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)
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2%
California
71
17%
NYC
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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 AllHailKingMao » Thu Apr 06, 2017 2:29 pm

Let's be real.. if you haven't received any scholly notification, you're likely not getting anything... right?

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

Postby muggleclutch » Thu Apr 06, 2017 2:32 pm

charles117 wrote:waitlist rankings are out

Berkeley Law Wait List Quartile Ranking


Third quartile. Don't think this is happening. Bummer.

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

Postby Assasindowntheavenue » Thu Apr 06, 2017 2:34 pm

AllHailKingMao wrote:Let's be real.. if you haven't received any scholly notification, you're likely not getting anything... right?


I want to assume this but then I see conflicting info, given out by Berkeley admin no less. So idk?

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

Postby emlaw03 » Thu Apr 06, 2017 2:54 pm

I was one of the people that called Berkeley Law and was told I was receiving $0 in merit aid. I then emailed them genuinely expressing that Berkeley Law is where I want to be (listing all of the reasons) and they came back with $90k... so it's possible and I encourage you to continue interacting with them even though it feels like layers of bureaucracy.

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

Postby Leliana » Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:01 pm

emlaw03 wrote:I was one of the people that called Berkeley Law and was told I was receiving $0 in merit aid. I then emailed them genuinely expressing that Berkeley Law is where I want to be (listing all of the reasons) and they came back with $90k... so it's possible and I encourage you to continue interacting with them even though it feels like layers of bureaucracy.


Wow, nicely done! Congrats.

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

Postby catalina559 » Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:07 pm

emlaw03 wrote:I was one of the people that called Berkeley Law and was told I was receiving $0 in merit aid. I then emailed them genuinely expressing that Berkeley Law is where I want to be (listing all of the reasons) and they came back with $90k... so it's possible and I encourage you to continue interacting with them even though it feels like layers of bureaucracy.


That's amazing! How quick was the turnaround from when you emailed?

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

Postby Rigo » Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:10 pm

emlaw03 wrote:I was one of the people that called Berkeley Law and was told I was receiving $0 in merit aid. I then emailed them genuinely expressing that Berkeley Law is where I want to be (listing all of the reasons) and they came back with $90k... so it's possible and I encourage you to continue interacting with them even though it feels like layers of bureaucracy.

This is making Trump White House seem like a well oiled machine.

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

Postby emlaw03 » Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:32 pm

catalina559 wrote:
emlaw03 wrote:I was one of the people that called Berkeley Law and was told I was receiving $0 in merit aid. I then emailed them genuinely expressing that Berkeley Law is where I want to be (listing all of the reasons) and they came back with $90k... so it's possible and I encourage you to continue interacting with them even though it feels like layers of bureaucracy.


That's amazing! How quick was the turnaround from when you emailed?


They responded within two business days with my new offer. To be honest, I created a bit of a polite hurricane for them (i.e. emailed admissions and financial aid as well as called each one and left a voicemail) as Berkeley is my top choice.

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

Postby nerdylsat » Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:39 pm

Fourth Quartile. K then lol.

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

Postby charles117 » Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:52 pm

does anyone know if the waitlist rankings/quartiles are simply autoranked by some weighted score of gpa and lsat or is it actually arranged and organized manually by admissions officers?

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

Postby bigyellowjoint » Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:05 pm

emlaw03 wrote:
catalina559 wrote:
emlaw03 wrote:I was one of the people that called Berkeley Law and was told I was receiving $0 in merit aid. I then emailed them genuinely expressing that Berkeley Law is where I want to be (listing all of the reasons) and they came back with $90k... so it's possible and I encourage you to continue interacting with them even though it feels like layers of bureaucracy.


That's amazing! How quick was the turnaround from when you emailed?


They responded within two business days with my new offer. To be honest, I created a bit of a polite hurricane for them (i.e. emailed admissions and financial aid as well as called each one and left a voicemail) as Berkeley is my top choice.


How much of your email was "pretty please i really really love you" vs. "here's why I deserve more"?

Essentially- they ask for the "reason for your request", and I'm just trying to get a beat on what they're looking for.

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

Postby Assasindowntheavenue » Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:08 pm

Rigo wrote:
emlaw03 wrote:I was one of the people that called Berkeley Law and was told I was receiving $0 in merit aid. I then emailed them genuinely expressing that Berkeley Law is where I want to be (listing all of the reasons) and they came back with $90k... so it's possible and I encourage you to continue interacting with them even though it feels like layers of bureaucracy.

This is making Trump White House seem like a well oiled machine.



Congrats to emlaw03 first off.

But yeah, idk to me it's mind boggling. For us to have to reach out to them (after they miss both dates they themselves said they'd let us know), with the possibility of being told "you get nothing", then with a little more convincing they give you as much as $90k. Like is the staff purposely trying to sink the ship? I don't get it.

