Ghil04 (2020-2021)

Views: 45808 User Since: 09/09/06

Application Information

F - Fee Waiver, A - Attending, W - Withdrawn, D - Deferred
Please Wait...
# Law School Status Type $$$ Sent Received Complete Interview Date Decision Updated
Columbia University Accepted A Type: RA $40,000 Sent: 10/28/07 Rec: -- Comp: 11/13/07 Inter: -- Dec: 01/28/08 Upd: 9 years
University of California Los Angeles WL, Accepted W Type: RA $90,000 Sent: 11/07/07 Rec: -- Comp: 11/27/07 Inter: -- Dec: 01/28/08 Upd: 9 years
Harvard University Waitlisted W Type: RA Sent: 10/29/07 Rec: -- Comp: 11/15/07 Inter: -- Dec: 04/29/08 Upd: 9 years
University of Pennsylvania WL, Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 11/01/07 Rec: -- Comp: 11/14/07 Inter: -- Dec: 01/14/08 Upd: 9 years
Northwestern University Accepted W Type: RA $120,000 Sent: 11/05/07 Rec: -- Comp: 11/16/07 Inter: -- Dec: 01/25/08 Upd: 9 years
University of California Berkeley Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 11/04/07 Rec: -- Comp: 11/19/07 Inter: -- Dec: 11/21/07 Upd: 12 years
New York University Accepted W Type: RA $37,500 Sent: 10/29/07 Rec: -- Comp: 11/21/07 Inter: -- Dec: 12/08/07 Upd: 12 years
Yale University Rejected Type: RA Sent: 11/06/07 Rec: -- Comp: 11/15/07 Inter: -- Dec: 04/22/08 Upd: 13 years
University of Michigan Ann Arbor Accepted W Type: RA $36,000 Sent: 11/06/07 Rec: -- Comp: 11/29/07 Inter: -- Dec: 12/19/07 Upd: 13 years
Duke University Accepted W Type: SP Sent: 10/28/07 Rec: -- Comp: 11/05/07 Inter: -- Dec: 11/12/07 Upd: 13 years
Stanford University Rejected Type: RA Sent: 11/05/07 Rec: -- Comp: 11/15/07 Inter: -- Dec: 01/31/08 Upd: 13 years
University of Chicago Rejected Type: RA Sent: 10/28/07 Rec: -- Comp: 10/30/07 Inter: -- Dec: 01/28/08 Upd: 13 years

Applicant Information

  • LSAT: 172
  • LSAT 2: N/A
  • LSAT 3: N/A
  • LSAC GPA: 3.8
  • Degree GPA: N/A
  • School Type: Pub
  • Major: Ethnic Studies
  • Class Rank: N/A

Demographic Information

  • City: Berkeley
  • State: California
  • Race: ORM
  • Gender: Man
  • Years out of Undergrad: Other

Extra Curricular Information

Now that the cycle's officially done, here are my EC's:

2 Essay writing scholarships ($1500)
Lots of volunteering, mostly in school
Fulbright Award to South Korea

I'd say my EC's were average at best.

Additional info & updates

7/8 - Incredibly overdue update but Columbia it is!

5/9 - Came back from Europe to find a voicemail from UCLA's Critical Race Studies program saying they'd be willing to negotiate a full scholarship on my behalf (I had already submitted my withdrawal e-mail). This is tremendous news, esp. since this is the exact field I want to end up in someday. What to do, what to do...

5/2 - Sorry for the lack of updates! I still haven't made an official decision but will probably do so in the next few weeks (I know deadlines have passed but there are two schools that I would love to go to at this point, and it seems impossible to choose between them). Also received a hefty scholarship from NU, too.

1/31 - Dinged at Stanfurd. Oh well, probably wouldn't have gone anyways.

1/28 - In @ Columbia via the big green envelope! But...dinged at Chicago and WL'ed from UCLA. The latter, while confusing, doesn't bother me at all. Getting dinged from Chicago hurt pretty badly, though, since it'd recently become my #1 choice (I eventually want to teach). I think this probably signals the end of my cycle, so I hope y'all have gleaned something informative from my experience!

1/25 - In @ NU via e-mail! Let's hope I can squeeze out some scholarship money :).

