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

Share Your Experiences, Read About Other Experiences. Please keep posts organized by school and expected year of graduation.

Where are you in the Harvard application process?

I'm applying next year, just reading this thread to prepare
38
12%
Applying this year, I got an extension on my application
1
0%
I applied and haven't gotten a JS1 yet
64
20%
I applied and got a JS1, but haven't had it yet.
7
2%
I had my JS1 but I'm waiting for a magical phone call
43
13%
Already had my JS2, just here to help
62
19%
Waitlisted
61
19%
Dinged D:
49
15%
 
Total votes: 325

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

Postby phillywc » Sat Feb 08, 2014 1:54 am

drawstring wrote:
phillywc wrote:Big Congrats to Koala and the other admits...


Kinda shocked that I wasn't in the ding wave.


They probably like something about you enough to keep you! A decent number of admits first get their JS1 on the waitlist, so there's hope.

<3 thank you, although I don't know that the hope is great for me :lol: :lol:

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

Postby FuriousDuck » Sat Feb 08, 2014 2:27 am

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

Postby sup_stan » Sat Feb 08, 2014 3:46 am

drawstring wrote:So does anyone think they'll be more dings on Monday? Or are three day waves a rarity?


I have a feeling that JS meant it when she said in the blog post that you will be notified as soon as a decision is reached; with the hold status gone they may have incentive to accelerate the decision making progress to minimize our purgatory period, as evident from the post-JS1 dings this early. There seems to have been a few acceptances trickling down to a small batch of people every other week, and I have a feeling that rejections will also follow a similar pattern from this point on - a few per week/every other week.

On a side note, I got a question for my fellow JS1.5 people: have you also been experiencing prolonged silence from other top schools as well (e.g., CLS, Chi, Michigan, Penn)? I am starting to wonder whether my app has certain glaring weaknesses that are causing these delayed decisions. So far I have only gotten NYU from the 8 schools I applied to. If anyone is experiencing similar situations please PM me.

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

Postby drawstring » Sat Feb 08, 2014 4:06 am

sup_stan wrote:
drawstring wrote:So does anyone think they'll be more dings on Monday? Or are three day waves a rarity?


I have a feeling that JS meant it when she said in the blog post that you will be notified as soon as a decision is reached; with the hold status gone they may have incentive to accelerate the decision making progress to minimize our purgatory period, as evident from the post-JS1 dings this early. There seems to have been a few acceptances trickling down to a small batch of people every other week, and I have a feeling that rejections will also follow a similar pattern from this point on - a few per week/every other week.

On a side note, I got a question for my fellow JS1.5 people: have you also been experiencing prolonged silence from other top schools as well (e.g., CLS, Chi, Michigan, Penn)? I am starting to wonder whether my app has certain glaring weaknesses that are causing these delayed decisions. So far I have only gotten NYU from the 8 schools I applied to. If anyone is experiencing similar situations please PM me.


I applied to HYS, CCN, and Duke, and I got into Chicago, NYU, and Duke when I should be expected to given my numbers. I've been waiting on Columbia for months, but it seems like there are too many strong candidates also waiting for it to suggest a problem with my application at this point.

I also know that at least one JS1.5 and at least one JS1-rejectee landed Chicago and a Butler at CLS.

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

Postby Frozinite » Sat Feb 08, 2014 5:22 am

Oops, looks like I'm late to this thread. Got my ding email, but didn't see it until now. Actually I'm pretty relieved. If I had gotten in, I would probably what-ifed myself to death if I didn't go, but now my decision is getting simpler. Sorry for all others who got the ding though and congrats to everyone who got in =)

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

Postby drawstring » Sat Feb 08, 2014 5:32 am

PM'd

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

Postby EquallyWrong » Sat Feb 08, 2014 5:35 am

sup_stan wrote:
drawstring wrote:So does anyone think they'll be more dings on Monday? Or are three day waves a rarity?


