farawaygirl (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F - Fee Waiver, A - Attending, W - Withdrawn, D - Deferred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 Pennsylvania F graph Accepted $129,000 10/29/18 10/29/18 11/07/18 01/15/19 5 months
Northwestern University F graph Waitlisted 11/03/18 11/05/18 -- 02/20/19 6 months
Georgetown University F graph Accepted $75,000 10/24/18 10/25/18 -- 11/05/18 6 months
University of California Berkeley graph Accepted $90,000 10/23/18 10/24/18 11/05/18 12/10/18 6 months
Yale University graph Rejected 02/08/19 02/09/19 02/09/19 03/28/19 6 months
Duke University graph Accepted $135,000 10/24/18 10/24/18 10/24/18 11/03/18 6 months
Stanford University graph Accepted 11/15/18 11/19/18 11/30/18 03/26/19 6 months
Harvard University graph Waitlisted 10/22/18 10/23/18 10/26/18 03/25/19 6 months
New York University F graph Accepted $90,000 11/06/18 11/07/18 -- 12/11/18 6 months
University of Chicago F graph Accepted $15,000 10/22/18 10/23/18 -- 01/18/19 7 months
University of Virginia F graph Accepted $90,000 10/30/18 10/30/18 -- 01/21/19 7 months
University of Michigan Ann Arbor F graph Accepted 10/23/18 10/24/18 -- 11/20/18 7 months
Columbia University F graph Accepted 10/24/18 10/24/18 10/26/18 01/23/19 8 months

Applicant Information

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Demographic Information

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Black
Female
Yes
3-4 Years

Extra Curricular Information

Two full-time government positions in the legal field.

*Unsolicited end of cycle thoughts/advice*

Law school forums like these have been very helpful to me throughout the admissions cycle and I hope that this profile will be similarly helpful to future applicants, and specifically to other Black URMs.

I'm very happy with my admissions results and believe that my personal statement and work experience played a significant role. The power of soft factors is constantly downplayed online, and while they can't compensate completely for low GPA/test scores in all situations, I do think they can distinguish your application if you successfully articulate how the experiences have shaped you or how they demonstrate who you are as a person. Work experience can also indicate employability and maturity, which will be important in obtaining positions during and after law school. Some other tips:

1) Start EARLY on the personal statement (I started in November 2017) and "why" essays (write all the supplemental essays!)
2) DO NOT be afraid to POLITELY inquire with admissions offices about the scholarship reconsideration process
3) If you're working full-time, you may need more time to study for the LSAT. I studied for about a year, exclusively on weekends because I was too tired after work to get much done
4) The money vs. prestige debate is a complicated one. I would encourage students who are debt-averse or middle to low-income to take online comments about the importance of prestige with a grain of salt. Many students at top law schools are wealthy with parents who are willing to foot the bill. If you don't fall into that category, then I don't think you should compare yourself/take advice from people who do. CAVEAET: HYS give pretty good need-based aid in my personal experience and in that of people I know at these schools. Taking time off to work will also benefit you at HYS because the percentage of the parental assets that is considered decreases each year after age 25
5) LAST TIP: To my fellow URMs, pay no mind to the vitriol online. There are a lot of haters with no understanding of history lurking around. We must love our haters and stunt on them daily.

ADDITIONAL INFO & UPDATES

Duke "Priority Track" invite on 8/27

Northwestern interview (Kira) on 11/19

Email from Michigan stating that I had not received an initial merit aid offer on 12/20

Chicago interview invite on 12/21

Chicago interview on 1/4

FAFSA submitted for all schools minus NU, Michigan and Yale on 1/17 (you can only select 10 without editing the form so I chose based on my likelihood of getting in/attending)

UVA interview invite on 1/17

UVA interview on 1/18

Submitted SEO Law application on 1/20

SEO Law interview invite also on 1/20

CSS Profile submitted on 2/6 (for schools I was admitted to at this point)

Georgetown gift aid offer on 2/14

Berkeley gift aid offer on 2/21

SEO Law interview on 2/22

UVA Dean's Scholarship offer on 2/28

Duke scholarship interview on 3/1

Penn Dean's Scholarship offer on 3/1

Chicago gift aid offer on 3/5

Submitted NYU merit-only financial aid app on 3/11 (need-based aid app would've required more paperwork and I had already received some good merit offers by this point that I knew would surpass my need calculation at any school)

NYU gift aid offer on 3/25 (offer will be decreased to 78K if I make more than $15K my 2L summer)

Duke scholarship decision mailed on 3/22

CSS Profile for Stanford submitted on 3/26 (and emailed requesting my fin aid award before Penn's 4/16 scholarship acceptance deadline)

Asked for reconsideration at Penn based on Duke offer on 4/1

SEO Law follow-up interview on 4/3

Email from Penn raising scholarship from 120K to 129K on 4/4

Stanford need-based award for 1L year received on 4/4

Columbia need-based award received on 4/26

Accepted to SEO Law program on 4/27

Visitor Comments

  • Congratulations x a million!
  • Friday, January 18 2019 at 12:53 AM

You are absolutely murdering the cycle, congratulations! Your stats give me SO much hope

- JuanB3rnal
  • Thank You!
  • Friday, January 18 2019 at 02:53 PM

@JuanB3rnal Thank you so much! Good luck with your Penn application!

- farawaygirl
  • Tuesday, January 22 2019 at 11:56 AM

Congrats on all your success!

- Breakthrough
  • Tuesday, January 22 2019 at 09:43 PM

@Breakthrough Thank you! Congrats on Rutgers and Seton Hall and good luck with the rest of your cycle!

- farawaygirl
  • Saturday, April 20 2019 at 09:43 PM

Great cycle! Where do you think you will go?

- Mgm
  • Wednesday, July 17 2019 at 05:04 PM

Amazing! Thank you for taking the time to give advice to URM's. Congrats on all the success, and stunting on your haters DAILY!

- gdurazo1
  • Saturday, August 24 2019 at 06:28 PM

This was amazing and quite inspiring. Thank you for sharing! where do you think you will go? also what are some tips on studying for the lsat?

- ShyBlackboy

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