Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

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I'M FREAKING OUT!!!!!
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I. AM. FREAK-ING. OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Why did anyone ever give us status checkers? I can't stop looking at the stupid things!
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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby blelwoods » Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:42 pm

FLSFHYS wrote:Admitted without major scholarships, financial aid office is still reviewing my stuff. I'm assuming that whatever it will be, it probably won't approach even half tuition. Hence, my dilema: Is there any way to justify Columbia over NU at full scholarship, if the end goal is LA biglaw? I've been agonizing over this for a whole week now, and still can't decide. A poll I created on these forums tells me I'm insane to even consider turning down NU's freeride. What do you guys think?



Have you done a pros and cons list yet for each school? Considered other factors like weather, cost of living, travel, etc.?

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby FLSFHYS » Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:53 pm

blelwoods wrote:
FLSFHYS wrote:Admitted without major scholarships, financial aid office is still reviewing my stuff. I'm assuming that whatever it will be, it probably won't approach even half tuition. Hence, my dilema: Is there any way to justify Columbia over NU at full scholarship, if the end goal is LA biglaw? I've been agonizing over this for a whole week now, and still can't decide. A poll I created on these forums tells me I'm insane to even consider turning down NU's freeride. What do you guys think?



Have you done a pros and cons list yet for each school? Considered other factors like weather, cost of living, travel, etc.?

I believe most of these are negligible (even NY's insane COL) in the long term, and I'm more concerned about future career prospects and being able to get LA biglaw out of school.
Columbia's Ivy prestige is also appealing to me, even though my better judgement is telling me it isn't worth the six-figure debt.

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby defydoddz » Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:33 pm

FLSFHYS wrote:Admitted without major scholarships, financial aid office is still reviewing my stuff. I'm assuming that whatever it will be, it probably won't approach even half tuition. Hence, my dilema: Is there any way to justify Columbia over NU at full scholarship, if the end goal is LA biglaw? I've been agonizing over this for a whole week now, and still can't decide. A poll I created on these forums tells me I'm insane to even consider turning down NU's freeride. What do you guys think?


I'm in the same boat except my interests are PI/unicorn jobs. Is your deadline to respond to NU this Friday as well?

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby FLSFHYS » Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:59 pm

defydoddz wrote:
FLSFHYS wrote:Admitted without major scholarships, financial aid office is still reviewing my stuff. I'm assuming that whatever it will be, it probably won't approach even half tuition. Hence, my dilema: Is there any way to justify Columbia over NU at full scholarship, if the end goal is LA biglaw? I've been agonizing over this for a whole week now, and still can't decide. A poll I created on these forums tells me I'm insane to even consider turning down NU's freeride. What do you guys think?


I'm in the same boat except my interests are PI/unicorn jobs. Is your deadline to respond to NU this Friday as well?

It was, but I emailed them 30 minutes ago asking for a 2 week extension, and 10 minutes later got a response that they'll extend the deadline until April 20th. With my first name misspelled :/ Guess it was their way to get back at me lol :)
What kind of unicorn jobs are you after?

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby eck456 » Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:00 am

Just because I apparently enjoy torturing myself, no one on Hold status (not reserve) has received a response yet, right?

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby ml0606148 » Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:39 am

got reserved today....ok....

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby Nightwing » Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:43 am

Can someone please clarify something for me? Rejections are given out by snail mail only while reserves and acceptances are through email, right?

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby Keilz » Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:44 am

Nightwing wrote:Can someone please clarify something for me? Rejections are given out by snail mail only while reserves and acceptances are through email, right?


Yup. Holds are via email as well.

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby Nightwing » Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:47 am

Keilz wrote:
Nightwing wrote:Can someone please clarify something for me? Rejections are given out by snail mail only while reserves and acceptances are through email, right?


Yup. Holds are via email as well.


Cool, thanks.

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby sittykitty » Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:57 am

eck456 wrote:Just because I apparently enjoy torturing myself, no one on Hold status (not reserve) has received a response yet, right?


I was wondering the same; held in February, LOCI in March, no response yet.

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby lillawyer2 » Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:33 am

Does it matter when you send an LOCI? I was reserved in Dec.

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby lillawyer2 » Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:09 am

Also do people usually send additional recommendations with LOCI?

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby eck456 » Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:19 am

lillawyer2 wrote:Also do people usually send additional recommendations with LOCI?


