Saja (2017-2018)

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Application Information

F - Fee Waiver, A - Attending, W - Withdrawn, D - Deferred
Law School Status Type $$$ Sent Received Complete Decision Updated
Harvard University graph WL, Accepted A 10/07/06 10/24/06 11/09/06 04/27/07 11 years
Columbia University graph Accepted W $35,000 10/07/06 10/11/06 11/17/06 01/26/07 11 years
University of Pennsylvania graph Accepted W $45,000 10/07/06 10/13/06 11/20/06 12/21/06 11 years
University of Virginia F graph Accepted W $60,000 10/07/06 10/13/06 10/26/06 01/09/07 11 years
University of Michigan Ann Arbor F graph Accepted W $54,000 10/07/06 10/13/06 10/31/06 11/29/06 11 years
Georgetown University F graph Accepted W 10/21/06 10/23/06 10/30/06 11/13/06 11 years

Applicant Information

Top Canadian

Demographic Information


Extra Curricular Information

**Updated for future applicants**

Extracurriculars were probably below average for the typical "T14" applicant. (I applied directly out of ugrad.) I was a tutor and involved in a few unusual things, as well as holding a position on a hiring committee, but nothing extraordinary. I had one very good recommendation that I saw, and two others that probably didn't help or hurt either way. I believe that the success I had this cycle was not purely attributable to numbers, however, and that I was helped by a strong personal statement and a bit of an unusual geographic background. My advice would be to find a niche for yourself and sell it.


**Update- T Stock e-mail 5/9, phone call 5/10, admission 5/11**

June 4- It's official, withdrew from Columbia after having sent in HLS deposit. After all of that, I'm Harvard 2010.


It's official: Columbia 2010

I have been delighted with this cycle, and its ending is very unexpected for me, as I was pretty sure I'd be going to Penn. I'd be more than happy to answer any questions future (or current) applicants might have about my decision.

A word of advice to future applicants: you can haggle for money, especially with other offers, and even without. It also doesn't hurt to ask for more. For instance, although I received 45k from Penn, I called asking for more, and was basically assured of 60k if I committed. But, as you can see, I didn't do that.


11/20- Georgetown- Received letter in mail with the requisite (very nice) handwritten note from Dean Cornblatt.

11/29- Michigan- Status changed to "decision" online and I received a package with acceptance overnighted to Canada from Ann Arbor. Classy. For those interested, I did write "Why Michigan.

12/21- Penn- Call from Renee Post at 7pm telling me I was accepted. Phew. Wrote "Why Penn".

1/11/07- UVa- Acceptance by mail, with mention of Dean's scholarship, amount TBD in March.

1/26- Columbia- PDF letter by e-mail. Pleasantly surprised, I really thought I'd be deferred or waitlisted.:)


1/10/07- E-mail from Harvard indicating "hold" status. Very unsurprised. ;)

2/7- Sent in a letter of continued interest to HLS along with an updated transcript, not that I think it will make much difference, but you never know.

Also, updated the profile with a bit more specific info.

2/9- Letter from Michigan offering 54k over three years.

3/2- Back from visits to Penn and CLS. Loved both. No idea where do go, and feeling subject to a future of indecisiveness. Oh, also received an e-mail saying I didn't get Gtown's Dean's Scholarship. Not too disappointing considering I spent about 15 minutes on the essays. I think I'll be withdrawing soon.

3/25- Decided its time to give another update. Its probably down to CLS and Penn for me, although I'm waiting for my financial aid from UVa. A lot will probably come down to $$ (hear that, adcomms? ;)) Any suggestions, informed or otherwise, are more than welcome.

3/30- Scholarship offer from UVa of 60k over three years.
Also, 45k Dean's Scholarship over three years from Penn, via e-mail. It's been a productive day!

4/10- Columbia notified me that I received a 35k "Yee Moral Obligation Scholarship " spread out 14-14-7 over 3 years, to be paid back once I'm presumably rich and fabulous. This is very unexpected. I had pretty much decided on Penn, and now, back to the drawing board. Any suggestions?

4/30- Deposit sent to Columbia

Visitor Comments

  • Thanks and congrats to you too!
  • Friday, June 30 2006 at 06:33 AM

You're sitting pretty with an awesome LSAT score. Best of luck this cycle! No West Coast schools for you?

- mike245
  • Top Canadian eh?
  • Friday, June 30 2006 at 07:18 AM

Love it - like we have top schools as comparable to those down south. Similar apps - best of luck!

- newBrunswick
  • Saja
  • Saturday, July 01 2006 at 02:41 PM

You always make me think of baseball. Fair market... or what managers are willing to pay?? hmm hahaha. Well that, and because of your Yankees avey. Saja you rock my world with your 171. You have this cycle on super lock.

