SharkWeek (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F - Fee Waiver, A - Attending, W - Withdrawn, D - Deferred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
75 Boston University graph Accepted W 09/25/07 10/04/07 12/18/07 03/15/08 12 years
47 Northwestern University F graph Accepted W 10/08/07 10/09/07 10/29/07 01/25/07 12 years
33 University of Chicago F graph Accepted W $50,000 09/25/07 09/25/07 09/26/07 01/23/07 12 years
2 Harvard University F graph Accepted W 11/05/07 11/06/07 12/14/07 01/09/08 12 years
32 University of Michigan Ann Arbor F graph Accepted A $135,000 10/14/07 10/19/07 11/09/07 11/28/07 12 years
95 University of Notre Dame F graph Accepted W $60,000 10/08/07 10/09/07 -- 11/28/07 12 years
55 University of Virginia graph Accepted W $60,000 09/25/07 09/25/07 09/29/07 01/04/08 12 years
26 Duke University F graph Accepted W $60,000 09/25/07 09/25/07 10/01/07 10/11/07 12 years
41 Cornell University F graph Accepted D W 09/25/07 09/29/07 10/29/07 01/22/07 12 years
98 Washington and Lee University graph Accepted W $60,000 09/25/07 09/25/07 11/08/07 12/07/07 12 years
74 Boston College F graph Accepted W $105,000 09/25/07 10/24/07 11/05/07 12/14/07 12 years
57 Georgetown University F graph Accepted W 09/25/07 10/01/07 10/29/07 10/31/07 12 years
23 University of Pennsylvania F graph Pending D W 11/05/07 -- 12/12/07 01/11/08 12 years

Applicant Information

175
3.06
3.75
Small Public
Math
N/A

Demographic Information

N/A
N/A
Black
Male
Yes
N/A

Extra Curricular Information

Scholarship info is over 3 years because it looks like more money that way.

Numbers next to each school represent my chances as estimated by Chiashu.

LSDAS GPA far below degree-granting GPA. Pretty legit addendum, I think.

Decent soft factors, extracurriculars.

Sent: Date I submitted via LSAC or put the application in the mail.
Received: Date a report was requested or the school otherwise acknowledged my submission.

Pre-cycle predictions:
Accepted: BC, BU, ND, W&L, GULC, Cornell, Wisconsin, Minnesota
Rejected: Michigan, Harvard, Duke
WL, Accepted: Chicago, UVa, NU
WL, Rejected: Columbia, Penn

ADDITIONAL INFO & UPDATES

4/4 -- After some serious deliberation, I've made my decision. Go Blue!

3/15ish -- Accepted at BU about two months after I withdrew.

2/4 -- Accepted at Cornell via a letter (dated 1/22) that arrived the day after I withdrew. Whoops!

1/30 -- Darrow! That basically seals the deal. Going to stay in at NU, ND, Chicago, Harvard, and Michigan. I'll make a final decision when I see financial aid numbers, but I'm almost definitely going to be at Michigan in the fall. Withdrawing from Cornell, GULC, BC, BU, Cornell, Penn, Duke, and Columbia. Never even went complete at Columbia.

1/27 -- 20k/yr at W&L.

1/25 -- In at NU! ND is my sentimental favorite and Michigan is amazing, but I really, really fell in love with NU when I visited. Half a point for Northwestern and I'm still batting .500. I think.

1/23 -- In defiance of Chiashu: in at Chicago via phone call. I actually laughed out loud when she gave me the password to the admitted students site. I am a hopeless econ dork. Also, 105k at BC via snail mail, tiny envelope. Half a point for Chicago.

1/11 -- I am awarding myself half a point for Virginia (I got the Accept part right) and half a point for Penn (other half a point to be awarded if I am later rejected), which brings me squarely up to .500 on my predictions (5 points out of 10 possible). I am now officially rooting for Columbia to reject me to boost my stats.*

*not really

1/11 -- In at Virginia via tiny tiny envelope that scared the shit out of me. Held at Penn via e-mail.

1/9 -- In at Harvard. Yeah. Guess there's no point hiding my numbers anymore.

1/9 -- Darrow invite. I'm going to start playing the lottery, this is my week.

1/4 -- Phone interview with Dean Stock.

