made up for their lack of diversity characteristics and gotten into their top choices.




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