- paigeroo
  • number twin
  • Thursday, July 06 2006 at 03:17 AM

No east coast schools for me. I'm pretty much set on Chicago but it will depend on how successful my husband is in finding a job there. Good luck in your application cycle.

- xyha4
  • Why no Chicago?
  • Tuesday, August 01 2006 at 02:09 PM

...or Yale for that matter?

- soupnet
  • thanks!
  • Tuesday, August 22 2006 at 07:34 AM

well indians are overrepresented in med school, but certainly not law!

- pondereplay
  • Good luck!
  • Wednesday, August 23 2006 at 10:18 AM

Right now I'm thinking I'll end up at Chicago or Columbia; I'm actually visiting Columbia right now, and it is pretty nice.... What about you? Any top choice? Are you going to submit an addendum to explain that one B? ;)

- hank
  • we are twins, almost
  • Wednesday, August 30 2006 at 07:27 PM

I have a similar EC profile also, I guess I'm just hoping for the best! Do you have a top choice/choices? I find it hard to be too optimistic and risk disappointment, but the sky's the limit, right?

- gemeg
  • gemeg...
  • Thursday, August 31 2006 at 06:48 AM

Yeah, I don't want to be too disappointed, but I'm "cautiously" optimistic about most schools, save Harvard and maybe Columbia. Right now I think that Penn is my top choice, but I don't want to count on them with their flukey admissions! I think I will have a strong "Why Penn" essay though.

- Saja
  • Yale
  • Thursday, September 07 2006 at 12:43 PM

well good luck to you too. BTW, not interested in yale? on chiatsu, our numbers are about a 20% chance! (yours probably a little higher) think about it

- gemeg
  • thank you
  • Friday, September 08 2006 at 04:34 AM

I figured if I don't feel that I did much better, I will cancel. Good luck to you with applications!

- xyha4
  • georgetown wavier
  • Saturday, September 16 2006 at 07:53 AM

hey, did georgetown send you that fee wavier yet?

- bic
  • Hey Saja!
  • Thursday, October 19 2006 at 08:23 AM

Saja! Apply to Cornell! Why you may ask?? Because Paigeroo is! =)))

- paigeroo
  • :(
  • Monday, October 23 2006 at 04:24 AM

I guess I should've listened to everyone who said don't retake. You did the right thing by keeping your score. Good luck with all of your applications. I'm sure there will be some great acceptances in the mail for you in just a few short months.

- xyha4
  • Good luck
  • Monday, October 23 2006 at 07:17 AM

Thanks for your note. We do have similar numbers, but if I recall correctly from LSD, you have better soft factors. I will be watching you too. Best of luck!

- shannysor
  • Fellow Canadian
  • Tuesday, October 24 2006 at 05:07 PM

Thanks for the kind words, I'll be cheering for you too. I haven't really researched any schools yet - I'll wait to see where I get in and then do some research. Your first choice?

- taggart
  • First Choice
  • Wednesday, October 25 2006 at 05:15 AM

Um, Yale! (yeah right) =) But SECOND first choice is Uchicago =) YAY. Which consequently if you're applying to umich, why wouldn't you apply to Chicago =/ Ah well dusya aka xyha4 and I will have fun without you =p

- Paige
  • how come
  • Monday, November 20 2006 at 09:45 AM

no nyu for you?

- lydgate
  • Congrats!
  • Monday, November 20 2006 at 01:24 PM

Congrats on Georgetown, what a fantastic start to the cycle! (And many more acceptances to come!!)

- mpark86
  • Wednesday, November 22 2006 at 06:43 AM


- paigeroo
  • Choices
  • Friday, November 24 2006 at 08:23 PM

I did have a first choice (CLS) until Toby Stock called- oh man, now my head's all over the place and I have no idea what my first choice is! How about you?

- mpark86
  • agree
  • Tuesday, November 28 2006 at 02:10 PM

I feel the sae way as mpark...I thought it would probably be Columbia (were I to get in) until the Harvard interest, which was surprising. It's looking good for people in our numbers range (knocks on wood).

- cjs2111
  • Thanks and congrats
  • Saturday, December 02 2006 at 08:16 AM

on your acceptances! I'm sure you've got a lot more coming to you. So you're not applying to NYU either? ;-)

- mike245
  • Wow!
  • Saturday, December 02 2006 at 09:02 AM

Congrats on your acceptances!!! But we'd like you to go to Penn, if you don't mind, so we can hang out w/ your parents there!

- Blooms
  • Two down...
  • Saturday, December 02 2006 at 10:33 AM

and how many to go? It's going to be an interesting month!

