Duke 2011 - Priority Track

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Re: Duke 2011 - Priority Track

Postby The Real Jack McCoy » Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:22 am

kazu wrote:There have been plenty of people here who got in w/o writing a Why Duke (even those w/ obvious YP #s). If you don't have anything to write, I wouldn't write it.

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Re: Duke 2011 - Priority Track

Postby birdlaw117 » Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:24 am

The Real Jack McCoy wrote:
kazu wrote:There have been plenty of people here who got in w/o writing a Why Duke (even those w/ obvious YP #s). If you don't have anything to write, I wouldn't write it.

I have a 3.61/173. Does that change your advice at all?

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Re: Duke 2011 - Priority Track

Postby The Real Jack McCoy » Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:30 am

birdlaw117 wrote:
The Real Jack McCoy wrote:
kazu wrote:There have been plenty of people here who got in w/o writing a Why Duke (even those w/ obvious YP #s). If you don't have anything to write, I wouldn't write it.

I have a 3.61/173. Does that change your advice at all?


Well, it isn't about the numbers--it is about how compelling the essay will be. If you are struggling to find things to say, I suspect whatever you come up with won't be that compelling. A bland or uninspired essay is worse than none at all. Make every word of your application count.

(I'm one of the ones with YP numbers who got in, btw; but Duke doesn't seem too worried by those who don't include them)

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Re: Duke 2011 - Priority Track

Postby birdlaw117 » Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:43 am

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Re: Duke 2011 - Priority Track

Postby ela7117 » Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:57 am

I think the most compelling 'Why school' essay is best developed after visiting the school, or at minimum spending 1-2 hours researching and taking notes off the school's website. It is in your best interest anyway, given this research should be used as justification for a diligent investment decision. Compelling topics should include specific academic programs or format, campus culture, distinguished professors, etc. I also personally think it's fair to include some unavoidable personal preferences such as a co-located spouse or family nearby. Regional geographic attributes, if well presented, seem fair game to me.
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Re: Duke 2011 - Priority Track

Postby Fate » Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:44 pm

How long does it take after "Decision made; watch for e-mail" before you get your email?

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Re: Duke 2011 - Priority Track

Postby eskimogirl » Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:55 pm

fate - mine took at least 5 hours, possibly more (as i only know from when i checked my status checker to when i received the email). i know some people have said it took up to 10 hours for them.

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Re: Duke 2011 - Priority Track

Postby Fate » Mon Nov 15, 2010 3:23 pm

eskimogirl- did you see something under "Mailings" before you got your email? I'm freakkingggg out haha

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Re: Duke 2011 - Priority Track

Postby Dany » Mon Nov 15, 2010 3:26 pm

OG Eskimo will answer - nothing was in "mailings" and my email came 2-3 hours after my status updated to "Decision Made - Watch for Email.

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Re: Duke 2011 - Priority Track

Postby funkytown » Mon Nov 15, 2010 3:53 pm

Tenth day after going complete and it just went under review a couple hours ago. Think there's a chance for a decision by tonight?

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Re: Duke 2011 - Priority Track

Postby eskimogirl » Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:21 pm

Fate wrote:eskimogirl- did you see something under "Mailings" before you got your email? I'm freakkingggg out haha


no, i didn't. it was driving me crazy too, because of other people having mentioned it in there's. i thought for sure i was getting put on priority reserve or rejected, but fortunately, neither was the case. so tryyyy to remain calm! (haha, i know how hard it is...)

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Re: Duke 2011 - Priority Track

Postby Fate » Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:34 pm

I haven't heard back yet! I found out that my decision was made at 11:40 this morning! It's now 7:30...where's my email! Also my file was complete 7 days ago. Is the fast turnaround a good or bad thing??

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Re: Duke 2011 - Priority Track

Postby gbpackerbacker » Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:56 pm

Fate wrote:I haven't heard back yet! I found out that my decision was made at 11:40 this morning! It's now 7:30...where's my email! Also my file was complete 7 days ago. Is the fast turnaround a good or bad thing??



Maybe this is just....fate.

Haha part of me wants you to get denied somewhere so I can assure you that it is just fate.

Anyways, from what I have read, you should know before midnight tonight. Good luck.

