UCLA c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

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

Postby Dmini7 » Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:30 pm

bruin91 wrote:
Dmini7 wrote:1/8 completion here. Still haven't heard a word.


LOCI?


I haven't bothered, I am going to send one after the first deposit deadline. I would hate to get a decision right before haha. I guess I have waited long enough to justify sending a LOCI though.

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

Postby born4law » Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:19 pm

Just withdrew. Enjoy the $90k back into the pot everyone! Best of luck! I never thought this day would come...

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

Postby JohnMarshall17 » Fri Apr 12, 2013 9:22 am

Committing to UCLA today. I hope to see you all in Westwood! Good luck to those still waiting!

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

Postby thatgumyoulike » Fri Apr 12, 2013 12:33 pm

born4law wrote:Just withdrew. Enjoy the $90k back into the pot everyone! Best of luck! I never thought this day would come...

Curious: where did you get in/what offer did you take? I saw your similar post on UCI's board.

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

Postby md22 » Fri Apr 12, 2013 12:59 pm

Well, another Friday is upon us! Maybe today will be my lucky day! When is the first deposit deadline? 4/15?

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

Postby BigZuck » Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:01 pm

md22 wrote:Well, another Friday is upon us! Maybe today will be my lucky day! When is the first deposit deadline? 4/15?


May 1st I think.

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

Postby risa » Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:08 pm

I withdrew earlier this week, freeing up a lot of $ and an Epstein program spot. This was the hardest school for me to turn down. I really, really liked UCLA and everyone I interacted with, both while visiting and asking numerous questions by email after, was incredibly friendly and responsive. Congratulations (and a little bit of jealousy) to those attending and good luck to those still waiting or deciding. In the depths of winter in NY, I will dream of the life I could have had in LA 8)

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

Postby born4law » Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:50 pm

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

Postby leximex21 » Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:40 pm

Submitted 12/16...still no word...

called today because its been, ya know, FOUR MONTHS. said no decision rendered yet but all decisions have to be made by the end of the month so i guess a five month torturous wait will do..

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

Postby timshellaw » Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:42 pm

BigZuck wrote:
md22 wrote:Well, another Friday is upon us! Maybe today will be my lucky day! When is the first deposit deadline? 4/15?


May 1st I think.


It is.

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

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

Postby dwink » Sat Apr 13, 2013 12:01 pm

Hi guys,

I'd like some advice if any of you have an opinion it would be helpful to me.

I applied late in the cycle and have borderline numbers but I am a non-traditional applicant.

I got waitlisted this week (not totally surprising). In the waitlist email they say that it will improve your chances to submit a LOCI and let them know that UCLA is my top choice (it is).

At this point in the cycle, I am planning on deferring for a year and staying at my current job. Would it help to mention that in the LOCI? and if so, what would be the best way to say it in a way that might help my chances?

Thanks in advance for any help.

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

Postby KingFish » Sat Apr 13, 2013 12:28 pm

dwink wrote:Hi guys,

I'd like some advice if any of you have an opinion it would be helpful to me.

I applied late in the cycle and have borderline numbers but I am a non-traditional applicant.

I got waitlisted this week (not totally surprising). In the waitlist email they say that it will improve your chances to submit a LOCI and let them know that UCLA is my top choice (it is).

At this point in the cycle, I am planning on deferring for a year and staying at my current job. Would it help to mention that in the LOCI? and if so, what would be the best way to say it in a way that might help my chances?

I'd just reapply first thing in September if you don't get off the wait list. I believe the purpose of the wait list is to get the right number of students for the entering class, not next year's. If you tell them you would just defer their wait list acceptance, they probably won't bother accepting you.

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

Postby dwink » Sat Apr 13, 2013 12:51 pm

KingFish wrote:I'd just reapply first thing in September if you don't get off the wait list. I believe the purpose of the wait list is to get the right number of students for the entering class, not next year's. If you tell them you would just defer their wait list acceptance, they probably won't bother accepting you.



Thanks for the reply.

I understand what you mean, but I feel like I might have some mitigating factors that might help me out. I'm in the military and, essentially, I need to give an X number of months "notice" to get out. If I do not get the word that I am accepted until relatively close to the date that classes start I will not be able to get out of the military in time.

(This is especially important to me because I am married and my wife currently lives and works for the federal government in a different state from me and transferring her job will take some time as well. That's why I cannot simply pay a seat deposit somewhere else and then at the last minute move to a different state if UCLA accepts me. - I feel like this part of it is not worth mentioning to UCLA, I don't know....)

What do you think? Still don't mention it? I just figured they'd be more likely to accept me if they didn't have to worry about me taking a spot in this year's class from another WL.

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

Postby nba101790 » Sat Apr 13, 2013 12:55 pm

It sounds like it's worth a phone call to the admissions dean. Since the issue isn't really whether or not you'll get accepted eventually--particularly if you retake the LSAT in June or even October--you may just want to lay out your due notice constraints and see what the best scenario for UCLA would be.

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

Postby KingFish » Sat Apr 13, 2013 1:32 pm

Yeah maybe just lay it all out for them.

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

Postby Big Dog » Sat Apr 13, 2013 5:14 pm

dwink:

a letter to Dean Schwartz is in order. First, state the case why you and UCLA are a excellent fit. In particular, what you bring to the table -- what you have to offer the other classmates and faculty. Second, explain your time constraints as in, 'UCLA is my first choice and I would accept if offered a spot in the Class of '16. However, due to the following circumstances...[explain]...I would need to know by [date].'

