miami88 (2013-2014)

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Application Information

F - Fee Waiver, A - Attending, W - Withdrawn, D - Deferred
# Law School Status Type $$$ Sent Received Complete Decision Updated
6 University of Chicago graph WL, Rejected 11/24/13 11/25/13 12/05/13 09/29/14 4 years
6 Cornell University F graph WL, Rejected 11/24/13 11/25/13 12/23/13 08/27/14 4 years
6 Northwestern University F graph WL, Rejected 11/24/13 11/26/13 12/19/13 09/03/14 4 years
3 New York University F graph WL, Rejected 11/20/13 11/20/13 11/21/13 08/21/14 5 years
4 University of California Los Angeles F graph WL, Rejected 10/27/13 10/28/13 11/01/13 08/22/14 5 years
3 Columbia University F graph WL, Rejected 10/27/13 10/31/13 11/15/13 08/16/14 5 years
5 University of Virginia F graph WL, Rejected 11/01/13 11/04/13 11/08/13 01/02/14 5 years
5 University of Michigan Ann Arbor F graph Accepted A $60,000 11/01/13 11/04/13 11/13/13 12/04/13 5 years
4 Vanderbilt University F graph Accepted W $75,000 10/27/13 10/29/13 10/29/13 11/13/13 5 years
5 Georgetown University F graph Accepted W $30,000 11/01/13 11/04/13 11/04/13 11/23/13 5 years
1 Stanford University graph Rejected 10/25/13 10/25/13 10/25/13 04/15/14 5 years
4 University of Southern California F graph Accepted W $90,000 10/27/13 10/28/13 10/28/13 12/23/13 5 years
7 Florida International University F PT graph Accepted W $20,000 12/02/13 12/02/13 12/03/13 12/03/13 5 years
7 Southwestern University School of Law F PT graph Accepted W $130,000 12/02/13 12/03/13 12/03/13 12/13/13 5 years
7 Brooklyn Law School PT graph Accepted W $160,000 12/02/13 12/03/13 12/03/13 12/28/13 5 years
8 University of Miami F graph Accepted W $90,000 12/02/13 12/04/13 -- 12/26/13 5 years
2 Yale University graph Rejected 12/02/13 12/03/13 12/11/13 02/25/14 5 years
5 Duke University F graph Rejected 11/01/13 11/04/13 11/04/13 02/24/14 5 years
5 University of Pennsylvania F graph Rejected 11/01/13 11/02/13 11/05/13 01/24/14 5 years
3 University of California Berkeley graph Rejected 10/27/13 10/28/13 11/18/13 01/24/14 5 years
1 Harvard University graph Rejected 10/27/13 10/28/13 11/04/13 01/17/14 5 years

Applicant Information

Private - Top 10 Regional

Demographic Information

Puerto Rican/Cuban
3-4 Years

Extra Curricular Information

I'm offering all my info to help people out...

Masters of Music (GPA: 3.86)
- Copyright law research in licensing and fair use issues

Bachelor of Science (GPA: 3.75)
Bachelor of Music (GPA: 3.77)
- Dean's List
-19+ credits each semester
- Took classes every summer

- 5 years work experience

- Wrote a "life journey" PS
- Wrote a diversity statement about how I have integrated my Cuban/Puerto Rican background with music/academia
- Wrote a GPA/LSAT addendum talking about how I overcame dyslexia and ADHD
- Optional essays typically talked about my interpersonal skills
- 2 page resume


Law School Predictor w/ LSN % Chance

Full Time:

Yale (8%): Deny... REJECTED
Harvard (12%): Deny... REJECTED
Stanford (13%): Weak Consider... REJECTED
UChicago (34%): Consider... WAITLISTED
Columbia (63%): Weak Consider... HELD... 3 WAITLISTs
NYU (65%): Consider... WAITLISTED
UPenn (38%): Strong Consider... REJECTED
UVA (38%): Strong Consider... WAITLISTED... REJECTED
UC Berkeley (28%): Strong Consider... REJECTED
UMich (78%): Strong Consider... AUTO ADMIT
Duke (78%): Strong Consider... REJECTED
Northwestern (65%): Admit... HELD... WAITLISTED
Cornell (86%): Strong Consider... RESERVED... WAITLISTED
Georgetown (94%): Strong Consider... AUTO ADMIT
Vanderbilt (100%): Admit... AUTO ADMIT (50% Tuition)
UCLA (73%): Strong Consider... WAITLIST
USC (91%): Admit... ADMIT (50% Tuition)
UM (100%): Admit... AUTO ADMIT (70% Tuition)