I have a feeling that JS meant it when she said in the blog post that you will be notified as soon as a decision is reached; with the hold status gone they may have incentive to accelerate the decision making progress to minimize our purgatory period, as evident from the post-JS1 dings this early. There seems to have been a few acceptances trickling down to a small batch of people every other week, and I have a feeling that rejections will also follow a similar pattern from this point on - a few per week/every other week.

On a side note, I got a question for my fellow JS1.5 people: have you also been experiencing prolonged silence from other top schools as well (e.g., CLS, Chi, Michigan, Penn)? I am starting to wonder whether my app has certain glaring weaknesses that are causing these delayed decisions. So far I have only gotten NYU from the 8 schools I applied to. If anyone is experiencing similar situations please PM me.

Thinking back to my JS1, she really wanted to know what I wanted to do with a law degree, what area of law, etc. So if, in general, you seemed shifty and uncertain, perhaps they hold that against you (because benighted 0L's should have their ideal future spread out before them in exact detail, or at least be capable of pretending they do). If you sent it all in and had your interview, though, there isn't much you can do but wait. Sometimes people don't like you and sometimes they're just buried under a mountain of folders filled with hopes, dreams, transcripts, and LSAT scores.

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

Postby drawstring » Sat Feb 08, 2014 5:41 am

I got asked if there was a particular area of law I wanted to work in as well. I said that I hadn't decided yet, but that I was set on law and would work in a law firm for another two years if I couldn't apply until then. I think they want to see certain level of confidence that you are set on law or at least law school, but I don't know if they'd have an issue with not being set on a particular area of law. I asked Karen Buttenbaum about this, and she said that's it's expected that applicants would not yet have a clear idea of what kind of law they would want to work in.
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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

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

Postby lawschool22 » Sat Feb 08, 2014 10:12 am

What the hell is this JS1.5 you guys are talking about?

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

Postby neprep » Sat Feb 08, 2014 10:23 am

lawschool22 wrote:What the hell is this JS1.5 you guys are talking about?


It's just the time between the JS1 and the JS2. Or, as I like to call it, "JSHmmm…"

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

Postby lawschool22 » Sat Feb 08, 2014 11:00 am

neprep wrote:
lawschool22 wrote:What the hell is this JS1.5 you guys are talking about?


It's just the time between the JS1 and the JS2. Or, as I like to call it, "JSHmmm…"


Okay thanks.

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

Postby Optimist Prime » Sat Feb 08, 2014 12:01 pm

hwannabe1234 wrote:
Optimist Prime wrote:I've been dreaming of this post for a long time.

HOLY CRAP I'M GOING TO HOGWARTS HARVARD!!!

A huge thank you to the whole TLS community. Although I mostly lurked, this site was my rock when studying to retake the LSAT, and my anxiety provoking rock as I waited to hear back. Also, shout-out to Mike Spivey for his generosity, wise council, and for being an all around incredible human being.

I will add my details anonymously to the spreadsheet, but for now I'm off to celebrate!



when was your js1 and when did you get the call?!?


JS2 was second week of January. I had a non JS, JS1, and JS mentioned that X person really enjoyed our conversation. Not sure if that adds to the realm of TLS knowledge. I do not consider myself an exceptional interviewer, but I prepped thoroughly using the TLS guides, read all the interviewers' bios so I could make a personal connection with them (in a non-stalker way), and was brimming with the ole Harvard enthusiasm.

Best of luck to everyone, I hope to see you all at ASW!

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

Postby malleus discentium » Sat Feb 08, 2014 1:37 pm

I got in yesterday :D
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Submitted: 12/09
Complete: 12/18
JS1: 1/13
Interview: 1/28
Call: Around 5:30 EST

:D :D :D :D

Congratulations to all my fellow admits, condolences to the unfortunate dinged and good luck to the rest!

