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triplecats
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Berkeley 2010

Postby triplecats » Fri Oct 16, 2009 2:31 pm

In honor of my completed application yesterday, I thought this would be a good place to start the wait. Who's with me?

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby Legacy316 » Fri Oct 16, 2009 2:32 pm

< Right here!

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby triplecats » Fri Oct 16, 2009 2:40 pm

Top choice? One of them?

I have a soft spot for Berkeley, despite the California economic doom/gloom. They were the first law school I decided I really wanted to go to; a few years ago I was still thinking grad school, but came across Berkeley's website somehow and thought "this would be a really nice place if the PhD doesn't seem like it's working out for me." Then a few years went by, I took the LSAT, and I actually had a shot at Boalt to my complete surprise. It would be kind of funny if I ended up there after all that.

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby Legacy316 » Fri Oct 16, 2009 2:48 pm

triplecats wrote:Top choice? One of them?

I have a soft spot for Berkeley, despite the California economic doom/gloom. They were the first law school I decided I really wanted to go to; a few years ago I was still thinking grad school, but came across Berkeley's website somehow and thought "this would be a really nice place if the PhD doesn't seem like it's working out for me." Then a few years went by, I took the LSAT, and I actually had a shot at Boalt to my complete surprise. It would be kind of funny if I ended up there after all that.


Haha, weird how things like that come about. Berkeley is my "realistic" dream school. It's kind of funny for me because in high school I had to write an essay about a school I'd like to go to and I chose Berkeley, knowing there was no way in hades I was going to make it in. But now, it could actually happen!!!

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby protokurios » Sat Oct 17, 2009 1:32 am

The school across the bay is my top choice, but I love Nor Cal, so if I get in to Berkeley but not Stanford, then I will definitely be giving it a hard look. One of the reasons is that Berkeley has a really good LRAP.

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby crackberry » Sun Oct 18, 2009 10:08 pm

protokurios wrote:The school across the bay is my top choice, but I love Nor Cal, so if I get in to Berkeley but not Stanford, then I will definitely be giving it a hard look. One of the reasons is that Berkeley has a really good LRAP.

I'm in the same boat. Stanford #1, Berkeley #1A (barring unrealistic HY acceptance)

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby Saya » Sun Oct 18, 2009 11:14 pm

Just sent in app yesterday. Crossing my fingers. Berkeley's my realistic dream school, too. :D

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby Fevsi » Mon Oct 19, 2009 2:50 am

crackberry wrote:
protokurios wrote:The school across the bay is my top choice, but I love Nor Cal, so if I get in to Berkeley but not Stanford, then I will definitely be giving it a hard look. One of the reasons is that Berkeley has a really good LRAP.

I'm in the same boat. Stanford #1, Berkeley #1A (barring unrealistic HY acceptance)


Why do you think Stanford's admissions are more forgiving than Harvard's?

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby nateDgr8 » Mon Oct 19, 2009 10:57 am

Just got the "Application Under Review" email. Too bad I have no chance with their high GPA obsession...

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby Kronk » Mon Oct 19, 2009 11:30 am

nateDgr8 wrote:Just got the "Application Under Review" email. Too bad I have no chance with their high GPA obsession...


I also got that email. I hope that means we get decisions soon (but I don't think the come out until mid november).

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby marbletop » Mon Oct 19, 2009 11:31 am

Me too. Come on, Dean Tom...

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby Kronk » Mon Oct 19, 2009 11:39 am

Nevermind. The first acceptance went out last year on 11-04. So any time now!

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby triplecats » Mon Oct 19, 2009 11:40 am

I just got the "Complete" email. However, I did not submit my complete app til 10/15... nonetheless, a decision before Thanksgiving would be wonderful. It would give me a few months to figure out how to make Berkeley a (financial) reality...

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby Kronk » Mon Oct 19, 2009 11:45 am

triplecats wrote:I just got the "Complete" email. However, I did not submit my complete app til 10/15... nonetheless, a decision before Thanksgiving would be wonderful. It would give me a few months to figure out how to make Berkeley a (financial) reality...


