UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

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What does everyone want to do and where do they wanna do it?

Biglaw!! $$$
119
29%
Public Interest #Berkeley
84
20%
Government
42
10%
Other location (Not NE, midwest, south or Cali)
7
2%
California
71
17%
NYC
39
9%
DC
20
5%
Other North East
9
2%
Midwest
13
3%
South
12
3%
 
Total votes: 416

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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby Mr_Chukes » Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:56 am

kiwi50 wrote:Went FR today. Not sure how I feel about it.

I guess there was a wave of people who did. The timestamp on mine was 3:40am.

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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby kpadoreo » Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:15 am

Can someone tell me what it means when you get an e-mail that your application will receive further review and you will have a decision by a specific date? Is this a bad thing? Or does it just mean we're on the path to getting acceptance and this is the normal route? (Panicking a bit)

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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby nerdylsat » Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:16 am

Monday wrote:
nerdylsat wrote:Waitlisted after FR. Wrote a 3 page essay and no why berkeley. I guess it isnt a surprise but I wasn't too keen on going there anyways.

I also didn't write a Why Berkeley and my PS is 2 pages. I guess I shouldn't hold my breath.


Maybe your numbers are better than mine :P

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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby brinicolec » Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:21 am

Got the email about FR, says to expect a decision around the 24th. Email timestamped 4:33 am MT.

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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby godinacup » Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:30 am

Wait listed yesterday after FR, email time stamped 4:48 pm PST. Numbers were low for Boalt, so I'm just happy about not being flat-out rejected.

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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby Mr_Chukes » Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:54 am

godinacup wrote:Wait listed yesterday after FR, email time stamped 4:48 pm PST. Numbers were low for Boalt, so I'm just happy about not being flat-out rejected.

Yeah some people don't even get FR.

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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby Mr_Chukes » Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:55 am

kpadoreo wrote:Can someone tell me what it means when you get an e-mail that your application will receive further review and you will have a decision by a specific date? Is this a bad thing? Or does it just mean we're on the path to getting acceptance and this is the normal route? (Panicking a bit)

You are on the right path. They put people they are actually considering on FR and then around that date you can be accepted, rejected, or waitlisted.

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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby spursforever » Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:03 pm

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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby crookedsmile » Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:07 pm

Mr_Chukes wrote:OMG Fr time. I was Ur for a month lol.


Good luck man, been following your cycle a bit and I hope for the best!

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Postby crookedsmile » Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:07 pm

spursforever wrote:Admitted yesterday through FR! Honestly so surprised they let me in. 2 page PS and no Why Berkeley.
Submitted 11/13; UR 12/12; Pushed to FR 1/12; Admitted 2/02.


Congrats!

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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby goldenbear2020 » Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:15 pm

According to this outdated interview, Berkeley used to admit 550 through "administrative review" (i.e., directly by Dean Tom) and 200 through FR (out of 1,400 to 1,600 sent to FR), for a total of 750 admits and 270 enrolled.
http://www.top-law-schools.com/tom-interview.html

Berkeley most recently admitted 1,328 (plummeting yield?) and enrolled 301, so that should be roughly 975 admitted by Dean Tom and 350 admitted by FR (out of 2,500-2,800 sent to FR), assuming the ratios stay about the same.

If they're still sending the same ~1,500 to FR (because of resource contraints), then that could be roughly 1 in 4 chances of getting in by FR.
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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby latinxlawschool2020 » Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:17 pm

Sooo I went FR January 12th and was told that I will get a final decision by or around February 3rd, however this morning I recieved this email ( time stamped 1:57am)



I write to inform you that the Admission Committee has decided to include your application in a small group that is being held for further consideration. We anticipate that a final decision will be available on or about February 24.
Thank you for your patience.

Edward Tom
Dean of Admissions

I wrote a "why berkeley" and a diversity statement , I am also an alum and currently still living in Berkeley. Berkeley is my top choice!

Any one else got this or heard about this???

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Postby Monday » Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:20 pm

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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby Keilz » Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:21 pm

latinxlawschool2020 wrote:Sooo I went FR January 12th and was told that I will get a final decision by or around February 3rd, however this morning I recieved this email ( time stamped 1:57am)



I write to inform you that the Admission Committee has decided to include your application in a small group that is being held for further consideration. We anticipate that a final decision will be available on or about February 24.
Thank you for your patience.

Edward Tom
Dean of Admissions

I wrote a "why berkeley" and a diversity statement , I am also an alum and currently still living in Berkeley. Berkeley is my top choice!

Any one else got this or heard about this???


they had this last year. good luck!

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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby goldenbear2020 » Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:22 pm

latinxlawschool2020 wrote:Sooo I went FR January 12th and was told that I will get a final decision by or around February 3rd, however this morning I recieved this email ( time stamped 1:57am)



I write to inform you that the Admission Committee has decided to include your application in a small group that is being held for further consideration. We anticipate that a final decision will be available on or about February 24.
Thank you for your patience.

Edward Tom
Dean of Admissions

I wrote a "why berkeley" and a diversity statement , I am also an alum and currently still living in Berkeley. Berkeley is my top choice!

Any one else got this or heard about this???

Looks like you were deferred from FR1 to FR2...still better than a WL or ding. Hang in there!

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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby chandhi » Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:25 pm

...anyone else still just hoping to go UR1? Complete since 1/11.

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Postby futureellewoods123 » Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:52 pm

chandhi wrote:...anyone else still just hoping to go UR1? Complete since 1/11.


Yes, been complete since a little after that time.

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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby freekick » Fri Feb 03, 2017 2:14 pm

futureellewoods123 wrote:
chandhi wrote:...anyone else still just hoping to go UR1? Complete since 1/11.


