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

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

Postby Hawkeye Pierce » Wed Aug 10, 2011 3:46 pm

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Key Dates: http://www.law.berkeley.edu/38.htm
Applications become available online each September 1 and the deadline is February 1. You should apply as early as possible, ideally in October or November, because there are more admission offers available early in the cycle. You may submit your application before you receive your LSAT score.

Application Components: http://www.law.berkeley.edu/38.htm
  • Application form to be submitted as an e-app via Law Services (preferred) or downloaded from our website
  • Supplemental questionnaires (optional but recommended)
  • Application fee ($75)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement (two to four pages)
  • Resume (recommended)
  • Addenda (optional)
  • CAS report (transcript summary and CAS score report)

Berkeley Law FAQ: http://www.law.berkeley.edu/47.htm#Q5

JD Status Checker: http://www.law.berkeley.edu/2987.htm
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c/o 2014 Reference Threads:
Attending: viewtopic.php?f=28&t=139245
Applicants: viewtopic.php?f=7&t=131100
Waitlisted: viewtopic.php?f=7&t=147933
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Countdown Timer to first day that applications can be submitted:
http://www.timeanddate.com/counters/cus ... =00&p0=179

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

Postby emkay625 » Wed Aug 10, 2011 3:53 pm

This thread is relevant to my interests.

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

Postby freestallion » Wed Aug 10, 2011 4:12 pm

Count me in. I love Berkeley and it's one of my top choices, since I want to do public interest. I've heard some awesome things about Berkeley for PI. Here's to hoping, since they're so random in their acceptances!

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

Postby Ernert » Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:45 pm

Been there a couple times during HS and UG for various extracurriculars and loooove the campus/surrounding town. Good luck everyone!

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

Postby vincanity1 » Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:52 pm

I'd love to live in Cali for 3 years if the price is right. Good luck everyone

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

Postby giantsfan703 » Thu Aug 11, 2011 2:27 pm

Grew up in the bay and would love to go back! Fingers crossed for 2012!!

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

Postby Real Madrid » Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:34 pm

I'm still undecided on whether or not I'll apply.

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

Postby JDndMSW » Sun Aug 14, 2011 10:33 pm

Walked around the campus today. Unless a miracle happens Oct 1 I do not think I will be applying.

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

Postby LaCumparsita » Mon Aug 15, 2011 1:36 am

At least the construction is FINALLY done... minus the library lol

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

Postby fish52 » Mon Aug 15, 2011 2:13 am

The new wings are absolutely beautiful. The new library is pretty impressive. Good luck to everyone applying- just remember that the PS is crucial for Boalt! The second most important part of your application would be diverse life/work experiences, third is GPA, and last would be LSAT. However, if all of the others are strong and you are admitted, LSAT seems to be the strongest factor for $$.

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

Postby sanetruth » Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:38 am

Berkeley, you are so strange: my biggest reach but not close to the highest ranked school i'm applying to.

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

Postby Perdevise » Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:20 pm

Can't wait to apply. Quirky Berkeley, one of my tops.

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

Postby JDndMSW » Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:28 am

Today I went through my boxes of clothes that I left behind when I went away to school. Inside were a couple of Berkeley shirts that I didn't take with me because I was bitter for the rejection for UG. It still stung a little looking at them lol. Would it be weird to include in my PS that even though I was denied as a transfer student I still love them and want to go to law school there?

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

Postby nids333 » Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:44 pm

What are everyone's thoughts on Berkeley's socioeconomic part of the application? I grew up in a nice area, but my parents are not paying for law school and I don't want to disclose their income. I guess that's why it is optional...

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

Postby sea15 » Sun Sep 04, 2011 12:16 pm

nids333 wrote:What are everyone's thoughts on Berkeley's socioeconomic part of the application? I grew up in a nice area, but my parents are not paying for law school and I don't want to disclose their income. I guess that's why it is optional...


The socioeconomic section was strange. I filled out everything except the parent's income section (because, while I could guess, I honestly don't know.) just for honesty's sake.

