Harvard Law c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

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alpinespring
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Re: Harvard Law c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby alpinespring » Wed Apr 12, 2017 2:24 pm

seeprybyrun wrote:
alpinespring wrote:Anyone here who hasn't heard a beep yet? (applied in Jan).

Didn't make the WL... sigh...


Have you checked your status checker? A lot of us didn't get an email update telling us we were on the WL.


You saved my life.

I didn't even know HLS had changed my status (and that I was WL-ed).

Without you, I'd have just assumed I was rejected and moved on... thank you so much!!

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seeprybyrun
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Re: Harvard Law c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby seeprybyrun » Wed Apr 12, 2017 2:35 pm

alpinespring wrote:
seeprybyrun wrote:
alpinespring wrote:Anyone here who hasn't heard a beep yet? (applied in Jan).

Didn't make the WL... sigh...


Have you checked your status checker? A lot of us didn't get an email update telling us we were on the WL.


You saved my life.

I didn't even know HLS had changed my status (and that I was WL-ed).

Without you, I'd have just assumed I was rejected and moved on... thank you so much!!


Happy to help! :mrgreen:

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Re: Harvard Law c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby insertFunnyUsername » Wed Apr 12, 2017 3:02 pm

seeprybyrun wrote:
alpinespring wrote:
seeprybyrun wrote:
alpinespring wrote:Anyone here who hasn't heard a beep yet? (applied in Jan).

Didn't make the WL... sigh...


Have you checked your status checker? A lot of us didn't get an email update telling us we were on the WL.


You saved my life.

I didn't even know HLS had changed my status (and that I was WL-ed).

Without you, I'd have just assumed I was rejected and moved on... thank you so much!!


Happy to help! :mrgreen:


I'm glad you were able to figure this out from this thread (as was I), but it makes me wonder how many Harvard waitlisters don't even know they were waitlisted? How many will lose the opportunity to confirm their spot because they didn't know? Will HLS eventually email the people who haven't responded via the status checker? So. Many. Questions.

Does this give more hope to the neurotic ones?

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Re: Harvard Law c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby Rigo » Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:55 am

Shhh. Don't spread the word. :twisted:

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Re: Harvard Law c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby 69waystodie » Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:32 pm

Does Harvard still have a reputation for being really cutthroat? I really want to like it and I'm pretty nervous for ASW

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Re: Harvard Law c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby HonestlyThough » Tue Apr 18, 2017 2:00 pm

69waystodie wrote:Does Harvard still have a reputation for being really cutthroat? I really want to like it and I'm pretty nervous for ASW


Hi, won't know until we get there. If it's any comfort, all of the current students I have spoken to have been very warm and friendly and have said nothing but good things!

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Re: Harvard Law c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby Rigo » Tue Apr 18, 2017 2:05 pm

HonestlyThough wrote:
69waystodie wrote:Does Harvard still have a reputation for being really cutthroat? I really want to like it and I'm pretty nervous for ASW

Hi, won't know until we get there. If it's any comfort, all of the current students I have spoken to have been very warm and friendly and have said nothing but good things!

I mean there are always going to be ridiculously type A awful people at all elite law schools. It's such a massive class that I'm sure you'll find a few people you really click with though.

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Re: Harvard Law c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby 69waystodie » Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:34 pm

Thanks y'all. One more question, can anyone speak to whether or not HYS are willing to negotiate on need-based aid?

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Re: Harvard Law c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby Rigo » Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:45 pm

69waystodie wrote:Thanks y'all. One more question, can anyone speak to whether or not HYS are willing to negotiate on need-based aid?

That's not really how it works.

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Re: Harvard Law c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby seeprybyrun » Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:00 am

Rigo wrote:
69waystodie wrote:Thanks y'all. One more question, can anyone speak to whether or not HYS are willing to negotiate on need-based aid?

That's not really how it works.


Understatement of the thread ;)

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Re: Harvard Law c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby applepie3 » Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:55 pm

69waystodie wrote:Thanks y'all. One more question, can anyone speak to whether or not HYS are willing to negotiate on need-based aid?


