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Neelio
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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby Neelio » Thu Dec 03, 2009 2:59 pm

so just for speculation's sake... since we are seeing some low GPA, high LSAT acceptances, what are the chances of seeing the reverse? That's my boat... and I'm yet to see anyone with a lower LSAT and higher GPA get in.

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby Amelie » Thu Dec 03, 2009 3:04 pm

thorntll wrote:I hate how there will be 2-3 acceptance at once on this forum, so then I get all nervous/excited, and then nothing happens for the next six hours. It's really messing with my blood pressure.

+1

I've posted this in another thread, but about a week before the Sept. LSAT scores came back I was at the doctor, and she told me my blood pressure was too high (and it's always been fairly low). She was actually concerned, and told me I should do breathing exercizes to calm myself down. The law school admissions process is actually affecting my health. :shock:

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby amidea » Thu Dec 03, 2009 3:11 pm

I'm sitting in class and I just got a phone call and got really excited, but it's a 212 number.. sigh.

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OneKnight
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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby OneKnight » Thu Dec 03, 2009 3:22 pm

amidea wrote:I'm sitting in class and I just got a phone call and got really excited, but it's a 212 number.. sigh.


Fordham/NYU/Columbia? :P

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby 0L Hoping for 1 » Thu Dec 03, 2009 3:22 pm

Please dont stop today Berkeley!

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OneKnight
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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby OneKnight » Thu Dec 03, 2009 3:24 pm

0L Hoping for 1 wrote:Please dont stop today Berkeley!


+1

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby amidea » Thu Dec 03, 2009 3:27 pm

OneKnight wrote:
amidea wrote:I'm sitting in class and I just got a phone call and got really excited, but it's a 212 number.. sigh.


Fordham/NYU/Columbia? :P


That would be awesome. I'm kind of a goody two shoes so no checking my voicemail until after class... I'm not getting my hopes up though.

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby bilbobaggins » Thu Dec 03, 2009 3:34 pm

emilybeth wrote:yay you guys, so many congratulations in order! berkeley is so fantastic. i strongly encourage you to come check out boalt, particularly the wonderful atmosphere among all of the students, and see if you'd be a good fit here. and to everyone who's still hoping to hear... berkeley does things its own way, it took them fully three months to get back to me and i was an early-november applicant. no news can still be good news. :)


+1

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby Veritas » Thu Dec 03, 2009 3:39 pm

lunch break

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby Jericwithers » Thu Dec 03, 2009 3:40 pm

amidea wrote:
OneKnight wrote:
amidea wrote:I'm sitting in class and I just got a phone call and got really excited, but it's a 212 number.. sigh.


Fordham/NYU/Columbia? :P


That would be awesome. I'm kind of a goody two shoes so no checking my voicemail until after class... I'm not getting my hopes up though.


No voicemail checks, but you have no problem with posting/browsing through TLS in class? (Im just jealous that most my classes ban laptops---stupid facebook).

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LawLucy
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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby LawLucy » Thu Dec 03, 2009 3:41 pm

sfdreaming09 wrote:Okay, so weird situation for me…I got the phone call on Tuesday (12/1), but didn’t answer it because I thought it was one of the professors that I was doing research for during undergrad (I went to Berkeley and he always calls me from different 510 numbers). I didn’t feel like talking to him at the time, so I didn’t call him back till today. Then when I call, the person who answered said, “Hello, this is Dean Tom.”

So, yeah, HUGE surprise. I’m in and they’re flying me out for the ASW.

Btw, Dean Tom really seems to be very heavily in involved in the process. As soon as I mentioned my name, he immediately knew my last name and the fact that I’m living in LA right now. Really nice to see that they get to know the applicants so well.

Now have to decide between Harvard and Berkeley.


That would be a TOUGH decision for me...for different reasons. I am applying to Berkeley in the fall of 2010 (a car accident this fall screwed my preparation for apps this year - yes, life happens).
Good Luck. Are you flying out to Boston to check out HLS?

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby LawLucy » Thu Dec 03, 2009 3:42 pm

Tangerine Gleam wrote:There is hope for you low GPA folks. I got in with a 3.5x.

I AM IN FUCKING SHOCK.


I am not.

What was your LSAT score? If your background is smokin'...this should not be shocking at all.

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Lieut Kaffee
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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby Lieut Kaffee » Thu Dec 03, 2009 3:43 pm

My understanding is that people routinely turn down full rides at Columbia to go to Harvard. I'm surprised HLS/Berk is a tough call for people.

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby Tangerine Gleam » Thu Dec 03, 2009 3:46 pm

LieutKaffee wrote:Just passing through. I hope I wasn't foolish to cross Berkeley off my list solely because of my 3.62 GPA.


Only foolish if you're really interested in Berkeley. Lots of people have gotten in already with less than that...if you're interested, apply!