1/2 -- Harvard phone call e-mail.

12/21 -- Deferred at Cornell via phone call (i.e. me calling them, so no one gets confused). I think the only predictions I got right so far are BC and ND. Edit: okay, and W &L and GULC. I'm 4 for 6.

12/18 -- In at BC via big envelope sent to the wrong address dated 12/14. Complete at BU via tiny green postcard I almost accidentally threw away.

12/08 -- After a phone call with Michigan admissions, I've decided not to apply to Wisconsin and Minnesota. I think my cycle is basically over unless Northwestern comes in with some sexy money.

12/07 -- In at W&L via e-mail.

12/03 -- In at ND via snail mail. Large envelope. 20k scholarship per year with no strings but good standing attached. Envelope has been there all weekend, I just didn't check my mail. I am an idiot.

11/29 -- In at Michigan via snail mail. Large envelope.

11/09 -- Complete at Michigan via status checker.

10/31 -- In at GULC via snail mail. Card-shaped, thin envelope with a handwritten note inside on very sexy stationary.

10/29 -- Complete at Gtown via status checker. Complete at NU via status checker a week after interview. Complete at Cornell via e-mail inquiry.

10/14 -- Michigan finally submitted. It's pretty stupid that it took this long, considering they're one of my top choices, but I just didn't have time for the Why Michigan essay.

10/11 -- Accepted at Duke via e-mail! Take that, Chiashu! Admissions packet came a week later via snail mail.

09/26 -- Sent out my first batch of applications. Michigan will have to wait until October, as I'm visiting the campus soon and want that to factor into my Why Michigan essay. The rest of my apps don't open up until October, I think.

09/06 -- LSDAS should have both of my LORs any day now, so the only thing left to do is finish my personal statement. I'm attending the Chicago LSAC Forum, and I plan to send out my first batch of applications after the forum. I planned for Duke to be one of my first apps, but because I was on academic probation, they require a certification letter from my first undergrad university that's going to be hard to get. It looks like my first batch of applications is going to be Michigan, Virginia, Cornell, and Northwestern. The others will likely have to wait until October, as my LSAC fee waiver only gave me 4 free reports. Penn and ND don't open up till October anyway.

08/15 -- My LSDAS GPA is finally in, and it's higher than I thought it would be.

07/11 -- Fee waiver from GULC. Fee waiver and priority track invitation from Duke.

06/30 -- *** on the June LSAT. Woo. Took a bunch of schools off my list based on that, and added a couple. Harvard's still a ridiculous longshot, but a guy can dream.

06/12 -- Took the LSAT yesterday. I'm pretty confident that I did well on it, but I've been wrong before.

06/09 -- It's pretty stupid to be choosing schools before I've taken the LSAT, but I've taken enough practice tests to have a pretty clear indicator of where I'll score. If I score as well as my best practice tests, I think I have a outside shot at Michigan, but I guess I'll see in July. For now, I'm just adding schools as they catch my interest. I'd like to stay around the Michigan/Great Lakes area, which kind of limits my choices.

Visitor Comments

  • Good Luck
  • Wednesday, July 04 2007 at 09:02 PM

Glad to see you killed it...good luck this cycle. I'll continue to shake it off

- baron
  • re: Holy crap!
  • Thursday, July 12 2007 at 02:32 PM

Thank you so much! I am still on cloud nine. I imagine YOU are on cloud ten...LSAT score of 175???WOW. :) Well done!

- Jen2bjd
  • not a ridiculous longshot
  • Monday, July 23 2007 at 07:44 AM

I think you're selling yourself short. Assuming you can explain your low LSDAS GPA, that 175 means you should be looking at T-14. Maybe apply to 1 or 2 others to be safe. Maybe.

- tweak
  • ;)
  • Tuesday, July 24 2007 at 03:14 PM

Good luck SharkWeek!

- papercranes
  • T-14
  • Wednesday, August 01 2007 at 05:39 PM

I think you're set at the lower T-14. While I don't know your cumulative GPA, it would have to be sub-2.9ish to block acceptances at Duke/UVA through GULC given your LSAT and URM status. 3.0-3.3 could get you NYU (though I see you're not applying there). Good luck man, enjoy your cycle and 'grats on the great LSAT!

