Berkeley 2011 applicants

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Aggiegrad2011
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Re: Berkeley 2011 applicants

Postby Aggiegrad2011 » Fri Jan 07, 2011 2:01 pm

culinaryorlawschool wrote:After despairing for a week waiting for the email that didn't come I finally broke down and decided to check my status checker, prepared for disappointment, but it said Admitted! Turns out the email was sent Monday but went to my spam folder.
Moral of the story: check your spam folder!


Guess you can officially hang up that whisk and chef coat ;)

r6_philly
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Re: Berkeley 2011 applicants

Postby r6_philly » Fri Jan 07, 2011 2:02 pm

culinaryorlawschool wrote:After despairing for a week waiting for the email that didn't come I finally broke down and decided to check my status checker, prepared for disappointment, but it said Admitted! Turns out the email was sent Monday but went to my spam folder.
Moral of the story: check your spam folder!


Congrats!

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ScarryBakhtin
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Re: Berkeley 2011 applicants

Postby ScarryBakhtin » Fri Jan 07, 2011 3:01 pm

r6, I'm still looking forward to hearing your impressions of Berkeley campus...

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Re: Berkeley 2011 applicants

Postby sgtgrumbles » Fri Jan 07, 2011 3:14 pm

ScarryBakhtin wrote:r6, I'm still looking forward to hearing your impressions of Berkeley campus...

Is your username a reference to Mikhail Bakhtin? If so, you're awesome.

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ScarryBakhtin
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Re: Berkeley 2011 applicants

Postby ScarryBakhtin » Fri Jan 07, 2011 3:24 pm

You, too, are awesome. Yes, and the Scarry is a reference to Elaine Scarry, a less influential, but equally inspiring scholar. I'm actually writing my thesis on Bakhtin's early essay "Author and Hero in Aesthetic Activity," are you familiar?

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Re: Berkeley 2011 applicants

Postby giddybiscuit » Fri Jan 07, 2011 4:08 pm

Oh, Bakhtin... brings back memories of last-minute struggles to understand film theory readings on the BART

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Re: Berkeley 2011 applicants

Postby sgtgrumbles » Fri Jan 07, 2011 4:14 pm

ScarryBakhtin wrote:You, too, are awesome. Yes, and the Scarry is a reference to Elaine Scarry, a less influential, but equally inspiring scholar. I'm actually writing my thesis on Bakhtin's early essay "Author and Hero in Aesthetic Activity," are you familiar?

Wow, I thought the Scarry reference might be to her. I read her excellent takedown of Alan Dershowitz' defense of torture in an undergrad class. And I remember reading some Bakhtin in a class about Dostoevsky, but I don't know much of his work. Anyway, best of luck to you during the cycle. We can talk aesthetic theory at an ASW.

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ScarryBakhtin
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Re: Berkeley 2011 applicants

Postby ScarryBakhtin » Fri Jan 07, 2011 4:56 pm

Looking forward. Hopefully, there will be some overlap in the selection of ASW's we attend. I spent too much time writing abstract essays and not enough time thinking about what I would do if by the time my senior year rolled around I had doubts about a future in academia. No regrets, though. See you on the other side.

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timmna
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Re: Berkeley 2011 applicants

Postby timmna » Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:21 am

I've got a good feeling about today...

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Re: Berkeley 2011 applicants

Postby r6_philly » Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:29 am

ScarryBakhtin wrote:r6, I'm still looking forward to hearing your impressions of Berkeley campus...


A lot of concrete. Seriously, that's my impression for the law school corner. I like the other side of the campus with the UC sign and the view from the science center was lovely to say the least. I think once they remove all the construction equipment the law school area will be really nice. The quotes on the front of the building were really nice. It was nice inside of the building, arguably I like the inside of Boalt Hall better than inside of SLS. All in all, different. See the pics in the pictures thread:

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Re: Berkeley 2011 applicants

Postby marklg89 » Mon Jan 10, 2011 12:12 pm

timmna wrote:I've got a good feeling about today...


Crossing my fingers that you're right!!

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timmna
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Re: Berkeley 2011 applicants

Postby timmna » Mon Jan 10, 2011 12:20 pm

marklg89 wrote:
timmna wrote:I've got a good feeling about today...


Crossing my fingers that you're right!!


I've been wrong before.. but I've been right before, too!

Plus, this Monday last year it looks like there was a batch of acceptances.

