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

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Next JS2 wave(s) will be...

Monday 3/27
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2%
Tuesday 3/28
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17%
Wednesday 3/29
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32%
Thursday 3/30
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12%
Friday 3/31
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28%
Saturday 4/1
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Re: Harvard Law c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby dianersg » Wed Jan 04, 2017 12:41 pm

ashrice13 wrote:
dianersg wrote:JS1 today! Can't believe it. 170/4.0

Congrats!! When did you submit?

11/08

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

Postby Kinch08 » Wed Jan 04, 2017 12:52 pm

Congrats, y'all

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

Postby ashrice13 » Wed Jan 04, 2017 12:53 pm

dianersg wrote:
ashrice13 wrote:
dianersg wrote:JS1 today! Can't believe it. 170/4.0

Congrats!! When did you submit?

11/08

big congrats!! Hope you get to celebrate. :D

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

Postby Question12345 » Wed Jan 04, 2017 1:07 pm

Anyone know what time they stop sending out JS1s for a wave? Like for today is it pretty much done?

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

Postby sonyco » Wed Jan 04, 2017 2:09 pm

Question12345 wrote:Anyone know what time they stop sending out JS1s for a wave? Like for today is it pretty much done?

No, no one knows.

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Postby hellohalo » Wed Jan 04, 2017 2:19 pm

JS1 in 2 hours. :shock:

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

Postby harmcharm » Wed Jan 04, 2017 2:20 pm

sonyco wrote:
Question12345 wrote:Anyone know what time they stop sending out JS1s for a wave? Like for today is it pretty much done?

No, no one knows.


I haven't seen any reports that the JS1s are wildly apart though. Like, if people start getting them at 9 am, there won't be people getting it at 4 pm.

I'm betting it's done though, and pretty disappointed for today tbh. It seemed like they were just getting to the KJD mild reverse splitters in Dec, and I was so sure I'd be in this one. :cry:

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

Postby hammy393 » Wed Jan 04, 2017 2:21 pm

JS1!! 10:50AM ET

Submitted 11/12 -- Complete 11/15

URM

LSAT < 25

GPA < 25
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Re: Harvard Law c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby VA2lawschool » Wed Jan 04, 2017 3:29 pm

I realize these posts are annoying because timing doesn't always make sense but I'm getting very concerned at a lack of JS1 for having gone complete in October...

For reference, LSAT = 50 and GPA at 25th, so I guess it's silly to assume I'll even get one.

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

Postby illini2016 » Wed Jan 04, 2017 3:33 pm

harmcharm wrote:
sonyco wrote:
Question12345 wrote:Anyone know what time they stop sending out JS1s for a wave? Like for today is it pretty much done?

No, no one knows.


I haven't seen any reports that the JS1s are wildly apart though. Like, if people start getting them at 9 am, there won't be people getting it at 4 pm.

I'm betting it's done though, and pretty disappointed for today tbh. It seemed like they were just getting to the KJD mild reverse splitters in Dec, and I was so sure I'd be in this one. :cry:


I'm URM, LSAT at the 25th and 25 < GPA < 75. The other posters seem to be in a very similar boat, so I'm thinking they just knocked out the non-auto-admit URMs today.

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

Postby tr5890 » Wed Jan 04, 2017 4:34 pm

JS1 10:50am ET!!
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Postby bloomsday » Wed Jan 04, 2017 4:42 pm

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

Postby hellohalo » Wed Jan 04, 2017 5:24 pm

Oh my god...
Technical problem :shock:
But I was lucky to have Romina who was super nice and understanding. She was willing to talk over the phone. But we finally had the skype interview on my ipad.

The questions she asked were laidback. I wish I could've answered them better with more info. :/ Still panicing from the technical issue.

Then I asked questions, and she answered everything just like a student there. The conversation was very enjoyable.

She said the next committee meeting will be in two to three weeks.

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

Postby ashrice13 » Wed Jan 04, 2017 5:28 pm

hellohalo wrote:Oh my god...
Technical problem :shock:
But I was lucky to have Romina who was super nice and understanding. She was willing to talk over the phone. But we finally had the skype interview on my ipad.

The questions she asked were laidback. I wish I could've answered them better with more info. :/ Still panicing from the technical issue.

Then I asked questions, and she answered everything just like a student there. The conversation was very enjoyable.

She said the next committee meeting will be in two to three weeks.

Oh man, that is stressful!! That's totally one of those things that seem to be a bigger deal to you than they really are. I would be stressed out too but I'm sure it was fine.

