Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

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It's decision szn... How are you holding up?

I'm freaking out
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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 lsa16 » Fri Dec 16, 2016 6:52 pm

dddddd90 wrote:
azaleafire wrote:
Nickel94 wrote:~interview tomorrow~


If you want to share what the vibe of your interview was like, this incredibly nervous applicant would appreciate it.


My interviewer was very direct but also very friendly. She did not beat around the bush, and she asked some hard-hitting questions about my background/resume/etc. Compared to my UVA interview, the Columbia one felt more incisive and high pressure.

It wasn't that the questions were hostile or anything, but if there are any 'question marks' or weaknesses in your application (e.g. C&F issues or unique employment since UG if you're not KJD), they're gonna pick up on them ask you about them, so be prepared to explain 'why' for everything you've done and how it has prepared you for law school.

Employability and professional potential seem to be the focal points of the CLS interview. I get the sense that they're looking for evidence that law school has always been a part of your long term plan and that you've made most of your academic, work, and extracurricular decisions with a career in law in mind. They're looking for people with realistic goals and plans already (at least roughly) in place to achieve them, so be prepared to tell them about where you see yourself in both the short and long term career wise. "Why Columbia?" was also a minor (2 min) thing (I did not write a WC essay).

This all seems kinda obvious, but as other posters have noted, at a few other places in the t14 the interview questions include more of the "tell me about a time you..." and "what are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?" variety. Columbia is going to come to the table having already identified what they see as your strengths and weaknesses, and you'll be expected to talk about them.

Note: they will add you on Skype immediately before they call you. Don't freak out if they're a couple minutes late; they do the interviews on top of each other.


Might be too late to help the original poster...agree that they are definitely checking through your application pretty carefully anywhere they had questions, but to reassure any other semi-unconventional applicants, I've definitely got some odd decision making on the record and my undergrad definitely wasn't intentionally catered toward a career in law, but my interviewer seemed completely fine with that - I imagine as long as you can explain what has changed/how you've arrived at this point, you don't need to demonstrate that you've been dreaming of law/Columbia since you were 18. Also +1 to making sure you have an answer to Why Columbia *even if* you submitted a Why Columbia already...that was one of the only semi-awkward questions for me because I blanked on new information to give other than what I had already included in that essay.

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

Postby lauren22 » Fri Dec 16, 2016 7:01 pm

azaleafire wrote:
Nickel94 wrote:~interview tomorrow~


If you want to share what the vibe of your interview was like, this incredibly nervous applicant would appreciate it.


My interviewer (Erica Deane) was super nice and the interview itself had a relaxed, friendly, and genuinely interested vibe. Compared to UChicago's interview, which felt a little colder, I was pleasantly surprised by Columbia. I also interviewed with UVA, and got the same friendly and warm treatment from them.

She asked basic questions, such as what drew me to Columbia and why I want to go to law school and why now, etc. Good luck!

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

Postby 20171lhopeful » Fri Dec 16, 2016 10:34 pm

any dates for ASW yet?

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

Postby jjcorvino » Sat Dec 17, 2016 2:47 pm

Hey I'm going to be in NY this week and want to visit the school. Has anyone visited before? What did it entail and how should I go about it?

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

Postby apricots » Sat Dec 17, 2016 3:10 pm

Did anyone else get a request for their fall grades / transcript? I'm well below their 25th for GPA, so while I'm relieved on one hand (they didn't outright reject me), I'm also very scared that my fall grades won't live up to expectations [I'm already done with finals, and a 3.4/3.5 would bump my GPA up a little, but still be poor relative to probably every other applicant]

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

Postby potterotter » Sat Dec 17, 2016 3:12 pm

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

Postby ohgosh » Sat Dec 17, 2016 3:28 pm

Do you need to get interviewed to be accepted, or do people get acceptances without having interviewed at all?

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

Postby acz26 » Sat Dec 17, 2016 4:12 pm

ohgosh wrote:Do you need to get interviewed to be accepted, or do people get acceptances without having interviewed at all?



Many admitted students to Columbia are not interviewed. If you have a high LSAT but haven't gotten an interview, don't stress out. Not necessarily a negative sign at all.

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

Postby ohgosh » Sat Dec 17, 2016 4:38 pm

acz26 wrote:
ohgosh wrote:Do you need to get interviewed to be accepted, or do people get acceptances without having interviewed at all?



Many admitted students to Columbia are not interviewed. If you have a high LSAT but haven't gotten an interview, don't stress out. Not necessarily a negative sign at all.


Oh thanks for that! I'm a senior at Columbia right now, with an LSAT between 25 and 50th, and a GPA over the 75th. Fingers crossed to see if I get to spend another 3 years here.

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

Postby SilverSurfer2020 » Sat Dec 17, 2016 6:13 pm

jjcorvino wrote:Hey I'm going to be in NY this week and want to visit the school. Has anyone visited before? What did it entail and how should I go about it?


I visited recently and loved it. It looks like a palace and they just set us up with a self guided tour.

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

Postby apricots » Sat Dec 17, 2016 7:12 pm

potterotter wrote:
apricots wrote:Did anyone else get a request for their fall grades / transcript? I'm well below their 25th for GPA, so while I'm relieved on one hand (they didn't outright reject me), I'm also very scared that my fall grades won't live up to expectations [I'm already done with finals, and a 3.4/3.5 would bump my GPA up a little, but still be poor relative to probably every other applicant]


Are you an RD or ED applicant? Have you been interviewed?


RD applicant, no interview (or interview request) yet.

