Arbit (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F - Fee Waiver, A - Attending, W - Withdrawn, D - Deferred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
2 Columbia University graph Accepted D W ED 10/25/07 -- -- 03/24/08 12 years
1 Stanford University graph Accepted A $35,000 10/25/07 -- 11/01/07 04/03/08 12 years
2 University of Pennsylvania graph Accepted D W 10/25/07 -- 11/01/07 02/05/08 12 years
2 University of Chicago graph Accepted W $20,000 10/27/20 -- 10/24/07 01/24/08 12 years
2 University of California Berkeley graph Accepted W 10/25/07 -- 11/08/07 11/20/07 13 years
4 Cornell University graph Accepted D W 10/25/07 -- 11/05/07 04/07/08 13 years
3 University of Virginia graph Accepted W $51,000 10/27/07 -- 10/30/07 01/20/08 13 years
3 University of Michigan Ann Arbor graph Accepted W 10/25/07 -- 11/08/07 12/21/07 13 years
3 Duke University graph Accepted W $72,000 10/25/07 -- 11/07/07 02/17/08 13 years
5 University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign graph Accepted W $45,000 10/30/07 -- 11/12/07 12/21/07 13 years
5 Fordham University graph Accepted W $36,000 10/25/07 -- -- 12/03/07 13 years
5 Vanderbilt University graph Accepted W $60,000 10/28/07 -- 11/05/07 12/05/07 13 years
5 University of Notre Dame graph Accepted W $36,000 10/27/07 -- -- 12/20/07 13 years
5 Boston College graph Accepted W $40,000 10/25/07 -- 11/05/07 12/20/07 13 years
2 New York University graph Pending W 10/25/07 10/30/07 11/28/07 -- 13 years
3 Harvard University graph Rejected 10/25/07 -- 11/15/07 02/01/08 13 years
3 Yale University graph Rejected 10/25/07 -- 10/30/07 02/06/08 13 years
4 Northwestern University graph Pending D W 10/25/07 -- -- -- 13 years

Applicant Information

Private, Top 10
Religious Studies

Demographic Information


Extra Curricular Information

**Note, all scholarships are over a three year period except Stanford, which is for my 1L year alone.

-Leadership positions in several campus organizations (Mostly artsy ones - nothing too impressive)

-Summer work experience interning abroad.

-Sent in every additional/supplemental/optional essay each school allowed i.e. 3 for Penn, 2 for Mich, etc.

-2 Recommendations from professors I have known 2+ years. 1 from a past employer.


So, after a long and tiresome five months, my cycle is over. I've heard back or withdrawn from every school I originally sent an application to way back in October, and could not be more happy with my results. Yes, a lot of the acceptances I received later in cycle were very, very surprising, and in one case seemingly impossible. I realize this, and am choosing just to be happy and look forward to the next three years rather than overanalyzing it. I defied some conventional wisdom (according to certain boards, anyway) when it came to LOCIs, essays, and the presentation of my softs, and it worked out. I'm not really sure what else to say.

Although several people on a forum I frequent have proposed that I am a troll/flame/whatever, I decided not to lie about my cycle on LSN. It's ridiculous to downplay my own success/luck/whatever just to make my profile appear 'more believable.' A person almost never gets hit by lightning, and someone with a 3.73/163 almost never gets into Stanford, Columbia, Chicago, etc., but both do happen on occasion.

Please do not send me messages telling me that I am not a real person or that I do deserve such a cycle. It's fine if you believe either of those things, but passing them on to me doesn't mean schools will recall their offers of admission from me and give them to you.

4/17/2008: In the past week I've withdrawn from a vast majority of the schools I was admitted to in order to open up space as the end of the cycle quickly approaches. I've still yet to let go of Penn, Chicago, and Columbia - those three were my top choices at various points in the cycle, and it's very difficult to let go. By Monday everything will be done, one way or the other. I promise.
4/7/2008: Literally as I was writing to withdraw from Cornell, I got in via e-mail.
4/3/2008: In at Stanford via e-mail. Ironically, I missed the call because I spent the whole day flying to California to visit Boalt. The excitement was/is indescribable.
3/27/2008: Solid scholarship from Virginia. Unexpected and most welcome.
3/26/2008: $72,000 Dean's Scholarship from Duke. Wow...I didn't expect anything like that from a T14.
3/24/2008: In at Columbia via e-mail. Looks like this cycle is just about done. On that note, I am thrilled.
3/23/2008: Modest scholarship from Chicago. I wasn't expecting any kind of scholarship from a T14, though the realization that the rest of the total cost will come from loans is a bit terrifying. Still, I'm flattered, especially since Chicago is on my short, short list.
3/2/2008: Nice Dean Scholarship from Vandy. Renewable 20k per year.
2/17/2008: In at Duke via e-mail...on Sunday. Weird.
2/7/2008: Dinged at Yale, as expected. Any day now my little Stanford envelope will come and my Holy Trinity of rejections will be over.
2/5/2008: In at Penn by phone. They were on my short list until I got deferred. I'm not sure where I stand now. I'll visit either way.
2/1/2008: Dinged at Harvard, as expected. I'm happy the band-aid has finally been pulled off and I no longer have to fear my first rejection...
1/30/2008: 'On Hold' at NU. With no interview, this is better than I expected. I'm happy with U. of Chicago, so I'm just pulling out at this point.
1/24/2008: In at Chicago via phonecall. Very unexpected.
1/20/2008: In at Virginia via (small) envelope.
12/21/2007: In at Michigan via the 'never do email follow-ups to make sure people receive bad news ' e-mail
11/20/2007: In at Boalt via phonecall.

