Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby xnsch » Thu Nov 17, 2016 4:38 pm

I got asked the election question, too. Not sure why people think that's not an appropriate question for a law school admissions interview. If you can't talk about the general election and why it was historic in a few sentences and be open about your political leanings without getting uncomfortable that might be a bit of a red flag

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby forum_user » Thu Nov 17, 2016 4:54 pm

xnsch wrote:I got asked the election question, too. Not sure why people think that's not an appropriate question for a law school admissions interview. If you can't talk about the general election and why it was historic in a few sentences and be open about your political leanings without getting uncomfortable that might be a bit of a red flag

Is it appropriate to say "absolutely fucking stupid" in a law school interview? Because I don't think I'd be able to articulate my views any other way. Maybe Chicago isn't for me :roll:

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby xnsch » Thu Nov 17, 2016 5:04 pm

forum_user wrote:
xnsch wrote:I got asked the election question, too. Not sure why people think that's not an appropriate question for a law school admissions interview. If you can't talk about the general election and why it was historic in a few sentences and be open about your political leanings without getting uncomfortable that might be a bit of a red flag

Is it appropriate to say "absolutely fucking stupid" in a law school interview? Because I don't think I'd be able to articulate my views any other way. Maybe Chicago isn't for me :roll:


Hahaha fair enough. Although I feel like everyone everywhere acknowledges how much of a nightmare this election was :lol:

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby SilverSurfer2020 » Thu Nov 17, 2016 5:07 pm

I felt that the "cold" nature of the interview was a bit overhyped. Definitely not tripping over themselves to be your best friend but it wasn't adversarial by any means.

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby pretzeltime » Thu Nov 17, 2016 5:08 pm

SilverSurfer2020 wrote:I felt that the "cold" nature of the interview was a bit overhyped. Definitely not tripping over themselves to be your best friend but it wasn't adversarial by any means.

Yep

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby ProductofUnreality » Thu Nov 17, 2016 5:09 pm

xnsch wrote:I got asked the election question, too. Not sure why people think that's not an appropriate question for a law school admissions interview. If you can't talk about the general election and why it was historic in a few sentences and be open about your political leanings without getting uncomfortable that might be a bit of a red flag


Mostly because Trump's supporters have been vilified by Hillary, Obama, and the media. They've been called racists, misogynists, xenophobic, islamophobic, white nationalists, homophobic, deplorable, irredeemable, and the like by the media, one of the candidates, famous actors, and much of the public. Does it really shock you that people wouldn't want to talk about it with admissions committees with all the vitriol being spewed around? GrubHub told its employees that if they supported him they should find other work. Pepsi said his supporters can take their business elsewhere. It's not exactly a friendly climate for conservatives in the US right now.

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby zeglo » Thu Nov 17, 2016 5:13 pm

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby Keilz » Thu Nov 17, 2016 5:14 pm

Before this thread goes down into an internet forum argument, I wasn't even requested to interview lol, but I feel like you can just answer that question with "very divisive, made me realize the big political rift within the United States. Made me inspired to try and find a solution to unite and discuss openly with each other, etc. etc."

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby irving80 » Thu Nov 17, 2016 7:47 pm

Hey guys, checking in here! Why does Chicago ask in their law school app what other schools you have or will apply to? If I'm blanketing the entire T14 with some safety schools in my region, do I have to list every single school? Or is there a more general way to say that? Thanks for your help guys!

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby NotAGolfer » Thu Nov 17, 2016 7:53 pm

irving80 wrote:Hey guys, checking in here! Why does Chicago ask in their law school app what other schools you have or will apply to? If I'm blanketing the entire T14 with some safety schools in my region, do I have to list every single school? Or is there a more general way to say that? Thanks for your help guys!

I just listed them all.

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby irving80 » Thu Nov 17, 2016 8:24 pm

NotAGolfer wrote:
irving80 wrote:Hey guys, checking in here! Why does Chicago ask in their law school app what other schools you have or will apply to? If I'm blanketing the entire T14 with some safety schools in my region, do I have to list every single school? Or is there a more general way to say that? Thanks for your help guys!

I just listed them all.


Thank you for your input! Hope they don't laugh at the list of all my reach schools lol.

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby Assasindowntheavenue » Fri Nov 18, 2016 11:34 am

Just had my interview. It was very friendly and I feel great about it. Did not get asked about the election, lol.

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby KatCoco » Fri Nov 18, 2016 12:21 pm

Assasindowntheavenue wrote:Just had my interview. It was very friendly and I feel great about it. Did not get asked about the election, lol.


lol same. All the questions I got were from that original list that's floating around somewhere.

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby airwrecka » Fri Nov 18, 2016 12:29 pm

Assasindowntheavenue wrote:Just had my interview. It was very friendly and I feel great about it. Did not get asked about the election, lol.


just out of curiosity, who interviewed you?

trying to decide if I just have a different definition of "friendly" than other people, or if the interviewers differ in style.

Granted, I'm from Minnesota where the joke is that we are all "Minnesota Nice," so maybe my friendliness barometer is off.

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby KatCoco » Fri Nov 18, 2016 12:32 pm

airwrecka wrote:
Assasindowntheavenue wrote:Just had my interview. It was very friendly and I feel great about it. Did not get asked about the election, lol.


just out of curiosity, who interviewed you?

trying to decide if I just have a different definition of "friendly" than other people, or if the interviewers differ in style.

