Kretzy (2022-2023)

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Application Information

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# Law School Status Type $$$ Sent Received Complete Interview Date Decision Updated
University of Chicago F Accepted W Type: RA $60,000 Sent: 09/18/09 Rec: -- Comp: 10/01/09 Inter: -- Dec: 12/29/09 Upd: 14 years
University of Minnesota Twin Cities F Accepted W Type: RA $130,000 Sent: 09/15/09 Rec: -- Comp: 09/17/09 Inter: -- Dec: 12/08/09 Upd: 14 years
Yale University Waitlisted W Type: RA Sent: 01/28/10 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 04/15/10 Upd: 14 years
Harvard University Waitlisted W Type: RA Sent: 09/18/09 Rec: -- Comp: 10/02/09 Inter: -- Dec: 04/17/10 Upd: 14 years
University of California Berkeley Accepted W Type: RA $51,000 Sent: 10/05/09 Rec: -- Comp: 10/22/09 Inter: -- Dec: 12/04/09 Upd: 14 years
#1 Stanford University Accepted A Type: RA Sent: 10/26/09 Rec: -- Comp: 11/11/09 Inter: -- Dec: 12/17/09 Upd: 14 years
Columbia University F Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 09/18/09 Rec: -- Comp: 11/05/09 Inter: -- Dec: 01/25/10 Upd: 14 years
University of Virginia F Accepted W Type: RA $75,000 Sent: 09/28/09 Rec: -- Comp: 10/21/09 Inter: -- Dec: 11/11/09 Upd: 14 years
Northwestern University F Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 10/26/09 Rec: -- Comp: 02/02/10 Inter: -- Dec: 02/18/10 Upd: 14 years
University of Michigan Ann Arbor F Accepted W Type: RA $45,000 Sent: 09/28/09 Rec: -- Comp: 10/21/09 Inter: -- Dec: 12/02/09 Upd: 14 years
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign F Accepted W Type: RA $120,000 Sent: 09/12/09 Rec: -- Comp: 09/17/09 Inter: -- Dec: 12/03/09 Upd: 14 years
New York University F Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 09/12/09 Rec: -- Comp: 11/03/09 Inter: -- Dec: 12/05/09 Upd: 14 years
University of Texas Austin F Accepted W Type: $76,500 Sent: 09/12/09 Rec: -- Comp: 09/18/09 Inter: -- Dec: 10/28/09 Upd: 14 years
Duke University F Accepted W Type: SP Sent: 09/13/09 Rec: -- Comp: 09/17/09 Inter: -- Dec: 09/25/09 Upd: 14 years
Georgetown University F Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 09/21/09 Rec: -- Comp: 10/02/09 Inter: -- Dec: 10/30/09 Upd: 14 years
Vanderbilt University F Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 09/18/09 Rec: -- Comp: 10/16/09 Inter: -- Dec: 11/21/09 Upd: 14 years

Applicant Information

  • LSAT: 170
  • LSAT 2: -
  • LSAT 3: -
  • GRE : -
  • LSAC GPA: 3.89
  • Degree GPA: -
  • School Type: Small LAC
  • Major: Politics

Demographic Information

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

Extra Curricular Information

For the obligatory "now that my cycle is over" stuff, see below :)

I have what I think are reasonably strong, interesting softs (probably an 8.5/10, were I ranking them).

- 2-time national debate/public speaking champion in a minor debating organization, and a very successful debate career in the country's largest college debate organization (NPDA). Was also a member of their national board of directors.
- Chair of a number of college activities, including our Honor Council, political science board, and a major community service group. Also held an executive student government position.
- Summer teaching position in film studies (zombie films and South Park, no joke), communications and 'law for beginners' at an Ivy League university.
- Board member of a statewide ballot measure campaign, and solid work experience in progressive tax/fiscal policy.

I'm also openly queer, and have done a good amount of work with queer kids. Most of my extra-curricular and work experience dovetails to a common denominator.

My PS was quite strong, and incredibly personal/vulnerable. Ironically, I wasn't planning on applying to LS this cycle, and my PS is about the experience that caused me to. I'd be happy to share it with anyone who asks, as I've gotten very good feedback on its style/substance from admissions folks.