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

Postby MumofCad » Sun Sep 04, 2011 6:09 pm

Does Berkeley not offer fee waivers? Solicited or otherwise?

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

Postby ketchup » Sun Sep 04, 2011 6:23 pm

From when I emailed them...

Berkeley Email wrote:Berkeley Law School offers a need-based application fee waiver program which is administered by Law Services. Merit-based waivers are not offered.

We will waive your application fee if you are approved for an LSAC fee waiver. If you apply electronically your application fee will be waived automatically. If you submit a paper application, simply include a copy of your LSAC fee waiver approval letter with your application.

Fee waivers are available to applicants who are current participants in public service programs (Peace Corps, Teach for America, AmeriCorps, etc.), or who have special circumstances. For more information and to access out fee waiver application form, visit http://www.law.berkeley.edu/39.htm after September 1. Submit the form with proof of your participation in a public service program.

If you have special circumstances, you may submit the form with supporting documents to the Admissions Office.

The deadline to submit an application with a fee waiver is January 13, 2012.

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

Postby MumofCad » Sun Sep 04, 2011 7:42 pm

ketchup wrote:From when I emailed them...

Berkeley Email wrote:Berkeley Law School offers a need-based application fee waiver program which is administered by Law Services. Merit-based waivers are not offered.

We will waive your application fee if you are approved for an LSAC fee waiver. If you apply electronically your application fee will be waived automatically. If you submit a paper application, simply include a copy of your LSAC fee waiver approval letter with your application.

Fee waivers are available to applicants who are current participants in public service programs (Peace Corps, Teach for America, AmeriCorps, etc.), or who have special circumstances. For more information and to access out fee waiver application form, visit http://www.law.berkeley.edu/39.htm after September 1. Submit the form with proof of your participation in a public service program.

If you have special circumstances, you may submit the form with supporting documents to the Admissions Office.

The deadline to submit an application with a fee waiver is January 13, 2012.


Thanks! Their website implied that was the case, but it didn't mention merit specifically, so I thought maybe they just hadn't gotten around to sending them. Well, it saves me having to extend my PS. I wanted to have more than one school in Cali to mull over and visit, but I guess I'll save myself the $75 until I can get out there.

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

Postby Cavgirl » Tue Sep 06, 2011 6:28 pm

I'm in for this crazy ride. Grew up in SF, spent some time in the military, now I'm back and wouldlove to stay if possible. GL everyone!

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

Postby erikjc » Thu Sep 08, 2011 11:15 am

Is it general wisdom that the PS for Berkeley should be near 4 pages? They say that's their maximum, but it seems like a lot of people talk about extending it for them.

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

Postby sanetruth » Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:12 pm

erikjc wrote:Is it general wisdom that the PS for Berkeley should be near 4 pages? They say that's their maximum, but it seems like a lot of people talk about extending it for them.


I am going to try going a little more 'in depth' for them, but while keeping in mind the whole 'succinctness is a virtue' idea.

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

Postby arez » Fri Sep 09, 2011 3:07 pm

What is everyone doing in terms of the addenda? A "Why Berkley"? Or nothing?

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

Postby freestallion » Fri Sep 09, 2011 3:09 pm

arez wrote:What is everyone doing in terms of the addenda? A "Why Berkley"? Or nothing?


Do you think we could write a why berkeley? I was thinking of just making my essay longer to include why i want to go to berkeley but it's not strong that way, and it's getting too long and disconnected. Is it a good idea to keep the PS short and add a why Berkeley or better to just combine them??

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

Postby anewaphorist » Fri Sep 09, 2011 3:10 pm

^ Nothing for me, my PS is long. Hoping to go complete by Nov. 1. Anyone else bemused by the "optional" LORs?

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

Postby freestallion » Mon Sep 12, 2011 4:10 pm

Still working on my essay. When can we submit the application? Oct 1?

ETA: I see these two questions on the app:
Are you applying for an academic scholarship?
Are you applying for a need-based scholarship?

I'm a bit confused about these questions; nowhere do I see an application for any academic or need-based scholarships with the Berkeley application. Anyone know what schollys this is referring to?




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