- dendrite
  • GPA
  • Saturday, August 04 2007 at 04:13 PM

It's going to be around 2.8-2.9. I'm still waiting for LSDAS to process my last transcript, but my rough calculations put it around there. Hopefully schools will take into account that my GPA over the last 4 years is 3.9, but somehow I doubt it. :D

- SharkWeek
  • HEY!
  • Tuesday, August 07 2007 at 09:38 AM

Good luck man, I'm sure you'll do fine and you still have a great shot at Harvard. You have a 175 for God's sake and a good reason for your GPA, so you'll do fine. Good luck with apps and I'll be rooting for you this upcoming cycle.

- tl2
  • Good Luck
  • Friday, August 17 2007 at 10:38 PM

Good luck on your cycle! You have way too many safety schools. You're going to break into the T14, unless your personal statement is atrocious. No need to have five safety schools. I don't doubt that you'll be at Harvard next year.

- 0L
  • Thanks
  • Sunday, August 19 2007 at 02:03 PM

I know I'm applying to too many schools, but I have fee waivers to most of them and I'd be happy to go to any of them. Notre Dame was my dream school before I got my LSAT score back, and I'd still be happy to go there.

- SharkWeek
  • Harvard
  • Tuesday, August 21 2007 at 08:51 PM

I think you have a good shot, actually. Good luck.

- Zuckerman
  • Good Luck!
  • Saturday, September 15 2007 at 06:46 PM

I added to your post on Notre Dame at LSD. (I'm Alan Shore.) Anyway, I wish you the best of luck getting in, and if you get into Harvard, maybe you can give me your ND spot, since my LSAT might be a touch low! :)

- CSC2JD
  • LSAT
  • Tuesday, October 02 2007 at 09:26 AM

Hi, I'm taking the LSAT in Dec., any good advice on how to score in the 170s?

- lp1283
  • LSAT
  • Wednesday, October 03 2007 at 08:07 AM

Thanks! I do own the Powerscore bibles plus the weekend course book. So hopefully they work for me as well as they worked for you. Good luck!

- lp1283
  • Congrats!
  • Thursday, October 11 2007 at 04:56 PM

On Duke! I got in today too! :)

- PinkTiki
  • Congrats!
  • Friday, October 12 2007 at 07:14 AM

Wow Duke! That was quick!

- lp1283
  • Congrats!
  • Friday, October 12 2007 at 07:15 AM

Wow Duke! That was quick!

- lp1283
  • Thanks guys!
  • Sunday, October 14 2007 at 01:00 PM

=)

- SharkWeek
  • DOOK!
  • Monday, October 15 2007 at 12:14 PM

Congrats on Dook! It's just the first of many.

- tl2
  • Congrats on Duke
  • Monday, October 22 2007 at 12:45 PM

Looks like you're going to have a great cycle.

- indyguy7484
  • Duke Certification Letter?
  • Monday, October 29 2007 at 01:54 AM

Hey sharkweek, When you mention that Duke required a certification letter from your first university, what specifically are you referring to? I didn't find anything on the app that specifically requested anything of the sort. Anyways, looks like you're going to have a great cycle. Cheers!

- ghil04
  • Oh ok phew
  • Monday, October 29 2007 at 08:55 AM

Just sent my app yesterday so was panicking about the possibility that I may have missed something. Btw, are you really a URM? I presume a lot of the information above is meant to protect yourself from ad-comms perusing through LSN, no? And what's your #1?

- ghil04
  • Congrats!
  • Wednesday, October 31 2007 at 10:54 AM

On Georgetown!

- PinkTiki
  • GULC!
  • Wednesday, October 31 2007 at 11:16 AM

Congrats, dood. You're rackin' up acceptances.

- tl2
  • Georgetown
  • Wednesday, October 31 2007 at 01:17 PM

Congrats on GULC! You're off to a great start.

- mabengi001
  • Congrats!
  • Thursday, November 01 2007 at 06:59 AM

Congrats on Georgetown! I got the same note yesterday--can't believe how fast it was.

- holly1984
  • Congrats
  • Wednesday, November 14 2007 at 02:50 PM

Well, you're going to have a very difficult time deciding where to go, that's for sure!

