Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

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Where are you in the Harvard application process?

I'm applying next year, just reading this thread to prepare
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12%
Applying this year, I got an extension on my application
1
0%
I applied and haven't gotten a JS1 yet
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20%
I applied and got a JS1, but haven't had it yet.
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2%
I had my JS1 but I'm waiting for a magical phone call
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13%
Already had my JS2, just here to help
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19%
Waitlisted
61
19%
Dinged D:
49
15%
 
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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby 04102014 » Wed Oct 16, 2013 1:52 pm

From what I've gathered, with the exception of two people with GPAs below 25th (with compensatory LSAT scores), they've all been high-numbers applicants.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby meowmeowmeow » Wed Oct 16, 2013 1:54 pm

I am on lower end (25-50 percentile for both), so hope that gives hope to fellow folks on the lower end of the spectrum.

Random (and possibly dumb) question for the group. For Skype interview, what is appropriate to wear - suit, shirt and tie, or just collared shirt. I will be sitting at home, so it might be weird to be full suit, yes?

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby The-Specs » Wed Oct 16, 2013 1:56 pm

thewaves wrote:I wonder if we can get a consensus if this is more of the "autoadmit" batch of JS1s or just early submitters :P


I personally know a splitter (not on TLS unfortunately) that got a JS1. Unless her PS and DS make her an autoadmit I don't think she falls into that group given her sub 3.6.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby Lavitz » Wed Oct 16, 2013 2:01 pm

meowmeowmeow wrote:Random (and possibly dumb) question for the group. For Skype interview, what is appropriate to wear - suit, shirt and tie, or just collared shirt. I will be sitting at home, so it might be weird to be full suit, yes?

Any of the three is acceptable.

Jessica Soban wrote:My basic guidance is that you should present yourself in a professional manner—this interview is an element of your application, after all. If you are most comfortable in a suit, you are welcome to wear one, however a suit is not required. A nice dress shirt is appropriate for both women and men. A t-shirt is not. Hope that helps!

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby djfududeman » Wed Oct 16, 2013 2:14 pm

My numbers are 75th+ percentile GPA and 25-50th percentile LSAT... I have a feeling that this has a lot to do with most of us getting in apps literally once they opened up

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby Sourrudedude » Wed Oct 16, 2013 2:16 pm

As far as I can tell, all we know is that they sent out JS1s yesterday and this morning to people with a variety of numbers who went complete by early October.

I suspect they are in the process of reviewing apps based on two things 1) Index based on numbers and whatever else 2) date of submission. There's probably some randomness based on the people reading the apps doing whatever they feel like as well.

I bet they send more interview requests out this week.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby thewaves » Wed Oct 16, 2013 2:16 pm

djfududeman wrote:My numbers are 75th+ percentile GPA and 25-50th percentile LSAT... I have a feeling that this has a lot to do with most of us getting in apps literally once they opened up


I have the same feeling :( oh well looks like more people just get a shot at the interview. Good and bad!

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby Harry Belafonte » Wed Oct 16, 2013 2:26 pm

djfududeman wrote:My numbers are 75th+ percentile GPA and 25-50th percentile LSAT... I have a feeling that this has a lot to do with most of us getting in apps literally once they opened up


I think you're right, my LSAT and GPA are close to their 25th percentiles. I'm not sure how I'm supposed to interpret the fact that I got a JS1 email. :|

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby The-Specs » Wed Oct 16, 2013 2:36 pm

Harry Belafonte wrote:
djfududeman wrote:My numbers are 75th+ percentile GPA and 25-50th percentile LSAT... I have a feeling that this has a lot to do with most of us getting in apps literally once they opened up


I think you're right, my LSAT and GPA are close to their 25th percentiles. I'm not sure how I'm supposed to interpret the fact that I got a JS1 email. :|


Look at it as an opportunity to show them that there is more to you than your numbers. Look at this as the opportunity to make you case that you belong at HLS.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby winstonsalem » Wed Oct 16, 2013 3:42 pm

JS1. I applied Sep 24, status showed complete on 1 Oct, email stating it was complete on 10 October, and JS1 today. My numbers are below 25% GPA and above 75% LSAT. Also wondering if they are interviewing a lot more candidates than they will admit this time.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby t-14orbust » Wed Oct 16, 2013 3:46 pm

winstonsalem wrote:JS1. I applied Sep 24, status showed complete on 1 Oct, email stating it was complete on 10 October, and JS1 today. My numbers are below 25% GPA and above 75% LSAT. Also wondering if they are interviewing a lot more candidates than they will admit this time.


AFAIK that was what they did last year. Either way it isn't a bad sign.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby sabanist » Wed Oct 16, 2013 4:57 pm

Lavitz wrote:
meowmeowmeow wrote:Random (and possibly dumb) question for the group. For Skype interview, what is appropriate to wear - suit, shirt and tie, or just collared shirt. I will be sitting at home, so it might be weird to be full suit, yes?

Any of the three is acceptable.

