Stanford Law School 2011 Applicants (Pics)

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Re: Stanford Law School 2011 Applicants (Pics)

Postby jman77 » Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:00 pm

What e-mail address do you guys send your updates to? The regular admissions office one? Thanks in advance!

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Re: Stanford Law School 2011 Applicants (Pics)

Postby Aggiegrad2011 » Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:03 pm

jman77 wrote:What e-mail address do you guys send your updates to? The regular admissions office one? Thanks in advance!


I used the main address for my updates and they acknowledged, and said it was added to my file... so yep :D

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Re: Stanford Law School 2011 Applicants (Pics)

Postby Fresh » Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:08 pm

This is definitely a lazy question but I'm going to ask anyways...
Does your status checker ever update past "Your file has been submitted for review?"

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Re: Stanford Law School 2011 Applicants (Pics)

Postby jman77 » Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:19 pm

Aggiegrad2011 wrote:
jman77 wrote:What e-mail address do you guys send your updates to? The regular admissions office one? Thanks in advance!


I used the main address for my updates and they acknowledged, and said it was added to my file... so yep :D


Cool, thanks much!

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Re: Stanford Law School 2011 Applicants (Pics)

Postby timmna » Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:28 pm

Fresh wrote:This is definitely a lazy question but I'm going to ask anyways...
Does your status checker ever update past "Your file has been submitted for review?"


Pretty sure it doesn't. Unless it changes when you're admitted.

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Re: Stanford Law School 2011 Applicants (Pics)

Postby tgir » Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:29 pm

Fresh wrote:This is definitely a lazy question but I'm going to ask anyways...
Does your status checker ever update past "Your file has been submitted for review?"


Yeah, mine didn't change from "Your file has been submitted for review" until after I got the call from Dean Deal, and now it just says, "Decision letter has been sent."

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Re: Stanford Law School 2011 Applicants (Pics)

Postby Knock » Tue Jan 11, 2011 3:37 pm

r6_philly wrote:
tkgrrett wrote:
Knock wrote:That sounds amazing. Thank you so much for a very detailed account of your visit :).

I'm a little bit worried that I will get waitlisted before my transcript update gets to SLS, since my school still hasn't sent it out even though I requested it a month ago.


+1. Its been over a week and still no updated transcript. This process needs to speed up, the SO starts applying for jobs in mid-March.


Why is it taking you guys so long? I requested my transcript to be sent from school on the afternoon of 1/3, LSAC processed 1/6 and sent the updated reports 1/10.


It's all on my school's end. They haven't mailed it out yet even though I requested them to sent an updated one like a month ago. I visited them in person and hopefully they will mail it today.

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Re: Stanford Law School 2011 Applicants (Pics)

Postby tgir » Tue Jan 11, 2011 3:55 pm

tgir wrote:Just visited Stanford, including an overnight in Munger. I'll try to post pictures soon once I get everything downloaded from my camera. If anyone is interested in pictures of the interior of Munger, just PM me (I feel a little weird about posting pictures of someone's dorm room on the internet).

I sat in on Property and Evidence. Property was meh, but Evidence was taught really well--it was 3 hours long but actually tolerable! I personally am not going to judge schools one way or the other based on a small snapshot of classes, but feel free to ask about the class experience if you want to know more.

Obviously this is all very subjective, but my overall impressions:

Stanford's campus and location: The Disney analogies are apt, and this is coming from someone who grew up 30 minutes from Disney World. Alternatively, you might say that it feels like a country club of sorts, except filled with young, smart people. The architecture is pleasant even if for no other reason than its simplicity and uniformity. BIKES! Oh my God, bikes are everywhere, as are convenient places to lock them up, and the entire Bay Area seems incredibly bike-friendly. And this is important because the campus is massive. I had read about how big it was, but it really didn't strike me until I actually walked the perimeter. It took me about 80-90 minutes to get from the law school to downtown San Francisco via BART, so I would say that the barrier is far from insurmountable--but I also got the feeling that the distance was definitely enough to impose a psychological barrier to actually enjoying the city. I personally think of it this way: if you start in the middle of Harvard's or Columbia's campus and walk 5-10 minutes in any given direction, you will find yourself in a new, distinct neighborhood primarily populated by non-students (an escape); at Stanford, 10 minutes later you'll still be very much at Stanford. So, as others have said, you really have to make formal plans to go into the city--and in case anyone is wondering, Palo Alto is NOT a city by any meaningful definition. That said, a 10-minute walk at Stanford could take you to any of dozens of beautiful grassy areas to just sit and enjoy the serenity of nature, which Harvard and Columbia can't provide. Perhaps the other main advantage of the location was that it felt like it would be really easy to maintain a solid academic schedule mixed with a solid intra-school social life without the distractions of a big city to scatter yours and other people's thoughts.