- CSC2JD
  • Congrats on ND!
  • Tuesday, December 04 2007 at 04:25 PM

Nice job on ND! I know that you now have way more options, but I know that ND used to be your "dream." I haven't heard from them, so it looks like I'll be continuing my wonder for a couple more months!

- CSC2JD
  • W&L
  • Friday, December 07 2007 at 11:59 AM

You too. It's a great campus, I've been going up there to visit my uncle since I was 7 and love it. Looks like you're having a great cycle.

- atkinsa
  • Congrats on your amazing acceptances!
  • Friday, December 07 2007 at 12:16 PM

Hope I get good news by Michigan!

- virusny
  • dayum
  • Sunday, December 09 2007 at 07:21 AM

Damn sharkweek! You are killin this cycle! Congrats man

- gclemen1
  • thanks man
  • Thursday, December 13 2007 at 05:25 AM

but i bet you won't be saying that when they accept you =]

- stotan12
  • ...
  • Sunday, December 16 2007 at 03:06 PM

Thanks. Feels good to have at least one option. I'm going to be curious to see your decision between Harvard, Northwestern ($$$), and Michigan.

- tl2
  • Wow
  • Tuesday, December 18 2007 at 04:55 PM

I think you might sweep the cycle!

- indyguy7484
  • Thanks!
  • Thursday, December 20 2007 at 06:46 PM

Thank you! I was so happy to hear I literally cried. It looks like you're totally killing it this cycle! You're gonna have so many great options. (Looks like your predictions are way off, in a good way) Where are you hoping to end up?

- meliss1086
  • Thanks, man
  • Friday, December 21 2007 at 04:17 PM

Not looking too shabby yourself. Sorry about that Cornell deferral, but I'm sure you'll hammer out a lot more acceptances out of this cycle. Good luck with everything!

- ghil04
  • Congrats
  • Sunday, December 23 2007 at 08:03 PM

on all your acceptances so far! I see you post on LSD and know you're excited about Michigan (as I would certainly be), but I think you will have some amazing schools to choose from when all is said and done. Good luck with the rest of your cycle!!

- mhlm
  • Congrats!
  • Monday, December 31 2007 at 10:33 PM

On your great acceptances so far...Seems you were (luckily) wrong on many of your predictions! I'm a Great Lakes girl myself, so I understand the pull of the area...Michigan seems like it would be a GREAT place to be!

- rabbit9198
  • Congrats!
  • Monday, December 31 2007 at 10:33 PM

On your great acceptances so far...Seems you were (luckily) wrong on many of your predictions! I'm a Great Lakes girl myself, so I understand the pull of the area...Michigan seems like it would be a GREAT place to be!

- rabbit9198
  • ...
  • Tuesday, January 08 2008 at 03:43 PM

Thanks. I hope to see you in A2 this fall also, but I have a feeling that the Harvard allure will be too much for us Michigan trolls to combat.

- tl2
  • Wow!
  • Wednesday, January 09 2008 at 08:50 AM

Congrats on Harvard. Would you go there over Michigan?

- calgal86
  • Congrats!
  • Wednesday, January 09 2008 at 09:13 AM

On Harvard!

- PinkTiki
  • 1/9/08
  • Wednesday, January 09 2008 at 09:34 AM

Wow. What a day you are having! Darrow invite at Michigan and acceptance at HLS...I can't imagine it gets much better than that. Congratulations!! Now, the important question: which way are you leaning?

- MHLM
  • M vs. HLS
  • Wednesday, January 09 2008 at 10:15 AM

Well, getting a Darrow would obviously change things a bit :). Still, I'd have a really hard time turning down the prospect of having "Harvard J.D." next to my name -- along with the opportunities the name alone provides. Either way, its a wonderful "dilemma" to be in!

- calgal86
  • ...
  • Wednesday, January 09 2008 at 01:08 PM

Congrats on a great day! There's nobody more deserving. Good luck on making the decision!

