r6philly (2020-2021)

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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F - Fee Waiver, A - Attending, W - Withdrawn, D - Deferred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
#2 University of Pennsylvania F Accepted A Type: RA Sent: 10/07/10 Rec: 10/07/10 Comp: 10/08/10 Inter: -- Dec: 12/20/10 Upd: 9 years
#4 Columbia University F Waitlisted Type: RA Sent: 10/11/10 Rec: 10/12/10 Comp: 10/19/10 Inter: -- Dec: 02/03/11 Upd: 10 years
#3 University of California Berkeley F Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 09/21/10 Rec: 09/22/10 Comp: 10/14/10 Inter: -- Dec: 11/29/10 Upd: 10 years
#4 New York University F Waitlisted Type: RA Sent: 11/22/10 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 04/10/11 Upd: 10 years
University of Chicago F Waitlisted Type: RA Sent: 10/07/10 Rec: 10/07/10 Comp: 10/07/10 Inter: -- Dec: 01/10/11 Upd: 10 years
#5 University of Texas Austin F Accepted W Type: $93,000 Sent: 09/21/10 Rec: 09/24/10 Comp: 09/29/10 Inter: -- Dec: 10/28/10 Upd: 10 years
#5 University of Michigan Ann Arbor F Accepted W Type: RA $45,000 Sent: 11/15/10 Rec: 11/18/10 Comp: 12/10/10 Inter: -- Dec: 01/21/11 Upd: 10 years
#5 University of Virginia F Accepted W Type: RA $90,000 Sent: 09/21/10 Rec: 09/21/10 Comp: 09/22/10 Inter: -- Dec: 01/21/11 Upd: 10 years
#5 Duke University F Accepted W Type: RA $67,500 Sent: 09/20/10 Rec: 09/21/10 Comp: 09/22/10 Inter: -- Dec: 02/05/11 Upd: 10 years
#1 Harvard University F Waitlisted Type: RA Sent: 10/07/10 Rec: 10/07/10 Comp: 10/21/10 Inter: -- Dec: 04/21/11 Upd: 10 years
#1 Stanford University Rejected Type: RA Sent: 10/11/10 Rec: 10/12/10 Comp: 10/13/10 Inter: -- Dec: 04/11/11 Upd: 10 years
#1 Yale University Rejected Type: RA Sent: 10/21/10 Rec: -- Comp: 10/29/10 Inter: -- Dec: 02/11/11 Upd: 10 years
University of Southern California F Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 10/23/10 Rec: 10/25/10 Comp: 10/25/10 Inter: -- Dec: 03/25/11 Upd: 10 years
Cornell University F Waitlisted D W Type: Sent: 09/20/10 Rec: 09/22/10 Comp: 10/21/10 Inter: -- Dec: 03/22/10 Upd: 10 years
University of California Los Angeles F Waitlisted Type: RA Sent: 09/21/10 Rec: 09/24/10 Comp: 10/07/10 Inter: -- Dec: 02/02/11 Upd: 10 years

Applicant Information

  • LSAT: 170
  • LSAT 2: -
  • LSAT 3: -
  • LSAC GPA: 3.91
  • Degree GPA: 4.0
  • School Type: Public
  • Major: CS/PS

Demographic Information

  • City: Metro
  • State: -
  • Race: -
  • Gender: Man
  • Non-Traditional Applicant: Yes
  • Years out of Undergrad: 1-2 Years

Extra Curricular Information

Seasoned and full of stories :)
As unique as one shouldn't wish

Non-traditional to the extreme:

- I was a high school drop out, earned a GED at 20
- 2 years of college credits at 2 community colleges spanning 13 years
- Transferred to state school and graduated first in class (no latin honors due to transfer)
- Finishing M.P.A. from Ivy before law school

Overcame extreme adversities
- I was forced into homelessness when I was 16
- worked from the bottom up starting as day laborer
- ended up a self-taught web/software engineer

Very focused career goals
- Patent, IP, technology

Community Service
- led after school out reach programs for at risk inner city youth for 5 years
- mentor college bound high school students

- was a professionally licensed motorcycle racer (AMA Supersport and Formula Xtreme)

I know I didn't take a traditional route to any thing, but I aspire to the be the best no matter what I do.

Additional info & updates

Re-applicant. Fall 2010 and Fall 2011 cycles.

2010 cycle:
In: Michigan (45k)
Out: Yale, Harvard, NYU
WL: everywhere else (didn't apply to Stanford and Berkeley)

I didn't retake, so applying early really does help improve your chances.

For everyone who gets discouraged by the process, or life in general: don't despair, you will be able to smile eventually! :)

Note on scholarship/financial aid:

I only published merit-only scholarships on the list. I received quite generous offers from Penn and Berkeley. However they are mostly need-based. I am not sure if without need I would have still received the same offers, so I chose to not disclose them to make sure the figures wouldn't mislead anyone.