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

Postby NYC2012 » Sat Apr 13, 2013 11:17 pm

Sorry if this has already been asked in this thread. I was hoping someone who applied to UCLA's Epstein public interest program this cycle could elaborate on the application process for me... specifically, I know it requires a separate essay, but 1) what was the page limit? 2) What was the prompt? 3) Did you talk about an entirely different topic than your personal statement? 4) What else do you need to include in the application? For some reason I can't seem to find any of this on the Epstein website, all the information they give is very vague. Thanks very much in advance for any help!

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

Postby risa » Sun Apr 14, 2013 2:36 am

NYC2012 wrote:Sorry if this has already been asked in this thread. I was hoping someone who applied to UCLA's Epstein public interest program this cycle could elaborate on the application process for me... specifically, I know it requires a separate essay, but 1) what was the page limit? 2) What was the prompt? 3) Did you talk about an entirely different topic than your personal statement? 4) What else do you need to include in the application? For some reason I can't seem to find any of this on the Epstein website, all the information they give is very vague. Thanks very much in advance for any help!


Here were the essay instructions from this year's application - I wrote a separate essay than my personal statement, though my personal statement certainly talked about my commitment to public interest law as well. My Epstein one was significantly longer than my personal statement:

UCLA wrote:The Program seeks to admit those students most likely to achieve academic success who also satisfy one or more of three admission criteria related to the public interest orientation of the Program, which are described below. The Program Committee is interested in students who will work hard at a challenging program, who are committed to developing the intellectual and professional skills necessary for effective public interest work, and who will represent a broad range of backgrounds and ideological perspectives.

1. Commitment to public interest, which will be evaluated in two ways:

(A) Activities in high school, college, graduate school, or career.(For this purpose, "public interest" is broadly defined to encompass any and all interests underrepresented by the private market, including the interests of the poor, ethnic minorities, unpopular social causes across the political spectrum, and broad-ranging interests such as the environment, peace, and the welfare of future generations.)

(B) Evidence that the applicant demonstrated, in the conduct of these activities, the personal qualities of tenacity, idealism, and initiative that are particularly important for public interest lawyers who may forgo material incentives in their careers.

2. Special abilities enabling the applicant to serve or represent groups or interests lacking adequate access to law and lawyers.

While this criterion overlaps somewhat with the first one, this criterion would be evidenced by such things as language skills, cultural familiarity, insight into such groups, or other special skills.

3. Intellectual strengths and acquired expertise relevant to problem solving and policy analysis. This includes expertise in quantitative methods, social science, policy analysis, ethnographic and historical research, or similar skills, acquired through formal education or work experience.

4. Public Interest Essay

Please write an essay of no more than four double-spaced typed pages responding to the following: We are interested in knowing about the concept and vision for your future public interest practice. This can derive from your personal or professional experience, your philosophy of how public interest practice relates to contemporary issues, your approach to problem solving, or some other relevant criteria of your own choosing. How do you hope that your public interest career will develop, and what are the means by which you expect to achieve your public interest goals?


In addition to the essay, the application also asked those applying for Epstein for the following:

UCLA wrote:2. Please list all volunteer public interest activities in which you have engaged since the age of 18, identifying the organization or activity, your role in the organization or activity, the beginning and ending dates of your volunteer efforts, and the approximate number of hours worked per month during that time. Although you have been asked to list your employment record on the general application form, please list any public interest employment, including information about your position and the dates of employment, if you believe its public interest nature is not apparent from the earlier listing.

3. Please list the (a) name, (b) position, (c) address, and (d) telephone number of at least two persons for whom or with whom you have worked as a student, employee, or volunteer. The references should be immediate supervisors, teachers, or fellow workers who will be able to comment on your commitment, initiative, sense of responsiblity, and ability to work on and complete some kind of project or activity. To the extent possible, please provide references who can comment on different skills or qualities (for example, one academic and one work reference), and who have a current United States telephone number. (If you must provide a reference outside the United States, please provide an e-mail address and/or fax number if possible.)

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

Postby NYC2012 » Sun Apr 14, 2013 2:05 pm

Thank you so much risa! That is super helpful.

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

Postby CourCour » Sun Apr 14, 2013 2:47 pm

I was accepted into the Epstein program but not with funding. I focused on a single issue (education), my vision for lawyers in working on that issue, and the experiences I've had that inform that vision.

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

Postby arak » Sun Apr 14, 2013 11:43 pm

I got wait listed at UCLA a few days ago. Any advice? This is basically my dream school.

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

Postby vrmsoccer » Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:37 am

Just got called by the Dean of Admissions a couple of hours ago, and have finally been accepted. All I have to say is, it's about time!

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

Postby Golden Bear 11 » Mon Apr 15, 2013 2:12 am

arak wrote:I got wait listed at UCLA a few days ago. Any advice? This is basically my dream school.


Retake in June. Get a higher score and get admitted off WL with a scholarship

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

Postby TorturedApplicant » Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:45 am

vrmsoccer wrote:Just got called by the Dean of Admissions a couple of hours ago, and have finally been accepted. All I have to say is, it's about time!


+1 Same here. Congratulations!




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