- tl2
  • Congrats!
  • Wednesday, January 09 2008 at 01:52 PM

On Harvard & the Darrow invite! -Polly

- cellardoor
  • numbers
  • Wednesday, January 09 2008 at 04:46 PM

just curious, but I have been wondering for a while why people hide their numbers. What is the reason for that

- sbarker3
  • Whoa...
  • Thursday, January 10 2008 at 05:54 AM

You had quite a big day yesterday! Congratulations on all your fantastic news, and fingers crossed for Darrows for both of us!

- mysterymeat
  • Congrats!
  • Thursday, January 10 2008 at 01:02 PM

Congratulations on Harvard!! Looks like your predictions were a bit off =)

- RedNinja
  • My goodness
  • Thursday, January 10 2008 at 04:27 PM

That LSAT score is amazing. I don't understand that Cornell deferral, but the rest of your record speaks for itself. Congratulations on Harvard, buddy. Glad to see you're kicking butt :).

- ghil04
  • congrats
  • Thursday, January 10 2008 at 04:51 PM

On all of your acceptances!!!! Tis a shame we can't "share" LSAT scores. ;)

- lawschoolplease
  • You were wrong again
  • Thursday, January 10 2008 at 04:55 PM

Congrats on the big H and the Darrow invite! You're going to have a tough choice to make.

- indyguy7484
  • Congrats!
  • Friday, January 11 2008 at 01:15 PM

On Virginia!

- PinkTiki
  • Congrats!
  • Saturday, January 12 2008 at 05:03 PM

on Harvard, UVA, and the Darrow invite....now, to write the essay...

- rabbit9198
  • Want2belikeu
  • Saturday, January 12 2008 at 08:18 PM

So what is your LSAT secret? I would love some pointers before I take it in June.

- royalt3240
  • Thanks for keeping in touch!
  • Sunday, January 13 2008 at 03:33 PM

Actually, I'm holding out for the school that I have no scholarship from, LOL. I love Columbus, and OSU is the best fit for me. They do scholarships mid-February so wish me luck! I see people are still slowly getting into ND... but even if I get in (after wetting my pants), I'm not sure that I'll be able to afford it... :-/ Even without hefty scholarships from OSU, I'll be able to afford it because I can become an Ohio resident!

- CSC2JD
  • congrats
  • Wednesday, January 16 2008 at 03:21 AM

I turned my dad on to LSN and now he looks at it when he's thinking about my cycle (or maybe when he's bored, i don't know), but he sent me an email last night directing me to your profile and noting that we got HLS and Darrow on the same day...congrats to both of us, and I thought maybe the part about would amuse you like it did me.

- another applicant
  • haha
  • Wednesday, January 16 2008 at 07:19 PM

That's pretty sweet, aa. Which one are you leaning toward, Mich with Darrow or H?

- SharkWeek
  • hard!
  • Thursday, January 17 2008 at 09:38 AM

i don't know...i think harvard but i really want to visit both. do you have ideas? are you visiting? did you submit anything for darrow?

- another applicant
  • Darrow
  • Friday, January 18 2008 at 11:18 AM

I submitted my Darrow essay on Wednesday or so. I'm leaning toward Michigan if I get the Darrow - I'm really honored to be in at Harvard and all, but Michigan seems like a better fit for me. I visited Mich, but not Harvard. If you can afford to visit both that's probably the thing to do, I fell in love with Mich when I visited. Viewbooks just aren't the same.

- SharkWeek
  • Rejected a ND
  • Tuesday, January 22 2008 at 02:49 PM

No dice at ND! Oh well. I really, really, really, really wanted to go there, so it's kind of a weight off my shoulders. I know that I wouldn't have been able to afford the debt load with no scholarships! So I'm leaning even more on OSU! Let me know where you end up!!

- CSC2JD
  • Congrats!
  • Wednesday, January 23 2008 at 02:10 PM

On Chicago!

- PinkTiki
  • so
  • Friday, January 25 2008 at 03:15 AM

I am starting to think we are the same person...I laughed out loud at the password too!! I wonder if we get that a lot. Any word on the Darrow? -your anon friend

- anotherapplicant
  • Darrow
  • Friday, January 25 2008 at 11:08 AM

haha, good to know there are other people out there who appreciate nerd humor :D No word on the Darrow yet. I'm obsessively checking rabbit9198's profile - her numbers blow mine away, and I'll start worrying sometime after she's heard. =) Let me know if you hear anything, my mysterious friend!