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Re: Duke 2011 - Priority Track

Postby Fate » Mon Nov 15, 2010 11:57 pm

gbpackerbacker wrote:
Fate wrote:I haven't heard back yet! I found out that my decision was made at 11:40 this morning! It's now 7:30...where's my email! Also my file was complete 7 days ago. Is the fast turnaround a good or bad thing??



Maybe this is just....fate.

Haha part of me wants you to get denied somewhere so I can assure you that it is just fate.

Anyways, from what I have read, you should know before midnight tonight. Good luck.


Hahaha! I GOT IN!!! I chose this screen name for ambiguity purposes and NOT because I have a strong overarching belief in fate! LOL

Thanks for all your well-wishes. It's nice to have 1 acceptance in a T14..

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Re: Duke 2011 - Priority Track

Postby AfroThunder1212 » Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:02 am

Submitted 11/4
Complete 11/15
UR 11/16

How likely do you think it is that my decision will come before Thanksgiving break?

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Re: Duke 2011 - Priority Track

Postby Sgtpeppernyc » Tue Nov 16, 2010 7:11 pm

I submitted 11/6, UR 11/9, and the decision made status came up today - i'd say you have a decent shot.

In other news - i'm at work and FREAKING OUT about getting the email. Wish me luck!

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Re: Duke 2011 - Priority Track

Postby T6Hopeful » Tue Nov 16, 2010 7:17 pm

Sgtpeppernyc wrote:I submitted 11/6, UR 11/9, and the decision made status came up today - i'd say you have a decent shot.

In other news - i'm at work and FREAKING OUT about getting the email. Wish me luck!


Argh I also submitted 11/6, completed 11/8, UR 11/9, and no status change. Granted, they have 2 more days, but it's nerve-wracking to see some people getting in 3-5 days after completion (in general, obviously not directed at you since you have the same dates). Anyway, good luck!

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Re: Duke 2011 - Priority Track

Postby Sgtpeppernyc » Tue Nov 16, 2010 8:07 pm

My Droid is about to break from the number of times I've refreshed my email. Just FYI.

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Re: Duke 2011 - Priority Track

Postby Tanicius » Tue Nov 16, 2010 8:36 pm

AfroThunder1212 wrote:Submitted 11/4
Complete 11/15
UR 11/16

How likely do you think it is that my decision will come before Thanksgiving break?


Likely but not guaranteed. If not, it would be the very Monday after.

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Re: Duke 2011 - Priority Track

Postby Sgtpeppernyc » Tue Nov 16, 2010 11:37 pm

Priority Reserve :(

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Re: Duke 2011 - Priority Track

Postby gbpackerbacker » Tue Nov 16, 2010 11:47 pm

Sgtpeppernyc wrote:Priority Reserve :(


PM'd

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Re: Duke 2011 - Priority Track

Postby lshamlet » Tue Nov 16, 2010 11:50 pm

Duke is AWESOME for having priority track, but DAMN if it doesn't spoil you! why do other law schools have to take sooooo looooong? =(

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Re: Duke 2011 - Priority Track

Postby Dany » Tue Nov 16, 2010 11:50 pm

lshamlet wrote:Duke is AWESOME for having priority track, but DAMN if it doesn't spoil you! why do other law schools have to take sooooo looooong? =(

This.

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Re: Duke 2011 - Priority Track

Postby LawLucy » Wed Nov 17, 2010 4:36 am

ela7117 wrote:I think the most compelling 'Why school' essay is best developed after visiting the school, or at minimum spending 1-2 hours researching and taking notes off the school's website. It is in your best interest anyway, given this research should be used as justification for a diligent investment decision. Compelling topics should include specific academic programs or format, campus culture, distinguished professors, etc. I also personally think it's fair to include some unavoidable personal preferences such as a co-located spouse or family nearby. Regional geographic attributes, if well presented, seem fair game to me.



very well stated!
I have visited 7 different campus locations and attended classes at two T10...trust me, it makes a difference.

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Re: Duke 2011 - Priority Track

Postby catsparka » Wed Nov 17, 2010 4:40 am

eskimo wrote:
lshamlet wrote:Duke is AWESOME for having priority track, but DAMN if it doesn't spoil you! why do other law schools have to take sooooo looooong? =(

This.

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