ekiki (2017-2018)

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Application Information

F - Fee Waiver, A - Attending, W - Withdrawn, D - Deferred
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# Law School Status Type $$$ Sent Received Complete Interview Date Decision Updated
University of Michigan Ann Arbor F Accepted A Type: RA $105,000 Sent: 12/23/17 Rec: 01/02/18 Comp: 01/14/18 Inter: -- Dec: 02/01/18 Upd: 2 years
Harvard University F WL, Rejected Type: RA Sent: 12/23/17 Rec: 12/25/17 Comp: 01/03/18 Inter: -- Dec: 03/26/18 Upd: 3 years
Yale University F Rejected Type: RA Sent: 12/23/17 Rec: 01/24/18 Comp: 01/10/18 Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 3 years
University of California Berkeley F Accepted W Type: RA $90,000 Sent: 12/24/17 Rec: 12/26/17 Comp: 01/08/18 Inter: -- Dec: 01/29/18 Upd: 3 years
University of California Los Angeles F Accepted W Type: RA $150,000 Sent: 12/26/17 Rec: 01/26/18 Comp: 01/02/18 Inter: -- Dec: 01/05/18 Upd: 3 years
Georgetown University F Accepted W Type: RA $150,000 Sent: 12/23/17 Rec: 12/24/17 Comp: 01/14/18 Inter: -- Dec: 02/05/18 Upd: 3 years
Washington University in St Louis F Accepted W Type: RA $160,000 Sent: 12/23/17 Rec: 12/24/17 Comp: 01/03/18 Inter: -- Dec: 01/12/18 Upd: 3 years
Duke University F Accepted W Type: SP $105,000 Sent: 12/24/17 Rec: 01/02/18 Comp: 01/02/18 Inter: -- Dec: 01/09/18 Upd: 3 years
New York University F Waitlisted W Type: RA Sent: 12/23/17 Rec: 12/24/17 Comp: 01/08/18 Inter: -- Dec: 04/25/18 Upd: 3 years
University of Chicago F Waitlisted W Type: RA Sent: 12/23/17 Rec: 01/26/18 Comp: 01/29/18 Inter: -- Dec: 03/09/18 Upd: 3 years
Arizona State University F Accepted W Type: RA $1 Sent: 12/22/17 Rec: 01/02/18 Comp: 01/02/18 Inter: -- Dec: 01/09/18 Upd: 3 years
Emory University F Accepted W Type: RA $126,000 Sent: 12/22/17 Rec: 12/27/17 Comp: 12/27/17 Inter: -- Dec: 01/30/18 Upd: 3 years
University of Pennsylvania F Waitlisted W Type: RA Sent: 12/23/17 Rec: 12/24/17 Comp: 01/12/18 Inter: -- Dec: 03/02/18 Upd: 3 years
Columbia University F Waitlisted W Type: RA Sent: 12/23/17 Rec: 12/25/17 Comp: 01/08/18 Inter: -- Dec: 02/07/18 Upd: 3 years
Stanford University Rejected Type: RA Sent: 12/23/17 Rec: 01/04/18 Comp: 01/10/18 Inter: -- Dec: 03/06/18 Upd: 3 years

Applicant Information

  • LSAT: 169
  • LSAT 2: 169
  • LSAT 3: -
  • LSAC GPA: 3.7
  • Degree GPA: 3.7
  • School Type: Top Public
  • Major: Political Science

Demographic Information

  • City: -
  • State: -
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Woman
  • Years out of Undergrad: 1-2 Years

Extra Curricular Information

Strong softs and interesting story (happy to elaborate more via PM)


The best advice that I got was that law school is like dating. Sometimes you vibe with a school, and it's a good fit for both parties, and sometimes it's not.

My advice would be to consider prestige (of course) but not let it blind you. As a public interest law hopeful, I shouldn't have even applied to Columbia or Penn, as they are both not good fits for me (sending less than 5% of their grads to PI jobs). It was a waste of time and energy, and I was drawn to those schools only because of prestige. Both schools waitlisted me (and rightfully so) as I was not a good fit.

Find the schools that you vibe with, spend a lot of time on your essays (don't submit them all the same day like I did!) and let the chips fall where they may. The admissions committees do ultimately know if you're a good fit or not with a school, and they generally know better than we do. Be sincere in your reasons for pursuing law school, and let your personality show through. You don't want to end up at a school that you don't feel good attending.

And most importantly: do NOT take rejections or waitlists to heart. Schools have more qualified applicants than they do seats in their entering class. If you don't get in, that doesn't mean you're not good enough to succeed at that school, but just that they had more qualified candidates than spots, and something (literally anything) could've put someone else in that spot instead of you.

Applying to law school is stressful enough, do not increase that stress on yourself! You will be fine and everything will work out.

Additional info & updates

First try on LSAT (9/16) - 167
Second time (12/2) - 169

(My first diagnostic exam was a 152, so rest assured that if you work hard you can significantly improve your score!)

12/23/17 - Applied for almost all of my schools, finishing last two tomorrow after I write the "Why XYZ" essays. I completed the optional essays for all of the schools that I applied to.

12/24/25 - All done with apps! Will update as I hear back.

12/26 - Interview invite from Washington University in St Louis. Will complete interview on 1/9.

1/5 - First acceptance! UCLA via phone call.

1/9 - Into ASU via phone call! They also said I would receive confirmation + scholarship offer via email by the end of the week. They asked me not to post the scholarship so I didnt post it.

1/9 - Provisionally admitted to Duke via email! Official acceptance will be given after applying for financial aid. Completed scholarship interview 2/14.