- SharkWeek
  • Congrats on the Darrow!
  • Thursday, January 31 2008 at 09:59 AM

Let me be the first to congratulate you on the Darrow on LSN. I was pulling for you and I'm so glad you got it! :)

- calgal86
  • Darrow
  • Saturday, February 02 2008 at 09:40 AM

Congrats Man! Hopefully I'll see you at one of the ASWs.

- indyguy7484
  • Darrow
  • Saturday, February 02 2008 at 06:28 PM

Congrats on the Darrow! I'm heading to NU in two weeks - anything you'd recommend I do? You seem like a good person to ask since you liked NU after your visit. Are you heading to a Michigan ASW?

- sandphire
  • CONGRATZ
  • Sunday, February 24 2008 at 07:45 PM

HEY!!! CONGRATZ ON YOUR ACCEPTANCES!!!! I AM A BLACK MALE AS WELL THAT ATTENDS UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY AND I AM SO GLAD THAT ANOTHER BALCK BRUTHA IS ABLE TO DO WELL AND GET INTO SUCH GR8 SCHOOLS, I AM A SOPHOMORE AND STARTING TO PREPARE FOR THE LSAT THAT I SEE YOU DID VERY WELL ON!!! I WAS WONDERING IF YOU COULD GIVE ME SOME ADVICE ON YOUR STUDY HABITS??? I TRULY WANT TO ATTEND THE HLS AND I SEE YOU GOT IN WITH A LOW LSDAS GPA SO I WAS WONDERING IF YOU COULD TELL ME HOW YOU EXPLAINED THAT BECAUSE I WILL BE IN THE HAAS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND I FEEL THAT THE BEST I COULD DO IS A 3.6...PLEASE EMAIL ME I WILL APPRECIATE IT!!!

- eliazarchacha
  • Decision
  • Thursday, March 27 2008 at 07:50 AM

I made my decision. It was tough actually finally saying so. You have kept some great options on the table, so good luck to you! Let me know where you end up!

- CSC2JD
  • LSAT
  • Wednesday, April 02 2008 at 05:50 PM

Congrats on your cycle. How did you prep for the LSAT?

- esqintraining
  • ...
  • Friday, April 04 2008 at 04:49 PM

Congrats on finally making a decision! I'm 90% sure I'll be there too. See ya in A2.

- tl
  • good luck
  • Friday, April 04 2008 at 05:35 PM

Awesome! I bleed maize & blue for life, despite my law school choice! I honestly had no interest in UM law, but you will do awesome there!

- CSC2JD
  • UMICH!
  • Monday, April 14 2008 at 11:22 AM

Now that you've made a decision at one of my fav schools you can give me all of the details in Fall 08 when I apply. Congrats!!!!

- royalt3240
  • Congrats!
  • Sunday, April 20 2008 at 10:25 AM

Congratulations on an absolutely amazing cycle.

- Mightyhim
  • ?
  • Tuesday, April 29 2008 at 10:28 PM

Might I ask why you didn't apply to Yale?

- Mightyhim
  • Ivey Guide
  • Thursday, May 01 2008 at 10:42 PM

I have it. I gave copies of her "Tips for Recommenders" to my recommenders. As I gradually work on the different parts of my application, I read the corresponding sections of Ivey's book. All that's left for me to do is write my DS, PS, Yale 250, and optional essays. Basically, the hard part :) So what ultimately made you decide Michigan over Harvard? The idea of being debt free?

- Mightyhim
  • Congrats to you too
  • Friday, May 02 2008 at 11:50 AM

If it helps, I'm a little jealous that your taking the Darrow. Best of luck.

- indyguy7484
  • have fun at umich
  • Saturday, May 03 2008 at 06:37 PM

hey man, congrats on everything. you have any advice for putting apps together by chance?

- mcds
  • Thanks!
  • Sunday, May 04 2008 at 11:28 AM

I'll definitely keep that in mind. Oh, and what happened with Columbia? You mentioned you were applying but it's not listed.

- Mightyhim
  • Lsat
  • Monday, July 07 2008 at 12:52 PM

May I ask for some pointers on how you studied for the lsat?? I need a score like yours!! ( pls email me back) :)

- Random

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