adelante09 (2018-2019)

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Application Information

F - Fee Waiver, A - Attending, W - Withdrawn, D - Deferred
Law School Status Type $$$ Sent Received Complete Decision Updated
University of California Berkeley graph Accepted A $75,000 11/30/14 12/02/14 01/05/15 01/23/15 4 years

Applicant Information

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Demographic Information

Los Angeles
California
Latino
N/A
Yes
3-4 Years

Extra Curricular Information

- 2+ years of work experience
- Extensive student government and leadership experience while in undergrad
- Summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa
- Fellowships including:

UCLA Law Fellows: https://www.law.ucla.edu/admissions/outreach/

TRIALS Pre Law Program: http://trials.atfoundation.org/index

Council on Legal Education Opportunity: http://www.cleoscholars.com

And various others. Message me if you'd like to learn more about opportunities like these, I'm happy to share.

ADDITIONAL INFO & UPDATES

Only applied to Berkeley Law and was admitted a couple weeks back. I wanted to create this profile because I didn't see profiles like mine represented on LSN when I was applying.

I am historically a poor test taker and knew that going into the applications process so I made sure to highlight all of my other strengths/experiences. Personally, I believe that standardized exams (like the LSAT, GRE and SAT) have very little predictive value with regard to my academic potential or my capacity to contribute to the legal profession. I was able to make a compelling enough case for this to land at my dream school.

For future applicants who also don't perform well on tests, consider strengthening your candidacy by pursuing unique but relevant work opportunities (outside of working at a law firm if possible in order distinguish yourself a little more) and also looking into graduate programs before law school.

For fellow first-generation, low-income, students of color, do not shy away from expressing your accomplishments in the context of your personal/familial history. This is not to seek sympathy from admissions officers, but rather to point to the reality that many of our successes have required some additional effort and perseverance based off of where we have started.

Adelante!

Law School Predictor: Weak Consider

Submitted 11/30/14
Completed 1/05/15 (after Dec. LSAT scores released)
Auto-Admit 1/23/15
Dean's Fellowship Notification ($75,000) 3/20/15

Visitor Comments

  • Congratulations!
  • Thursday, February 19 2015 at 09:42 AM

From a fellow first-gen, low-income student of color, I wanted to congratulate you. This is a great profile and I am so happy you got into your dream school! much love.

- wildquest
  • GREAT!
  • Friday, February 20 2015 at 11:11 PM

You are great! You have your own view and solution for your own problem.

- lawmanchen
  • Set a generational standard
  • Sunday, February 22 2015 at 09:38 PM

I'm also a fellow first-gen, low-income student of color, and I wanted to congratulate you as well. hard work does pay off and way to stand up against the odds and persevere!

- Ensignj2
  • Perfect !
  • Thursday, March 19 2015 at 08:16 AM

enough said.

- sometime82
  • I Wonder
  • Thursday, July 02 2015 at 05:03 AM

Man, you might be in over your head with that low LSAT score at Berkeley. There will be a whole bunch of very brilliant folks with high high LSAT scores, and the experience could be a painful one. I did not apply to this school despite our similarities, and I had a 163. Good grades are one thing, but test taking smarts are another. Anyway, good luck to you, your GPA is awesome and you obviously worked hard for it.

- madrileno

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