mccracal (2017-2018)

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Application Information

F - Fee Waiver, A - Attending, W - Withdrawn, D - Deferred
Law School Status Type $$$ Sent Received Complete Decision Updated
Yale University graph Accepted A 01/28/17 01/29/17 02/08/17 04/08/17 1 year
Harvard University graph Accepted W 11/14/16 11/14/16 11/14/16 03/22/17 1 year
Stanford University graph Waitlisted W 11/14/16 11/16/16 11/18/16 04/11/17 1 year
New York University F graph Accepted W $180,000 11/22/16 11/22/16 11/26/16 12/22/16 1 year
Columbia University F graph Accepted W $94,500 11/14/16 11/15/16 12/01/16 01/24/17 1 year
University of Chicago F graph Accepted W $238,000 11/14/16 11/14/16 11/22/16 02/13/17 1 year
University of Virginia F graph Accepted W $177,900 11/14/16 11/14/16 11/14/16 12/08/16 1 year
University of California Berkeley F graph Accepted W 11/14/16 11/14/16 11/16/16 01/04/17 1 year
Georgetown University F graph Accepted W 11/14/16 11/14/16 11/18/16 11/28/16 1 year
Washington University in St Louis F graph Accepted W $185,000 11/14/16 11/14/16 11/21/16 11/23/16 1 year
Cornell University F graph Accepted W 11/14/16 11/15/16 11/15/16 12/19/16 1 year
University of Michigan Ann Arbor F graph Accepted W $150,000 11/14/16 11/14/16 12/15/16 01/06/17 1 year
Northwestern University F graph Accepted W 11/14/16 11/14/16 12/07/16 01/19/17 1 year
University of Texas Austin F graph Accepted W $108,033 11/14/16 11/16/16 11/17/16 01/10/17 1 year
University of Pennsylvania F graph Accepted W 11/14/16 11/14/16 11/17/16 02/08/17 1 year
Vanderbilt University F graph Accepted W $110,000 11/14/16 11/15/16 11/15/16 12/16/16 1 year
Duke University F graph Accepted W SP 10/29/16 10/30/16 10/31/16 11/09/16 1 year

Applicant Information

Private Top 25
N/A out of N/A

Demographic Information

1-2 Years

Extra Curricular Information

Okay/average softs: various academic awards, decent amount of abroad experience, speak 4 languages. I'm assuming my letters of recommendation were fine. I'm sure everyone does, but I put a ton of time/effort into my personal statement/supplemental essays.


Received fee waivers from Michigan/Duke/Penn after first LSAT (172); received them from everywhere else after my second sitting.

Submitted diversity statement to all schools, and Why X to Penn, Michigan, UVA, Duke, and Berkeley.

I would have gone to Chicago had I not received a surprisingly generous need-based grant from Yale. I was 99% sure I wasn't going to get a dime, so remember to always apply for financial aid! You might be pleasantly surprised :)

1/17: Interview request
2/1: Interview. No real curveballs (all the questions were posted on the Chicago TLS thread), but the interview style itself wasn't particularly conversational at all.
2/13: Acceptance via email
2/20: Rubenstein email!!! 238k is the official figure they sent out, so it must be taking tuition increases into consideration.

12/30: Interview invite
1/5: Interview. Pretty casual, mostly straightforward questions.
1/24: Accepted; Butler info included in acceptance email

11/28: Interview request
12/5: Completed online interview. Format is a little awkward but I think it went okay.

12/2: Received small acceptance letter (it was dated 11/28). Didn't do an interview or submit any of the Georgetown-specific optional essays.

1/23: Interview request
2/3: Interview. Pretty laid back and conversational. A few questions about my resume, but no specific "Why Law/Why Harvard" questions.
3/22: JS2!

1/19: Awarded Dean's Scholarship via email

12/2: Alumni interview. Relatively laid back. File went complete at some point the next week but unsure of the exact date.

2/24: Vanderbilt scholarship

12/20: Asked to submit Why Texas Law statement
1/10: Accepted; submitted my Why UT statement one week earlier.
1/27: Scholarship info$20k/year + Nonresident Tuition Exemption

12/8: Alumni interview. Very casual; more of a Q&A about Vandy than a a traditional interview.

12/5: Interview request
12/8: Interview + Admission + Dillard!

11/17: Interview request
11/21: Interview (Very friendly and relaxed. Lasted about 40 minutes, but I asked a lot of questions)
11/23: Accepted!
12/8: Received two emails about scholarships. First one was a full-tuition Dean's scholarship. An email awarding me the "Washington Award" (10k/year) came about 10 minutes later.

Visitor Comments

  • Thursday, June 01 2017 at 03:27 AM

How did you study for the LSAT?

- nomadicisa
  • Saturday, July 29 2017 at 11:42 PM

@nomadicisa First I skimmed through the PowerScore Logic Games Bible, which was somewhat helpful for learning how to diagram but not much else. My main improvements came from taking a full-length practice test just about every day and looking at the 7sage explanations for the questions I was really confused about. I would usually do a practice test in the morning, then review, then relax all day (I did virtually all of my studying between graduating and the June exam, so I didn't have to worry about school/work). I would also usually do 1 additional section in the evening. It'd probably be really easy to burn out doing this method, but I found it to be highly effective (It took about 3 weeks to raise my diagnostic score by 20+ points).

- mccracal

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