(you can check out the PS on TLS' PS Sample page:

Additional info & updates

End of cycle update:

At the end of the day, I'm going to my dream school, from both the start of my cycle and (now that I've seen it) the end of it. After my SLS visit, I decided to withdraw from the HLS and YLS waitlists, and didn't hesitate to put down my deposit.

It's been a fun ride. In the end, 15 acceptances, 2 waitlists, and 0 rejections. I've gotten tons of great advice from folks here (and even some of TLS), so I'd love to pay that forward if you have any questions!

Money stuff:

Berkeley is a combo need/merit scholarship. SLS (though not posted) is only need-based.

I withdrew from Duke, NYU, Northwestern, Georgetown, and Vanderbilt before they sent scholarship notifications.

Columbia and Boalt rejected my matching requests, as did Chicago (though they gave me an extra $15,000 a few weeks after I withdrew).

From the Beginning:

Short-term goal is litigation, preferably at the appellate level. Clinic work and faculty-student research are important to me, as I'm considering academia in the future (though I understand how much of a shit-shoot that is). Interesting, complex litigation would make me a happy camper post-graduation.

9.25: In at Duke (Priority Track), JD/LLM program. Going to law school next year!

10.27: In at UT-Austin. Scholarship is in-state tuition plus $9500 a year. Not too shabby!

10.30: Good news from Georgetown. Nice note from Dean Cornblatt about my debate background and thesis. Very nice touch.

11.11: Call from Cordel Faulk at UVA. Surprised to get one this early, but super excited! UVA's Supreme Court clinic is a phenomenal program, and Charlottesville is a really fun town.

11.21: In at Vanderbilt via ginormous package. Impressed by their focus on their faculty, though sad they don't have a tenured or tenure-track sexuality/gender scholar.

12.2: Able to log into the Michigan Admitted Students site today! In at 2 of my (realistic) top 3 schools before Christmas [Mich and UVA]. Really shocked, feeling incredibly lucky.

12.3: Another big day, accepted at UIUC with a full tuition scholarship! It's the lowest ranked school on my list, but guaranteed full tuition is pretty great.

12.4: What a week! Got a call from Dean Tom at Berkeley today, and I'm in! Wahoooooo!!! A little worried about the tuition hikes, but it's Berkeley. A non-graded environment is really tempting.

For anyone curious, my Berkeley PS was the exact same 2-pager I sent elsewhere.

12.5: Got home from teaching and found out I was accepted at NYU!! Wacky. This cycle has been really kind to me, and it's only December. I'm getting spoiled with a decision per day for the past 4 days.

12.7: Visited Duke Law today. Loved the building, and had a great meeting with Prof. McAllaster of the AIDS Legal Project. I had a few lackluster interactions though, and left thinking that I wouldn't be attending Duke.

12.8: Accepted at Minnesota via phone call. Spoke to Nick Wallace briefly; he said a significant scholarship was en route, so that's pretty cool. They're also going to pay for me to visit, which is awesome.

12.9: Visited UVA today. Fell in love. Met with a couple of students, had lunch with Admissions folk, etc. Could completely see myself in Charlottesville for 3 years.

12.14: Received my Minnesota package, which is just more than a full-ride (by out-of-state standards).

12.16: Formally withdrew from Georgetown and Vanderbilt this evening.

12.17: Holy shit, In at Stanford! Missed a call from Dean Deal, just got the email. When the voicemail started "Hi Adam, this is Faye Deal from Stanford Law School," I freaked out a little bit. SLS has been my top choice (or tied for it, with YLS) since I started thinking about law school. I thought it was nothing more than a pipe dream. In utter, complete disbelief.

12.18: JUST noticed that my admission at Michigan is for summer-start, rather than in the Fall. Sort of surprised, but it's not a deal-breaker for me. Really wish they paid to visit during ASW.

12.19: Got my package from SLS today. Lovely little note from Dean Deal; hell, the t-shirt was even my size! It's real now.

Time for more withdrawals, though. Second wave: Illinois, Minnesota (pains me to pass up two full rides, though), UT-Austin, Duke, UCLA, and NYU.

12.29: Got the call from Jamie Cavanaugh at UChicago today, and I'm in! So excited. Chicago was my top choice out of CCN, so it's nice to have a T6 around if I don't like Stanford when I visit. Should be a fun ASW in early April.

