BearlyLegal (2020-2021)

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Application Information

F - Fee Waiver, A - Attending, W - Withdrawn, D - Deferred
Law School Status Type $$$ Sent Received Complete Decision Updated
Boston University graph Accepted A $30,000 10/31/07 -- 12/14/07 03/20/07 11 years
University of Virginia F graph WL, Rejected 11/06/07 -- 11/15/07 08/18/08 12 years
Emory University graph Waitlisted 11/05/07 -- 11/19/07 04/08/08 12 years
Washington University in St Louis F graph Waitlisted 10/05/07 -- 11/13/07 04/08/08 13 years
University of California Los Angeles graph Waitlisted 11/07/07 -- 11/13/07 02/18/08 13 years
University of California Berkeley graph Rejected 11/09/07 -- 01/07/08 02/25/07 13 years
University of California Hastings graph Accepted 10/07/07 -- 11/20/07 02/17/08 13 years
Duke University graph Waitlisted 11/08/07 -- 11/20/07 02/11/08 13 years
Harvard University graph Rejected 11/06/07 -- 12/14/07 02/15/08 13 years
New York University graph Rejected 11/06/07 -- 12/14/07 02/06/07 13 years
Boston College graph Waitlisted 11/05/07 -- 11/12/07 01/31/08 13 years
Tulane University F graph Accepted $90,000 10/05/07 -- 11/16/07 01/16/07 13 years
University of Michigan Ann Arbor graph Rejected 11/08/07 -- 12/01/07 01/18/07 13 years
St. John's University F graph Accepted $90,000 10/06/07 -- 12/13/07 01/18/07 13 years
University of Notre Dame F graph Waitlisted 11/06/07 -- 11/13/07 01/18/07 13 years
Cardozo-Yeshiva University F graph Accepted $54,000 10/31/07 -- 11/13/07 01/10/07 13 years
Georgetown University PT graph Rejected 11/01/07 -- 11/09/07 01/03/08 13 years
Cornell University graph Rejected 10/31/07 -- 11/14/07 12/21/07 13 years
Fordham University PT graph Accepted 11/01/07 -- 12/04/07 12/18/07 13 years
Columbia University graph Rejected 11/05/07 -- 11/13/07 12/08/07 13 years

Applicant Information

4th Tier Public

Demographic Information

New York
New York

Extra Curricular Information

Extracurricular Activities:
Minimal EC involvement in college. Significant postgrad involvement in pro-bono legal activities.

Work History:
Worked full time through most of undergrad. 3 years of postgrad paralegal work in public interest and biglaw.

Diversity factors:
Non-traditional educational history.
Immigrant from a distressed country.


Going to BU Law.

Visitor Comments

  • Hi Bearly
  • Sunday, October 21 2007 at 02:05 PM

that's an impressive list you have there! what's your #1? As always, best of luck,

- papercranes
  • Great List
  • Thursday, October 25 2007 at 10:56 AM

Best of luck. I'm betting you get into quite a few of those schools. I'm sure the only difficulty will be choosing.

- dotlyn
  • And the number one threat to American is
  • Tuesday, November 13 2007 at 06:21 PM

Maybe we will both wind up in NYC!

- PennyLane
  • Good luck
  • Friday, November 16 2007 at 11:02 AM

I hope you have a great cycle. If your essays are anything like your LSD posts, you will have a nice list of acceptances to choose from.

  • Russian friend!
  • Tuesday, November 20 2007 at 05:57 AM

Hello! Good luck this cycle!

- lukecwaters
  • Good luck!
  • Tuesday, November 20 2007 at 01:47 PM

We're almost numbers twins. I wish you the best of luck this cycle, from one LSD'er (the forum, of course!) to another!

- HopefulApplicant
  • gl
  • Thursday, November 22 2007 at 08:46 PM

similar #'s... good luck w/ your cycle... we're applying to a lot of the same schools.