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

Postby Daydreamer15 » Wed Jan 04, 2017 5:32 pm

bloomsday wrote:
VA2lawschool wrote:I realize these posts are annoying because timing doesn't always make sense but I'm getting very concerned at a lack of JS1 for having gone complete in October...

For reference, LSAT = 50 and GPA at 25th, so I guess it's silly to assume I'll even get one.


Same GPA, LSAT >> 75%, waiting since september. Sadness.


Also in the waiting boat since Oct. :?

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

Postby Mackgal » Wed Jan 04, 2017 5:51 pm

Anyone have any insight on what a "good interview" is compared to a "bad interview" (i.e. you're not getting in) ... I just had my interview, she asked me a lot of questions about my masters program and about why law school and then gave me time to ask questions. She also spent time talking about specific programs I would be interested in

I know there's probably no real insight on this kind of thing, I just hate the waiting process lol

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

Postby hellohalo » Wed Jan 04, 2017 5:54 pm

Mackgal wrote:Anyone have any insight on what a "good interview" is compared to a "bad interview" (i.e. you're not getting in) ... I just had my interview, she asked me a lot of questions about my masters program and about why law school and then gave me time to ask questions. She also spent time talking about specific programs I would be interested in

I know there's probably no real insight on this kind of thing, I just hate the waiting process lol


I want to know this too!

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

Postby xnsch » Wed Jan 04, 2017 5:55 pm

Mackgal wrote:Anyone have any insight on what a "good interview" is compared to a "bad interview" (i.e. you're not getting in) ... I just had my interview, she asked me a lot of questions about my masters program and about why law school and then gave me time to ask questions. She also spent time talking about specific programs I would be interested in

I know there's probably no real insight on this kind of thing, I just hate the waiting process lol


It's my understanding that the interview is really meant to find out whether you're a personable (and thus employable) normal human being and to get more insight into why you want to go to law school and what you hope to accomplish. I think as long as you articulated your answers well, were affable, and had a solid reasoning for why law school, why Harvard, etc. then you have nothing to worry about.

The Harvard interview was my favorite of all the law schools because it was so friendly and a good flowing conversation. I think if you get the same feeling, that the conversation was good-natured and flowed well, then you've got a good shot

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

Postby airwrecka » Wed Jan 04, 2017 5:57 pm

Mackgal wrote:Anyone have any insight on what a "good interview" is compared to a "bad interview" (i.e. you're not getting in) ... I just had my interview, she asked me a lot of questions about my masters program and about why law school and then gave me time to ask questions. She also spent time talking about specific programs I would be interested in

I know there's probably no real insight on this kind of thing, I just hate the waiting process lol


I would assume it's similar to a job interview or anything else. They want to see that you're a sane person who isn't terrible to be around, who can articulate their thoughts and elaborate on ideas, and will fit in to the culture of the school.

^Those are just my guesses, but I don't know what else an interview could really be about when they already have your entire application to look at.

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

Postby hellohalo » Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:27 pm

xnsch wrote:
Mackgal wrote:Anyone have any insight on what a "good interview" is compared to a "bad interview" (i.e. you're not getting in) ... I just had my interview, she asked me a lot of questions about my masters program and about why law school and then gave me time to ask questions. She also spent time talking about specific programs I would be interested in

I know there's probably no real insight on this kind of thing, I just hate the waiting process lol


It's my understanding that the interview is really meant to find out whether you're a personable (and thus employable) normal human being and to get more insight into why you want to go to law school and what you hope to accomplish. I think as long as you articulated your answers well, were affable, and had a solid reasoning for why law school, why Harvard, etc. then you have nothing to worry about.

The Harvard interview was my favorite of all the law schools because it was so friendly and a good flowing conversation. I think if you get the same feeling, that the conversation was good-natured and flowed well, then you've got a good shot


I agree with you. But 25% of the interviewees don't get the offer. It's hard for me to imagine there are so many people who can't carry on a good conversation or so...

Anyway I had my interview. Because of the technical issues, I was panic at the beginning and didn't answer the first two questions very well. But the rest went OK. And I believe I acted as a very personable person. I feel grateful to be granted the interview already. Shouldn't expect too much I guess. :cry:

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

Postby AJ1010 » Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:36 pm

hellohalo wrote:Oh my god...
Technical problem :shock:
But I was lucky to have Romina who was super nice and understanding. She was willing to talk over the phone. But we finally had the skype interview on my ipad.

The questions she asked were laidback. I wish I could've answered them better with more info. :/ Still panicing from the technical issue.

Then I asked questions, and she answered everything just like a student there. The conversation was very enjoyable.

She said the next committee meeting will be in two to three weeks.


I had my JS1 in Dec with a different interviewer. We also had technical issues. My interviewer said that their office has connection issues all the time, and he did not make a big deal out of it.