THEIR LRAP ROCKS, MAAAAAN!

Although cost of living is incredibly high in Berkeley. My friend pays $900 for his share of a 3BR that must be 30+ years old. Not much less than NYC (though they admittedly have a lot more floor space).

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby crackberry » Mon Oct 19, 2009 1:12 pm

Fevsi wrote:
crackberry wrote:
protokurios wrote:The school across the bay is my top choice, but I love Nor Cal, so if I get in to Berkeley but not Stanford, then I will definitely be giving it a hard look. One of the reasons is that Berkeley has a really good LRAP.

I'm in the same boat. Stanford #1, Berkeley #1A (barring unrealistic HY acceptance)


Why do you think Stanford's admissions are more forgiving than Harvard's?

Because I have a high GPA with a (by TLS standards) mediocre LSAT and Stanford seems to care more about GPA than Harvard, which is, it seems, an LSAT whore. Plus I went to Stanford UG and we're like a family out here. I don't expect to get in to Stanford, but I think my chances are better there than at Harvard or Yale. And I'd pick Stanford over either of those schools anyway given the choice. That said, I really do love Berkeley too.

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby Kronk » Mon Oct 19, 2009 1:16 pm

I visited Stanford this summer and it was incredible--definitely my top choice. However, there is something to be said for the grittiness of a city like Berkeley and the complexity it entails.

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby xanderdellus » Mon Oct 19, 2009 1:22 pm

Got the "Under review" today! here's hoping and good luck to all.

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby Legacy316 » Mon Oct 19, 2009 2:53 pm

VoidSix wrote:Nevermind. The first acceptance went out last year on 11-04. So any time now!

:shock:

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby 0L Hoping for 1 » Mon Oct 19, 2009 2:55 pm

I am still waiting for them to decide on my Need Based fee waiver! Ahh I want to apply!!

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby triplecats » Mon Oct 19, 2009 3:03 pm

Most of their first acceptances came 11-25 last year according to LSN. So if you haven't heard by 11-04, don't panic just yet. :)

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby bilbobaggins » Mon Oct 19, 2009 3:05 pm

Good luck people.

My stats didn't indicate an acceptance and I got one. I can't think of a school I'd rather be at.

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby triplecats » Mon Oct 19, 2009 3:10 pm

bilbobaggins wrote:Good luck people.

My stats didn't indicate an acceptance and I got one. I can't think of a school I'd rather be at.


Welcome to the thread! Sit down, tell us about why you enjoy Berkeley. And please tell Gandalf to return my last call.

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby amputatedbrain » Mon Oct 19, 2009 4:54 pm

xanderdellus wrote:Got the "Under review" today! here's hoping and good luck to all.


Mine too . . . anyone know what kind of timeframe until notification that creates . . . the status checker says they notify as soon as a decision is made on a rolling basis I assume . . . is that true, or do they in practice really wait until Dec/Jan?

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby im_blue » Mon Oct 19, 2009 5:33 pm

crackberry wrote:
Fevsi wrote:
crackberry wrote:
protokurios wrote:The school across the bay is my top choice, but I love Nor Cal, so if I get in to Berkeley but not Stanford, then I will definitely be giving it a hard look. One of the reasons is that Berkeley has a really good LRAP.

I'm in the same boat. Stanford #1, Berkeley #1A (barring unrealistic HY acceptance)


Why do you think Stanford's admissions are more forgiving than Harvard's?

Because I have a high GPA with a (by TLS standards) mediocre LSAT and Stanford seems to care more about GPA than Harvard, which is, it seems, an LSAT whore. Plus I went to Stanford UG and we're like a family out here. I don't expect to get in to Stanford, but I think my chances are better there than at Harvard or Yale. And I'd pick Stanford over either of those schools anyway given the choice. That said, I really do love Berkeley too.


Give 'em the Axe!

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby crackberry » Mon Oct 19, 2009 5:35 pm

im_blue wrote:Give 'em the Axe!

Some of my friends have vowed never to speak to me again if I emulate Benedict Arnold by going to Boalt. Wouldn't go there over Stanford though, for what that's worth.




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