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

Postby Bearlyalive » Sat Dec 17, 2016 8:29 pm

SilverSurfer2020 wrote: It looks like a palace


As a current student... wat?

ETA: I mean, don't get me wrong, I like the place and highly recommend coming here, but it's not exactly an architectural masterpiece. Undergrad campus is nice though.

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

Postby canafsa » Sat Dec 17, 2016 11:09 pm

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

Postby Bearlyalive » Sun Dec 18, 2016 2:28 am

I've learned to love the statute. Affectionately nicknamed "The Gates of Hell".

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

Postby texteach » Mon Dec 19, 2016 12:46 pm

Do any RD people find out during December? When I search the MyLSN timeline, it looked like there was a wave of RD during December, but so far I haven't seen any RD people get in this month - am I reading MyLSN incorrectly?

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

Postby guynourmin » Mon Dec 19, 2016 12:52 pm

texteach wrote:Do any RD people find out during December? When I search the MyLSN timeline, it looked like there was a wave of RD during December, but so far I haven't seen any RD people get in this month - am I reading MyLSN incorrectly?


When I search the mylsn chart, it says from '14-'16 there were no acceptances in Dec. ~half of all accepted were in Jan.

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

Postby texteach » Mon Dec 19, 2016 12:58 pm

guybourdin wrote:
texteach wrote:Do any RD people find out during December? When I search the MyLSN timeline, it looked like there was a wave of RD during December, but so far I haven't seen any RD people get in this month - am I reading MyLSN incorrectly?


When I search the mylsn chart, it says from '14-'16 there were no acceptances in Dec. ~half of all accepted were in Jan.


Weirddd. Alas, I must be entering the information incorrectly. That, or I'm just looking in the wrong place entirely lol :oops:

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

Postby lillawyer2 » Mon Dec 19, 2016 1:05 pm

SilverSurfer2020 wrote:
jjcorvino wrote:Hey I'm going to be in NY this week and want to visit the school. Has anyone visited before? What did it entail and how should I go about it?


I visited recently and loved it. It looks like a palace and they just set us up with a self guided tour.


Lol what building looks like a palace? Certainly not the LS, unless they renovated it? The outside does not compliment the campus at ALL.

The campus itself is beautiful! Many of thr buildings scream Ivy League and the prestigue just rubs all over you. I get my life everytime I walk through that gate. Even if you aren't an admit (yet!!) you walk away feeling like hot sh*t. I know I do!

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

Postby SilverSurfer2020 » Mon Dec 19, 2016 1:06 pm

lillawyer2 wrote:
SilverSurfer2020 wrote:
jjcorvino wrote:Hey I'm going to be in NY this week and want to visit the school. Has anyone visited before? What did it entail and how should I go about it?


I visited recently and loved it. It looks like a palace and they just set us up with a self guided tour.


Lol what building looks like a palace? Certainly not the LS, unless they renovated it? The outside does not compliment the campus at ALL.

The campus itself is beautiful! Many of thr buildings scream Ivy League and the prestigue just rubs all over you. I get my life everytime I walk through that gate. Even if you aren't an admit (yet!!) you walk away feeling like hot sh*t. I know I do!


Lol I was talking about the campus in general, law school definitely wasn't nearly as aesthetically pleasing as the rest of campus

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

Postby lillawyer2 » Mon Dec 19, 2016 1:11 pm

SilverSurfer2020 wrote:
lillawyer2 wrote:
SilverSurfer2020 wrote:
jjcorvino wrote:Hey I'm going to be in NY this week and want to visit the school. Has anyone visited before? What did it entail and how should I go about it?


I visited recently and loved it. It looks like a palace and they just set us up with a self guided tour.


Lol what building looks like a palace? Certainly not the LS, unless they renovated it? The outside does not compliment the campus at ALL.

The campus itself is beautiful! Many of thr buildings scream Ivy League and the prestigue just rubs all over you. I get my life everytime I walk through that gate. Even if you aren't an admit (yet!!) you walk away feeling like hot sh*t. I know I do!


Lol I was talking about the campus in general, law school definitely wasn't nearly as aesthetically pleasing as the rest of campus


haha ok, just making sure we are on the same page.

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

Postby Nickel94 » Mon Dec 19, 2016 3:48 pm

texteach wrote:Do any RD people find out during December? When I search the MyLSN timeline, it looked like there was a wave of RD during December, but so far I haven't seen any RD people get in this month - am I reading MyLSN incorrectly?

My interviewer said,"late January to April" for decisions.

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

Postby brinicolec » Mon Dec 19, 2016 3:51 pm

Nickel94 wrote:
texteach wrote:Do any RD people find out during December? When I search the MyLSN timeline, it looked like there was a wave of RD during December, but so far I haven't seen any RD people get in this month - am I reading MyLSN incorrectly?

My interviewer said,"late January to April" for decisions.


Tragic.

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

Postby Gaaooo » Mon Dec 19, 2016 5:58 pm

Does Columbia send out ED decisions by mail or email? I'm going to be away from my mailing address until the end of January or so, but I would really like to be able to find out about my decision before then :/

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

Postby lawdude31 » Mon Dec 19, 2016 6:40 pm

Gaaooo wrote:Does Columbia send out ED decisions by mail or email? I'm going to be away from my mailing address until the end of January or so, but I would really like to be able to find out about my decision before then :/

Email

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

Postby Gaaooo » Mon Dec 19, 2016 6:42 pm

lawdude31 wrote:
Gaaooo wrote:Does Columbia send out ED decisions by mail or email? I'm going to be away from my mailing address until the end of January or so, but I would really like to be able to find out about my decision before then :/

Email


Yay, thanks!



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