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As of August 15th, applications are now available on LSAC.
New Binding Early Decision Details
- A complete application
- Law School report from LSAC (with transcripts, LSAT scores, and two letters of recommendation)
- Personal statement (2 pages, double spaced, no less than 11 point font)
- Diversity essay (optional)
- Up to 2 LSAC evaluations (optional)
- Completed dean's certification/recommendation form (if required) - please see the application instructions for details
- Application fee ($80)
Cornell wrote:We will consider a need-based waiver of the fee upon receipt of the following information:
If you are a registered student, a copy of your most recent financial aid award notice showing both budget and award
If you are not a student, a letter detailing your financial situation (e.g. employment, assets, etc.)
If you were granted a fee waiver from LSAC, the fee will be automatically waived when you apply using the LSAC electronic application.
Fee waivers are generally granted only to those extremely needy applicants who would not otherwise be able to apply to the Cornell Law School.
We will consider your request for a merit-based fee waiver if you are registered with the LSAC Candidate Referral Service. Should you be selected to receive an application fee waiver from us, you will receive an email and letter in the mail and the fee will be waived in advance for you in the LSAC system. If you receive a fee waiver from us after you apply, please follow the reimbursement procedures on the back of the fee waiver letter.
If you were or currently are a participant of Teach for America, please email us a copy of a letter verifying your participation.
Class of 2016 Applicants
Deferred at Cornell
Class of 2016 Attending
Current Students Taking Questions
Status Checker Translation:
- Verifying Materials for Completion: Initial status.
- Complete: Under Review.
- Under Review: There is no "Under Review" status, but the date under "Complete" or "Reserve" may change periodically. No meaning confirmed for any pattern (e.g. X number of changes means Y).
- Reserve: Basically a waitlist. See below for dates of expected activity.
- Waitlist: The super-waitlist at the end of the summer.
- Accepted: Congratulations.
Admissions Timeline Last Cycle:
- Applicants began to receive viewbooks (+fee waiver notifications) via snail mail on August 13th.
- Applications went complete approximately 3 weeks after submitting early in the cycle; many took longer later in the cycle.
- First acceptances for EA applicants began October 8th via e-mail.
- First EA applicants deferred to RD on November 26th.
- First EA applicants rejected November 27th.
- First acceptances for deferred EA applicants began January 18th.
- Starting January 29th, certain applicants were invited to have an interview either on-campus or over Skype.
- First applicants placed on Reserve on February 8th.
- First RD applicants rejected on February 9th.
- First Reserve applicants accepted on June 7th.
- Remaining Reserve applicants transferred to wait list on July 25th.
*Note that since EA will be discontinued this cycle, last cycle's predictive value may be limited.
Scholarship Timeline Last Cycle:
- Invitations to apply for Dean's Scholarships were included in acceptance letter. The essay was due February 10th.
- Most applicants who applied for Dean's Scholarship and did not receive it received $120K or at least $90K.
- These scholarship offers began to come out on January 16th.
- Everyone who was not invited for the Dean's Scholarship had to submit financial aid forms before receiving scholarship offers.
- All admits submit the Financial Aid sheet; must submit NeedAccess and parent tax returns if applying for need-based aid; must submit FAFSA and student tax returns if taking out any Federal loans.
- These scholarships began to come out on March 25th.
Decision Date Graph 2011-2012 Cycle (Will be replaced with 2012-2013 cycle if it becomes available.)
Law School Transparency wrote:
Law School Numbers 2012-2013 Cycle Admissions Data:
What Are My Chances?
- Class of 2015 medians: 167/3.68. Class of 2016 medians should be released in late August.
- Use http://mylsn.info/
- Check out the Cornell profile on http://www.admissionsbythenumbers.com/ for a regression analysis.
Who are you, Lavitz?
I'm going to be a 1L at Cornell this year. I'll be hanging around this thread with you and updating the OP when necessary. Feel free to ask me any questions. Good luck and I hope to see you in Ithaca!