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

Postby lawschool22 » Sat Feb 08, 2014 1:40 pm

malleus discentium wrote:I got in yesterday :D
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Submitted: 12/09
Complete: 12/18
JS1: 1/13
Interview: 1/28
Call: Around 5:30 EST

:D :D :D :D

Congratulations to all my fellow admits, condolences to the unfortunate dinged and good luck to the rest!


Stats? And congrats!

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

Postby Balthy » Sat Feb 08, 2014 1:57 pm

malleus discentium wrote:I got in yesterday :D
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Submitted: 12/09
Complete: 12/18
JS1: 1/13
Interview: 1/28
Call: Around 5:30 EST

:D :D :D :D

Congratulations to all my fellow admits, condolences to the unfortunate dinged and good luck to the rest!


haha awesome post. congrats!

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

Postby politics89 » Sat Feb 08, 2014 2:09 pm

All these people with my same JS1 date getting in is freaking me out.

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

Postby Quest4Knowledge » Sat Feb 08, 2014 2:32 pm

When is the latest complete date to have received a rejection?

The spreadsheet says 12/3/2014, but does anyone know of any rejections happening for applicants who applied later than this?

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

Postby angels2fly » Sat Feb 08, 2014 2:35 pm

Quest4Knowledge wrote:When is the latest complete date to have received a rejection?

The spreadsheet says 12/3/2014, but does anyone know of any rejections happening for applicants who applied later than this?


There were a bunch of early January and mid January rejections (some without JS1s) yesterday I believe.

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

Postby Quest4Knowledge » Sat Feb 08, 2014 2:45 pm

angels2fly wrote:
Quest4Knowledge wrote:When is the latest complete date to have received a rejection?

The spreadsheet says 12/3/2014, but does anyone know of any rejections happening for applicants who applied later than this?


There were a bunch of early January and mid January rejections (some without JS1s) yesterday I believe.


Thanks! I almost forgot about LawSchoolNumbers as a resource.

In case anyone else is interested, 01/21/2014 is the latest reported complete date to receive a rejection.

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

Postby angels2fly » Sat Feb 08, 2014 2:52 pm

Have they been clearly moving by complete dates? Or do they jump backwards for pre-JS1 rejections.

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

Postby lawschool22 » Sat Feb 08, 2014 2:58 pm

angels2fly wrote:Have they been clearly moving by complete dates? Or do they jump backwards for pre-JS1 rejections.


Seems to me they're moving not based on complete date as they are by quality of the app:

1. Clear accepts
2. Clear rejects
3. People we really really like for some reason

For the most part they haven't made it to:

4. Pretty solid people above one median
5. Borderline people we'll probably waitlist
6. Borderline people who we'll probably rejet

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

Postby TheMostDangerousLG » Sat Feb 08, 2014 3:16 pm

malleus discentium wrote:I got in yesterday :D
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Submitted: 12/09
Complete: 12/18
JS1: 1/13
Interview: 1/28
Call: Around 5:30 EST

:D :D :D :D

Congratulations to all my fellow admits, condolences to the unfortunate dinged and good luck to the rest!


Congrats!!

So glad I can count on at least one other hardcore 30 Rock fan to be in Cambridge. :)

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

Postby Black_Swan » Sat Feb 08, 2014 3:48 pm

goldenflash19 wrote:
barrelofmonkeys wrote:
goldenflash19 wrote:Absolutely floored at how awesome HLS admissions is. I got a signed copy of a book written by a prof of the type of law I'm interested in with a nice personal note welcoming me to the HLS community. JS included a nice letter too saying she figured this would be a nice way to start my own personal law library. This made my day!


take your happy stories to the admitted students thread

: |


So sorry. It's just a habit to post in this forum. Best of luck everyone!


No worries. That was a nice story to share. Do u mind pm your field of interest and how this was brought up in your interview?

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

Postby thewaves » Sat Feb 08, 2014 4:00 pm

Congrats to all the new admits!




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