Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby insidertimes » Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:09 pm

I feel sorry for you guys who are freaking out about what faculty review could mean so I'll fill you in as a Boalt alum formerly involved with the process. The admissions people (mostly Dean Tom) initially put you in a yes, no, or maybe pile. Maybe is the FRs. The FRs go to a committee made up of a faculty member and a student (remember on your application you gave permission for a student to look at it?). This committee then chooses a pre-designated number of people for acceptance, waitlist, or rejection (and sometimes hold for people from FR1 who get passed onto FR2.) These student/faculty decisions have very little to do with your GPA/LSAT and everything to do with your overall strength as a candidate in terms of personal statement, rec letters, life experiences, your fit with Boalt, and what you would add to the law school. Basically, once you've made it to FR, your numbers don't really matter. So, you guys who were accepted from FR and are posting your numbers are not actually providing any relevant information. Hope this is helpful and that people relax a little bit and stop giving each other worthless advice.

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby Rory19 » Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:18 pm

insidertimes wrote:I feel sorry for you guys who are freaking out about what faculty review could mean so I'll fill you in as a Boalt alum formerly involved with the process. The admissions people (mostly Dean Tom) initially put you in a yes, no, or maybe pile. Maybe is the FRs. The FRs go to a committee made up of a faculty member and a student (remember on your application you gave permission for a student to look at it?). This committee then chooses a pre-designated number of people for acceptance, waitlist, or rejection (and sometimes hold for people from FR1 who get passed onto FR2.) These student/faculty decisions have very little to do with your GPA/LSAT and everything to do with your overall strength as a candidate in terms of personal statement, rec letters, life experiences, your fit with Boalt, and what you would add to the law school. Basically, once you've made it to FR, your numbers don't really matter. So, you guys who were accepted from FR and are posting your numbers are not actually providing any relevant information. Hope this is helpful and that people relax a little bit and stop giving each other worthless advice.


Thank you! Is there any rhyme or reason to some acceptances being called prior to others?

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby eav1277 » Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:20 pm

Thanks insidertimes. So longtime lurker? Stumble across the site?

And how was your berkeley experience? If you were on a student helping with admissions, I assume it went well

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby sonny » Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:24 pm

insidertimes wrote:I feel sorry for you guys who are freaking out about what faculty review could mean so I'll fill you in as a Boalt alum formerly involved with the process. The admissions people (mostly Dean Tom) initially put you in a yes, no, or maybe pile. Maybe is the FRs. The FRs go to a committee made up of a faculty member and a student (remember on your application you gave permission for a student to look at it?). This committee then chooses a pre-designated number of people for acceptance, waitlist, or rejection (and sometimes hold for people from FR1 who get passed onto FR2.) These student/faculty decisions have very little to do with your GPA/LSAT and everything to do with your overall strength as a candidate in terms of personal statement, rec letters, life experiences, your fit with Boalt, and what you would add to the law school. Basically, once you've made it to FR, your numbers don't really matter. So, you guys who were accepted from FR and are posting your numbers are not actually providing any relevant information. Hope this is helpful and that people relax a little bit and stop giving each other worthless advice.


Any insight why they are still holding on to some UR's with no other movement instead of sending out rejections yet?

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby simplycatalina » Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:28 pm

sonny wrote:
insidertimes wrote:I feel sorry for you guys who are freaking out about what faculty review could mean so I'll fill you in as a Boalt alum formerly involved with the process. The admissions people (mostly Dean Tom) initially put you in a yes, no, or maybe pile. Maybe is the FRs. The FRs go to a committee made up of a faculty member and a student (remember on your application you gave permission for a student to look at it?). This committee then chooses a pre-designated number of people for acceptance, waitlist, or rejection (and sometimes hold for people from FR1 who get passed onto FR2.) These student/faculty decisions have very little to do with your GPA/LSAT and everything to do with your overall strength as a candidate in terms of personal statement, rec letters, life experiences, your fit with Boalt, and what you would add to the law school. Basically, once you've made it to FR, your numbers don't really matter. So, you guys who were accepted from FR and are posting your numbers are not actually providing any relevant information. Hope this is helpful and that people relax a little bit and stop giving each other worthless advice.


Any insight why they are still holding on to some UR's with no other movement instead of sending out rejections yet?


I would also like to know this.

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby believeit » Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:31 pm

Me too. UR 11/21.

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby tokyomewmew » Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:01 pm

applemaroon wrote:
tokyomewmew wrote:Just got the call and wanted to post to give hope for those who submitted in October and have been waiting as anxiously as me! Submitted 10/15, UR 10/26, FR1 1/23. 167/3.87, Non-URM. Hang in there everyone! Good news may be coming soon for you!


Did your status checker change before the call?


Nope, my status checker didn't change beforehand, and I just checked it again now but it still says "Under Review".

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby tokyomewmew » Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:05 pm

amonthofsundays wrote:
tokyomewmew wrote:Just got the call and wanted to post to give hope for those who submitted in October and have been waiting as anxiously as me! Submitted 10/15, UR 10/26, FR1 1/23. 167/3.87, Non-URM. Hang in there everyone! Good news may be coming soon for you!


Did you tailor your app for Berk in any meaningful way? 4 page PS? Why Berk?


I didn't tailor my app specifically to Berk and I didn't mention Berk programs/clinics/etc specifically, but my softs/clinical research reflect a lot of the same interests as Berk law programs. Also had the length at about 3.5 pages. Hope this helps!

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby FringeFan » Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:40 pm

I'm still somewhat confused after reading a good portion of this thread: will the application status tracker page change from "Your file is under review" to "Faculty Review" for FR1 and FR2?