Yes, been complete since a little after that time.


Complete around 1/14, UR 2/1.

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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby chandhi » Fri Feb 03, 2017 2:30 pm

freekick wrote:
futureellewoods123 wrote:
chandhi wrote:...anyone else still just hoping to go UR1? Complete since 1/11.


Yes, been complete since a little after that time.


Complete around 1/14, UR 2/1.

Does anyone have insight on how they choose which files go UR first?

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Postby 170orDie » Fri Feb 03, 2017 8:50 pm

Been UR since 1/23. Didn't get any FR email... i know some people are saying if you're on UR for a long time that means a rejection is imminent.

Anyone have any insight on my case? Berk is by far my number 1, but my numbers don't give me a great chance...

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Postby Litt1tUp » Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:09 pm

170orDie wrote:Been UR since 1/23. Didn't get any FR email... i know some people are saying if you're on UR for a long time that means a rejection is imminent.

Anyone have any insight on my case? Berk is by far my number 1, but my numbers don't give me a great chance...


Well I think its too early to tell, I was in UR from like October to January then went FR, so it does take some time! Just for reference I think these are the pathways for Berk:

Complete -> UR -> Acceptance/Rejected

OR

Complete -> UR -> FR -> Acceptance/Waitlisted/Rejected (I think FR is the only way to be waitlisted)

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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby Instrumental » Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:10 pm

11 days isn't a particularly long time. I wouldn't stress.

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Postby ethanknight » Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:39 pm

Admitted last night, or early this morning. By email at 12:48am on 2/3/17. I am honestly surprised, I didnt think I would get in.

LSAT 165, one point below median. GPA 3.98 but from a state university.

Context: I am a reapplicant. I originally applied 3 years ago for class of 2017, right out of undergrad. I was waitlisted by faculty review committee. I now have 3 years of "real" experience, including a year at a top political / election law firm as an account supervisor. I have a very good letter of rec from John A. Perez, a UC regent and Berkeley undergrad alumni who just got his own exhibit in the Cal library. I did a Why Berkeley statement and think it was pretty good.

So I guess all of this put me barely over the top. I applied 10/6/16, went under review shortly after (dont remember exact date), faculty review on 1/12/17, and admited 2/3/17.

Yes, I got in on my own merit, but I also got very lucky. There are people with much higher numbers than me who have been waitlisted, denied, or forwarded to second FR. These law schools want to build a CLASS with 300 (or however many are enrolled) distinct voices, and its very random and arbitrary from the outside. I believe my experience post undergrad and strong articulation as to how it would make a distinctive contribution to Berkeley sold the FR review members. I imagine they put my application on a wall with 5 others and threw a dart, and it hit mine. Thats probably not what literally happened, but if we went back in time to the beginning of the cycle and rolled the dice again, I could have easily been rejected on first round.

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Postby Rigo » Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:43 pm

ethanknight wrote:Admitted last night, or early this morning. By email at 12:48am on 2/3/17. I am honestly surprised, I didnt think I would get in.

LSAT 165, one point below median. GPA 3.98 but from a state university.

Context: I am a reapplicant. I originally applied 3 years ago for class of 2017, right out of undergrad. I was waitlisted by faculty review committee. I now have 3 years of "real" experience, including a year at a top political / election law firm as an account supervisor. I have a very good letter of rec from John A. Perez, a UC regent and Berkeley undergrad alumni who just got his own exhibit in the Cal library. I did a Why Berkeley statement and think it was pretty good.

So I guess all of this put me barely over the top. I applied 10/6/16, went under review shortly after (dont remember exact date), faculty review on 1/12/17, and admited 2/3/17.

Yes, I got in on my own merit, but I also got very lucky. There are people with much higher numbers than me who have been waitlisted, denied, or forwarded to second FR. These law schools want to build a CLASS with 300 (or however many are enrolled) distinct voices, and its very random and arbitrary from the outside. I believe my experience post undergrad and strong articulation as to how it would make a distinctive contribution to Berkeley sold the FR review members. I imagine they put my application on a wall with 5 others and threw a dart, and it hit mine. Thats probably not what literally happened, but if we went back in time to the beginning of the cycle and rolled the dice again, I could have easily been rejected on first round.

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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby Colonel_funkadunk » Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:47 pm

Rigo wrote:
ethanknight wrote:Admitted last night, or early this morning. By email at 12:48am on 2/3/17. I am honestly surprised, I didnt think I would get in.

LSAT 165, one point below median. GPA 3.98 but from a state university.

Context: I am a reapplicant. I originally applied 3 years ago for class of 2017, right out of undergrad. I was waitlisted by faculty review committee. I now have 3 years of "real" experience, including a year at a top political / election law firm as an account supervisor. I have a very good letter of rec from John A. Perez, a UC regent and Berkeley undergrad alumni who just got his own exhibit in the Cal library. I did a Why Berkeley statement and think it was pretty good.

So I guess all of this put me barely over the top. I applied 10/6/16, went under review shortly after (dont remember exact date), faculty review on 1/12/17, and admited 2/3/17.

Yes, I got in on my own merit, but I also got very lucky. There are people with much higher numbers than me who have been waitlisted, denied, or forwarded to second FR. These law schools want to build a CLASS with 300 (or however many are enrolled) distinct voices, and its very random and arbitrary from the outside. I believe my experience post undergrad and strong articulation as to how it would make a distinctive contribution to Berkeley sold the FR review members. I imagine they put my application on a wall with 5 others and threw a dart, and it hit mine. Thats probably not what literally happened, but if we went back in time to the beginning of the cycle and rolled the dice again, I could have easily been rejected on first round.

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