- Mumsy
  • I think...
  • Thursday, December 07 2006 at 12:41 PM

...I'm the only lsn user who's mother has left a comment on their wall.

- Saja
  • response
  • Saturday, December 16 2006 at 07:55 PM

in response to your post about why i went ED at UVA... i just knew that was where i wanted to go, and wanted to take every precaution to make sure i got in... not the best financial choice, but I think it was the right move

- ajomel
  • : )
  • Thursday, December 21 2006 at 07:38 AM

Thanks so much : ) Penn absolutely made my holidays. I'm sure you'll get your call soon!

- somnolentsquirrel
  • Penn
  • Thursday, December 21 2006 at 07:59 PM

Thanks for the encouragement. I sure hope you're right. Congratulations on the acceptance. I can't say I'm terribly surprised with those big numbers you've got there, but it must be exciting nonetheless. Just promise you'll withdraw as soon as Toby Stock gives you the nod. Unless you're really going for Penn, in which case I hope to meet you in the Fall. Good luck!

- yoni
  • I appreciate it
  • Friday, December 22 2006 at 06:13 PM

Your congratulations that is. Michigan, Penn, and Virginia were my top picks (all equal) at the start of this process and Michigan probably clinched it today. You have outstanding numbers and I wouldn't be surprised if you got an equally lucrative offer from one of your main schools. I have no doubts you'd wear a Hamilton quite well. Thanks again! ~Reach

  • Thank you
  • Thursday, January 04 2007 at 02:48 AM

I don't know yet. I'm very conflicted but I probably won't be able to go to Michigan (although I would love to) since my husband already accepted a job in Chicago. Congrats on Penn. I know you've been waiting for that one

- xyha4
  • congratulations
  • Wednesday, January 10 2007 at 12:30 PM

on GULC, Michigan, and Penn. Are you leaning towards any schools in particular?

- sarahbell127
  • I'm also
  • Thursday, January 11 2007 at 10:24 AM

leaning toward Penn. Ivy League and an awesome city...what more could a girl want?

- sarahbell127
  • Re:
  • Thursday, January 11 2007 at 01:06 PM

Thanks, Saja! Congrats on getting into both Penn and UVa, and good luck on your last two apps! So is it looking like Penn right now for you???

- mike245
  • Re: Penn
  • Thursday, January 11 2007 at 03:20 PM

You have outstanding chances of big money at Penn, but good luck anyway! Has Penn sent out scholarship invites yet?

- mike245
  • Where are Penn / Michigan?
  • Monday, January 15 2007 at 08:17 AM

Thanks for noticing! I'm not even "Decision" yet on Michigan status update - what's the deal? And Penn courts me early in the game with a waiver and now nothing! I can only hope to duplicate your successes...

- taggart
  • At last!
  • Tuesday, January 16 2007 at 08:08 AM

Surprise! Just informed of Michigan package received at home today...thanks for the karma!

- taggart
  • NYC! NYC!
  • Friday, January 26 2007 at 09:19 AM

Saja's coming to CLS :-p

- Lydgate
  • stuck
  • Friday, February 09 2007 at 06:09 AM

between Penn and columbia, impatiently waiting word from chicago. why didn't you apply there, if you don't mind me asking?

- prajna
  • columbia asw
  • Tuesday, February 13 2007 at 06:05 PM

well now that your gender is established, i can say in a very non-homosexual way, hope i get to see you at columbia asw! ;)

- reardenmetal
  • Numbers Twin
  • Sunday, February 18 2007 at 08:54 AM

Hey there, we are bascially numbers twins. I just received the Harvard phone call e-mail last Friday. I am wondering: did you?

- calstudent
  • Nice to see you at Columbia ASW!
  • Saturday, March 03 2007 at 07:37 AM

You have a tough decision ahead of you--are you still leaning towards Penn?

- mike245
  • Re: stuff
  • Sunday, March 04 2007 at 05:53 PM

In that case, it's 2000 that's the new 1918.

- lawschoolisevil
  • Penn ASW
  • Monday, March 12 2007 at 07:31 AM

i will indeed be there (with my mom.) She has never been to Philadelphia or the school and I'm so excited to show it off to her.

- sarahbell
  • Thanks and Congrats
  • Tuesday, March 13 2007 at 11:01 AM

Thanks for the kind words and congrats on all your phenomenal acceptances. I wish you the best of luck at a completely altruistic sense, one which has no bearing on the possibility of a spot opening up for me at Columbia. I'm really looking forward to Penn's ASW, too, though.

- apriori
  • Sharp
  • Wednesday, March 14 2007 at 05:48 AM

Thanks for the well wishes. I won't hear about it till next week, so I'm trying not to think about it! How the Penn/CLS decision going? Are Mich/UVA out of the running?

