Antipodean (2021-2022)

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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F - Fee Waiver A - Attending W - Withdrawn D - Deferred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
Columbia University Accepted A Type: RA $50,000 Sent: 12/16/08 Rec: 12/17/08 Comp: 12/30/08 Inter: -- Dec: 01/22/09 Upd: 13 years
University of Michigan Ann Arbor F Accepted W Type: RA $54,000 Sent: 12/16/08 Rec: 12/22/08 Comp: 01/14/09 Inter: -- Dec: 01/23/09 Upd: 13 years
University of California Los Angeles F Accepted W Type: RA $60,000 Sent: 12/10/08 Rec: -- Comp: 01/20/09 Inter: -- Dec: 04/14/09 Upd: 13 years
University of Chicago Accepted W Type: RA $30,000 Sent: 02/23/09 Rec: 12/15/08 Comp: 12/30/08 Inter: -- Dec: 02/23/09 Upd: 13 years
Northwestern University F Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 12/16/08 Rec: 12/18/08 Comp: 12/30/08 Inter: -- Dec: 02/12/09 Upd: 13 years
New York University Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 12/10/08 Rec: 12/17/08 Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 02/05/09 Upd: 13 years
Harvard University Rejected Type: RA Sent: 11/30/08 Rec: 12/01/08 Comp: 12/22/08 Inter: -- Dec: 04/02/09 Upd: 13 years
University of Virginia F Waitlisted W Type: RA Sent: 12/01/08 Rec: 12/05/08 Comp: 12/05/08 Inter: -- Dec: 02/27/09 Upd: 13 years
University of California Berkeley Rejected Type: RA Sent: 12/10/08 Rec: 12/11/08 Comp: 12/23/08 Inter: -- Dec: 02/24/09 Upd: 13 years
Yale University Rejected Type: RA Sent: 12/18/08 Rec: 12/19/08 Comp: 01/06/09 Inter: -- Dec: 02/18/09 Upd: 13 years

Applicant Information

  • LSAT: 179
  • LSAT 2: -
  • LSAT 3: -
  • GRE : -
  • LSAC GPA: 3.44
  • Degree GPA: 3.44
  • School Type: Ivy (Yale)
  • Major: Psychology

Demographic Information

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

Extra Curricular Information

*Kiwi-born, graduated high school in Australia

*Worked two jobs during college

*Currently working as a paralegal for a midsize commercial litigation firm. Unusually involved for paralegal work.

Additional info & updates

12/18/2008 - All Applications finally sent. Time to see what happens.

1/26/2009 - In at Columbia and Michigan! Whoa! What a way to end that interminable wait for the first decisions to arrive...

1/30/2009 - Another pleasant surprise - a Dean's Scholarship offer just arrived from Michigan, constituting $18000 per year for three years for a total of 54000. I had thought I'd be looking primarily at need-based aid; I guess I was wrong.

2/9/2009 - It was a long day at the office, but I came home tonight to a big blue envelope of acceptance from NYU. That's one powerful pick-me-up.

2/12/2009 - The good news just keeps on coming. A polite email from Northwestern notified me this afternoon that my decision was available to view online, where I found a lovely PDF letter telling me that I'd been accepted!

2/21/2009 - My very first rejection, Yale University. The fact that I completely expected it does take away some of the sting. I also received a nice binder from Northwestern containing lots of admissions information. Very professional.

2/23/2009 - While at lunch I received a phonecall from the University of Chicago, congratulating me on being accepted to their Law School. My reaction drew some odd looks from nearby diners, I must say.

2/24/2009 - I decided to check the online status checkers for my remaining schools, only to discover a polite message from Berkeley telling me that my application had been declined. Alas. This Chicago winter had made me pine for a warm climate...

2/27/2009 - A polite email arrived this evening telling me that I had been waitlisted at the University of Virginia. My current inclination is to thank them and release my spot, but I'll think it over a few days before withdrawing.

3/2/2009 - Berkeley's rejection letter arrived today. I'm still pondering whether to withdraw from Virginia. I'll make a call on that later this week.

3/10/2009 - After spending time at Columbia and NYU last week, I can't really see myself picking Virginia without money on the table. I dropped a brief letter of withdrawal in the mailbox today.

4/2/2009 - At long last, the rejection email from Harvard. It was almost inevitable, given my numbers.

4/6/2009 - My financial aid award arrived tonight from Columbia - a 25000 grant, divided over 3 years. Large enough to hold some sway, without being large enough to end the decision process utterly. Confound it.

4/7/2009 - Trying to figure out why UCLA is taking so long, I sent an email to Robert Schwartz. He got back pretty promptly, offering to see if he could expedite the process. Hopefully that's a good thing.

4/13/2009 - I withdrew from NYU today (by email and letter), since I just can't see myself picking it over Columbia. Also, Robert Schwartz called from UCLA - I'm in! Depending on money, that could shake things up a bit.