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

Postby hammy393 » Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:52 pm

hellohalo wrote:
xnsch wrote:
Mackgal wrote:Anyone have any insight on what a "good interview" is compared to a "bad interview" (i.e. you're not getting in) ... I just had my interview, she asked me a lot of questions about my masters program and about why law school and then gave me time to ask questions. She also spent time talking about specific programs I would be interested in

I know there's probably no real insight on this kind of thing, I just hate the waiting process lol


It's my understanding that the interview is really meant to find out whether you're a personable (and thus employable) normal human being and to get more insight into why you want to go to law school and what you hope to accomplish. I think as long as you articulated your answers well, were affable, and had a solid reasoning for why law school, why Harvard, etc. then you have nothing to worry about.

The Harvard interview was my favorite of all the law schools because it was so friendly and a good flowing conversation. I think if you get the same feeling, that the conversation was good-natured and flowed well, then you've got a good shot


I agree with you. But 25% of the interviewees don't get the offer. It's hard for me to imagine there are so many people who can't carry on a good conversation or so...

Anyway I had my interview. Because of the technical issues, I was panic at the beginning and didn't answer the first two questions very well. But the rest went OK. And I believe I acted as a very personable person. I feel grateful to be granted the interview already. Shouldn't expect too much I guess. :cry:


Right? 25% of interviewees don't get the offer. That's a pretty decent chunk...

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

Postby Mackgal » Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:53 pm

xnsch wrote:
Mackgal wrote:Anyone have any insight on what a "good interview" is compared to a "bad interview" (i.e. you're not getting in) ... I just had my interview, she asked me a lot of questions about my masters program and about why law school and then gave me time to ask questions. She also spent time talking about specific programs I would be interested in

I know there's probably no real insight on this kind of thing, I just hate the waiting process lol


It's my understanding that the interview is really meant to find out whether you're a personable (and thus employable) normal human being and to get more insight into why you want to go to law school and what you hope to accomplish. I think as long as you articulated your answers well, were affable, and had a solid reasoning for why law school, why Harvard, etc. then you have nothing to worry about.

The Harvard interview was my favorite of all the law schools because it was so friendly and a good flowing conversation. I think if you get the same feeling, that the conversation was good-natured and flowed well, then you've got a good shot


Yah it was my favourite too! It seemed much more like a conversation and less like a job interview. Chicago's interview was really stern and I was half expecting Harvard's to mimic that!

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

Postby spectacles » Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:29 pm

Recently had my JS1 with a very nice lady, but I didn't catch her name and cannot for the life of me find out what each admissions officer looks like (no portraits on the website). Is it important to send a thank you note ASAP, or should I give up?

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

Postby dc_diva » Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:45 pm

hammy393 wrote:
hellohalo wrote:
xnsch wrote:
Mackgal wrote:Anyone have any insight on what a "good interview" is compared to a "bad interview" (i.e. you're not getting in) ... I just had my interview, she asked me a lot of questions about my masters program and about why law school and then gave me time to ask questions. She also spent time talking about specific programs I would be interested in

I know there's probably no real insight on this kind of thing, I just hate the waiting process lol


It's my understanding that the interview is really meant to find out whether you're a personable (and thus employable) normal human being and to get more insight into why you want to go to law school and what you hope to accomplish. I think as long as you articulated your answers well, were affable, and had a solid reasoning for why law school, why Harvard, etc. then you have nothing to worry about.

The Harvard interview was my favorite of all the law schools because it was so friendly and a good flowing conversation. I think if you get the same feeling, that the conversation was good-natured and flowed well, then you've got a good shot


I agree with you. But 25% of the interviewees don't get the offer. It's hard for me to imagine there are so many people who can't carry on a good conversation or so...

Anyway I had my interview. Because of the technical issues, I was panic at the beginning and didn't answer the first two questions very well. But the rest went OK. And I believe I acted as a very personable person. I feel grateful to be granted the interview already. Shouldn't expect too much I guess. :cry:


Right? 25% of interviewees don't get the offer. That's a pretty decent chunk...



One of my mentors is an HLS alum and she put it this way -- the interview is to make sure you're personal/employable BUT it is only one factor of your admissions package. Don't go into the interview thinking you're already in, contingent on a great interview. You already in the top ~20%, but some part of your application might fall short compared to others so much so that even a good interview doesn't make up for it. She knows many boarderline awkward people with killer scores or resumes that got in, but she also knows some phenomenally personable people who interviewed but didn't get in because they had other shortcomings.

Long story short, the interview is an important part of the total package but not the only thing that matters when they're evaluating you.



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