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

Postby emlaw03 » Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:43 pm

How much of your email was "pretty please i really really love you" vs. "here's why I deserve more"?

Essentially- they ask for the "reason for your request", and I'm just trying to get a beat on what they're looking for.[/quote]

The majority of my email was pathos (pretty please I really really love you). I mentioned that my family lives in the area and I want to build a life/career in the Bay Area. I did not use a higher ranked school as leverage in the fear it would come off combative, and just hoped they would see that this was a genuine plea.

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

Postby Litt1tUp » Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:26 pm

emlaw03 wrote:How much of your email was "pretty please i really really love you" vs. "here's why I deserve more"?

Essentially- they ask for the "reason for your request", and I'm just trying to get a beat on what they're looking for.

The majority of my email was pathos (pretty please I really really love you). I mentioned that my family lives in the area and I want to build a life/career in the Bay Area. I did not use a higher ranked school as leverage in the fear it would come off combative, and just hoped they would see that this was a genuine plea.


+1 I took the same approach, worked out for me! Got a little less than emlaw03. I thought of my email as more of a why Berkeley than a negotiation.

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

Postby chandhi » Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:40 pm

charles117 wrote:waitlist rankings are out

Berkeley Law Wait List Quartile Ranking

Question: why did they put out a waitlist quartile ranking with people still UR? Is this premature? Will they update quartiles later? Are all UR people getting acceptances or dings? :shock:

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

Postby bigyellowjoint » Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:41 pm

Litt1tUp wrote:
emlaw03 wrote:How much of your email was "pretty please i really really love you" vs. "here's why I deserve more"?

Essentially- they ask for the "reason for your request", and I'm just trying to get a beat on what they're looking for.

The majority of my email was pathos (pretty please I really really love you). I mentioned that my family lives in the area and I want to build a life/career in the Bay Area. I did not use a higher ranked school as leverage in the fear it would come off combative, and just hoped they would see that this was a genuine plea.


+1 I took the same approach, worked out for me! Got a little less than emlaw03. I thought of my email as more of a why Berkeley than a negotiation.


Thank you both for your answers. Hopefully I'll be seeing you both in the East Bay (and hopefully I'll be in a little bit less debt)

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

Postby annazork » Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:46 am

this was really helpful. I send my reconsideration request on monday and an email to theis-alvarez yesterday. hopefully i hear back soon! berkeley is my top choice and i will go if they just offer me a lil something! good luck to all going through this process!

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Litt1tUp wrote:
emlaw03 wrote:How much of your email was "pretty please i really really love you" vs. "here's why I deserve more"?

Essentially- they ask for the "reason for your request", and I'm just trying to get a beat on what they're looking for.

The majority of my email was pathos (pretty please I really really love you). I mentioned that my family lives in the area and I want to build a life/career in the Bay Area. I did not use a higher ranked school as leverage in the fear it would come off combative, and just hoped they would see that this was a genuine plea.


+1 I took the same approach, worked out for me! Got a little less than emlaw03. I thought of my email as more of a why Berkeley than a negotiation.


Thank you both for your answers. Hopefully I'll be seeing you both in the East Bay (and hopefully I'll be in a little bit less debt)

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

Postby Leliana » Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:04 pm

Withdrew. Good luck to everyone on the waitlist!

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

Postby goldenbear2020 » Sat Apr 08, 2017 1:03 am

Leliana wrote:Withdrew. Good luck to everyone on the waitlist!

+1. Offered $0 more in response to a ~50k higher offer from a higher ranked school.

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

Postby annazork » Sat Apr 08, 2017 9:40 pm

got my offer today! and im pretty happy with it :)

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

Postby lawbatman » Sat Apr 08, 2017 9:43 pm

charles117 wrote:does anyone know if the waitlist rankings/quartiles are simply autoranked by some weighted score of gpa and lsat or is it actually arranged and organized manually by admissions officers?


I suspect it's the latter. My GPA is definitely well below the quartile I got.

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

Postby heyya0909 » Sat Apr 08, 2017 11:17 pm

Got my scholarship offer today! :D

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

Postby Keilz » Sat Apr 08, 2017 11:21 pm

heyya0909 wrote:Got my scholarship offer today! :D


Congrats! Did you submit a reconsideration request?

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

Postby heyya0909 » Sun Apr 09, 2017 2:10 pm

Keilz wrote:
heyya0909 wrote:Got my scholarship offer today! :D


Congrats! Did you submit a reconsideration request?


Thanks! I didn't submit any reconsideration requests, and I just heard via email on Saturday.

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

Postby bigyellowjoint » Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:44 am

heyya0909 wrote:
Keilz wrote:
heyya0909 wrote:Got my scholarship offer today! :D


Congrats! Did you submit a reconsideration request?


Thanks! I didn't submit any reconsideration requests, and I just heard via email on Saturday.


When were you admitted?



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