The law school's facilities and faculty/staff: Like the Disney analogies, the high school analogies are shockingly accurate--at least with regard to the building. It was actually a lot bigger than I had imagined, but the flow of people through and around the building definitely felt like high school. The exteriors, as most of you already know, are uninspiring, but the interiors are all very clean and professional and sufficient for the needs of the school. Also, the new building is looking great and should be finished very soon from what everyone said. The people in the admissions office are awesome. I had emailed with Dean Deal about my visit but never set up an exact time to meet with her; I decided I would stop by her office, and she immediately dropped everything and chatted with me for 20 minutes--nice lady. Also, the Associate Director of Admissions, Piyada Nonzee, is insanely nice.

The student body: I don't really have any group to compare them to, as Stanford is the first school I've visited, but the students were all very nice. I didn't meet a single person who rubbed me the wrong way, and while some were more sociable than others, the average level of social intelligence was quite high. Most everyone introduced to me seemed genuinely interested in hearing about my background, and they were willing to discuss the pros and cons of Stanford maturely. I also went to a bar review last Thursday night, which was well-attended (after a certain hour, haha). Palo Alto didn't seem to have much nightlife, but I basically felt that Stanford students take the initiative to create nightlife for themselves in Palo Alto at least once a week, which is nice.

Like I said, if anyone has questions, ask away or PM.


Here are the pictures, as promised. There are a lot more where these came from, mainly of the rest of Stanford's campus, but I didn't feel like uploading them all. If you're really interested in seeing more of the campus, shoot me a PM.

Oh, and the lighting is a little weird because I arrived on campus in the early morning--also why there are almost no people in the pictures.


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Re: Stanford Law School 2011 Applicants (Pics)

Postby dot » Tue Jan 11, 2011 4:00 pm

moneko wrote:and yeah BART is... definitely not that convenient, way too few stations. which is partly why i think SF is not one of the awesome cities of the world, it's public transport is a bit lacking...


I was surprised by the lack of BART lines and stops as well when I visited last spring. I'm told, however, that it has to do with the inability to build more underground lines due to water. Made enough sense to me at the time, but I didn't get too much info/supporting facts on it.

The Caltrain (which is what services Palo Alto), though, is one of the better commuter rail services in the country. But, as a commuter service, it doesn't run too late into the night. So if you're partying in SF or elsewhere, I'm told you pretty much have to find a nice friend at Berkelely or in the city to take you home for the night.

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Re: Stanford Law School 2011 Applicants (Pics)

Postby HopefulFish » Tue Jan 11, 2011 4:11 pm

Have most of the acceptances been sent out? For October applicants, if we didn't hear back by now are we SOL?

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Re: Stanford Law School 2011 Applicants (Pics)

Postby dot » Tue Jan 11, 2011 4:13 pm

HopefulFish wrote:Have most of the acceptances been sent out? For October applicants, if we didn't hear back by now are we SOL?


It's not that rolling; don't lose hope til you hear back.

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Re: Stanford Law School 2011 Applicants (Pics)

Postby tgir » Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:24 pm

Oh, and for anyone interested in what Escondido Village looks like, I managed to snap one really awful picture as I was leaving campus. Obviously, the place is not nearly as nice as Munger.


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Re: Stanford Law School 2011 Applicants (Pics)

Postby dot » Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:40 pm

I stayed in Rains last spring and it was actually really nice. The exterior architecture and layout was inviting and the apartment was dormy but livable. Munger definitely looks a lot nicer, but you'll pay for it, too.