- bringtheraine
  • The name is
  • Friday, November 23 2007 at 04:22 AM


- HopefulApplicant
  • Good luck!
  • Sunday, November 25 2007 at 12:16 PM

I'm sure you will have plenty of exciting acceptances to look forward to this cycle!

- vertigo
  • i need a title?
  • Thursday, November 29 2007 at 01:14 AM

good luck! we have similar-ish numbers (you clearly win on GPA though). i'm hoping for hastings...

- asymptotals
  • Screw Columbia.
  • Saturday, December 08 2007 at 09:40 AM

They don't know what they are missing. If NY or T14 are important to you, then I bet Fordham and GULC will be bitch slapping each other to get you.

- PennyLane
  • Sorry
  • Saturday, December 08 2007 at 02:25 PM

:-( I'm sorry that Columbia is stupid. You don't want to go to that horrible school anyway. You will get into plenty of places before it's all over. Keep your chin up!

- dotlyn
  • Dotlyn is right...
  • Sunday, December 09 2007 at 12:27 PM

Columbia is a TTT in decline!

- PennyLane
  • LSD
  • Tuesday, December 11 2007 at 04:25 AM

good luck fellow LSDer! You will get a lot of hits out of those schools!

- gclemen1
  • good luck!
  • Tuesday, December 18 2007 at 08:39 AM

we have a lot of the same schools picked out... of course your lsat score is slightly better.. congrats on getting into fordham and i'll keep watching

- amfer
  • btw
  • Tuesday, December 18 2007 at 08:41 AM

may i ask where you are from bearlylegal?

- amfer
  • Fordham
  • Tuesday, December 18 2007 at 10:03 AM

Congrats man! Maybe we will be classmates

- FutureLLP
  • Tuesday, December 18 2007 at 04:31 PM

Way to go man!

- XxWaitlistedxX
  • hey from LSD
  • Thursday, December 20 2007 at 08:39 PM

Hey there. Just thought I'd say hello from LSD and I always enjoy your posts. you may be one of the few people not interested in biglaw on that board. Congrats on Fordham btw. Good Luck.

- thecrashharder1
  • Congrats
  • Friday, December 21 2007 at 08:14 AM

On Fordham!

- kmhenry42
  • My favorite LSDER
  • Friday, December 21 2007 at 11:39 AM

I hear that Cornells suicide rate is really high, so maybe a blessing in disguise

- billt568
  • Fordham
  • Friday, December 21 2007 at 01:44 PM

Congratulations on Fordham. Did you apply soley for the PT program, or for FT too? Also, good luck on GULC PT. With your WE and GPA you should be in by now!

- mpaule
  • cornell
  • Saturday, December 22 2007 at 08:14 PM

how did cornell inform you of the status (email or letter)? I just went "Decision" on their status checker but I'm stuck at home, so I'm hoping if it's a letter it didn't get sent to my school address... good luck with the rest of your cycle, and congrats especially on Fordham!

- metaomni
  • Thanks!
  • Friday, January 04 2008 at 11:59 AM

I appreciate the kind words. It's all right, though; I really shouldn't complain. I have many viable options to consider, and I hope you will have the same (and you do, with Fordham!). Take care.

- HopefulApplicant
  • 4
  • Sunday, January 06 2008 at 11:08 AM

that's the number of acceptances you get out of this list out of those pending. you applied to way too many reaches.

- honest man
  • ^-- Response
  • Sunday, January 06 2008 at 02:16 PM

Probably true, but I lost nothing by gambling. What's your dysfunction?

- bearlylegal
  • 9 schools
  • Sunday, January 06 2008 at 03:05 PM

you don't get into that you applied to without fee waiver= $500-750. You "lost nothing" by "gambling?"

- honest man
  • plus 3
  • Sunday, January 06 2008 at 03:11 PM

and that is not including the three you were already dinged by...

- honest man
  • ^-- Response
  • Sunday, January 06 2008 at 03:50 PM

Time will tell if you are right. The money is infentisimal and a complete non-issue. If I end up at Fordham I am a happy camper anyway.