I went UR on 1/7, and nothing else has happened since then. It's only been a month, I know, but I'm posting this since someone else in this thread went UR on 1/7 and was accepted today.

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby ManOfTheMinute » Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:51 pm

I'm wrong
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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby sean21 » Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:54 pm

I am sad.

-FR1 soon-to-be reject.

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby insidertimes » Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:55 pm

There are only ever two rounds of faculty review. People are only sent to the wait list from faculty review. Remember that most of the people on this forum are purely speculating.

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby FringeFan » Fri Feb 15, 2013 12:01 am

insidertimes wrote:There are only ever two rounds of faculty review. People are only sent to the wait list from faculty review. Remember that most of the people on this forum are purely speculating.


Was the wave of acceptances today tied to FR2?

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby FlowBro » Fri Feb 15, 2013 12:01 am

insidertimes wrote:There are only ever two rounds of faculty review. People are only sent to the wait list from faculty review. Remember that most of the people on this forum are purely speculating.


You make it sound like nobody ever gets accepted from FR...or perhaps you mean that FR is a necessary condition for drawing WL iron

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby insidertimes » Fri Feb 15, 2013 12:03 am

I meant that faculty review is a necessary step to end up on the waitlist.

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby amonthofsundays » Fri Feb 15, 2013 12:06 am

FlowBro wrote:
insidertimes wrote:There are only ever two rounds of faculty review. People are only sent to the wait list from faculty review. Remember that most of the people on this forum are purely speculating.


You make it sound like nobody ever gets accepted from FR...or perhaps you mean that FR is a necessary condition for drawing WL iron


I think it means that people only GET on the wait list after having been sent to FR. If you don't get FR and you don't get an admit, its probably gunna be a ding. Not a WL. At least how I interpreted it.

Edit: Scooped

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby FringeFan » Fri Feb 15, 2013 12:10 am

amonthofsundays wrote:
FlowBro wrote:
insidertimes wrote:There are only ever two rounds of faculty review. People are only sent to the wait list from faculty review. Remember that most of the people on this forum are purely speculating.


You make it sound like nobody ever gets accepted from FR...or perhaps you mean that FR is a necessary condition for drawing WL iron


I think it means that people only GET on the wait list after having been sent to FR. If you don't get FR and you don't get an admit, its probably gunna be a ding. Not a WL. At least how I interpreted it.

Edit: Scooped


So I can assume that I'm going to get a ding since I've had no activity since 1/7?

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby HankBashir » Fri Feb 15, 2013 12:12 am

Do they typically do FR all at once, or would it come in two split waves?

If not, maybe people like me who are still UR will get an answer fairly soon.

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby BigZuck » Fri Feb 15, 2013 12:15 am

If he sorts people into a yes, no, and maybe pile then why are there people who have been complete for 5 months that have neither been accepted, denied, or sent to FR? If they were yes then they would have been accepted, no then denied, or maybe they would have gone to FR. Why wouldn't he act on their apps by this point?

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby spyke123 » Fri Feb 15, 2013 12:51 am

insidertimes wrote:I feel sorry for you guys who are freaking out about what faculty review could mean so I'll fill you in as a Boalt alum formerly involved with the process. The admissions people (mostly Dean Tom) initially put you in a yes, no, or maybe pile. Maybe is the FRs. The FRs go to a committee made up of a faculty member and a student (remember on your application you gave permission for a student to look at it?). This committee then chooses a pre-designated number of people for acceptance, waitlist, or rejection (and sometimes hold for people from FR1 who get passed onto FR2.) These student/faculty decisions have very little to do with your GPA/LSAT and everything to do with your overall strength as a candidate in terms of personal statement, rec letters, life experiences, your fit with Boalt, and what you would add to the law school. Basically, once you've made it to FR, your numbers don't really matter. So, you guys who were accepted from FR and are posting your numbers are not actually providing any relevant information. Hope this is helpful and that people relax a little bit and stop giving each other worthless advice.


thanks for the info but looks like I am going to get dinged in FR2.... nothing in my app says berk..

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby shntn » Fri Feb 15, 2013 1:23 am

Saw a post on FB by someone who got in today.

Forever FR. :(

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby iteachtenthgrade » Fri Feb 15, 2013 1:39 am

Hey FR1 homies,

Don't fret if your status checker looks the same as it has for the past three weeks. Mine does too even after being admitted early this afternoon. There's still hope. I doubt Dean Tom can call everyone in one fell swoop.

With all the status checker drama earlier I figured I'd check to see what mine was up to these days and report back.

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby eav1277 » Fri Feb 15, 2013 2:01 am

iteachtenthgrade wrote:Hey FR1 homies,

Don't fret if your status checker looks the same as it has for the past three weeks. Mine does too even after being admitted early this afternoon. There's still hope. I doubt Dean Tom can call everyone in one fell swoop.

With all the status checker drama earlier I figured I'd check to see what mine was up to these days and report back.


Thanks for the support. I'm def less stressed now after the insider man/woman's post. Still cant wait to find out though. Best of luck to everyone. Tomorrow is the 15th :0

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Re: Berkeley c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013 cycle)

Postby Rory19 » Fri Feb 15, 2013 2:20 am

iteachtenthgrade wrote:Hey FR1 homies,

Don't fret if your status checker looks the same as it has for the past three weeks. Mine does too even after being admitted early this afternoon. There's still hope. I doubt Dean Tom can call everyone in one fell swoop.

With all the status checker drama earlier I figured I'd check to see what mine was up to these days and report back.


Thank you! Here's to hope for FR1!




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