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

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

Postby Lavitz » Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:04 pm

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Key Dates and Checklist
Key Dates
  • Oct.1: In 2012, we will begin accepting applications November 1.
  • March 1: Application deadline.
  • March 15: Financial Aid deadline.
  • April 30: The Admissions Office will make every effort to send applicants a decision by mid- to late-April.

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


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Yale 250
YLS requires one 250-word essay on a subject of your choice. Faculty readers look to this essay to get a glimpse of your character, intellectual passions, analytical abilities, and writing skills. The choice of a topic--personal anecdote, an academic subject, or current events--can be illuminating.


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

Postby WhiteyCakes » Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:06 pm

What a depressing scatter plot

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

Postby bernaldiaz » Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:07 pm

WhiteyCakes wrote:What a depressing scatter plot


Fuck. I'll check into this thread. Anyone had any real thoughts about their 250?

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

Postby WhiteyCakes » Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:11 pm

bernaldiaz wrote:
WhiteyCakes wrote:What a depressing scatter plot


Fuck. I'll check into this thread. Anyone had any real thoughts about their 250?


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

Postby Lavitz » Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:21 pm

bernaldiaz wrote:Fuck. I'll check into this thread. Anyone had any real thoughts about their 250?


I've tried out 3 topics so far. The first turned into a disoriented mess so I'm not using it; the second one is well-written but feels too similar to my PS (I used it as my GULC optional); the third is slightly less well-written and somewhat risky, but definitely adds something different to the app. I haven't decided whether to go with the second, the third, try editing one of them, or draft a new one.

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

Postby pandamonium13 » Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:09 pm

Checking in! I have a reasonably well thought-out idea for my 250, but haven't really put anything on paper yet.

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

Postby Kionaltski » Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:15 pm

Checking in! My y250 is basically about why i like creative writing. Not quite law school specific, but it has personality

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

Postby SYoshi11 » Wed Sep 19, 2012 7:46 pm

Just checking in. Good luck everyone!

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

Postby honeybadger12 » Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:07 am

Good luck everyone!

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

Postby tyler.durden » Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:37 am

Hey guys, checking in!

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Postby 312ldn » Thu Sep 20, 2012 6:25 am

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

Postby TripTrip » Thu Sep 20, 2012 9:31 am

WhiteyCakes wrote:What a depressing scatter plot

I like the one 2.2 GPA with a 160 LSAT. That's some dedication to applications right there.

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

Postby WhiteyCakes » Thu Sep 20, 2012 9:34 am

TripTrip wrote:
WhiteyCakes wrote:What a depressing scatter plot

I like the one 2.2 GPA with a 160 LSAT. That's some dedication to applications right there.


Maybe he/she lost a bet or something

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

Postby pacifica » Thu Sep 20, 2012 11:56 am

Just checked LSAC and the electronic app info blurb says it's available on November 1st?! Isn't that pretty late, even for Yale?

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

Postby UtilityMonster » Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:25 pm

This is my safety.

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

Postby pandamonium13 » Thu Sep 20, 2012 10:00 pm

Anyone willing to swap 250's or have a look at mine? I recently banged out a first draft (instead of working on applications that have actually been released :cry: )

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

Postby shntn » Thu Sep 20, 2012 11:23 pm

Checking in, though god only knows why.

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

Postby Lavitz » Thu Sep 20, 2012 11:29 pm

pacifica wrote:Just checked LSAC and the electronic app info blurb says it's available on November 1st?! Isn't that pretty late, even for Yale?


That is weird. The website clearly states they'll be accepting applications on October 1st, so I guess if the app still isn't available on LSAC by then, I'll switch the date in the OP to November 1st.

pandamonium13 wrote:Anyone willing to swap 250's or have a look at mine? I recently banged out a first draft (instead of working on applications that have actually been released :cry: )


Sure. PM or e-mail me and I'll give it a look. I'd send you (one of) mine but I just had an idea for a new topic last night and I'd rather see if that turns out well first.

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Postby MarkKnows87 » Sat Sep 22, 2012 12:12 am

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

Postby lizaregina » Sat Sep 22, 2012 6:42 pm

Just wanted to say good luck to you all and if you have any questions that I can answer (I'm a 1L @ YLS), I'd be happy to (try to) help!

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

Postby elterrible78 » Sat Sep 22, 2012 7:14 pm

Checking in, my good people.

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

Postby abcde12345 » Sun Sep 23, 2012 2:41 pm

lizaregina wrote:Just wanted to say good luck to you all and if you have any questions that I can answer (I'm a 1L @ YLS), I'd be happy to (try to) help!


Hey, thanks for offering. I have a general question: Could you talk about your app a bit/why you think you got in? I know you might have no clear idea why you were picked, since Yale can be a bit of a crapshoot, but I just thought I'd ask. I'm sure you had a combination of outstanding factors.

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

Postby lizaregina » Sun Sep 23, 2012 8:43 pm

I guess to start, I have no idea why I was accepted. My GPA was below the 25th percentile and my LSAT at median. Although, in my case, I definitely think there was some leniency in considering my GPA because I was doing multiple degrees at one time.

I know everyone talks about it being important, but my app definitely did NOT have a coherent narrative. My PS was about one of my summer jobs and what I learned (can't go into detail without outing myself but feel free to PM me) and my 250 was completely random and unrelated. In my opinion, however, my PS is one of the strongest pieces of non-academic writing I have ever produced and was also rather unusual, which I think definitely did me some favors. I think my letters of rec were strong as well, but I don't know how they factored in.

Overall, I would say that my app wasn't particularly "special" although it did have some unusual elements. In fact, I would say that the things that helped me most were, weirdly, that certain factors weren't held against me, namely my GPA & the fact that I'm a K-JD.

Anyway, feel free to ask me any more questions. Also, if the above seems like an incoherent mess, let me know and I'll try to explain further/in a manner that makes more sense.

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

Postby abcde12345 » Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:06 pm

lizaregina wrote:I guess to start, I have no idea why I was accepted. My GPA was below the 25th percentile and my LSAT at median. Although, in my case, I definitely think there was some leniency in considering my GPA because I was doing multiple degrees at one time.

I know everyone talks about it being important, but my app definitely did NOT have a coherent narrative. My PS was about one of my summer jobs and what I learned (can't go into detail without outing myself but feel free to PM me) and my 250 was completely random and unrelated. In my opinion, however, my PS is one of the strongest pieces of non-academic writing I have ever produced and was also rather unusual, which I think definitely did me some favors. I think my letters of rec were strong as well, but I don't know how they factored in.

Overall, I would say that my app wasn't particularly "special" although it did have some unusual elements. In fact, I would say that the things that helped me most were, weirdly, that certain factors weren't held against me, namely my GPA & the fact that I'm a K-JD.

Anyway, feel free to ask me any more questions. Also, if the above seems like an incoherent mess, let me know and I'll try to explain further/in a manner that makes more sense.


Thanks for your response! What you said does make a lot of sense, especially about the PS and the multi-degree. I'm putting off working on apps until after the October LSAT, but I hope you don't mind if I PM you after the LSAT to follow up on these questions.




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