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby bilbobaggins » Thu Dec 03, 2009 3:46 pm

LieutKaffee wrote:My understanding is that people routinely turn down full rides at Columbia to go to Harvard. I'm surprised HLS/Berk is a tough call for people.


I know at least one person who turned down Stanford for Berk. I wouldn't be surprised if there were others around.

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby Tangerine Gleam » Thu Dec 03, 2009 3:50 pm

Xnegd wrote:
Tangerine Gleam wrote:There is hope for you low GPA folks. I got in with a 3.5x.

I AM IN FUCKING SHOCK.


What!? How? Please for the love of all thing holy tell us exactly what you did?

What was your LSAT?

What indigenous tribe are you the last remaining member of?

What was your PS about?

I have a 3.53 so I wasn't even going to bother applying.


I'm white bread...non URM.

LSAT was 172...definitely above the Boalt 75% but definitely not a mind-blowing score, either.

I expanded my PS to a full four pages and included lots of stuff on my love for Berkeley. Also had Berk-specific LOR's because I knew that it was a top choice.

As for softs, I haven't cured cancer but I had some success and 3 years of W.E. in a creative field (music). Interesting in its own right, but nothing shocking.

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby LawLucy » Thu Dec 03, 2009 3:50 pm

LieutKaffee wrote:My understanding is that people routinely turn down full rides at Columbia to go to Harvard. I'm surprised HLS/Berk is a tough call for people.


For me personally? I lived on the East Coast for three years. Loved it. Most people can never acclimate.
East vs. West in my opinion are complete different birds. I travel to SF every 8 weeks on business for 1-2 weeks at a time. There is nothing to NOT love about the Bay area. Ruby Skye (one of the top 5 hottest nightclubs in that nation), SUN, great concerts, great access (BART) everywhere, clean, great museums, skiing in (amazing) Tahoe 1.5 hours away, etc.
But then Boston is cool too. :lol:

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby amidea » Thu Dec 03, 2009 3:53 pm

Jericwithers wrote:
amidea wrote:
OneKnight wrote:
amidea wrote:I'm sitting in class and I just got a phone call and got really excited, but it's a 212 number.. sigh.


Fordham/NYU/Columbia? :P


That would be awesome. I'm kind of a goody two shoes so no checking my voicemail until after class... I'm not getting my hopes up though.


No voicemail checks, but you have no problem with posting/browsing through TLS in class? (Im just jealous that most my classes ban laptops---stupid facebook).


Luckily for me laptops are not banned :D I can pretend I'm taking notes on my laptop, but I feel bad blatantly checking my phone.

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby tintin » Thu Dec 03, 2009 3:54 pm

bilbobaggins wrote:
I know at least one person who turned down Stanford for Berk. I wouldn't be surprised if there were others around.


if I had the choice I might do the same. Palo Alto reallly sucks.....

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby kittenmittons » Thu Dec 03, 2009 3:55 pm

tintin wrote:
bilbobaggins wrote:
I know at least one person who turned down Stanford for Berk. I wouldn't be surprised if there were others around.


if I had the choice I might do the same. Palo Alto reallly sucks.....


So does Oakland

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby thorntll » Thu Dec 03, 2009 3:59 pm

Another acceptance on LSN. 172/3.53

Sigh.

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby 0L Hoping for 1 » Thu Dec 03, 2009 3:59 pm

thorntll wrote:Another acceptance on LSN. 172/3.53

Sigh.


Are you sure that isnt Tangerine?

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby Tangerine Gleam » Thu Dec 03, 2009 4:06 pm

kittenmittons wrote:
tintin wrote:
bilbobaggins wrote:
I know at least one person who turned down Stanford for Berk. I wouldn't be surprised if there were others around.


if I had the choice I might do the same. Palo Alto reallly sucks.....


So does Oakland


Berkeley slightly > Oakland. Plus, Boalt is 20 minutes from everything great that is SF.

Palo Alto is a good 40-45 minutes...with no traffic. Big difference IMO.

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby amidea » Thu Dec 03, 2009 4:11 pm

OneKnight wrote:
amidea wrote:I'm sitting in class and I just got a phone call and got really excited, but it's a 212 number.. sigh.


Fordham/NYU/Columbia? :P




It was a family wanting to see me when he comes to my campus this weekend. I don't know if I've ever been less enthusiastic about talking to him.

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Re: Berkeley 2010

Postby bilbobaggins » Thu Dec 03, 2009 4:32 pm

kittenmittons wrote:
tintin wrote:
bilbobaggins wrote:
I know at least one person who turned down Stanford for Berk. I wouldn't be surprised if there were others around.


if I had the choice I might do the same. Palo Alto reallly sucks.....


So does Oakland


Berk's not in Oakland :)

Also, Rockville and Lake Merritt areas are decent.




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