4/14/2009 - And the UCLA email arrived today offering a 20000 per year scholarship, for a total of 60000. When they start moving, they move fast.

4/17/2009 - Chicago just offered 30000, which puts them firmly back in the game. I wonder if Columbia will match?

4/22/2009 - Northwestern just let me know that they are out of scholarship money. I can't see myself paying full sticker there over my other options, so I've decided to withdraw.

4/23/2009 - After long and hard reflection, I have decided to withdraw from two more schools, UCLA and Chicago. This was hard, because I liked both of them a lot, but when it came down to it, I could not see myself attending either of them over my two lead choices: Columbia and Michigan. What makes this slightly bizarre is that Columbia and Michigan were the first two schools to accept me, literally on the same day. Perhaps they knew I was a natural fit?

4/24/2009 - I received an email last night from Columbia, offering me an additional 25000 in the form of a "moral obligation scholarship" on top of the 25000 they already offered, for a total of 50000 in financial aid. I'd been leaning towards Columbia practically since the beginning, so this clinches it - I'm going to Columbia!

--- Cycle over ---

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Good luck to you!
Friday, October 26 2007 at 08:00 PM

I am also a Psychology major - quite a bit in common! And you have no idea how insanely jealous I am that you are from New Zealand. It is at the top of my list of places to visit in the world. Is it really as beautiful as it looks in pictures?

Thank you!
Friday, October 26 2007 at 08:00 PM

Thanks for the birthday wishes. Best of luck on your applications. I'm looking forward to watching the acceptances roll in!

Wednesday, December 19 2007 at 07:00 PM

Thanks for the encouragement! It's hard to get the motivation to submit an application to Yale, as Harvard is basically my dream school... but I am a little curious :) I'm heading to Australia in a few months, looking forward to the awful "musk" flavored candy.

Friday, July 18 2008 at 08:00 PM

Thanks, and good luck to you as well! Hopefully we'll both start to see plenty of acceptances soon!

Wednesday, December 19 2007 at 07:00 PM

Thanks for the candy suggestions! I definitely will :)

Friday, July 18 2008 at 08:00 PM

Congratulations on your awesome acceptances, too! I'm going to the later admitted student event on March 25-26. Is Columbia a front runner for you at this point?

Sunday, January 04 2009 at 07:00 PM

For Columbia and Michigan, which are two of my dream schools! Best of luck for the rest of your cycle!

Thank you!!
Sunday, February 08 2009 at 07:00 PM

i cant believe nyu took that long to give you an acceptance but that gives me hope!! i was beginning to think that no news was just meaning a ding.. they had such a fast turnover so far.. congrats for everything and i hope youll keep hearing a lot of good news!

Sunday, February 08 2009 at 07:00 PM

i need to stop annoying the ppl around me and be patient haha :)

Sunday, February 08 2009 at 07:00 PM

i hope theyd be nicer to me cause i had a hard time learning english haha :)

Friday, July 18 2008 at 08:00 PM

Yeah, we'll definitely have to compare visit experiences. I understand the scariness of the cost... Columbia is my 1st or 2nd choice out of the schools I applied to, but if any lower ranked schools offer me money, it's going to be a much harder decision.

Sunday, January 04 2009 at 07:00 PM

Hi thx for your congrats =) Yes, I am definitely going for the ASW for UM because I live in AA, but I'm not sure on which one to attend. Will keep you updated and hope to see you there!

Friday, July 18 2008 at 08:00 PM

Congrats on the Chicago acceptance!

Friday, October 24 2008 at 08:00 PM

From one international applicant to another congrats on the acceptances so far! There are so few internationals on LSN(and even fewer that aren't from Canada!), so it's good to see how anothers cycle is going!

Sunday, January 04 2009 at 07:00 PM

Ouch, same boat here for the Uva waitlist. I am thinking about releasing my spot too. Anyway, I am attending the April ASW at Michigan. Maybe we'll meet there!

Friday, October 24 2008 at 08:00 PM

I'm at home in England right now, taking advantage of my parents hospitality/my US visa ran out so I had to leave... Not going to the one this weekend, although might go to the one later in the month. However, Columbia was my undergrad and as a result I'm pretty keen for a change, so I think it's far more likely I'll end up at NYU. Hopefully will make it to one of hte NYU admitted student days. Missing NY a ton so a visit is in order soon. Are you leaning towards Columbia then?(I can talk about what its like to live up there, if not about the law school specifically!)

Sunday, January 04 2009 at 07:00 PM

I guess it is the "40% seats for in-state residents" thing. By contrast, Umich does not have this fixed quota becaus UM Law receives very limited funding from the state government. Anyway, all the best in making your choices!

Friday, July 18 2008 at 08:00 PM

Whoops, I'm guessing you're done with the Columbia visit by now, but thanks for the offer to ask questions! How did you like it?