Granted, I'm from Minnesota where the joke is that we are all "Minnesota Nice," so maybe my friendliness barometer is off.


Answering even though you didn't ask me lol, I had Anne Perry and I thought she was perfectly friendly.

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby airwrecka » Fri Nov 18, 2016 12:36 pm

KatCoco wrote:
airwrecka wrote:
Assasindowntheavenue wrote:Just had my interview. It was very friendly and I feel great about it. Did not get asked about the election, lol.


just out of curiosity, who interviewed you?

trying to decide if I just have a different definition of "friendly" than other people, or if the interviewers differ in style.

Granted, I'm from Minnesota where the joke is that we are all "Minnesota Nice," so maybe my friendliness barometer is off.


Answering even though you didn't ask me lol, I had Anne Perry and I thought she was perfectly friendly.


Ah, well I had a different interviewer! So I will place one vote in favor of my "interviewers differ in style" theory.

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby dreams2020 » Fri Nov 18, 2016 2:06 pm

airwrecka wrote:
KatCoco wrote:
airwrecka wrote:
Assasindowntheavenue wrote:Just had my interview. It was very friendly and I feel great about it. Did not get asked about the election, lol.


just out of curiosity, who interviewed you?

trying to decide if I just have a different definition of "friendly" than other people, or if the interviewers differ in style.

Granted, I'm from Minnesota where the joke is that we are all "Minnesota Nice," so maybe my friendliness barometer is off.


Answering even though you didn't ask me lol, I had Anne Perry and I thought she was perfectly friendly.


Ah, well I had a different interviewer! So I will place one vote in favor of my "interviewers differ in style" theory.


I will say that I got interviewed by the same person (RB) both years I applied, and the two interviews were leagues apart in terms of how warm the session felt. I'm convinced they're just messing with us to see how we handle it.

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby KMart » Sun Nov 20, 2016 7:11 pm

irving80 wrote:
NotAGolfer wrote:
irving80 wrote:Hey guys, checking in here! Why does Chicago ask in their law school app what other schools you have or will apply to? If I'm blanketing the entire T14 with some safety schools in my region, do I have to list every single school? Or is there a more general way to say that? Thanks for your help guys!

I just listed them all.


Thank you for your input! Hope they don't laugh at the list of all my reach schools lol.

It doesn't matter. They're just using it for data purposes to see who their competition is. Don't worry about it impacting your admission process.

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby KMart » Sun Nov 20, 2016 7:11 pm

forum_user wrote:Is it appropriate to say "absolutely fucking stupid" in a law school interview? Because I don't think I'd be able to articulate my views any other way.

Strong no.

Guys: don't overthink the questions or the process. If they come off as "cold", you didn't do poorly. It's a professional interview. They're kind, but they're there to do a job and find out if you're a right fit. Just be an eloquent, personable, and normal human and you'll do wonderfully!
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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby addie1412 » Sun Nov 20, 2016 7:19 pm

Thoughts on a "Why Chicago" as somewhat of a reach applicant? GPA < 25; LSAT >> 75

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby KMart » Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:10 am

addie1412 wrote:Thoughts on a "Why Chicago" as somewhat of a reach applicant? GPA < 25; LSAT >> 75

If you have a legit reason, you should write one. If you don't have a legit reason for why Chicago over any other particular school and you're trying to force it because you want to extract an admissions offer and scholarship money, then don't.

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby brinicolec » Mon Nov 21, 2016 6:56 am

airwrecka wrote:
Assasindowntheavenue wrote:
airwrecka wrote:Just had my interview. 'Twas stressful. Not because of anything particularly hard (although I did get the question, "What is one book you've read that has changed your outlook on life?" and I had not prepared for it so I kind of had to wing it), but like others have said in the past, the interviewers aren't super bubbly/friendly. Mine wasn't unfriendly but she didn't smile or acknowledge much of what I said other than to nod occasionally.

Hoping for the best!!


Thank you for the insight. what book did you answer with? (If you don't mind sharing, just curious). Good luck!


Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, because I finished it very recently and it was somewhat law-related and related to what I want to do. Other books I have read recently probably would not have been as appropriate (Harry Potter...my guilty pleasure. Although I guess one could make an argument that HP changed their life :lol:)


Just Mercy is definitely a good book though. It's obviously biased because of the author, but it's a good book nonetheless. Read it for a class about the death penalty my last semester in college.

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby addie1412 » Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:29 am

KMart wrote:
addie1412 wrote:Thoughts on a "Why Chicago" as somewhat of a reach applicant? GPA < 25; LSAT >> 75

If you have a legit reason, you should write one. If you don't have a legit reason for why Chicago over any other particular school and you're trying to force it because you want to extract an admissions offer and scholarship money, then don't.


I don't know if this is a good reason, but I really want at least a teeny tiny shot at legal academia and I feel Chicago's probably my best bet. I was going to write about my love for academia and seeking a rigorous, theory-based legal education ("learning for learning's sake")

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby poptart123 » Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:01 am

When you get a Chicago packet in the mail, skip home to open it, tear it open, and start reading it to learn that it's about the business school targeting your younger brother for undergraduate education...

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