1/12 - Admitted to Washington University in St. Louis via email! (Received scholarship info on 1/25)

1/16 - Harvard interview request! (Interview completed on 1/26)

1/18 - Georgetown interview request! (Interview completed on 1/25)

1/29 - Admitted to Berkeley via email!

2/1 - Admitted to Michigan via status checker!!

2/3 - Admitted to Emory via mail! Scholarship information was included in the package. Letter was dated 1/30.

2/7 - Waitlisted by Columbia.

2/8 - Scholarship offer from Michigan!

2/9 - Admitted to Georgetown! Letter was dated 2/5.

2/22-2/23 - Received both merit and need-based aid from UCLA!

3/2 - Waitlisted by Penn.

3/5 - Received scholarship information from Berkeley. Will try to pursue the scholarship reconsideration process.

3/6 - Rejected from Stanford.

3/9 - Waitlisted by Chicago.

3/12 - Georgetown PILS invitation!

3/17 - Received Duke scholarship offer.

3/26 - Waitlisted by Harvard.

3/29 - Received waitlist for the PILS program and also Georgetown scholarship offer.

4/3 - Withdrew from most schools and ready to make a choice soon, after my reconsideration request goes through Berkeley.

4/3 - Received revised Berkeley award. Since they didn't match Michigan, I'll be withdrawing.

4/25 - Waitlist offer from NYU. No way Id attend if I was admitted with no financial aid so I withdrew my application.

4/27 - Rejected by Yale. Cycle is over! Happy to have closure. Barring an HLS waitlist admission offer, I am headed to Michigan!

6/28 - Released from HLS waitlist. Michigan, here I come! :)

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Wednesday, January 03 2018 at 03:28 PM

Great profile! How did you get all of those fee waivers?! Were they all unsolicited?

Friday, January 05 2018 at 01:23 PM

Thank you! It looks like we are almost numbers twins! Most of them were unsolicited, but I also applied for the LSAC fee waiver. Good luck on your cycle! :)

Sunday, January 28 2018 at 11:53 AM

This is going to be a fun cycle. I expect many more admits coming your way. Bests!

Sunday, January 28 2018 at 07:00 PM

Thanks so much! :)

Monday, January 29 2018 at 11:44 AM

on Berkeley! What a great way to start the morning :)

Monday, January 29 2018 at 12:45 PM

Thank you!!! I was so excited! Congrats to you too - I saw you were just admitted a week ago too! Maybe Ill see you there!

Monday, January 29 2018 at 08:40 PM

Wow. Your cycle seems to be off to a spectacular start, congratulations. I didn't realize how close we were numbers-wise. Best of luck in these next couple months!

Monday, January 29 2018 at 09:22 PM

Also, what is this special application business with Duke?

Tuesday, January 30 2018 at 08:23 AM

Thanks lehmanbro!! Duke has a priority track option it offers to some people, though its unclear what criteria they use to decide these offers. If you opt to use the priority track after its offered, they will let you know your decision within 10 business days of when you apply! :) best of luck to you too! Im marking your profile so I see your acceptances roll in as well!!

Thursday, February 01 2018 at 09:37 AM

Congrats on UMich! Some serious bites you have here early on. Do you have any top choices yet?

Thursday, February 01 2018 at 11:09 AM

Thank you!! Honestly my dream is Harvard. Besides that, if I dont get in, , it will largely be based on scholarship money. Im visiting Berkeley and thats always been a dream too!

Thursday, February 01 2018 at 02:16 PM

Well best of luck! Looks like you've got a great app behind some solid numbers so I'm excited to see how it turns out for you.

Fee waivers
Tuesday, March 06 2018 at 11:14 PM

Hi, congratulations! Does the F next to the school mean theyve automatically given you a fee waiver and you dont have to pay any tuition at all?

Wednesday, March 07 2018 at 08:22 AM

Hi stinla, no it doesnt, it means that I was offered a fee waiver to apply :)

Friday, March 09 2018 at 12:32 AM

Thanks ;)

Wednesday, March 28 2018 at 02:40 PM

Congrats on all of your choices! Could you please PM me your story? :)

Wednesday, March 28 2018 at 07:05 PM

PM'd you! :)

Thursday, March 29 2018 at 04:19 PM

Hi there! I am curious about your story as well. Do you mind PMing it to me?

Friday, March 30 2018 at 10:11 AM

Sure! Just did so.

Sunday, April 01 2018 at 01:24 AM

May I know if you contacted each of the schools for scholarship offers after your acceptance or if you just waited and they sent their offers? That's a lot of money! :)

Sunday, April 01 2018 at 10:09 AM

Hi jellymuffin! Each school has their own scholarship process. Michigan always sends you a scholarship offer within two weeks if you get merit aid. If not, you can apply for need based aid. Duke sends you an email after you get admitted to ask you to fill out financial aid info, if youd like to be considered for need/merit aid, and they have you interview as part of the process, so getting your package takes much longer. Each school has a different process and I found www.lawschool.life a useful resource because other students talk about their experience in applying. If youre not sure, check their website, and dont hesitate to email the school to ask. Also make sure to try to negotiate higher scholarships and ask for deadline extensions if you need them. If you have more questions Im happy to talk via pm as well!

Monday, April 02 2018 at 12:26 AM

Thanks for the super helpful response! :)

Monday, April 02 2018 at 01:59 PM

@jellymuffin no problem! Glad I could help :)

Saturday, April 14 2018 at 08:20 PM

Thank you for your congrats! Congratulations on your excellent application cycle (you crushed it!) and your decision to attend Michigan! I'll let you know if I have any question; thank you for extending that offer. Looking forward to seeing you in the Fall :)