1/14 - WL'ed from Penn via e-mail. I'm not disappointed, but I'm worried that this may signal the onset of bad news to come. Here's to hoping for some sympathy from Columbia/Chicago....

12/22 - Just got the big envelope at Mich. I'm 4-0 now! HYS are going to take a dump on my record, though. Bastards.

12/19 - Finally went to decision at UMichigan. Too bad I'll be 500 miles away for the next two weeks....

12/08 - In at NYU via snail mail. Nice to have some news after a long reprieve.

11/21 - In at Boalt! Phone call from xxx Alvarez (don't remember the first name). Totally unexpected phone call as I'd gone complete just a few days beforehand. Feeling like a million bucks right now :).

11/12 - In at Duke by e-mail; nothing personalized except for a note from Bill Hoye saying he was 'impressed by my academic record.' So far I'm 1-0 :).

11/06 - Just sent out my final application for Michigan. In retrospect, I think I unnecessarily rushed a few of my applications, but it feels good to be done anyways.

Just FYI - I did every optional essay to each school except for Northwestern's DS and Duke's 'Why us?'

Will update this as the 'completion' e-mails start to pour in. Thanks everyone for your help!

10/28 - W00t! Got my first application out the door, admittedly an easy one in Duke. I chose not to do the 'Why Duke' essay and submitted a general diversity statement instead. Likewise, I didn't tailor my PS or DS to their prompts (I might pay for this later, as their prompts were slightly different from what I'd provided) .

Hopefully some more applications to follow :).

9/26 - There's a good chance I may withdraw from 2-3 schools I've listed above, but that won't happen until I actually do my fair share of research. On the application front, I'm finishing up my personal statement (it will hopefully be done by the end of this week) and plan to get started on a 1-page diversity essay soon.

I think I'm still in good shape at this point.

Visitor Comments

You must be logged in to comment.
Not a registered user? Sign up now .
Sunday, April 29 2007 at 09:54 PM

I'd be happy to chat with you regarding my experience with Boalt's admissions process. Shoot me an email: brauerak (at)

Let's make a deal...
Thursday, October 04 2007 at 03:22 PM

I'll give you one point of my lsat if you give me .1 of your GPA. ;) I'm sure you're in for a great application season.

Tuesday, October 16 2007 at 11:39 AM

Thanks for the encouragement! I love Cal and it's great that u/g students like us to want to stay for another 3 years :) Best of luck with all your apps.

Monday, October 29 2007 at 08:46 AM

Hey Ghil, You're not the first one to ask, I should probably expand on that =) The Duke certification I was talking about was only required of me because I was on academic probation at my first undergrad university. I had to get a certifying letter from the dean of my college.

Wednesday, October 31 2007 at 12:45 PM

Northwestern is my top choice. I deleted my numbers for a bit of privacy. My numbers are pretty distinct so fudging them isn't enough, I just took them out. I'll add them back in when my cycle's over. And yeah, I'm black. Boalt is your top choice? You've definitely got the numbers for it. Good luck!

Good Luck!
Thursday, November 01 2007 at 07:33 PM

We have a pretty similar list of schools (who doesn't?!?) I totally commiserate with your "I'm not going to do more work for Duke than I have to" sentiment...I sent them in first without any tweaking of my PS, and I didn't write a "why Duke," though I did apply for their joint JD/MA (psych) we'll see how that pans out. Good luck - I'll keep an eye out for you!

Monday, November 05 2007 at 11:00 AM

I like Boalt from what I've read (haven't been out to visit), so I might apply...but I was kind of hoping for a fee waiver. :P I guess I'll sit on it for a while, and once I get my PS finalized for all my other schools, I'll take a look at Boalt, too.

Monday, November 12 2007 at 02:01 PM

On Duke!

Monday, November 12 2007 at 06:32 PM

Congrats on Duke - on a holiday, no less!

Thursday, November 15 2007 at 06:20 PM

Honestly, I don't know why they put me on hold. I thought it might be my age, but I have a friend exactly my age (with worse numbers) who got accepted to Duke last year... so I have no idea. Congrats on your acceptance, though! Good luck to you this cycle :-D

Friday, November 16 2007 at 05:17 AM

I feel bad for not getting back to you for so long! Thanks for all your help. Congrats on Duke!