Brooklyn (100%): Admit... AUTO ADMIT (95% Tuition)
Southwestern (100%): Admit... AUTO ADMIT (100% Tuition + Partial Housing)
FIU (100%): Admit... AUTO ADMIT ($20k need scholarship)


Fee Waiver and Correspondance Timeline:

All fee waivers are merit based and unsolicited unless otherwise noted:

7/9/13: Georgetown via email
8/9/13: Harvard email invitation from admissions to apply
8/15/13: Vanderbilt via email
8/16/13: UMich via snail mail
8/21/13: Duke via email
9/10/13: UPenn via email
9/13/13: Cornell via email
9/19/13: NYU via email
9/25/13: Columbia via email
9/28/13: LSAC Forum - Southwestern, UVA
10/3/13: Northwestern via email
10/8/13: UCLA via email SOLICITED
10/9/13: FIU via email SOLICITED
10/9/13: UM via email SOLICITED
10/10/13: USC via email SOLICITED
10/17/13: Harvard email (from hispanic group) invitation to apply
10/30/13: UVA via email
11/7/13: Yale invitation to apply via snail mail and email


All $$$ is a combination of merit and need based. Specifics are listed below in timeline as I received info.

General Timeline:

1/10/13: Started studying each day for the LSAT. AVG PT range leading up to test day was between 164-174.

6/10/13: Took LSAT.

7/1/13: Got LSAT score - 167 (94.5 Percentile), around my average, albeit on the lower end of it.

7/10/13: Started working on essays

7/15/13: Requested LORs and Evaluations

7/19/13: Requested Transcripts from all schools

8/1/13: Started working on all apps

9/27/13: Interview with Vanderbilt rep. It went extremely well.

9/28/13: LSAC Forum. I saw the Vandy rep. and he was extremely excited to see me. Very good vibes there.

10/25/13: Started sending in apps (see above for dates)

11/13/13: Vanderbilt status check: Decision Mailed

11/15/13: Vanderbilt acceptance package via snail mail

11/23/13: Georgetown acceptance letter via snail mail (sent 11/19/13). Got nervous when I saw the letter as it was in a tiny little envelope. FYI - Status checker says "Application Complete 11/18/13."

12/2/13: Done sending out all my apps! It took me so long because I personalized each app (except for the ones on and after yale as yale does not like "why yale" statement")

12/3/13: USC status check: In First Committee Review. // UPenn status check: In Review

12/4/13: In at UMich via status check! I love their littles notes. :)

12/5/13: FIU acceptance via snail mail (sent out on
12/3/13, just one day after I sent in my app!).

12/6/13: USC status check: Committee 2nd Review

12/13/13: In at Southwestern via email (plus full tuition merit scholarship!).

12/14/13: Northwestern off-campus interview with alum. He emailed me afterwards saying how well my interview went! He talked me up quite a bit towards the end of my interview due to my experience after undergrad. Very very nice guy.

12/17/13: NYU status update: Application Under Review

12/19/13: Duke status check: Under Review; Brooklyn status check: Under Review

12/23/13: Cornell status check: complete // USC status check: In Final Review (morning) // In at USC via email (end of day)

12/26/13: In at UMiami via snail mail (note I never received notice that my application was complete).

12/28/13: In at Brooklyn via status checker! I hope all these early acceptances are a good omen of things to come.

1/2/14: Chicago Status Check: In Review // Waitlisted at UVA via email.

1/3/14: Northwestern Status Check: In Review

1/6/14: UMiami snail mail: Dean's Merit Scholarship: 90,000 total if I remain in the top half of the class (3.0). // Vanderbilt Scholarship Applications were received via snail mail.