Jessica Soban wrote:My basic guidance is that you should present yourself in a professional manner—this interview is an element of your application, after all. If you are most comfortable in a suit, you are welcome to wear one, however a suit is not required. A nice dress shirt is appropriate for both women and men. A t-shirt is not. Hope that helps!

And for the ladies, since I struggle endlessly with dress codes with gray areas and figure y'all might too - I wore a button-down shirt and cardigan.

Congrats JS1s! Super excited for you!

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby TheMostDangerousLG » Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:36 pm

I went complete 9/30. My hope is rapidly diminishing, and JS1s have only just started going out. :?

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby heythatslife » Wed Oct 16, 2013 9:24 pm

JS1 in the mail! Woot!

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby Typhoon24 » Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:08 pm

heythatslife wrote:JS1 in the mail! Woot!


in the mail, too? im losing it over here

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby LexLeon » Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:46 pm

Congrats to all JS1's!

What a rush it is to receive that email.

Have faith in your destinies.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby heythatslife » Thu Oct 17, 2013 12:13 am

Typhoon24 wrote:
heythatslife wrote:JS1 in the mail! Woot!


in the mail, too? im losing it over here


Sorry for the confusion. I meant in my e-mail inbox. Since I live abroad, if it came by snail mail it would have taken forever to reach me.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby t-14orbust » Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:59 am

E-mail yesterday about Harvard's info sessions in SF and LA. E-mail today from the Harvard Asian Pacific American Law Student Association. I'm not from the Asian Pacific. Twas nice to see some e-mails from Harvard in my inbox though. I feel loved :mrgreen:

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby Sourrudedude » Thu Oct 17, 2013 11:04 am

t-14orbust wrote:E-mail yesterday about Harvard's info sessions in SF and LA. E-mail today from the Harvard Asian Pacific American Law Student Association. I'm not from the Asian Pacific. Twas nice to see some e-mails from Harvard in my inbox though. I feel loved :mrgreen:

Got an email today about how great Harvard is. I don't think my heart is strong enough for much of this.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby sasquatchsam » Thu Oct 17, 2013 11:09 am

Sourrudedude wrote:
t-14orbust wrote:E-mail yesterday about Harvard's info sessions in SF and LA. E-mail today from the Harvard Asian Pacific American Law Student Association. I'm not from the Asian Pacific. Twas nice to see some e-mails from Harvard in my inbox though. I feel loved :mrgreen:

Got an email today about how great Harvard is. I don't think my heart is strong enough for much of this.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby HYS123 » Thu Oct 17, 2013 11:51 am

JS1 @ 11:15 this morning! So pumped.

ETA: LSAT just below median and >75% GPA.
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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby Sourrudedude » Thu Oct 17, 2013 11:51 am

HYS123 wrote:JS1 @ 11:15 this morning! So pumped.

Congrats

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby hcrimson2014 » Thu Oct 17, 2013 2:05 pm

It seems that every single person on TLS who have applied early with decent numbers has gotten JS1. I applied on 9/15, application went complete on 9/30, my gpa is between 25-50 percentile while my lsat is 75+. Admittedly I don't have great ec but I think they are decent while my PS and DS should not feature any grave grammatical error, I spent a month grooming the details and had it proof-read by 3 people. I have gotten into Duke and UVA as well so I think if there was something significantly problematic they would not have admitted me. I got a really nice email from the aplsa from Harvard so I do not think my numbers are awful either but still no news on JS1. Anyone else in a similarly frustration situation?

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby CyanIdes Of March » Thu Oct 17, 2013 2:09 pm

hcrimson2014 wrote:It seems that every single person on TLS who have applied early with decent numbers has gotten JS1. I applied on 9/15, application went complete on 9/30, my gpa is between 25-50 percentile while my lsat is 75+. Admittedly I don't have great ec but I think they are decent while my PS and DS should not feature any grave grammatical error, I spent a month grooming the details and had it proof-read by 3 people. I have gotten into Duke and UVA as well so I think if there was something significantly problematic they would not have admitted me. I got a really nice email from the aplsa from Harvard so I do not think my numbers are awful either but still no news on JS1. Anyone else in a similarly frustration situation?


I'm sure they are just trying to see if they can make exceptions to their need-based financial aid policy to give us full rides. Policy changing moves like that take some time which I'm willing to give them.
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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby lastsamurai » Thu Oct 17, 2013 2:15 pm

hcrimson2014 wrote:It seems that every single person on TLS who have applied early with decent numbers has gotten JS1. I applied on 9/15, application went complete on 9/30, my gpa is between 25-50 percentile while my lsat is 75+. Admittedly I don't have great ec but I think they are decent while my PS and DS should not feature any grave grammatical error, I spent a month grooming the details and had it proof-read by 3 people. I have gotten into Duke and UVA as well so I think if there was something significantly problematic they would not have admitted me. I got a really nice email from the aplsa from Harvard so I do not think my numbers are awful either but still no news on JS1. Anyone else in a similarly frustration situation?




Let's remember that we're on day 2 of JS1 emails...patience, my friend
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