Apply to Yale?

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brownpride
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Apply to Yale?

Postby brownpride » Tue Feb 14, 2012 3:48 pm

Tomorrow is the application deadline for YLS, but I'm not sure if I should apply and the application fee is a lot for me right now. I don't want to apply if I have a really crappy shot, so please comment as to your thoughts on how much/little of a shot I have and whether it's worth the $100.

I'm graduating from undergrad in April with a BA, with a 4.18/173. I have some supplementary academic experiences though no publications, and a lot of academic and leadership awards including some really prestigious ones. My work experience has been mostly part-time in school, but I've got a lot of campus leadership activities and several hundred hours of recorded volunteer work. Overall, nothing too special. My PS and 250 are also not bad but not exceptional, as are my recommendations as unfortunately my chosen profs didn't work out and I had to get very mediocre refs.

Thoughts?

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JamMasterJ
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Re: Apply to Yale?

Postby JamMasterJ » Tue Feb 14, 2012 3:51 pm

Numerically, you're in great shape, and there's not really a way for us to tell you how strong the rest of your application is. If it were simply numbers-based, you would get in, so I'd definitely apply

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yankees42789
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Re: Apply to Yale?

Postby yankees42789 » Tue Feb 14, 2012 3:55 pm

Yeah, it can't hurt to try. Obviously pretty much everybody who applies is a long shot since so few people are accepted, but you have as good a shot as basically anybody else so I'd say to go for it.

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Re: Apply to Yale?

Postby law4vus » Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:02 pm

Based on numbers, you have as good a shot as anyone. I know the app fee is a lot, but you also don't want to wonder "what if" for the rest of your legal career.

I think it's worth the shot.

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Re: Apply to Yale?

Postby mattviphky » Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:38 pm

If I were in your situation (which, unfortunately, I'm not), I would apply, and if you don't get in, just take a year and get some experience and reapply. If you don't get into Y next year, just go to H or S.

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Re: Apply to Yale?

Postby CanadianWolf » Tue Feb 14, 2012 5:14 pm

You should have applied to Chicago & Michigan since you would likely get serious consideration for full tuition & fees scholarships.

brownpride
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Re: Apply to Yale?

Postby brownpride » Tue Feb 14, 2012 6:58 pm

Thanks for the advice guys!

I didn't apply to Chicago because I wasn't interested in the program; however, I did apply to UMich. Yale was the only one I left cause of the 250.

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Re: Apply to Yale?

Postby nsbane » Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:36 am

saw this post. looked at all the encouragement for the guy to apply to yale. shit i have better numbers than him, why didn't i apply?

frantically wrote the 250 word essay in the last 12 hours. put together the other additional shit yale needs for work history and activities during school. paid the $100 app fee and submitted.

wave of relief. starting to feel good - if they think he can get in, well what about me? look at the thread again to gloat. re-read his stats. oh. his gpa is 4.18. not 3.18.

i'm an idiot.

brownpride
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Re: Apply to Yale?

Postby brownpride » Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:22 pm

nsbane:
1. HAHAHAHAHA. That made my day.
2. Don't worry - I'm sure if you felt confident enough to apply you have a shot.
3. I wrote my 250 in the last 2 hours. Yours is undoubtedly better than mine.

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Re: Apply to Yale?

Postby 005618502 » Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:27 pm

nsbane wrote:saw this post. looked at all the encouragement for the guy to apply to yale. shit i have better numbers than him, why didn't i apply?

frantically wrote the 250 word essay in the last 12 hours. put together the other additional shit yale needs for work history and activities during school. paid the $100 app fee and submitted.

wave of relief. starting to feel good - if they think he can get in, well what about me? look at the thread again to gloat. re-read his stats. oh. his gpa is 4.18. not 3.18.

i'm an idiot.


Hahaha seriously gave me a good laugh. Hey, you never know!!

bmore
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Re: Apply to Yale?

Postby bmore » Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:40 pm

Can you put a stop payment on the check? :lol: Thanks for the laugh.

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Re: Apply to Yale?

Postby KingsBench » Thu Feb 16, 2012 5:52 pm

Well the Yale application deadline got moved to March 1st (http://www.law.yale.edu/admissions/JD.htm) so if you're still dallying and might want to take a bit more time refining that 250, I say go for it.

Great numbers by the way! I'm sure you'll have a great cycle regardless!

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Re: Apply to Yale?

Postby brownpride » Thu Feb 16, 2012 7:38 pm

Whaaat it got moved? I put the effing app together in 1 hour last night.

Well, not like I was gonna get in anyways. Thanks for the info though KingsBench.




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