I did, but only bc I had a new recommender who did their graduate work at columbia and knew people on staff (not that it's helped or I've heard anything). i wouldn't recommend it if you didn't have someone new who could add something substantively different than what they've already seen from you

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby lillawyer2 » Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:23 am

eck456 wrote:
lillawyer2 wrote:Also do people usually send additional recommendations with LOCI?


I did, but only bc I had a new recommender who did their graduate work at columbia and knew people on staff (not that it's helped or I've heard anything). i wouldn't recommend it if you didn't have someone new who could add something substantively different than what they've already seen from you


Thanks did you have the recommendation sent with your LOCI or at different times?

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby 34iplaw » Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:45 am

Can people on the WL sit in on classes? I got a little confused, as I thought CLS did not do sit-ins but my most recent call they sounded like I could but it just isn't arranged through them?

Anyone have experience on this?

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby eck456 » Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:12 am

34iplaw wrote:Can people on the WL sit in on classes? I got a little confused, as I thought CLS did not do sit-ins but my most recent call they sounded like I could but it just isn't arranged through them?

Anyone have experience on this?


Anyone can sit in on CLS classes - my guess is you're thinking of Harvard. They have a list on the website of classes available for public consumption

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby eck456 » Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:14 am

lillawyer2 wrote:
eck456 wrote:
lillawyer2 wrote:Also do people usually send additional recommendations with LOCI?


I did, but only bc I had a new recommender who did their graduate work at columbia and knew people on staff (not that it's helped or I've heard anything). i wouldn't recommend it if you didn't have someone new who could add something substantively different than what they've already seen from you


Thanks did you have the recommendation sent with your LOCI or at different times?


The recommendation came directly from the prof to the offices, so I'm not sure exactly what day it was sent but I believe it was sent within the same week as my LOCI

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby 34iplaw » Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:19 am

eck456 wrote:
34iplaw wrote:Can people on the WL sit in on classes? I got a little confused, as I thought CLS did not do sit-ins but my most recent call they sounded like I could but it just isn't arranged through them?

Anyone have experience on this?


Anyone can sit in on CLS classes - my guess is you're thinking of Harvard. They have a list on the website of classes available for public consumption


Oh - interesting. Thanks for the heads up. I must have mixed it up with another school. Whelp, somewhere else to jaunt to. On that note, anyone have classes they enjoyed sitting in on? Preferably something that's remotely possible to follow given it is near the end of the semester.

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby lawapplicant2020 » Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:34 am

Does Columbia have a specific day of the week for acceptances? Or should we be frantically checking email every day?

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby Leliana » Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:47 am

lawapplicant2020 wrote:Does Columbia have a specific day of the week for acceptances? Or should we be frantically checking email every day?


No specific day. Just check email.

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby sittykitty » Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:23 pm

I desperately want to know when hold decisions will start coming out so I can start bracing myself when I check my mail.

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby Keilz » Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:34 pm

sittykitty wrote:I desperately want to know when hold decisions will start coming out so I can start bracing myself when I check my mail.


i've been chilling here since October without any word from them at all :?

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby lvlaw3 » Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:38 pm

Keilz wrote:
sittykitty wrote:I desperately want to know when hold decisions will start coming out so I can start bracing myself when I check my mail.


i've been chilling here since October without any word from them at all :?


same here, not a peep since going complete in the first week of january :cry: is the assumption that they can wait until April 30/the day before their deposit deadline to let us know?

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby blelwoods » Wed Apr 12, 2017 2:16 pm

FLSFHYS wrote:
defydoddz wrote:
FLSFHYS wrote:Admitted without major scholarships, financial aid office is still reviewing my stuff. I'm assuming that whatever it will be, it probably won't approach even half tuition. Hence, my dilema: Is there any way to justify Columbia over NU at full scholarship, if the end goal is LA biglaw? I've been agonizing over this for a whole week now, and still can't decide. A poll I created on these forums tells me I'm insane to even consider turning down NU's freeride. What do you guys think?


I'm in the same boat except my interests are PI/unicorn jobs. Is your deadline to respond to NU this Friday as well?

It was, but I emailed them 30 minutes ago asking for a 2 week extension, and 10 minutes later got a response that they'll extend the deadline until April 20th. With my first name misspelled :/ Guess it was their way to get back at me lol :)
What kind of unicorn jobs are you after?



Definitely try to negotiate with Columbia using your NU offer...I can totally understand why you'd want to go to CLS. Best of luck with your decision :)

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby spchwrtr » Wed Apr 12, 2017 2:19 pm

What's the difference between "Held" and "Reserve." At this point, is it better to be held or reserved?



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