Note on preference:

Those were preferences BEFORE the cycle. I am very fortunate to have top target locked in. The top 3 were reaches - I may or may not had a fair shot at any of them. The Harvard WL is a big surprise, and I would be elated if I can get off the WL.


4/26 This one was hard - withdrew from UVA

4/25 Withdrew from USC

4/22 Wait list email from NYU.

4/21 Wait list offer from Harvard!!! My last decision is going to be Harvard, that's amazing! I hope I get in!

4/21 Status checker for NYU changed to Decision Letter Sent 4/10. The wait goes on to find out what it is.

4/18 Withdrew from Duke.

4/15 Withdrew from UT Austin. Hard to let it go, biggest scholarship and probably the lowest cost of living!

4/14 Was hoping for better results, but no-thank-you letter from Stanford today.

4/3 Submitted a matching request at Texas, they bumped the total to $93000. That leaves a COA of $33000 a year. Pretty good option!

4/1 Withdrew from Michigan. Sad to have to turn down such a wonderful school, but excited that I am narrowing down choices and slowly coming to a final decision!

3/28 Email from USC letting me know I have access to the admitted student portal. My decision was finalized on 3/25. I need to fill out forms for financial aid!

3/28 Withdrew from Cornell's Reserve. Penn's ASW was wonderful. Received financial aid notice from Penn with a good amount of need grants. Still trying to negotiate merit scholarship. Also received first year need grant offer from Berkeley, very comparable to Penn's, but also no mention of merit yet. So everything is still up in the air. Looking forward to visiting Berkeley in a week!

3/22 2 weeks of nothing leads to - Reserve at Cornell. Sigh. But expected. Will probably withdraw at the same time as some of the others.

3/10 It's been forever since I had anything to update it seems. $22,500 per year scholarship from Duke!

2/12 White business mail envelope with no return address. Business end of a Yale Law School admission decision.

2/5 Acceptance via email from Duke! The email asked to submit a scholarship form which I will send it tomorrow. I don't know if they would offer more than UVa but here is to hoping!

2/3 Reserve via email from Columbia. Looks like the end of the cycle is near?

2/2 WL via email from UCLA - not sure what's up with this.

1/29 Received $45k Dean's Scholarship offer from Michigan ($15k/year)!

1/21 WOW what a day. First got in to Michigan, then received a call from UVa! And UVa came with a $90k scholarship offer ($30k/year)!

1/10 Waitlisted by Chicago via email. Don't feel happy about the WL :)

1/10 Put on "Hold" by Harvard by email. Feel pretty happy to be held.

1/5 finally under review at NYU.

12/20 Phone call from Dean Post @ Penn!!! Really happy to have the option to stay at Penn. Well worth the wait!

12/10 Finally complete at Michigan. Come on NYU!

12/7 Things are moving slowly right now. Received a letter from USC inviting me to apply for the Rothman scholarship. Sounds good, will be sending off an essay shortly.

11/29 Accepted to Berkeley via phone! Great surprise the day after the holiday weekend. Looking forward to visiting in April!

11/29 Decision at Cornell via email - deferred to regular applicant pool. Got the Berkeley call while wondering what's up with Cornell. Most likely will withdraw, but I have until 2/1 to do so.

11/22 Submitted to NYU. One of the last apps for the cycle hopefully. Took a while to write the scholarship essay, but I am happy with the end product. Here is to more waiting!

11/15 Under review at Chicago. I guess may have to wait until December for another decision?

11/11 So I have decided to update that there is nothing to update ... hopefully new decisions soon.

11/5 Received scholarship letter from Texas. $9,500/year non resident exemption totaling $76,500 over 3 years!

10/29 Acceptance from Texas via phone! Great start! Scholarship info to follow in a couple weeks.

10/24 Under review at Berkeley, Stanford, Duke, UVA and Harvard.

10/24 Received a viewbook from USC. Liked it and the letter that came with it so I sent an application in since I applied to UCLA as well.

10/13 So I decided to start updating the process. Most of my apps are in. Still working on the Yale app and the certification forms, it may take a while longer. Under review at a few places, hopefully will have some news soon!

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Good luck with your LSAT!
Tuesday, December 08 2009 at 07:45 PM

Your majors are impressive too:)

Wednesday, December 09 2009 at 12:22 PM

Thank you!

Thursday, December 10 2009 at 05:20 AM

I think it's hard to get into Berkeley because of my GPA.... and I think it's hard to get into any school ever if you're Asian. One would think law would be different, but I guess not.

Thursday, December 10 2009 at 10:08 PM

You Indian?

