Harvard Law School c/o 2018 Waitlist

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What Stage are you at?

No JS1
57
41%
Pre-Waitlist JS1
27
20%
Post-Waitlist JS1
14
10%
Pre-Waitlist JS1 and Rejection
0
No votes
Pre-Waitlist JS1 and JS1b
1
1%
Pre-Waitlist JS1 and JS2
17
12%
Rejection
3
2%
Post Waitlist JS1 Rejection
1
1%
Post Waitlist JS1 and JS2
18
13%
 
Total votes: 138

ptz
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Re: Harvard Law School c/o 2018 Waitlist

Postby ptz » Tue Apr 21, 2015 12:04 pm

I'll be in the area, so I'm going to check out the school in case I get accepted off waitlist. Has anyone done the same? Any recommendations?

The thinker
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Re: Harvard Law School c/o 2018 Waitlist

Postby The thinker » Tue Apr 21, 2015 12:13 pm

ptz wrote:I'll be in the area, so I'm going to check out the school in case I get accepted off waitlist. Has anyone done the same? Any recommendations?


I went not too long ago (after being wait listed). While they don't grant meetings, they will answer questions if you go into the admission office (so if you have an concerns/questions thats nice). I walked around campus and talked to a few students. It was nice to see cambridge and the campus (i'm from the mid-atlantic and have never been to boston/cambridge). I guess as far as advice dont be shy if you have questions ask

mernburg
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Re: Harvard Law School c/o 2018 Waitlist

Postby mernburg » Tue Apr 21, 2015 1:29 pm

qwertyTLS wrote:
mernburg wrote:checking in. WLd end of march. I have a high GPA from an ivy, relatively low LSAT but highly unique softs (may be considered a URM but not sure). Do you guys know if WL JS1s are offered based on LSAT score, or is it arbitrary? I'm really hoping to be invited for an interview early on but my low LSAT might stop that from happening

i'm not sure of your specific situation but i would really consider retaking and reapplying next year (stay on the WL and hope for the best, but if it doesn't work out). a high GPA from an Ivy and really unique softs make you a VERY strong applicant if you can get your LSAT to 173+.


Unfortunately, I already took it twice and got the exact same score so I am not sure if I want to risk losing a year for a similar outcome. I also have an incredible scholarship from Cornell. I guess I should just hope for the best :)

qwertyTLS
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Re: Harvard Law School c/o 2018 Waitlist

Postby qwertyTLS » Tue Apr 21, 2015 1:30 pm

fair enough, congrats on the great outcome w Cornell!

mernburg
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Re: Harvard Law School c/o 2018 Waitlist

Postby mernburg » Tue Apr 21, 2015 3:05 pm

Thanks :)

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Re: Harvard Law School c/o 2018 Waitlist

Postby mernburg » Thu Apr 23, 2015 9:58 pm

I just checked the Harvard class of 2018 fb page and it has 550 members. Does anyone know how many people were in the group at around the same time last year? I'm hoping that this doesn't mean that there are only around 10 spots left.

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Nonconsecutive
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Re: Harvard Law School c/o 2018 Waitlist

Postby Nonconsecutive » Thu Apr 23, 2015 10:43 pm

mernburg wrote:I just checked the Harvard class of 2018 fb page and it has 550 members. Does anyone know how many people were in the group at around the same time last year? I'm hoping that this doesn't mean that there are only around 10 spots left.


Based on how large the pages tend to balloon to, I don't think its anywhere near 10 spots left. (Its a lot more).

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Re: Harvard Law School c/o 2018 Waitlist

Postby Mack.Hambleton » Thu Apr 23, 2015 10:47 pm

mernburg wrote:I just checked the Harvard class of 2018 fb page and it has 550 members. Does anyone know how many people were in the group at around the same time last year? I'm hoping that this doesn't mean that there are only around 10 spots left.


don't they admit like 1000 people lol

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Re: Harvard Law School c/o 2018 Waitlist

Postby qwertyTLS » Fri Apr 24, 2015 12:14 am

i read through last year's thread, and they mentioned the facebook group a few times

april 3rd - 503 members
april 8th - 529 members
may 1st - 524 members

eta: on may 16th (a few days after the first js2 wave), the group went up by ~25 members. so roughly 550
eta2: june 4th - 585 members
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Re: Harvard Law School c/o 2018 Waitlist

Postby qwertyTLS » Fri Apr 24, 2015 12:16 am

definitely doesn't mean there are only 10 spots left considering their yield.

i think at this point the facebook group will be pretty standard, as people begin to withdraw from HLS OR join the group based on where they deciding to matriculate there

Gracelover
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Re: Harvard Law School c/o 2018 Waitlist

Postby Gracelover » Fri Apr 24, 2015 4:55 am

To write an LOCI or to not write an LOCI.....would it make a difference?

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Re: Harvard Law School c/o 2018 Waitlist

Postby qwertyTLS » Fri Apr 24, 2015 7:38 am

Gracelover wrote:To write an LOCI or to not write an LOCI.....would it make a difference?