- bearlylegal
  • ^-- Response Continued
  • Sunday, January 06 2008 at 03:51 PM

And FYI, I was Fee Waivered at 14 of my 20 Schools, including 2 of the 3 that dinged me already.

- bearlylegal
  • Hey Bearly
  • Tuesday, January 08 2008 at 08:43 AM

How did you go complete at St. Johnnys

- billt568
  • 'dozo
  • Thursday, January 10 2008 at 02:59 PM

Oh my goodness! Congrats! That's a boatload of $$ too!!!

- tinkerbelle010
  • title
  • Monday, January 14 2008 at 09:06 AM

Congrats on Fordham! Now tell them to let me in too, we've the same index and I'm from a distressed country too. In fact, I'm distressed right now.

- traffic777
  • Monday, January 21 2008 at 09:59 AM

On your acceptances thus far! I just got my Michigan rejection as well...whatever! I hope you do awesome with the rest! I'm pulling for ya!

- drew82abndiv
  • Congrats on Tulane!
  • Wednesday, January 23 2008 at 03:34 AM

That's a big wad of cash you got there sir! Think about it, if you go to Fordham with no $$$, you'll end up ~180K in debt and it's NYC Biglaw or bust. Much better to relax and enjoy the Big Easy than turn into a corporate whore.

- XxWaitlistedxX
  • By going to Tulane
  • Wednesday, January 23 2008 at 03:39 AM

You could be a courtroom lawyer dressed in white with red suspenders,, dabbing the sweat off your brow as you cross examine a southern debutante on the murder of her husband, all the while speaking in a cajun twang.

- billt568
  • ^--Replies
  • Wednesday, January 23 2008 at 05:34 AM

Waitlisted: I think you are right. I have done the NYC Biglaw thing, and it's not for me. Jambalaya, on the other hand, is DEFINATELY for me. :) Bill: Dude... You just totally sold me on NOLA! ^_^

- BearlyLegal
  • ^--Replies
  • Wednesday, January 23 2008 at 05:53 AM

Waitlisted: I think you are right. I have done the NYC Biglaw thing, and it's not for me. Jambalaya, on the other hand, is DEFINATELY for me. :) Bill: Dude... You just totally sold me on NOLA! ^_^

- BearlyLegal
  • Just Curious
  • Wednesday, January 23 2008 at 07:58 PM

Just out of curio, why no Big 10 schools on the list, Bear?

- XxWaitlistedxX
  • Big Ten
  • Thursday, January 24 2008 at 03:54 PM

Those schools in the Big Ten athletics conference. You know, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio State, Minnesota, etc.

- XxWaitlistedxX
  • Tulane
  • Saturday, January 26 2008 at 05:31 PM

Good job on Tulane. Good luck with the rest of your apps.

- kev199
  • so far
  • Sunday, February 03 2008 at 10:11 AM

my prediction remains correct. i think you may squeak into Emory off the WL though.

- honest man
  • ^-- Response
  • Monday, February 04 2008 at 07:34 AM

Uhuh. Let's wait and see, shall we?

- BearlyLegal
  • ^-- Response
  • Monday, February 04 2008 at 07:42 AM

Uhuh. Let's wait and see, shall we?

- BearlyLegal
  • Sorry!
  • Friday, February 15 2008 at 07:43 AM

My condolences with re: Berkeley rejection. I know the feeling, mi amigo. I was getting my hopes up too... But the past is past. I'm impressed with the Tulane scholarship offer. That's a pretty chunk of change! Where are you leaning right now, if you don't mind me asking?

- HopefulApplicant
  • I understand!
  • Saturday, February 16 2008 at 06:39 AM

I hear ya on Boalt. That one hurt me too. I heard nothing for three months, when many people on LSN were being outright rejected or deferred. My hopes were up, but oh well. What's done is done, you know? As for your decision (I'm basing it on the schools to which you were accepted so far), it depends if you want biglaw or not. If you are a biglaw or bust kind of guy (and I don't think you are, but you might be), then Fordham is the best option. If you don't mind not getting biglaw though, I'd go with Tulane or St. John's. Personally, I'd go with Tulane, because the NY market is fierce. However, if you really want to stay in NYC, then I think it might be your best option (I'm assuming your scholarship requirements aren't too stringent for either school.) I wish you the best of luck with your other applications.

