vanrae (2016-2017)

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Application Information

F - Fee Waiver, A - Attending, W - Withdrawn, D - Deferred
Law School Status Type $$$ Sent Received Complete Decision Updated
Georgetown University graph Accepted $90,000 10/23/16 -- -- 11/28/16 12 months
Columbia University graph Accepted $120,000 10/22/16 -- 11/04/16 01/23/17 12 months
University of California Berkeley graph Accepted $165,000 10/25/16 -- -- 12/12/16 12 months
University of Pennsylvania graph Accepted $105,147 10/23/16 -- -- 12/20/16 12 months
Duke University graph Accepted $105,000 11/20/16 -- -- 01/05/17 12 months
University of Virginia graph Accepted $60,000 11/03/16 -- -- 12/22/16 12 months
University of Michigan Ann Arbor graph Accepted 11/05/16 -- 11/30/16 12/21/16 12 months
New York University graph Accepted $180,000 10/22/16 -- -- 11/16/16 12 months
Stanford University graph Rejected 01/18/17 -- -- 04/19/17 2 years
University of California Los Angeles graph Accepted W $146,150 -- -- 10/17/16 11/02/16 2 years
Harvard University graph Rejected -- 10/17/16 10/17/16 03/30/17 2 years
George Washington University graph Accepted W $30,000 11/06/16 -- -- 11/29/16 2 years
Fordham University graph Accepted W $90,000 -- -- 10/17/16 12/07/16 2 years
Brooklyn Law School graph Accepted W $142,000 -- -- 10/17/16 12/08/16 2 years
Northwestern University graph Waitlisted W 10/24/16 -- 11/10/16 02/08/17 2 years
University of Chicago graph Waitlisted W -- -- 10/17/16 01/20/17 2 years
Cornell University graph Waitlisted W 11/05/16 -- -- 12/02/16 2 years

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Demographic Information

5-9 Years

Extra Curricular Information

Apply broadly and early! For those with low stats, the best advice I got on here was that if your stats aren't 1% make sure everything else is 1%. Essays,resume, recs. Write every "why X" essay. Although there is no consensus on if that works, I think low stat applicants cant take that risk. Triple check your essays for mistakes. Make sure that you really take your time to write them. I started writing mine 10+ months in advance, because I knew with my schedule that's what I needed to get to a point where I thought it was perfect. Starting early also allowed me to take a break from it for a couple of months and then come and edit it with fresh eyes. Also, WE was a major soft for me that gets discounted way too much on law school blogs. Every single interviewer and some deans (NYU, Columbia, Duke, Berkeley, UChi, Mich) mentioned how impressed they were with the quality and length of WE. I think WE helps you distance yourself from your scores and I think everyone should take some time off regardless of scores. It gives you experience and something else to discuss during your app and interviews. Applying to law school isn't just about stats, really think about what narrative you want to put forth.Think about the story you want the adcoms to take away from your app and make sure all parts of your app match that--resume, recs, PS/DS. I won't be on here much, but I hope this advice is helpful going forward. Good luck!


Happy to answer any questions/ provide advice over PMs. FWIW, wrote Why X from Columbia on down (except UC, Fordham, UCLA, Brooklyn)

$$ is over 3 years; Penn/ Duke $ is a combo of need and merit

11/22: Interview Invite at Columbia
11/28: Interview Invite at Chicago
12/2: Put on reserve at Cornell
12/8: Full tuition at Brooklyn Law
12/19: Interview invite at UVA
3/14: UCLA Graduate Opportunity Fellowship (Full tuition for first year)
3/22: BLOS recipient (full tuition for 3 years)
3/27: UCLA Achievement Fellowship (full tuition all 3 years)
4/2: NYU RTK (full tuition)
4/5: Columbia Richman Fellowship (Half-tuition)

Visitor Comments

  • Congrats
  • Wednesday, November 16 2016 at 05:14 PM

Congratulations on NYU, any clues as to what gave you an edge?

- Lcsslily
  • Congrats!
  • Tuesday, November 22 2016 at 09:15 PM

I second the above comment! Also, did you write an addendum for LSAT? Not that it was needed, but I am curious if you did. Thanks and congrats!

- Jrasmusson
  • Congrats!!!
  • Wednesday, November 30 2016 at 12:29 AM

I'm a black female with very similar numbers and I'm anxiously awaiting my emails/letters/status checker updates.

- ChristinaxCarrie
  • Saturday, December 03 2016 at 01:46 PM

NYU? Congrats!

- senor_elronhubard
  • Softs
  • Tuesday, December 20 2016 at 04:14 PM

Hi VanRae, It looks like you have a very exciting cycle, so congratulations! I am a native American female with similar stats, and I'm applying to a lot of the same schools. Do you have any general advice on how you were so successful with the T14 schools? I'm coming from a lesser known undergrad, so I'm wondering if you went to a public/private/top undergrad institution and what soft factors do you think gave you that extra edge? Thanks, and good luck on the rest of your cycle!

- Boopity172
  • Friday, January 20 2017 at 06:13 PM

You're definitely outperforming your numbers. That's super awesome! Gives me hope. I'm assuming whatever you've been up to since graduating + the length of WE itself is what gave you the edge.

- brinicolec
  • I love
  • Tuesday, January 24 2017 at 09:21 PM

how you are crushin it.... Columbia! Congrats Vanrae - representin' the non-traditionals well!

- Jrasmusson
  • Jrasmusson--thank you!
  • Wednesday, January 25 2017 at 09:05 AM

You are too kind! Wishing you the best on your cycle as well. Am I considered a non traditional as well? Is it because I've been out for so long?

- vanrae
  • congratulations
  • Thursday, May 18 2017 at 04:39 AM

Congrats on the NYU acceptance. I see you were awarded the "UCLA Achievement Fellowship Scholarship". UCLA is my dream school and I plan on applying once I finish undergrad.Is there anything in particular you focused on when writing the scholarship proposal? Also, do you know if the scholarship covered housing(if you decided to live on campus)?

- iwill100
  • LSAT
  • Friday, May 19 2017 at 10:43 PM

Hi VanRae, Congradulations! Just wondering, what is WE? And also, how did you study for your LSAT?

- Pebbles1004
  • What WE is
  • Thursday, March 15 2018 at 01:38 PM

I spent forever trying to figure out what WE is so for everyone wondering it means work experience :)

- x02684293

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