Visitor Comments

  • Congrats!
  • Saturday, January 19 2008 at 07:08 AM

On all the acceptances! :)

- PinkTiki
  • Question
  • Saturday, January 19 2008 at 07:14 AM

Are you a URM? Please provide more information, since many people with your index do not get in.

- firetitan
  • Vandy
  • Saturday, January 19 2008 at 11:42 AM

Many congrats!! When did your status checker say your decison was mailed?

- iamback
  • Congrats!
  • Thursday, January 24 2008 at 02:45 PM

On Chicago!

- PinkTiki
  • wow
  • Saturday, January 26 2008 at 06:04 AM

Your acceptances are awesome. You must have really impressed the schools somehow. Best of luck with your decision!

- aile
  • Congrats
  • Saturday, January 26 2008 at 08:37 AM

Live the dream, man.

- Buttonish
  • Congrats!
  • Monday, January 28 2008 at 08:12 AM

I saw you commented on my profile, so I thought I would do the same. That's a great group of schools. Maybe we'll see each other at one of them!

- lukey1223
  • Congrats!
  • Tuesday, February 05 2008 at 02:37 PM

On Penn!

- PinkTiki
  • :)
  • Thursday, February 07 2008 at 06:09 PM

your cycle gives me hope. thanks just for that :) and congrats on all your amazing options!

- GoodnessMe
  • Congrats!
  • Friday, February 08 2008 at 03:07 PM

On a great cycle!

- DareHardy
  • BC
  • Thursday, February 14 2008 at 05:21 AM

Hey Congrats on the cycle so far. If you don't mind, did you receive a FA offer from BC with the acceptance letter or did it come after? Thanks!

- Cris
  • Congrats!
  • Sunday, February 17 2008 at 10:38 AM

On Duke!

- PinkTiki
  • :)
  • Sunday, February 17 2008 at 06:22 PM

congrats on duke! can i ask how you heard? im dying to hear back :) good luck with that tough decision that you have to make now!!

- goodnessme
  • Awesome
  • Friday, February 22 2008 at 07:28 AM

I just wanted to congratulate you on all of your acceptances. Very impressive profile. I am crossing my fingers just to get waitlisted at some of the schools you have already been accepted by. Anyways, good luck with your decision!

  • Ok
  • Friday, February 22 2008 at 07:31 AM

For some reason I wasn't logged in when I typed ^ this. Anyways, congrats!

- hkm6315TryingAgain
  • Columbia
  • Tuesday, March 25 2008 at 06:03 AM

Congrats on Columbia!!! You found out via email? It looks like you are the first ED Deferred Response! What time did the email come in?? (sorry for so many questions!)

- abbygal0330
  • Columbia
  • Tuesday, March 25 2008 at 09:37 AM

congrats :) awesome acceptance

- bryguy
  • Congrats!
  • Tuesday, March 25 2008 at 10:06 AM

Congrats on Columbia! I'm waiting on a deferral too.

- asynetos
  • Congrats!
  • Tuesday, March 25 2008 at 09:12 PM

On Columbia!

- PinkTiki
  • Columbia
  • Wednesday, March 26 2008 at 05:31 AM

Thats so strange... my deferral in December came in the mail, no emailed letter. Its weird that they have different methods for notification. Im thinking that they are reviewing the ED deferrals one by one at this point, as there was another acceptance yesterday in the same category (saw on LSD). Cross your fingers for me!!!

- abbygal0330
  • Yay!
  • Monday, April 07 2008 at 08:18 PM

Congrats on Stanford! You've had a great cycle. So, are you set on Stanford?

- LisaMarie311
  • Congrats!
  • Tuesday, April 08 2008 at 06:35 AM

On Stanford! I'm still waiting with a low lsat/high gpa combo, but i'm pretty sure you were in the last round of admits before some waitlists and rejects. Any advice on follow up you did with them would be appreciated! Also, how did you like Berkeley? Looks like I may be there ;)

- mea2006
  • Congrats!
  • Tuesday, April 08 2008 at 06:38 AM

On Stanford! I'm still waiting with a low lsat/high gpa combo, but i'm pretty sure you were in the last round of admits before some waitlists and rejects. Any advice on follow up you did with them would be appreciated! Also, how did you like Berkeley? Looks like I may be there ;)

- mea2006
  • Congrats
  • Wednesday, April 09 2008 at 09:51 AM

Wow! I have to assume you are quite the gifted writer, your essays must have killed!

- Fangoria
  • URM much???
  • Saturday, April 12 2008 at 03:47 PM

URM much??

  • Done
  • Tuesday, April 15 2008 at 04:31 PM

Congrats on being done! You have a lot of excellent options...Thanks for also withdrawing so quickly, maybe I'll get your spots =)

- beanie13
  • Congrats!
  • Tuesday, April 15 2008 at 05:56 PM

On Stanford!

- PinkTiki
  • hi
  • Sunday, July 06 2008 at 01:44 AM

hi i was looking at your acceptance list and was very impressed. Congrats on getting into every school on the map! any advice? Im studying for the lsat - set to take it in october- and have a 3.75 gpa from berkeley. thanks for your time wish you all the best in law school.

- Mohammad
  • More congrats
  • Sunday, July 06 2008 at 03:30 PM

Just wanted to say congrats again on a great cycle! So many people on the \'boards\' say \'you can\'t go here or there with a certain gpa or LSAT score\' and it can be a downer. Glad to see someone out there who has done what I hope to do! Thanks for all the info and hope you enjoy Stanford in the fall!

- meggo
  • Awesome
  • Tuesday, September 30 2008 at 04:40 PM

It seems like you deserve it, good luck at Stanford!

- montoya31

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