ebgam93 (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F - Fee Waiver, A - Attending, W - Withdrawn, D - Deferred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
Vanderbilt University F graph Waitlisted W 10/16/17 10/16/17 11/01/17 04/19/18 1 year
Yale University graph Rejected 10/30/17 10/30/17 10/31/17 04/24/18 1 year
Northwestern University F graph Accepted W $30,000 10/17/17 10/17/17 11/08/17 03/22/18 1 year
Indiana University Bloomington F graph Accepted W $159,000 10/15/17 10/15/17 10/31/17 12/18/17 1 year
New York University F graph Pending W 10/30/17 10/30/17 11/08/17 -- 1 year
Cornell University F graph Accepted W $75,000 10/30/17 10/30/17 11/02/17 01/10/18 1 year
University of Texas Austin graph Waitlisted W 10/25/17 10/25/17 11/01/17 03/28/18 1 year
Harvard University graph Waitlisted 10/20/17 10/20/17 11/02/17 03/27/18 1 year
Duke University F graph Waitlisted W 10/29/17 10/30/17 11/02/17 03/28/18 1 year
University of Virginia F graph Accepted W 10/20/17 10/20/17 11/02/17 12/19/17 1 year
University of Southern California F graph Accepted W $120,000 10/29/17 10/30/17 10/31/17 01/19/18 1 year
Boston University F graph Accepted W $75,000 10/13/17 10/13/17 11/04/17 01/09/18 1 year
Columbia University graph Waitlisted W 10/30/17 10/30/17 11/20/17 03/23/18 1 year
Georgetown University F graph Accepted W 10/24/17 10/24/17 10/31/17 11/25/17 1 year
University of Michigan Ann Arbor F graph Accepted W 10/31/17 11/06/17 11/12/17 12/20/17 1 year
University of California Los Angeles F graph Accepted W $45,000 10/31/17 10/31/17 11/02/17 11/14/17 1 year
University of Notre Dame F graph Accepted W $90,000 10/31/17 11/01/17 11/01/17 12/19/17 1 year
University of Chicago F graph Waitlisted 10/15/17 10/16/17 10/31/17 02/15/18 1 year
Stanford University graph Rejected 10/30/17 10/30/17 11/02/17 02/05/18 1 year
University of California Berkeley F graph Rejected 10/14/17 10/14/17 11/01/17 02/02/18 1 year
University of Pennsylvania F graph Accepted 10/29/17 10/29/17 11/07/17 01/10/18 1 year

Applicant Information

American University
Public Health
N/A out of N/A

Demographic Information

3-4 Years

Extra Curricular Information

Academic Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
Work Experience: Served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa for 29 months after graduation (discussed this in application diversity statement)


Berkeley: Rejection via email received in the evening (EST) on 02.02; at that point in my cycle, wasn't that significant of a contender and figured I was getting rejected or waitlisted based on 10/2017 submission date and missing a lot of acceptance waves

Stanford: Received rejection letter by snail mail 02/05; status had changed to Decision Letter Sent on 02.02 and I hadn't received a phone call, so I was expecting a rejection. Stanford was a reach and was happy to be dinged earlier, rather than being rejected in April.

Yale: Rejected on 04.24 via email

UChicago: Received email 02.15; had been UR1 11.06, UR2 01/19, and UR3 02.12
Columbia: Received "Reserve" email on 03.23; withdrew
Duke: Received via email on 03.28; withdrew
Texas: Received via email on 03.28; withdrew
Harvard: Received via email to check status update
Vanderbilt: Sent a follow-up email on 04.19; received standard response that admissions were rolling/Vanderbilt uses a holistic response; responded that I expected some kind of decision on my application, given I had been waiting for almost 6 months; received Waitlist email that same afternoon and will be withdrawing

Updating with individual school timelines once I receive a decision; will update throughout cycle

UCLA: I did not have a status checker, but it looks like some people who applied later received a status checker. I received an email from UCLA that my file was complete on November 2nd and received an acceptance phone call on November 14th (acceptance letter came in the mail two days later, no scholarship info until January)
*Received scholarship info by email on 02.23

Georgetown: Went complete 10/31 and received an acceptance letter 11/25 (dated 11/21). Some people this cycle are receiving requests for alumni interviews or group interviews with the Dean, but I received neither before the letter arrived in the mail.
*Invitation to join Global Law Scholars 03.19

Indiana University: Went Complete 10/31 and my status checker stayed at Complete, Ready for Review up until 12/18. I received an email with an acceptance and my status checker had changed to Decision Made when I checked later in the day. Acceptance email included scholarship information as well as the option of a $500 reimbursement to visit in the spring.