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Re: Stanford Law School 2011 Applicants (Pics)

Postby r6_philly » Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:45 pm

I am going to live in San Jose or a little bit north on 680 if I get in. Munger looks soooo nice though.

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Re: Stanford Law School 2011 Applicants (Pics)

Postby cardinals1989 » Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:47 pm

If I get in (PLEASE?), then I definitely want to live in Munger. Actually, this is probably the only law school where I would live in in campus facilities.

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Re: Stanford Law School 2011 Applicants (Pics)

Postby Knock » Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:49 pm

cardinals1989 wrote:If I get in (PLEASE?), then I definitely want to live in Munger. Actually, this is probably the only law school where I would live in in campus facilities.


I'm leaning this way too.

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Re: Stanford Law School 2011 Applicants (Pics)

Postby s0ph1e2007 » Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:03 pm

Just found out today via snail mail that the recommendation my professor sent in that targeted Stanford was done wrong. sigh* so now I know for the past two weeks they didn't really get a new rec.
I have to fix that tomorrow, but they probably won't appreciate getting another rec so late since it's my fourth.

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Re: Stanford Law School 2011 Applicants (Pics)

Postby cardinals1989 » Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:08 pm

Does anyone feel like it has been FOREVER since the last acceptance? Dean Deal is being very teasing...

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Re: Stanford Law School 2011 Applicants (Pics)

Postby r6_philly » Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:20 pm

cardinals1989 wrote:Does anyone feel like it has been FOREVER since the last acceptance? Dean Deal is being very teasing...


They don't accept many so I suppose it will feel like here and there. Contrary to the blog post, every time my phone flashes I hope it was her.

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Re: Stanford Law School 2011 Applicants (Pics)

Postby Spykuh » Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:27 pm

r6_philly wrote:I am going to live in San Jose or a little bit north on 680 if I get in. Munger looks soooo nice though.


that's so far! the commute will not be pleasant in the morning

edit: north on 680 i mean, depending on where you live in san jose that won't be bad at all

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Re: Stanford Law School 2011 Applicants (Pics)

Postby cardinals1989 » Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:31 pm

r6_philly wrote:
cardinals1989 wrote:Does anyone feel like it has been FOREVER since the last acceptance? Dean Deal is being very teasing...


They don't accept many so I suppose it will feel like here and there. Contrary to the blog post, every time my phone flashes I hope it was her.


Yeah, I keep telling myself that. I think the wait is just getting to me a little bit, haha.

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Re: Stanford Law School 2011 Applicants (Pics)

Postby CosmoLaw » Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:36 pm

Anyone know how many seats have been filled so far? Approximately of course

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Re: Stanford Law School 2011 Applicants (Pics)

Postby r6_philly » Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:53 pm

Spykuh wrote:
r6_philly wrote:I am going to live in San Jose or a little bit north on 680 if I get in. Munger looks soooo nice though.


that's so far! the commute will not be pleasant in the morning

edit: north on 680 i mean, depending on where you live in san jose that won't be bad at all


I am used to commutes up to 1 hour. If I can find what I want out of San Jose great, if not we did like the Pleasanton and Danville areas. Need room to roam the kids and dog.

ETA: if I end up at Berkeley I will probably live in Pleasant Hill to Martinez.

BTW I ride motorcycles so commutes are a bit easier no matter how packed the roads are.
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Re: Stanford Law School 2011 Applicants (Pics)

Postby Gotti » Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:54 pm

r6_philly wrote:
Spykuh wrote:
r6_philly wrote:I am going to live in San Jose or a little bit north on 680 if I get in. Munger looks soooo nice though.


that's so far! the commute will not be pleasant in the morning

edit: north on 680 i mean, depending on where you live in san jose that won't be bad at all


I am used to commutes up to 1 hour. If I can find what I want out of San Jose great, if not we did like the Pleasanton and Danville areas. Need room to roam the kids and dog.



Dude living in LA has made bay area traffic look luxurious.

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Re: Stanford Law School 2011 Applicants (Pics)

Postby r6_philly » Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:56 pm

Gotti wrote:Dude living in LA has made bay area traffic look luxurious.


I also added above: I ride motorcycles, CA is the only state you can legally split lanes, so commuting will never be a problem save for rainy days - then I will just take my time.




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