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hipstermafia
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Re: Berkeley 2011 applicants

Postby hipstermafia » Mon Jan 10, 2011 12:26 pm

Looks like the first round of committee review notifications went out this week last year as well

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Re: Berkeley 2011 applicants

Postby Bildungsroman » Mon Jan 10, 2011 12:30 pm

What is committee review? I am currently under review, do I also have to go to committee review?

Sorry, submitted pretty late so haven't followed this thread till now.

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Re: Berkeley 2011 applicants

Postby hipstermafia » Mon Jan 10, 2011 12:34 pm

Bildungsroman wrote:What is committee review? I am currently under review, do I also have to go to committee review?

Sorry, submitted pretty late so haven't followed this thread till now.

It's okay bils <3

From Berk law website FAQ:
Are all applications read? Is there a cutoff?

Each application is reviewed by the Dean of Admissions or by one of his associates. No applicant is automatically admitted or denied solely on the basis of test scores and grades. Some applicants are admitted immediately, while other competitive files are sent to the Admissions Committee for additional individual evaluation. The Committee is composed of faculty members and students who serve in an advisory capacity.


My understanding is that if your application goes to committee review you will receive an e-mail telling you so and giving a date to expect a decision by.

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Re: Berkeley 2011 applicants

Postby lshamlet » Mon Jan 10, 2011 12:35 pm

Thanks for that, hipster. So is it bad news that I've been Under Review since early November with no UCR? =/ I'm thinking I'm gonna get dinged or waitlisted sometime soon. My numbers are above/at the 75ths tho. Oh well.

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Re: Berkeley 2011 applicants

Postby hipstermafia » Mon Jan 10, 2011 12:41 pm

lshamlet wrote:Thanks for that, hipster. So is it bad news that I've been Under Review since early November with no UCR? =/ I'm thinking I'm gonna get dinged or waitlisted sometime soon. My numbers are above/at the 75ths tho. Oh well.

It's not bad :) To my TLS knowledge, no one has been sent to committee review just yet.

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Re: Berkeley 2011 applicants

Postby reversejinx » Mon Jan 10, 2011 3:28 pm

If I've been UR since 11/1/10, with no change, is my fate more or less sealed?

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Re: Berkeley 2011 applicants

Postby Aggiegrad2011 » Mon Jan 10, 2011 3:31 pm

No, Jinx. Several people have UR dates in October with very competitive numbers that Boalt loves, so I don't think a UR anywhere around Nov/Oct is a tell-tale sign that you're going to be dinged.

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Re: Berkeley 2011 applicants

Postby r6_philly » Mon Jan 10, 2011 3:31 pm

no one's fate is sealed until committee review happens and you are not in it.

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Re: Berkeley 2011 applicants

Postby reversejinx » Mon Jan 10, 2011 3:33 pm

Thanks Aggie and philly!

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lisavj
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Re: Berkeley 2011 applicants

Postby lisavj » Mon Jan 10, 2011 4:06 pm

Committee review? Pretty please? I promise to make classroom discussions interesting. And to occasionally bake cookies...

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Re: Berkeley 2011 applicants

Postby Arbiter213 » Mon Jan 10, 2011 4:15 pm

lisavj wrote:Committee review? Pretty please? I promise to make classroom discussions interesting. And to occasionally be insane...


FTFM

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Re: Berkeley 2011 applicants

Postby sarahh » Mon Jan 10, 2011 4:25 pm

According the Chronicle, Brown plans to cut UC funding by $500 million. And there is the issue of some highly-compensated executives (including the dean of the law school) threatening to sue if their pensions are not increased. The instability is making it hard to consider the school as an option. What is going to happen over the next few years?

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Re: Berkeley 2011 applicants

Postby r6_philly » Mon Jan 10, 2011 4:28 pm

sarahh wrote:According the Chronicle, Brown plans to cut UC funding by $500 million. And there is the issue of some highly-compensated executives (including the dean of the law school) threatening to sue if their pensions are not increased. The instability is making it hard to consider the school as an option. What is going to happen over the next few years?


Isn't the law school large self-funded? I'd be surprised if the school is not feeding $ back into the parent university.

The pension is going to have to be decreased, they just can't operate that way. Either raise taxes (contribution) or reduce benefits. Since they are not in any shape to raise taxes, benefit reduction seems like the way to go.




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