ONLY under the condition that your need-based aid was evaluated very differently by another school. In that case, they can re-evaluate your financial aid application. So technically not a "negotiation".
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Re: Harvard Law c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby taxman14 » Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:03 pm

applepie3 wrote:
69waystodie wrote:Thanks y'all. One more question, can anyone speak to whether or not HYS are willing to negotiate on need-based aid?


ONLY under the condition that you need-based aid was evaluated very differently by another school. In that case, they can re-evaluate your financial aid application. So technically not a "negotiation".


So would different aid from S or Y be compelling if based on need based?

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Re: Harvard Law c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby ml0606148 » Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:43 pm

69waystodie wrote:Does Harvard still have a reputation for being really cutthroat? I really want to like it and I'm pretty nervous for ASW


certainly you will run into someone like Ted Cruz....but I think generally students there shall be friendly

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Re: Harvard Law c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby applepie3 » Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:14 am

taxman14 wrote:
applepie3 wrote:
69waystodie wrote:Thanks y'all. One more question, can anyone speak to whether or not HYS are willing to negotiate on need-based aid?


ONLY under the condition that you need-based aid was evaluated very differently by another school. In that case, they can re-evaluate your financial aid application. So technically not a "negotiation".


So would different aid from S or Y be compelling if based on need based?

I think so, if the difference is significant.

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Re: Harvard Law c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby 69waystodie » Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:05 pm

Tried negotiating and it didn't work, but I was told very promising stories of 2Ls and 3Ls who made 70k+ by TAing during the year and doing biglaw over the summer.

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Re: Harvard Law c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby ml0606148 » Thu Apr 27, 2017 5:17 am

69waystodie wrote:Tried negotiating and it didn't work, but I was told very promising stories of 2Ls and 3Ls who made 70k+ by TAing during the year and doing biglaw over the summer.


I just wonder whether there are scholarships available for top performers during the 3 years. For example, assume you are among the top 10 students in 1L, and you will be awarded a scholarship established under one big name or something

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Re: Harvard Law c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby Rigo » Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:57 am

What don't you understand about need-based aid?

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Re: Harvard Law c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby curry1 » Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:09 am

Rigo wrote:What don't you understand about need-based aid?


There are actually "merit" awards for Sears Prize winners (top 2 in 1l or 2l). Something on the order of 10k or 15k.

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Re: Harvard Law c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby Rigo » Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:11 am

curry1 wrote:
Rigo wrote:What don't you understand about need-based aid?

There are actually "merit" awards for Sears Prize winners (top 2 in 1l or 2l). Something on the order of 10k or 15k.

Shit well more power to you then.

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Re: Harvard Law c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby kbzon » Wed May 03, 2017 10:11 pm

Does anyone how schools like Harvard and Yale rank their classes if they don't give grades? (It seems like their is some way of judging where you place in relation to other students but I don't see how...)

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Re: Harvard Law c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby ml0606148 » Wed May 03, 2017 11:49 pm

kbzon wrote:Does anyone how schools like Harvard and Yale rank their classes if they don't give grades? (It seems like their is some way of judging where you place in relation to other students but I don't see how...)


I think you are talking about Yale. I remember Harvard does give grades and that's why they have this rumor of cutthroat culture

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Re: Harvard Law c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby Rigo » Thu May 04, 2017 12:00 am

I mean Honors, Pass, and Low Pass still act as grades and are relative comparisons with your classmates. You could potentially be benefited by it or screwed a bit by it due to the big groupings that hide your actual rank within the grouping.

An old thread discussing Harvard median 1L grades and breaking it down a bit more:
viewtopic.php?t=146018

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Re: Harvard Law c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby ml0606148 » Thu May 04, 2017 3:49 am

Rigo wrote:I mean Honors, Pass, and Low Pass still act as grades and are relative comparisons with your classmates. You could potentially be benefited by it or screwed a bit by it due to the big groupings that hide your actual rank within the grouping.

An old thread discussing Harvard median 1L grades and breaking it down a bit more:
viewtopic.php?t=146018


I thought HLS still had grades, this is surprising!




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