1/7/14: Cornel Status Check: In Reserve (not waitlist).

1/9/14: Waitlisted at UCLA via email. :( There goes the top entertainment law program (well, there's still hope though!)

1/10/14: Submitted FAFSA

1/13/14: Submitted Michigan's Lawyers Club Application

1/14/14: Assured a lease to Lawyers Club via email from UMIch.

1/15/14: Submitted NeedAccess

1/16:14: Brooklyn send me a snail mail letting me know I was accepted and that I am in the running for scholarships (and to apply for some fellowships).

1/17/14: Rejected at Harvard via email.

1/21/14: UPenn status update: under review.

1/24/14: Rejected at UC Berkeley via email. Not sure if it's typical, but the email said that "if I'm still interested in UC Berkeley, to apply as a transfer next year." // Rejected at UPenn via email (late at night). Sad day. :(

1/26/14: Southwestern email w/ Housing Scholarship (16k total).

1/29/14: UChicago Status Check: Under Review

1/31/14: Georgetown email notification that I'm being considered for scholarships.

2/3/14: Cornell email saying I'm reserved (already found out a month earlier via status checker).

2/6/14: Northwestern Status Checker: Decision Letter Sent: Placed on Hold until April where I'll hear back on a decision.

2/7/14: Sent Georgetown scholarship interest via email. Received confirmation of interest via email.

2/18/14: Very short LOCI sent to Cornell via email. // Duke Status Check: In Review.

2/21/14: UChicago Status Check: Application In Review.

2/24/14: Rejected at Duke via email.

2/25/14: Rejected at Yale via email. // FIU Need-Based Grant for 5k a year - came via snail mail. Still waiting on merit based scholarship though. // Waitlisted at UChicago via email!!!

2/26/14: Brooklyn Scholarship via email (Prince Scholarship - 30k each year if I maintain 3.0 = 80% class rank).

2/27/14: USC Scholarship via email ($30k per year, no condition - 1/3 of COA)

3/3/14: Vandy Dean's Scholarship via snail mail (send
2/25/14): 25k per year, no condition - 1/3 of COA)

3/4/14: Brooklyn Lark-Barranco extra merit scholarship of $9,735 - was notified via email. This makes Brooklyn's scholarship package a total about about $160k, or about 60% of COA.

3/10/14: Georgetown Scholarship Email: I am an "alternate" for a scholarship. They said I should hear back by the second week of April if I get something (ie someone else rejects the scholarship).

3/11/14: Sent USC a request for more $ (used Vandy's 75k and acceptances/waitlists as leverage).

3/18/14: Sent UChicago a LOCI and, per their request, a "Why UChicago" essay. // Denied USC scholarship increase via email. // Sent Vanderbilt request for more $ using all offers.

3/24/14: Held at Columbia via email!!!!!!!!!!!

3/25/14: Vanderbilt email basically denying the request for more $. They said they give their best offer upfront.

3/31/14: Emailed a LOCI to Columbia (they requested it as an optional add in their Hold letter) // Georgetown Miami Admitted Student Reception (met a lot of great alums and what not. I spoke quite a bit with some admissions people about $$).

4/1/14: Called Stanford and NYU to see if I could send in a LOCI // Sent LOCI to Stanford and NYU (I still haven't heard back at all from them). // Withdrew my application from UMiami (today was scholarship acceptance deadline). I had asked for more money on the phone and they basically said no.

4/3/14: Sent UVA a LOCI via email.

4/14/14: Called Georgetown about scholarship. It sounds like they never read my email confirming that I wanted to remain on the alternate list (I never got confirmation) and was passed up for the previous round of scholarships. They said I should hear back one way or another by their next round of scholarship offers on April 24. So in other words, someone over there messed up and screwed me over. :( I would follow up with them if you don't receive confirmation about something within a week. // Waitlisted at NYU via email!!!! fyi, their status checker was still listing their 12/17/13 review this afternoon until I got the email. // Withdrew my application from FIU, Brooklyn, Southwestern, and... USC (even with all that $$)!! :( These were extremely hard decisions, but in the end I wanted more flexibility in terms of national pull and career prospects.