I think writing it within an update makes sense, but writing a LOCI solely expressing continued interest won't have an impact.

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Re: Harvard Law School c/o 2018 Waitlist

Postby qwertyTLS » Fri Apr 24, 2015 8:17 am

when are stanford and yale's deposit deadlines?

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Re: Harvard Law School c/o 2018 Waitlist

Postby Ardent. » Fri Apr 24, 2015 11:16 am

Is Phi Beta Kappa worth mentioning on a LOCI? I was reading about it and I saw that it might be losing the appeal it once had. I'm thinking about compiling all the stuff that's happened this semester and just putting it all together in one LOCI after the first wave of WL admits.

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Re: Harvard Law School c/o 2018 Waitlist

Postby White Dwarf » Fri Apr 24, 2015 11:33 am

I wouldn't write an LOCI just for Phi Beta Kappa, but if you have other significant updates to make, including it would be fine.

PBK is basically just confirmation that you have a great GPA, which they already should know. I would hope they don't put much emphasis on it seeing as the great majority of undergrads don't even have it. It's a boomer anachronism that this generation just doesn't care about.
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stoopkid13
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Re: Harvard Law School c/o 2018 Waitlist

Postby stoopkid13 » Fri Apr 24, 2015 11:35 am

qwertyTLS wrote:
Gracelover wrote:To write an LOCI or to not write an LOCI.....would it make a difference?

I think writing it within an update makes sense, but writing a LOCI solely expressing continued interest won't have an impact.


This seems to be the consensus.

I think PBK is worth mentioning but not worth writing an entire letter about.

RoryWannabe
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Re: Harvard Law School c/o 2018 Waitlist

Postby RoryWannabe » Fri Apr 24, 2015 1:25 pm

I know TCR is usually not to send new LORs, but someone has offered to write one for me that would substantially add to a portion of my application so I'm definitely taking her up on it. I'm wondering whether it's okay for her to email them directly to the admits email - thoughts appreciated :D

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Re: Harvard Law School c/o 2018 Waitlist

Postby qwertyTLS » Fri Apr 24, 2015 2:07 pm

RoryWannabe wrote:I know TCR is usually not to send new LORs, but someone has offered to write one for me that would substantially add to a portion of my application so I'm definitely taking her up on it. I'm wondering whether it's okay for her to email them directly to the admits email - thoughts appreciated :D

i'd say do both. get her to submit to LSAC, but also send directly to the hls email.

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Re: Harvard Law School c/o 2018 Waitlist

Postby Nonconsecutive » Fri Apr 24, 2015 2:44 pm

qwertyTLS wrote:
RoryWannabe wrote:I know TCR is usually not to send new LORs, but someone has offered to write one for me that would substantially add to a portion of my application so I'm definitely taking her up on it. I'm wondering whether it's okay for her to email them directly to the admits email - thoughts appreciated :D

i'd say do both. get her to submit to LSAC, but also send directly to the hls email.


Yes, do both. At this stage of the game you need it to the admissions committee before they look at your file again. LSAC can be slow to update applications with new LORs.

Hikari
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Re: Harvard Law School c/o 2018 Waitlist

Postby Hikari » Sat Apr 25, 2015 12:33 am

Is there a deadline to complete FAFSA/Need access if applicable?
A little confused here.

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pylon
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Re: Harvard Law School c/o 2018 Waitlist

Postby pylon » Sat Apr 25, 2015 12:53 am

If there are any current or admitted students lurking on this thread, can you share when the housing lottery will happen?

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Re: Harvard Law School c/o 2018 Waitlist

Postby leslieknope » Sat Apr 25, 2015 1:05 am

pylon wrote:If there are any current or admitted students lurking on this thread, can you share when the housing lottery will happen?

May 1st. April 30th is the deadline to enter.

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Re: Harvard Law School c/o 2018 Waitlist

Postby pylon » Sat Apr 25, 2015 1:32 am

leslieknope wrote:
pylon wrote:If there are any current or admitted students lurking on this thread, can you share when the housing lottery will happen?

May 1st. April 30th is the deadline to enter.

Thanks leslie! Was hoping it would be a bit later, but makes sense.

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Re: Harvard Law School c/o 2018 Waitlist

Postby leslieknope » Sat Apr 25, 2015 2:49 am

pylon wrote:
leslieknope wrote:
pylon wrote:If there are any current or admitted students lurking on this thread, can you share when the housing lottery will happen?

May 1st. April 30th is the deadline to enter.

Thanks leslie! Was hoping it would be a bit later, but makes sense.

There's this though, so there's hope for getting housing off the waitlist! Current students should correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure I've heard of transfers and WL admits getting housing.

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Re: Harvard Law School c/o 2018 Waitlist

Postby qwertyTLS » Sun Apr 26, 2015 6:52 am

i know the mindset to be in for a waitlist is make other plans and if harvard calls it's a nice surprise. but i can't help but still think harvard is an option (which makes me less satisfied with my alternatives), even as i decide where to deposit. only a few more days until they (hopefully) start reviewing files...




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