1.6: "Held" at Harvard, encouraged to update my file. The slightly-more confident applicant in me thinks this means, "we like you, but can't yet absorb your below-25th LSAT. Let's see if we can later." I doubt I'll update, since I don't think I'd attend H over Stanford, but I don't see what harm it could do.

1.19: Dean's Scholarship at Michigan; $45,000 total. About what I expected money-wise, seeing the amounts other folks were getting. Definitely not enough to pull me away from SLS, Berk or Chicago, though, when combined with the offer being for Summer Start. Will withdraw.

Also got a personalized letter from Dean Kramer at Stanford today. They don't really need to sell themselves, but they're doing a damn good job.

1.25: In at Columbia! Shocked the mail got to Colorado this quickly. Really excited; can't even begin to believe that I swept the CCN tier.

14-for-14 thus far. Insanity.

It's now down to 5: Stanford, Chicago/Columbia, Berkeley, UVA; in that order. Still waiting to hear from Yale and Harvard.

1.27: Booked my plane tickets for ASWs at Columbia (April 7-8), Chicago (April 8-10) and Stanford (April 17-19). Also going to visit Berkeley during the week before SLS while in the Bay Area. Very exciting!

2.1: Harvard LOCI sent; extra LOR has been received by them as well.

2.9: Was contacted 3 separate times by NYU yesterday (email, 2 phone calls). Weird, since I withdrew over two months ago. Re-withdrew today. Let's see if it sticks this time.

2.16: In sort-of law school news, I've been named a semi-finalist for the Point Foundation scholarship, the major LGBTQ scholarship in the US. Won't know until May, but I'm excited to have made it this far! It would essentially pay for almost all of my law degree, so it'd be huge.

2.18: In at Northwestern via their cryptic "check your status" email.

2.20: Giant box of goodies from Columbia. Really intrigued by their Gender and Sexuality Clinic, and excited to visit. They're solidifying themselves as a real option if I hate Stanford.

2.25: Woke up to an email from Cordel Faulk at UVA, asking me to call because he had "wonderful news." $75,000 Dean's Scholarship. I really loved my visit at UVA, and would probably take significant money there over Chicago. I don't think it can pull me from Stanford though.

3.8: Mostly quiet for about 2 weeks now...Decided to withdraw from Northwestern today.

3.18: Withdrew tonight from Columbia and UVA. Both were a little painful: I loved Virginia when I visited, and their admissions office is phenomenal. I would be very happy at Columbia. What they do well, however, it seems SLS does better.

It's down to SLS and Chicago; with HLS and YLS still pending.

3.24: Sweet jesus, I just got my financial aid award from SLS. A little over $30,000/year in fellowship assistance. Out of control. I feel like I just got a "law school half off" coupon. And I intend to use it :)

4.3: Found a 17,000 per year grant on my Berkeley financial aid page. Withdrawing tomorrow, since I'm not going to consider them even with a match of SLS (and then some).

4.5: Sent my withdrawal notice to Harvard today, via snail mail (since they don't accept updates via email). If I get a JR1 before it gets there, I'll be declining it, though 7 months in I doubt that's going to happen :)

4.10: Just finished my visit to Chicago. The faculty really is incredible (even if they were housed by the students in trivia) and the other admits were fantastic. Current students...not so much (though some were wonderful). Definitely got the feel that it's not right for me, which makes my decision all the easier.

I can almost see the end of the tunnel, after seven intense but exciting months.

4.15: Waitlisted at Yale. Kinda cool, still no rejections and all. I'm not too upset about it :)

4.16: Withdrew from Chicago.

4.17: Waitlisted at Harvard during my tour of Stanford's full campus.

4.18: Deposited at Stanford! This is truly the only place I can see myself both socially and intellectually, and I've had nothing but incredibly interactions this weekend with faculty, current students, and other admits.

4.19: My cycle is over. 15 acceptances, 2 waitlists, and 0 rejections. w00t.

4.26 (belated update): After withdrawing, and being told I wouldn't get a scholarship match, UofC upped my scholarship by $5,000 per year. Kindly reiterated my withdrawal.