Friday, November 16 2007 at 05:37 PM

You have great numbers, although it's too bad we can't trade acceptances like sports teams. Let's just say that we differ substantially in what schools we prefer.

Friday, November 16 2007 at 08:43 PM

congrats to you on duke :) tho it's not your top choice, i'm sure it feels good! good luck on the rest of your cycle, tho you don't need it ha

Monday, November 19 2007 at 04:51 AM

on Duke! Good luck this cycle!

Wednesday, November 21 2007 at 10:28 PM

dude you are the man. congrats on boalt

Tuesday, November 27 2007 at 09:48 AM

In your opinion, do you recommend that everyone write a diversity statement? Even if you are not exactly what might normally be considered diverse? (white, irish catholic)

Thursday, November 29 2007 at 08:58 AM

I actually added you to my watchlist a while ago because of our identical numbers. Your chances at Columbia are as good as anybody; good luck and maybe I'll see you at CLS next year!

Saturday, December 08 2007 at 05:01 AM

It looks like your previous comment about the similarity of our numbers might have been on-the-money. We're in precisely the same boat: accepted at Duke and Boalt, and waiting for everyone else.

Sunday, December 09 2007 at 09:55 AM


Congrats on NYU!
Wednesday, December 19 2007 at 11:54 PM

Nice work =)

Friday, December 21 2007 at 11:18 PM

on all of your acceptances and on acceptance to Michigan - you know that's what it is you may as well mark it as such!

yea man...
Friday, December 21 2007 at 11:31 PM

I completely understand what you are saying about marking it as an acceptance but I am pretty sure you know that it is. I know that you don't want to jinx yourself too! One of the schools that I am leaning heavily towards is the one we are discussing right now. I don't think I'll get in but I have some wicked soft factors and I think I wrote a bad ass Why Mich essay...I guess we'll see. I am definitely happy about 6-1 but I would love some T1 acceptances before Xmas! Happy holidays man - wish I could be in the states for them!

Sunday, December 23 2007 at 02:09 PM

On Michigan!

Friday, January 11 2008 at 12:58 PM

...isn't really splitter-friendly, from what I've seen. It's too bad, I really do like Ithaca. Anyway, congrats on everything! (Especially Michigan!)

Monday, January 14 2008 at 02:19 PM

very surprised to see u waitlisted at penn--doesnt bode well for me..did you write the why penn essay?

Wednesday, January 16 2008 at 03:51 PM

Well, I think Norris would have gotten into Northwestern, but thanks anyways ;) I have been really taken aback by the early successes, I just feel more lucky than anything else. Congrats on your acceptances and good luck on the pending apps. I really like Boalt and Michigan, so even if it comes down to those two (it won't, youll get into other places) you have an enviable choice.

Monday, January 28 2008 at 05:13 PM

On Columbia!

Monday, January 28 2008 at 05:17 PM

congratulations on all your acceptances. what was the acceptance letter from columbia dated, if you don't mind my asking?

Tuesday, January 29 2008 at 04:04 AM

to hear about your Chicago ding, but congrats on CLS! If nothing else, you'll be closer to Elise, Lexington, Hudson, and the other guys.

Wednesday, January 30 2008 at 04:46 AM

congrats about Columbia, sorry to hear about Chicago. I'm a little puzzled that you'd be outright rejected there. Are your lsat/gpa numbers accurate? What do you think it was? Bad LOR?

Friday, February 01 2008 at 05:08 AM

hey man ... i was wandering how it was that you heard back from stanford ... btw - congrats on all acceptances :)

Tuesday, February 19 2008 at 02:47 PM

Congrats on NYU, Columbia and NW! What is the deal with UCLA WL'ing (over)qualified candidates like you?

Monday, March 03 2008 at 09:52 PM


lil help
Saturday, April 12 2008 at 08:25 PM

Hi, If you decide against going to UCLA, can you please email me your name so I can call the admissions office and hopefully get off that waitlist? Thank you, Megan

Tuesday, May 06 2008 at 07:47 AM

Did you do anything that you think helped get you off the WL at UCLA? (your numbers are so good, I'm surprised you weren't admitted right off the bat.)

Friday, July 25 2008 at 07:59 AM

on all your acceptances. do you mind giving me some advices on the app process? i\'ll be applying this fall.