- HopefulApplicant
  • Davis
  • Monday, February 25 2008 at 05:16 PM

I'll bet you're just as tired of waiting on Davis as I am. Just wanted to wish you good luck!

- Jessica
  • Davis?
  • Tuesday, February 26 2008 at 03:24 AM

Thanks, Jess! But do you mean Hastings or UCLA?

- BearlyLegal
  • Sorry
  • Tuesday, February 26 2008 at 05:27 AM

That's so strange. I could have sworn that you had applied to Davis.

- Jessica
  • BC Waitlist Question
  • Saturday, March 01 2008 at 08:42 AM

I'm curious - are you on the regular waitlist or the priority waitlist for BC? Do you know if there's a difference. I'm also on the WL so I'm curious - thanks!

- wisher23
  • congrats
  • Tuesday, March 11 2008 at 07:49 AM

Congrats on all your acceptances! I imagine you are deciding between Fordham and Tulane so far. I went to Tulane undergrad and having nothing but great things to say about the school. Good luck with the rest of your apps!

- teddygrams23
  • crossing my fingers for you!
  • Wednesday, March 12 2008 at 02:21 PM

for the duke waitlist :)

- papercranes
  • Duke Waitlist!
  • Sunday, March 16 2008 at 11:06 AM

Wow, I'm impressed. Congrats!

- HopefulApplicant
  • Re: Duke
  • Monday, March 17 2008 at 06:29 AM

Thanks! I am keeping my fingers crossed and working on a good LOCI

- BearlyLegal
  • "Honest Man"
  • Thursday, March 20 2008 at 05:19 PM

Your prediction proved incorrect. Thanks for playing.

- bearlylegal
  • BU
  • Thursday, March 20 2008 at 05:23 PM


- tinkerbelle010
  • Congrats
  • Friday, March 21 2008 at 12:06 PM

glad you got in to BU. But Fordham is better. go ther.e

- honest man
  • ^-- Response
  • Friday, March 21 2008 at 02:03 PM

PT vs. FT is my primary concern. Also, my family is in Mass and I am very tired of NYC. Why is Fordham better? It\'s ranked lower, places worse, and noone outside NYC knows what it is... What do you think?

  • Good point
  • Friday, March 21 2008 at 02:28 PM

I did not notice the PT thing. I think BU is better than Fordham PT unless you have a compelling reason to work while in school. But Fordham is better for NYC, and given that Boston is a tough market to begin with it makes more sense to just go to Fordham IMO. But not PT. So call Fordham, explain the situation, and see if they're willing to let you switch to FT. If so, then you have a real choice to make.

- honest man
  • congats!
  • Saturday, March 22 2008 at 08:34 AM

On getting into BU!

- bezzin
  • Re Honest Man
  • Saturday, March 22 2008 at 07:00 PM

BU just gave me 30k and I will try to get them to raise to 45. Fordham def. won't match. Thing is, I have a very solid "in" with NYC biglaw. If I do well enough in either school to do Biglaw, I am guaranteed a spot at a V15 firm, so I am not too worried about NYC placement. Thanks for turning around man.

- bearlylegal
  • BU
  • Sunday, March 23 2008 at 09:24 AM

Well I filled out a bunch of financial aid forms and they informed me of the scholarship a few weeks after. Looks like you got the same scholarship as me though. Congrats!!!! Are you seriously considering BU?? It's down to BU & W&M for me. When do you think UVA is gonna get back to us?? It's been sooo long and their application checker still says "Not Yet."

- triplevkid
  • One More Q
  • Sunday, March 23 2008 at 09:26 AM

How are you gonna ask BU for more money?? Formal Letter or E-mail?

- triplevkid

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