4/15/14: Stanford status checker: decision letter sent. Looks like its a rejection based on other lsn profiles.

4/17/14: Georgetown followed up with me via email about scholarship. Lol. I guess I'm still in the running.

4/18/14: Rejected at Stanford via snail mail.

4/22/14: Waitlisted (placed on Reserve) at Columbia via email!!!!!

4/25/14: Georgetown email: I didn't get the merit scholarship. // E-mailed Georgetown with Vandy's offer to try and get at least a competing scholarship. // E-mailed UMichigan vandy's offer to try and get a competing scholarship.

4/28/14: UMichigan via: Dean's Scholar with $60,000 and no conditions! // Sent Georgetown Michigan's offer as well.

4/29/14: Georgetown finally came through with a scholarship via email... $30,000. Not enough to offset Michigan's offer. Michigan it is! // Rejected off of UVA's waitlist via email.

4/30/14: Withdrew from Vanderbilt and Georgetown, and placed my first seat deposit at UMichigan. I'll wait out my wait lists! Lets go Columbia/NYU/UChicago!!!

5/5/14: Let Columbia/NYU/UChicago know via email that I will be visiting the schools at the end of May.

5/15/14: Received an email from Northwestern saying I have a new decision waiting for me on their website. Got waitlisted. Note that I did not send any LOCI to them other than letting them know I wanted to remain on hold. I am more than interested in their school if they offer me scholarships.

Week of 5/19/14: Visited UChicago, Northwestern, Columbia, and NYU.

6/13/14: Placed on Columbia's second reserve group via email.

6/23/14: Waitlisted at Cornell via email. I'm hoping they (or Northwestern/UCLA) come through with a lot of $. Otherwise, it'll be UMich!

7/11/14: Third Reserve email from Columbia. Sent in a LOCI/update of the past few months (got a semi-promotion at work).

7/15/14: Send LOCI/update to NYU, UChicago, Northwestern, and Cornell. Told NU and Cornell I would need "significant financial aid" to go to their schools. || Received confirmation from all the schools within 48 hours.

7/31/14: Still no word. Requesting loans for UMich. now! Getting exciting!

Week of 8/4/14: Taking the Miami Law Preview. I got a scholarship to attend... why not.

8/16/14: Rejected at Columbia via snail mail (dated Aug. 13). They said I should apply as a transfer for my second year.

8/21/14: Rejected at NYU via email (status check said Waitlisted until they sent this email). Sad week.

8/22/14: Rejected at UCLA via email. Honestly, I never sent in any LOCI or anything since they wait listed me. I would have only gone if they gave me over a full ride, and that's just not realistic. // Looks like it's UMichigan! I'm still on the wait list for UChicago though...

8/27/14: Rejected at Cornell from waitlist via email.

9/3/14: Rejected at Northwestern from waitlist via email.

9/29/14: Rejected at UChicago from waitlist via email (first day of their classes was today).

Visitor Comments

  • Note:
  • Monday, February 10 2014 at 02:07 PM

Some bits of wisdom after I've finished my cycle... I refreshed my status checker everyday at least once or twice. However, all schools sent me an email of an update/decision. The only schools that I found out my decision somewhat earlier than email was UMichigan, Brooklyn, and Cornell. Other than those schools, I would only refresh the status checker once a week to make sure nothing is wrong with your app. (which I am sure you would be notified via email asap anyways). So in sum, don't bother with status checker updates - once you go complete, they really aren't that helpful.

- miami88
  • Friday, March 21 2014 at 08:37 AM

I would highly recommend applying to as many schools as possible. In addition to having further options, you increase your hand when it comes to negotiating scholarships. In hindsight, I would have applied to all the top 30 schools with my numbers to maximize my negotiations. FInally, apply super early - like before October early. Again, it just ups your chances for better offers.

- miami88
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  • Friday, March 06 2015 at 02:27 AM

Your profile is so amazing and helpful! The details are great. Even though it was last year, congratulations on your successful cycle!

- barelylegal

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