- monili
  • re: Congrats...
  • Wednesday, March 21 2007 at 04:26 PM

Thanks and it was need-based grants. Received an e-mail yesterday afternoon with a link to Penn's fin aid page. I'm actually quite surprised at the total as I haven't gotten anywhere near this much need-based money at other schools. Pleasantly surprised, of course. Are you going to the ASW?

- jtsd19
  • re: Penn ASW
  • Wednesday, March 21 2007 at 05:31 PM

Hmm probably Penn at this point. But that could change if Columbia or Harvard come calling, however remote that possibility may be. Congrats on CLS, btw. It was my #1 at the beginning of the cycle. Are you deciding between Penn and CLS?

- jtsd19
  • Penn ASW
  • Thursday, March 22 2007 at 07:34 AM

I'm heading to the airport right now to catch a flight to Philly for ASW. I'll be the lost-looking kid from southern California (never been to Philly before). Have a safe trip and maybe I'll see you there.

- jtsd19
  • Thursday, April 05 2007 at 09:41 AM

I just got a bad vibe from the place. The current students I met only wanted to bash NYU and talk about the big firms they wanted to work for. I'm sure it's not totally representative, but it left a really bad taste in my mouth, especially after visiting Penn (which I thought was great). Also, congrats on your cycle so far! I'm sure Harvard will come through for you.

- Braves6453
  • Penn vs CLS?
  • Wednesday, April 11 2007 at 05:23 AM

Hmm, I would definitely go with Columbia, especially after getting money from them. I've been way behind in dealing with the CLS financial people, but I can catch up next week if I don't like Chicago.

- reardenmetal
  • Hiya
  • Wednesday, April 11 2007 at 09:08 PM

Thanx :} It really is a dream come true. Hope to see you in August!

- Shalashaska
  • CLS
  • Thursday, April 12 2007 at 07:56 AM

Hey there, congrats on the Columbia scholarship! I can definitely see this complicating your decision though. I truly cannot tell you what to do. Didn't you say that you enjoyed Columbia slightly more during your visit though? As for me, I think I've eliminated Penn from the running, simply because I would be much happier living in one of the other two places. (You know I wasn't fond of Philly haha). But of course that's just my personal seemed to like Philly a lot, right?

- brokenroad
  • Decisions, decisions
  • Sunday, April 15 2007 at 01:04 PM

Thanks for the comments, I'll be following MCB's similar dilemma very closely on LSD. I'm relieved to hear you enjoyed yourself at Columbia's ASW. The only thing that worries me is the COL in Manhattan. Some absolutely incredible apartments are available in Chicago for nearly half the price of what CLS offers.

- apriori
  • Hey saja
  • Tuesday, April 17 2007 at 11:48 AM

Yeah, I actually did send in my Chi and UVA offers to CLS today via fax. The guy I talked to via email seemed very receptive, so hopefully get something to make me feel better about leaving all that money on the table at Chicago. We're going to be classmates! Exciting!

- reardenmetal
  • Re:
  • Sunday, April 29 2007 at 12:31 PM

Aww, thanks, Saja! I can't believe it's been almost a year since we were stressing out over the LSAT and dreaming about law school acceptances. It's been a fun ride, and look at us now! So have you decided on a school yet? I think Columbia is an amazing opportunity, but if you think you'll be happier at Penn, then you should go. In either case, good luck on your decision!!!

- mike245
  • CLS
  • Thursday, May 03 2007 at 09:04 AM

Thanks. You, too.

- apriori
  • Congrats on the clean sweep!
  • Friday, May 11 2007 at 11:50 AM

Right after you made a decision too! Good luck on your upcoming decision! =)

- mike245
  • HLS
  • Saturday, May 12 2007 at 06:08 AM

Congrats on Harvard, that's amazing!

- queenslifesci
  • Harvard
  • Saturday, May 12 2007 at 11:06 AM

The Harvard acceptance was such a surprise! I'm still in shock over it so I'm trying to let it sink in before I make a decision. As much as I loved Chicago though, I feel like going to HLS is too great of an opportunity to pass up! What are you thinking now?

- berntie
  • congrats
  • Friday, May 18 2007 at 09:39 AM

on hls! welcome!

- justcallmeelle
  • Harvard vs. Hamilton
  • Monday, June 18 2007 at 02:56 PM

I still don't know yet. I have been waiting for my award package from HLS which I just got today. I hope to have a decision made by the end of the week. Congrats on making a choice! I have a feeling you are going to have a great three years in Cambridge. Maybe I will see you there!

- treppenwitz

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