Monday, December 14 2009 at 09:07 AM

thank you for the nice comments that you left on my page, and best of luck to you in your cycle. Feb isn't too late the most important thing is to get the right score :)

Good luck!!
Sunday, December 27 2009 at 11:08 AM

If your GPA is any indication of your future LSAT score, I'm sure you will do great in February. I will send you the Yale materials as soon as I can.

Friday, February 05 2010 at 02:08 AM

Thanks for your comments. Yeah I was hoping to at least make it on a waitlist or a conditional program at NYLS but oh well. As of right now, I would probably take the LSAT over again unless something else springs up. I haven't completely ruled out moving out of state but would much rather prefer to stay in New York. Good luck to you!

Right back at you...
Tuesday, March 09 2010 at 03:04 AM

I noticed on TLS that you were happy to mention that you had gone complete at some schools, so I immediately knew you rocked it!! And then of course, I check on LSN and my beliefs were merely confirmed. I sincerely hope you get in to your top choice, and I wouldn't mind being classmates with you either :) Oh and I just wanted to say, that if that's your own little Blasian in your avatar...He. Is. Gorgeous.

Thursday, March 11 2010 at 06:06 AM

not certain about columbia yet; i'm waiting on word from several other schools, and i haven't completely ruled out michigan. i'm fairly certain georgetown was yield protection. UVA is just flooded with out-of-state applicants. good luck!

Saturday, March 13 2010 at 10:27 PM

Thanks for the message! Today's been a pretty good day for me. . .

I'm pulling for you!
Sunday, March 14 2010 at 08:59 AM

You've certainly got the numbers to be competitive. If things don't work out optimally this year you should just reapply in the fall and enjoy life for awhile. Win-win solution.

tough is right
Friday, March 19 2010 at 07:47 AM

Yeah, hopefully the only issue is the timing. I'm seriously considering reapplying at this point. Of course, I'll have to wait and see if any of my remaining schools (not posted) can save my cycle! I'll be the first to admit I've gotten off on a horrible start! Good luck to you going forward.

You can count on it...
Tuesday, March 30 2010 at 03:42 PM

I withdrew from everywhere today! It was a blessing. Let me know where you end up!!!!

Tuesday, August 31 2010 at 11:12 AM

Best of luck in this year's cycle.

Tuesday, September 21 2010 at 09:37 PM

I am just weighing my options at the moment but planning on finishing my PhD first. Best of luck to you this cycle. I'm sure you'll do well!

Wednesday, September 22 2010 at 03:47 AM

Columbia... I found the school to be out of date. It seemed to be the most behind the times in terms of technology available. Also, it seems to be the least pro-student. Finally, I am going for health law and Columbia has little to no elective coursework in the field. Oh, my tour guide at Columbia certainly didn't help to sell the school. "When given an assignment, you should get to the library quickly because of the competition books often magically disappear." Are you serious? How cut-throat can a school be? I'll let you know what I think of NYU on Friday. Good luck with the applications!

Wednesday, September 22 2010 at 08:44 AM

I am looking to stay in the NY area. I am applying to Seton Hall and Rutgers in NJ and Quinnipiac in CT. I think Columbia is proud of its competitiveness. I think competition is only to be expected, but the whole cut-throat atmosphere turned me off.

Wednesday, September 22 2010 at 09:52 PM

I'm pursuing a PhD in political science. I'm doing my dissertation on the development of constitutional environmental rights. Law school is on the back burner for now, but I want to keep my options open. Still, you are right that being a professor does afford one a quality of life second to none! Good luck!

As Promised...
Friday, September 24 2010 at 11:48 AM

I was actually rather impressed with NYU. It seemed VERY pro-student and had tons of opportunities to show off your strengths. Still, it does not have health law which is what I want to study.

Wednesday, October 06 2010 at 08:25 AM

Thanks Philly! Good luck to you on your cycle as well! I'm sure you'll get many attractive offers this time around! :-)

Fee Waiver
Thursday, October 14 2010 at 06:35 AM

I'd like to know how to get fee waiver from Harvard, Yale, Standford and Columbia. Many thanks!

Thank you!
Saturday, October 16 2010 at 08:47 AM

I appreciate the kind words and wishes. You look set up to do very well indeed. With luck, we may be classmates in the end. My best to you.

Good Luck
Monday, November 01 2010 at 11:00 AM

I'm predicting a great cycle. Congrats on your stats and I'm sure we'll soon see acceptances rolling in

Tuesday, November 02 2010 at 05:52 AM

Haha yes, there was some dancing as promised :) Congrats to you on your UT-Austin acceptance! And good luck with the rest of your schools (not that you'll really need it with your numbers and awesome softs!)