5.12 (belated update, part deux): Ended up getting into one of H/Y off the waitlist earlier this week. Decided to stay put here at Stanford. Very pleased to be able to make the choice I always wanted to make, between my two dream schools. Ultimately, Stanford was the clear choice for me.

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fee waivers
Monday, June 22 2009 at 08:00 PM

So how did you get those fee waivers? Did you contact the schools and request them? Thanks and good luck!!

Sunday, August 16 2009 at 08:00 PM

Congrats on Duke! I have the same attitude that worst case we will be at Duke next year, which is so awesome. Good luck on the rest of the cycle!

Saturday, January 03 2009 at 07:00 PM

Good luck to you as well. I am also from Denver, almost attended Colorado College back in the day.

good luck!
Sunday, October 18 2009 at 08:00 PM

thought i'd say hi. same numbers, same schools, also gay. so much for being a unique snowflake...

Wednesday, February 13 2008 at 07:00 PM

Congrats on Georgetown - hopefully this means I'll be getting mine today also!

Saturday, October 27 2007 at 08:00 PM

On Georgetown! I bet its great to pick up two T-14's this early in the game. They must have loved you.

Wednesday, June 17 2009 at 08:00 PM

I appreciate the commiseration on TLS. Good luck, though it looks like you are doing quite well already.

Saturday, October 27 2007 at 08:00 PM

On UVA! You must be loving all of these early acceptances. Nice work.

Sunday, August 16 2009 at 08:00 PM

Congrats on UVA you lucky bastard! haha

good luck/nice job!
Thursday, November 12 2009 at 07:00 PM

Hey i've been following your cycle b/c of our similar numbers and similar softs (i've been involved in parli my entire time in college as well/been at the npte and such). anyway, great cycle so far, and hopefully i'll be able to keep up w/ your acceptances!

Well done broseph!
Wednesday, June 17 2009 at 08:00 PM

Perhaps we'll meet at UVA if Chicago doesn't come calling.

Thursday, November 12 2009 at 07:00 PM

you're a few years older than me i think, so i wasn't winning rounds consistently enough to debate you when we were both around. i do remember tagging along with drutman when he judged you in outrounds a few times though.

re: chicago
Thursday, November 12 2009 at 07:00 PM

your extra point on the lsat gives you the luxury of not having to ED. with a 169, i figured i needed to in order to have a shot at getting in. i also just noticed that you said the gtown dean commented on your debate background. i got the same thing, haha

Nice cycle thus far
Wednesday, June 17 2009 at 08:00 PM

I'm skeptical about my chances at Chicago, at least without coming off a waitlist. Here's to hoping. You'll do fine, I think. Your GPA will put oyu over the top.

Thanks man!
Saturday, October 27 2007 at 08:00 PM

Thanks! I am hoping it goes well... Get that Yale app out!

Sunday, October 18 2009 at 08:00 PM

don't sweat it though - still plenty of time for you to hear from mich. congrats on your acceptances!

Thursday, November 12 2009 at 07:00 PM

once again, i'm incredibly jealous of your cycle so far. you're rocking it! i almost expect to see you get more than one of Y/S/C w/ what you've already got. keep it up!

Congrats so far!
Tuesday, August 25 2009 at 08:00 PM

Hey, your cycle is looking awesome! I "play against type" in the same way haha. Assuming you wrote about it in your PS/DS, hope it helped you score diversity points, not that you need it with those numbers. Good luck with the rest of your cycle - and especially with HYS!

Thursday, November 19 2009 at 07:00 PM

Congrats on all the acceptances. I'd love to do JAG Corps when DADT is repealed too. See you there!

Thursday, September 25 2008 at 08:00 PM

on all your acceptances!

Sunday, April 19 2009 at 08:00 PM

i hope you're right! i'm pretty bummed i haven't heard anything yet, but congrats on all your acceptances! great numbers, great softs, and some very very impressive schools (envying just a little that nyu acceptance). good luck! i'm sure your roll of acceptances is not stopping anytime soon.

Wednesday, September 10 2008 at 08:00 PM

You're on a roll. Congrats on all the success!! Just curious what your PS was about because you mentioned having a good story?

