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!! $$$
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28%
Public Interest #Berkeley
84
20%
Government
42
10%
Other location (Not NE, midwest, south or Cali)
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2%
California
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NYC
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DC
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Other North East
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2%
Midwest
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South
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3%
 
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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby malysh » Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:34 pm

Colonel_funkadunk wrote:
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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.

You is special. You is unique. You is important.

much wow. quoting for posterity.

In reality it looks to me as if they are trying to give out as little aid as possible. Looking at lsn, lots of people accepted who can be given little if any aid. But probably i'm just bitter :twisted: i'm interested to see if my "theory" holds. Congratulations anyways, your gpa is killer

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

Postby irongirl51 » Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:22 pm

I went UR on 1/4. Hasn't changed since. No FR...no nada. Should I just move on with my life? Reverse splitter.

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

Postby Mr_Chukes » Sat Feb 04, 2017 2:20 am

I met John Yoo tonight. He is a really cool and bright guy. He is a very nice person. I talked to him for about three hours. I sat next to him at a dinner that we had for him after he gave a talk at my school. He told me he hoped to see me next year lol.

so yall know I'm really about that life.
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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby brinicolec » Sat Feb 04, 2017 3:22 am

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???


Are you under like... FR2? Because your notification date is the notification date I was told and I just went FR the other day.

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

Postby studyingeveryday » Sat Feb 04, 2017 9:26 am

How bad is it if I'm only filling out my CSS today? :shock: (i did my fafsa months ago) do i have any chances of scholly? :cry:

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Postby Keilz » Sat Feb 04, 2017 12:12 pm

studyingeveryday wrote:How bad is it if I'm only filling out my CSS today? :shock: (i did my fafsa months ago) do i have any chances of scholly? :cry:

It seems like their merit based scholarships are separate than the need based.

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

Postby staypuff » Sat Feb 04, 2017 12:40 pm

In other news -- did anyone else apply for the Hyundai Kia scholarship at Berkeley with their initial app? I haven't been able to find much info about the scholarship online and was wondering we can expect to hear back. Thoughts?

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Postby kpadoreo » Sat Feb 04, 2017 1:07 pm

Do I have to fill out the CSS Profile before getting accepted? I saw something on here about someone worried that filling it out late would mean less scholarship chances. I have already done it but only have Duke listed because that's the only school that has accepted me so far. I applied mid January and I don't want to pay a bunch of money for the CSS Profile when I don't know if I will get in....

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

Postby latinxlawschool2020 » Sun Feb 05, 2017 1:42 am

brinicolec wrote:
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???


Are you under like... FR2? Because your notification date is the notification date I was told and I just went FR the other day.


I guess so >.< I anticipated to hear back by the 3rd , this is killing me !

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

Postby proteinshake » Sun Feb 05, 2017 1:52 am

Mr_Chukes wrote:I met John Yoo tonight. He is a really cool and bright guy. He is a very nice person. I talked to him for about three hours. I sat next to him at a dinner that we had for him after he gave a talk at my school. He told me he hoped to see me next year lol.

so yall know I'm really about that life.
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that's pretty awesome! that book is actually on my book list as well. I assume you're also a Richard Epstein fan if you're a John Yoo fan?

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

Postby Mr_Chukes » Sun Feb 05, 2017 1:59 am

proteinshake wrote:
Mr_Chukes wrote:I met John Yoo tonight. He is a really cool and bright guy. He is a very nice person. I talked to him for about three hours. I sat next to him at a dinner that we had for him after he gave a talk at my school. He told me he hoped to see me next year lol.

so yall know I'm really about that life.
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that's pretty awesome! that book is actually on my book list as well. I assume you're also a Richard Epstein fan if you're a John Yoo fan?

Yeah Epstein came to the talk as well but he left before the dinner. He wasn't feeling well. They did their podcast with Troy at Cal State lol.