Friday, November 05 2010 at 08:27 PM

that's a huge scholly, r6! That's great news...hope the cycle is a huge success for you!

Monday, November 29 2010 at 07:38 PM

on berkeley!

Wednesday, December 01 2010 at 06:49 PM

for the encouragement. funny thing, i found out i was in at mich right after i read your comment :D

Friday, December 03 2010 at 06:51 AM

and you too!

Wednesday, December 08 2010 at 10:20 AM

Thanks, r6! Throughout this process, you've been a gem. Best of luck to you, not that you need it!

Sunday, December 26 2010 at 05:56 PM

For everyone who gets discouraged by the process, or life in general: don't despair, you will be able to smile eventually! :) Great sentiment. Congrats on your cycle so far and continued luck.

Tuesday, January 04 2011 at 10:07 PM

Grats on Cornell! Mind if I ask how much scholarship $ they awarded you?

Friday, January 21 2011 at 09:45 PM

You in Roxbourough? I used to live in Chestnut Hill, R8. I worked at Rand Spear, the accident lawyers personal injury hell hole in center city.

Tuesday, January 25 2011 at 07:27 AM

only time will tell :) In all honestly, unless i somehow manage to squeeze some money out of michigan or northwestern, i'll probably stay at my job and go PT at gulc. What are you thinking?

Tuesday, January 25 2011 at 03:24 PM

I don't blame you, that's a hell of an offer from UVA (congrats by the way!) I haven't received any money from Michigan, I'm hoping to have something to bargain with but i'm not holding my breath... I've got a really good job here in DC that lets me work from home, and i live just a few blocks away from gulc. Financially I think that may be the best option, but it's not over yet!

Wednesday, February 02 2011 at 01:49 PM

Hey R6! I wanted to thank you for the congrats on Chicago! I was on vacation the past few weeks, so I tried to keep my sanity by staying off LSN/TLS as much as possible, hence the belated gratitude. ;-) I was really shocked I got in at Chicago and was held at Harvard on the same day! I'm surprised you got the WL (perhaps your non-traditional history clashed with their more conservative style?). Also, bummer about the UCLA waitlist. I'm really shocked about that one, but it looks like you've received some really great offers in the last weeks. 90k at Virginia is AMAZING!! Congrats! Looks like you'll have some tough decisions to make (Penn, UVA, Michigan & Berkeley). Plus no news from HYS is probably good news at this point! Congrats again. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you!

Monday, February 07 2011 at 04:41 PM

On your acceptance so far. Will hopefully see you at UVA in the fall...ha

Wednesday, February 09 2011 at 12:30 PM

Congrats on the awesome schools (and $$$$$$$) so far! Good luck with the rest of 'em though buddy!

Sunday, March 20 2011 at 08:08 PM

Hi r6_philly. Just wanted to say that I have seen you on TLS and here so many times and I wanted to say hi. Congrats on the cycle so far. Good luck with NYU -- I applied way after you and got rejected a week or two ago, so they must be holding onto your app for a reason; i.e., they like you! :) I'm praying on getting off the Michigan waitlist. That would be a dream for someone with my numbers. Sigh.... Anyways, good luck with Stanford, Harvard, NYU, etc.

Wednesday, March 23 2011 at 07:07 PM

Thanks; your comment just made me feel better after a long, gloomy day!

Hey homeslice!
Thursday, March 24 2011 at 08:16 AM

Hopefully we'll score Harvard and Stanford before April 30. Keepin' the dream alive, bitches.

Friday, March 25 2011 at 09:05 PM

Congrats on all your amazing acceptances man. Good shit.

Wednesday, March 30 2011 at 09:22 PM

you're such a badass, don't be jealous! some tlsers were talking about how cool you were today... googlin' you on a motorcycle and shit.

Sunday, April 03 2011 at 03:01 PM

Hey R6- How 'bout an updated pic of your ADORABLE kid? Oh, and btw CONGRATS on UVa. Not at all shocked by Boalt-they love high GPAs, and you're a great fit! Don't understand these wait-lists. GOOD LUCK with the final 3!!!

Tuesday, April 05 2011 at 02:03 PM

Thanks for withdrawing from Michigan dude ;) Now my tiny chance of admission just got a little less tiny

Saturday, April 23 2011 at 04:31 PM

No merit aid from Penn? Color me surprised!

Tuesday, April 26 2011 at 12:28 PM

Based on your TLS comments I am so glad you withdrew from UVA!

Monday, May 23 2011 at 06:17 AM

your story has inspired me to continue to reach for my goals. I wish you all the best in the future.

99carpe diem
Just read your EC section...
Monday, June 13 2011 at 10:27 PM

...amazing stuff. Congratulations.

Thursday, August 04 2011 at 12:21 PM

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