UVA: Went UR1 11/01; date change on 11/29; Interview Request by email from Grace Cleveland on 12/12; Interview on 12/15 with Grace Cleveland; had a final date change at the end of the day on 12/18 (UR3); Accepted via Status Checker on 12/19
Scholarship info via SIS on 03.01 (none)

Notre Dame: Went Complete on 11/13 (UR1) and then had a date change (UR2) on 12/04; status changed to Decision Sent on 12/19. Status Checker indicates that decisions are only sent by snail mail, but I received an email a few hours later with the acceptance. Additionally, seat deposits showed up in the 'Fees' section of my status checker after the status changed to 'Decision Sent.'
*Awarded scholarship via letter in snail mail received on 02.15

Michigan: The date on Michigan's status checker changes every day, but the 'Congratulations' did not appear until 12/19. I submitted at the beginning of November and went Complete 11/11 or 11/12 (over a weekend, so I'm unsure if it went Complete on Saturday or on the Sunday that I happened to check). Acceptance email came a few hours later with access to the Admitted Students site.
*Received Financial Aid email with no merit scholarships

Boston University: Accepted by phone call on 01/09 (missed call and left voicemail); status changed to Decision Made after (had not checked that morning) and admissions packet sent the same day as phone call
*Received email 02/12 to notify me that I was not selected for BU Public Interest Scholarship/was offered position on waitlist for it; also offered merit scholarship in same email; submitted additional Financial Aid application on 02.15 for need-based aid and merit award re-consideration
*Received email increasing scholarship on 03.12

Cornell: Ready for Review on 11/02 and did not hear from Cornell again until 12/13 with an email requesting me to complete a Kira interview. I did the interview on the 13th and my status changed to Interview Received on the 15th. Received an acceptance phone call on the 10th with a follow-up email; status checker changed to "Congratulations! You are admitted!" and Mailings section lists 'Decision Letter Sent' with the acceptance date. Package coming in the mail, but I could immediately log on to the Admitted Students portal to see info about ASWs, housing, etc.
*Submitted Cornell Scholarship Application on 01.17.18 and received notification via email of award
*Received rejection email for Hughes Scholarship interview on 03.05

Penn: UR1 on 11/06 and UR2 on 12/06; received acceptance phone call in the early afternoon on 01/10; packet is supposed to come in the mail with more information. Status Checker has not changed.
*Invitation to apply for Toll received on 02/09
*Application submitted 02/12
*Toll Finalist interview invite email 03.12
*Toll Finalist Interview on 03.24 during ASW

USC: Submitted 10/29, Complete 11/01 and status changed to In Review; status changed to Decision Finalized on 01/19 (don't know what time) and I received an email with the acceptance and log-in to Admitted Students website; email said offers would begin to be made late January for scholarships (previously applied to Public Interest Scholars and Rothman)
*Awarded scholarship by email on 02.02 (scholarship letter in Admitted Students Portal)
*Notified of Finalist for Public Interest Scholarship by email on 02.27 and was told decision would be made in the next week
*Notified of rejection from Rothman on 03.13

NYU: Received 'Hold Tight' email on 03.05 (still under review); still UR as of 12.30.17

Northwestern: Decision via DLDS on 03.22; Complete date has changed in DLDS to 03.09 prior to receiving acceptance

Visitor Comments

  • Sunday, January 14 2018 at 01:42 AM

Congratulations on all the amazing acceptances! I have the exact same stats as you, so I wanted to ask you some questions :). Did you write "Why X" essays for the t13 schools? What do you think contributed most to your successful cycle? It would be awesome if you could reply to this! :D

- lsatinflames
  • same stats
  • Saturday, January 20 2018 at 09:35 AM

hoping i have half the luck you did. Congrats

- TheDude866
  • Cornell
  • Tuesday, January 23 2018 at 08:21 PM

Hey! I have similar stats, how were you able to get $75,000 out of Cornell? Any suggestions?

- oneguyfromMo
  • Thursday, January 25 2018 at 08:51 PM

Sorry to respond to all of the questions in one comment, but hope the info is helpful: 1. I wrote Why X essays for Berkeley, Cornell (just wrote a statement in the box in the application), Duke, Penn, Michigan, UVA (submitted after I applied), and Texas. 2. I submitted the scholarship app shortly after I was accepted and that was their offer. I'm pleasantly surprised and it definitely made Cornell a stronger contender than it was at the start of the process.

- ebgam93
  • Monday, February 05 2018 at 07:22 PM

I would highly imagine his (her) success is due to 2.5 years as a PC volunteer in Africa, otherwise would not have had acceptances from nearly all of those places

- lawschool1991
  • Cycle Success
  • Tuesday, March 06 2018 at 09:13 PM

I would say that my PC service played an integral part in the overall narrative of why I want to attend law school and become an attorney that I articulated in my personal statement and individual school essays. However, I would argue that it wasn't the main factor or causal element that led to me getting into the schools I've been accepted to. It's possible that "soft" factors may be playing a larger factor in admissions this cycle, as there are a greater number of applicants, potentially evening out the field for high/good GPAs and LSAT scores. Best of luck to you the rest of this cycle!

- ebgam93
  • Monday, December 17 2018 at 09:27 AM

I'm a little unclear on where you ended up deciding to go. I have some similar stats and softs so I also wanted to say thank you for all the detail you included!

- casebonk
  • Monday, December 17 2018 at 09:28 AM

Nevermind, I see everything was withdrawn but Penn. Good choice!

- casebonk

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