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

Postby Baby Gaga » Sun Feb 05, 2017 8:29 am

Mr_Chukes wrote:
proteinshake wrote:
Mr_Chukes wrote:I met John Yoo tonight. He is a really cool and bright guy. He is a very nice person. I talked to him for about three hours. I sat next to him at a dinner that we had for him after he gave a talk at my school. He told me he hoped to see me next year lol.

so yall know I'm really about that life.
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that's pretty awesome! that book is actually on my book list as well. I assume you're also a Richard Epstein fan if you're a John Yoo fan?

Yeah Epstein came to the talk as well but he left before the dinner. He wasn't feeling well. They did their podcast with Troy at Cal State lol.


I'm a huge fan of their podcast. Good to know he's personable IRL too

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

Postby Keilz » Sun Feb 05, 2017 10:10 am

ack I realized I added the additional schools to my FAFSA but didn't actually submit until they kindly reminded me a week later. Hopefully it doesn't impact any merit scholarship award notifications since those start soon, and I'm sure all the FR people are applying now too so I'll get lost in the mix :(

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Postby armc808 » Sun Feb 05, 2017 5:02 pm

Keilz wrote:ack I realized I added the additional schools to my FAFSA but didn't actually submit until they kindly reminded me a week later. Hopefully it doesn't impact any merit scholarship award notifications since those start soon, and I'm sure all the FR people are applying now too so I'll get lost in the mix :(

I'm pretty sure the FAFSA is only used for need-based aid (i.e. loans), not for merit scholarships. So you should be good!

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

Postby Litt1tUp » Mon Feb 06, 2017 12:18 am

Does Berkeley send an admitted package? If so, how long does it take to receive one?

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Postby goldenbear2020 » Mon Feb 06, 2017 1:26 am

Litt1tUp wrote:Does Berkeley send an admitted package? If so, how long does it take to receive one?

Yes, mine was mailed out a couple days after the email.

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

Postby armc808 » Mon Feb 06, 2017 1:40 am

Litt1tUp wrote:Does Berkeley send an admitted package? If so, how long does it take to receive one?

Yep they send one! I got mine pretty quickly, about 4-5 days after the acceptance email (I also live on the East Coast).

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Postby treetops_rising » Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:23 am

armc808 wrote:
Litt1tUp wrote:Does Berkeley send an admitted package? If so, how long does it take to receive one?

Yep they send one! I got mine pretty quickly, about 4-5 days after the acceptance email (I also live on the East Coast).


I live in SoCal and mine took a little longer. I got accepted via phone call on a Thursday and my status checker changed on the Monday & thats when the package was mailed.

Got it the next Tuesday I think.

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

Postby Rigo » Mon Feb 06, 2017 10:36 am

Humph 3 weeks to twiddle my thumbs in FR. What to do...

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Postby big_willy_style_333 » Mon Feb 06, 2017 11:02 am

staypuff wrote:In other news -- did anyone else apply for the Hyundai Kia scholarship at Berkeley with their initial app? I haven't been able to find much info about the scholarship online and was wondering we can expect to hear back. Thoughts?

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

Postby Mr_Chukes » Mon Feb 06, 2017 1:50 pm

Rigo wrote:Humph 3 weeks to twiddle my thumbs in FR. What to do...

It's exciting huh!

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

Postby Rigo » Mon Feb 06, 2017 1:50 pm

Mr_Chukes wrote:
Rigo wrote:Humph 3 weeks to twiddle my thumbs in FR. What to do...

It's exciting huh!

Not really.

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

Postby Rigo » Mon Feb 06, 2017 1:53 pm

I think most of February will be very quiet for me with my schools.

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

Postby goldenbear2020 » Mon Feb 06, 2017 1:57 pm

Rigo wrote:I think most of February will be very quiet for me with my schools.

Went complete after December score release and still waiting for 10 T14s...hope it picks up in February!

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

Postby Mr_Chukes » Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:00 pm

Rigo wrote:I think most of February will be very quiet for me with my schools.

I have a feeling it will really pick up for me this month. I applied in November to most schools.



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