Yale c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 cycle)

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Yale c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby Hawkeye Pierce » Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:59 am

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Key Dates & Checklist: http://www.law.yale.edu/admissions/firs ... cation.htm
Key Dates
  • Oct 15: In 2011, we will begin accepting applications between October 15 and November 1, and the deadline will be February 15.
  • Feb. 15: Last day applications are accepted.
  • March 15: Financial Aid deadline.
  • Mid-April: Most decisions are made by mid- to late April.

Application Checklist
  • CAS
  • LSAT
  • Completed Application Form and fee ($75)
  • Completed Yale 250 and Personal Statement
  • Two letters of recommendation


Dean's Certification: http://www.law.yale.edu/admissions/12319.htm
After an applicant is admitted, Yale Law School requires as a prerequisite to deposit a Dean's Certification Form from each college or university degree program in which an applicant is, or has been, enrolled, regardless of whether a degree was awarded. More information about Dean's Certifications is included in the materials sent to admitted students.

Admissions Blog: http://blogs.law.yale.edu/blogs/admissions/default.aspx

Dean Asha on PS and Y250: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=114153
Sample Y250 Essays: viewtopic.php?f=18&t=68738
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c/o 2014 Reference Threads:
Applicants: viewtopic.php?f=7&t=133490
Attending: viewtopic.php?f=28&t=129260
Waitlisted: viewtopic.php?f=7&t=153356
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Countdown Timer for first day that applicants can submit applications:
http://www.timeanddate.com/counters/cus ... =00&p0=179

Yale Decision Graph, 2009-2010:
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LSN 2011-2012 Applicants: http://yale.lawschoolnumbers.com/applicants
LSN 2010-2011 Applicants: http://yale.lawschoolnumbers.com/applicants/1011/
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Re: Yale c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby soj » Wed Aug 10, 2011 1:10 pm

Checking in. Crossing fingers for this one.

lol250, haven't even started :|

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Re: Yale c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby Hawkeye Pierce » Wed Aug 10, 2011 1:14 pm

soj wrote:Checking in. Crossing fingers for this one.

lol250, haven't even started :|


Yay, someone actually checking into this thread :lol:

Was waiting for you to pop in.

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Re: Yale c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby kulshan » Wed Aug 10, 2011 4:57 pm

I'll check in as well. Can't wait to have this process finished!

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Re: Yale c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby Hawkeye Pierce » Wed Aug 10, 2011 4:59 pm

kulshan wrote:I'll check in as well. Can't wait to have this process finished!


No kidding! Probably going to have to wait until March-April to here anything back. I've got a very slim shot at being accepted, but I figure it's worth a shot.

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Re: Yale c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby vincanity1 » Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:05 pm

Anyone else without a clue as to what theyre going to write for their 250?

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Re: Yale c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby Hawkeye Pierce » Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:06 pm

vincanity1 wrote:Anyone else without a clue as to what theyre going to write for their 250?


Yeah, I'm already on the third draft of mine. Took me a while to come up with something, but I think it's starting to come together

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Re: Yale c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby vincanity1 » Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:09 pm

Hawkeye Pierce wrote:
kulshan wrote:I'll check in as well. Can't wait to have this process finished!


No kidding! Probably going to have to wait until March-April to here anything back. I've got a very slim shot at being accepted, but I figure it's worth a shot.


I'd try to argue with you, but I'm too jealous of your almost definite future admission to HLS to bother :P Damn you and your 3.9

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Re: Yale c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby kulshan » Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:11 pm

vincanity1 wrote:Anyone else without a clue as to what theyre going to write for their 250?


I have a sort of general topic in my mind, but I haven't started writing.

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Re: Yale c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby soj » Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:21 pm

kulshan wrote:
vincanity1 wrote:Anyone else without a clue as to what theyre going to write for their 250?


I have a sort of general topic in my mind, but I haven't started writing.

same here. i've explained the topic to friends, but the informal explanation alone tends to exceed 250 words. :evil:

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Re: Yale c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby Hawkeye Pierce » Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:22 pm

soj wrote:
kulshan wrote:
vincanity1 wrote:Anyone else without a clue as to what theyre going to write for their 250?


I have a sort of general topic in my mind, but I haven't started writing.

same here. i've explained the topic to friends, but the informal explanation alone tends to exceed 250 words. :evil:


If we could write this in German, then you could string several words together to lower that word count :(

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Re: Yale c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby freestallion » Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:24 pm

vincanity1 wrote:
Hawkeye Pierce wrote:
kulshan wrote:I'll check in as well. Can't wait to have this process finished!


No kidding! Probably going to have to wait until March-April to here anything back. I've got a very slim shot at being accepted, but I figure it's worth a shot.


I'd try to argue with you, but I'm too jealous of your almost definite future admission to HLS to bother :P Damn you and your 3.9


Numbers twins, vincanity!!!! :lol: And oh yes... jeals of HP's 3.9!

I also have no idea what to write for the 250. None. At all.

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Re: Yale c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby Hawkeye Pierce » Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:26 pm

Well, it's technically a little lower than that, but TLS doesn't give figures out to the hundredths place, so I had to round up.