Wednesday, September 10 2008 at 08:00 PM

I'd love to read your PS if you don't mind... sounds interesting and personal(compared to most boring PS I've read).

re: chicago
Thursday, November 12 2009 at 07:00 PM

yeah i'll be hearing back sometime in the next couple weeks (my prediction is a week from thursday/friday). my fingers are crossed. thanks for the support!!

Why Chicago?
Tuesday, August 25 2009 at 08:00 PM

Out of curiousity, why would you prefer to attend Chicago over NYU/Columbia/Berkeley?

Wednesday, September 16 2009 at 08:00 PM

Thanks man. I appreciate it. I'm pulling for you.

congrats so far
Thursday, September 17 2009 at 08:00 PM

hey you are having an awesome cycle so far def jealous of your berkeley acceptance also interested in your LGBT activism..what are you up to in that realm? (nnjpenn)

Sunday, October 18 2009 at 08:00 PM

congrats on sls!

Saturday, October 27 2007 at 08:00 PM

My god man you are killing it. Huge, huge congratulations on Stanford.

Friday, September 28 2007 at 08:00 PM

OMG, congrats!

Sunday, October 18 2009 at 08:00 PM

so you'd definitely choose it over Y?

Sunday, October 18 2009 at 08:00 PM

ahh, makes sense. i could see you getting Y - after all, you've had a sweep so far. good luck.

Saturday, September 26 2009 at 08:00 PM

wow, you are rocking this cycle. this is Tintin from TLS, by the way. anyways, ROCK ON, you are doing fabulous. queer boost ftw!

Thursday, November 12 2009 at 07:00 PM

yeah seriously! is he on lsn/tls?

Saturday, September 26 2009 at 08:00 PM

I'm pretty impressed with UPenn, I have to say. However, I'm still waiting on Berkeley which is my #1 choice for sure...although I am losing hope on that front. NYU is also in the mix but I can't say the idea of living in NYC and going to a school without a real campus are that attractive to me.

Thursday, November 12 2009 at 07:00 PM

with his numbers, he'll definitely end up somewhere really good. possibly chicago even. i know he's into gtown already (his apps didn't really go complete until pretty recently)

Saturday, October 27 2007 at 08:00 PM

Thanks, Kretzy!!! I feel so lucky. A great day!

Sunday, July 06 2008 at 08:00 PM

Your cycle is pretty badass as well! I'm suppeerrrr excited about Stanford. You'll be at ASW correct? Anyways congrats on a fantastic cycle so far!

Sunday, August 16 2009 at 08:00 PM

thank you, and congrats to you too! nice softs. my minor is in GWS, so queer studies has been a big part of my UG coursework. nice to see someone else is excited about that kind of coursework in LS as well, and shooting for something other than biglaw. :) i also did debate (LD--what kind did you do?) although was definitely never nationally ranked, haha. congratulations again!

Saturday, September 12 2009 at 08:00 PM

Your cycle is officially amazeballz! Congrats!

Hate the Village?
Friday, October 16 2009 at 08:00 PM

Congrats on your amazing cycle! I'm curious why you withdrew from NYU already but are keeping UVA in the mix?

Friday, October 16 2009 at 08:00 PM

JAG Corps sounds very interesting, especially if BO ever gets around to repealing DADT. Good luck! Of the schools I've been admitted to so far, NYU is certainly the top choice. But it's hard to say with Berkeley still outstanding -- and a freak SLS acceptance would blow them all out of the water, hands down.

Saturday, October 11 2008 at 08:00 PM

Seriously... I can't wait to be at Stanford. Anything I get in the form of financial aid will be icing on the cake. SLS contacted me too with one of my heroes... these guys are good.

Saturday, September 26 2009 at 08:00 PM

yeah, i really do hope berkeley ends up accepting me. it seems though with all the extra applicants this year that they might not even have to use their waitlist though. or at least that is my fear. we shall see!

U of C
Sunday, August 16 2009 at 08:00 PM

It pretty much ends things for me. I would go to Stanford, but I am not holding my breath for that! So I think I will be in Hyde Park next year!

Looking forward to the fall!
Tuesday, November 17 2009 at 07:00 PM

I probably won't be going to the ASW because I'm finishing an 80-page honors thesis and because I'm already rather familiar with the area. ;) But it'll be a pleasure to have classes with you for the next three years. I look forward to meeting you in August!