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Re: Yale c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby vincanity1 » Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:30 pm

freestallion wrote:
vincanity1 wrote:
Hawkeye Pierce wrote:
kulshan wrote:I'll check in as well. Can't wait to have this process finished!


No kidding! Probably going to have to wait until March-April to here anything back. I've got a very slim shot at being accepted, but I figure it's worth a shot.


I'd try to argue with you, but I'm too jealous of your almost definite future admission to HLS to bother :P Damn you and your 3.9


Numbers twins, vincanity!!!! :lol: And oh yes... jeals of HP's 3.9!

I also have no idea what to write for the 250. None. At all.


Nice, cool to see a twin. I'm at a 3.77 from a large public and I'm Cuban, which I hope to God Harvard decides is enough of a boost to ignore my weaksauce GPA lol. Goodluck to the both of us. Looking forward to following your cycle.

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Re: Yale c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby moopness » Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:58 pm

No chance in hell of me getting in, but I really want to write the 250 so I might as well apply.

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Re: Yale c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby spek » Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:45 pm

I'll be applying too. Still working on my PS so I've only gotten so far as a vague idea for my 250.

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Re: Yale c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby Yeshia90 » Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:51 pm

Kinda want to apply just so I can finish my Quentin Tarantino 250. (that's for you, HP)

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Re: Yale c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby freestallion » Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:28 pm

vincanity1 wrote:Nice, cool to see a twin. I'm at a 3.77 from a large public and I'm Cuban, which I hope to God Harvard decides is enough of a boost to ignore my weaksauce GPA lol. Goodluck to the both of us. Looking forward to following your cycle.


Yeah, my GPA is exactly 3.8. But I am not a URM at all so I have no boost. I'm not holding out for HYS but will try ;)

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Re: Yale c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby LaCumparsita » Wed Aug 10, 2011 11:28 pm

Is it true that it doesn't really matter when in the cycle you apply to Yale? I am doing a pretty cool internship during the Fall and I thought I'd write my 250 about it, but as a result I probably wouldn't be able to submit my app until November or December...

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Re: Yale c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby spek » Wed Aug 10, 2011 11:30 pm

LaCumparsita wrote:Is it true that it doesn't really matter when in the cycle you apply to Yale? I am doing a pretty cool internship during the Fall and I thought I'd write my 250 about it, but as a result I probably wouldn't be able to submit my app until November or December...


Yes, Yale doesn't have rolling admissions so you (theoretically) have the same chance of acceptance anytime during the cycle.

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Re: Yale c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby PolarBear » Thu Aug 11, 2011 2:02 am

Best of luck to you all this year! The Yale threads are my favorite to watch every year.

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Re: Yale c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby basilseal » Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:15 pm

Oh why not.

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Re: Yale c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby MumofCad » Fri Aug 12, 2011 8:55 am

Anyone want to comment on my Yale 250 ideas? I am still going back and forth with just writing something purely academic.

My PS is about my values, my evolution in my interests spurred by career experiences, and finally my appreciation for the difficulties in crafting laws that help realize widely held social values. In large part it is trying to 1) show the qualities I've developed that will help me be successful in law school and a legal career, and 2) explain why I am leaving a happy, successful career to go to law school now.

I'm a non-trad with some interesting work experience. I don't go into the details in the PS, just what has inspired me/what I have learned from it that motivates me to go to law school. I really don't mention my education except in passing as a means to an ends, though I've pursued a Master's and PhD at solid UK universities.

Sooo....my dilemma is wrestling with 2 subject choices:

- Academic -

OR

- I wrote a 250 putting them in my shoes for a single decision I had to make, that is really representative of the sort of high-pressure, high-risk environment I have been working in.

What do you all think? Play it semi-safe with the academic topic or roll the dice with the more creative 250 that gives them a new window into who I am/what sets me apart from other academically-talented candidates?

I can share the academic one when I write it, but I really can't share the other. I apologize for having to just give you a description and ask for your opinion.
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Re: Yale c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby kulshan » Fri Aug 12, 2011 11:15 am

It sounds to me like the second one is the better option if you can write a version that makes you happy. They'll know your academic prowess from the rest and they'll be able to see how you can perform in a high stakes environment with the second topic. On the other hand, if you can't come up with a version you like, go safe.

I've been trying to come up with something non-academic for a few weeks now and every topic I start writing on just seems stupid, so I'm leaning more and more toward briefly explaining an argument I've made in metaethics.

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Re: Yale c/o 2015 Applicants (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby annyong » Fri Aug 12, 2011 11:25 am

kulshan wrote:I've been trying to come up with something non-academic for a few weeks now and every topic I start writing on just seems stupid, so I'm leaning more and more toward briefly explaining an argument I've made in metaethics.

I really like the subject of metaethics, so to me it sounds like an interesting topic, and I actually considered a 250 on something of the sort, but I went more personal since my PS is already a lot more about me academically.

I'd just say write several 250s and continue working with them and swapping them until you find one that you like, I'm working on a topic that is far from perfect but as I continued to write different drafts it was the one that stuck with me and appealed to me the most. Still have a lot of work to do on it though..




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