Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

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Final Poll - What's your Status?

Still Waiting on a Decision
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30%
Dinged :(
5
4%
Waitlisted - Withdrew
3
2%
Waitlisted - Riding it Out
47
36%
Admitted - Withdrew
16
12%
Admitted - Attending!
22
17%
 
Total votes: 132

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby TexasENG » Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:35 am

KMart wrote:I'll tag and make myself available for questions/etc.


Hey thanks for making yourself available in this thread and info re. Doctorof. I was hoping you would answer a couple quick questions.

What''s your experience been like regarding the community at Chicago? I've heard it can be pretty gunnerish.

Also how does the quarter system affect your classes? I went to undergrad with semesters and my friends with quarters always had whacky class schedules.

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby trkmaniak00 » Tue Aug 16, 2016 10:41 am

Dr.Degrees_Cr.Cash wrote:
proteinshake wrote:
RamTitan wrote:Would you attach a "why Chicago" essay as an optional addendum?

no point for any T6 schools, they know they're awesome. MAYBE if you have some super special reason.


Yeah, you have to attach a suped up why x for doctor off, otherwise I wouldn't do it unless you have a really good reason.


I got cited by a Chicago law professor a couple weeks back, do y'all think that would make for a reasonable why Chicago?

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby proteinshake » Tue Aug 16, 2016 10:43 am

trkmaniak00 wrote:
Dr.Degrees_Cr.Cash wrote:
proteinshake wrote:
RamTitan wrote:Would you attach a "why Chicago" essay as an optional addendum?

no point for any T6 schools, they know they're awesome. MAYBE if you have some super special reason.


Yeah, you have to attach a suped up why x for doctor off, otherwise I wouldn't do it unless you have a really good reason.


I got cited by a Chicago law professor a couple weeks back, do y'all think that would make for a reasonable why Chicago?

like cited in a paper or something? why is that a reason to go to Chicago?

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby RamTitan » Tue Aug 16, 2016 1:42 pm

Dr.Degrees_Cr.Cash wrote:
proteinshake wrote:
RamTitan wrote:Would you attach a "why Chicago" essay as an optional addendum?

no point for any T6 schools, they know they're awesome. MAYBE if you have some super special reason.


Yeah, you have to attach a suped up why x for doctor off, otherwise I wouldn't do it unless you have a really good reason.

Would you guys suggest doing it for all schools outside of the T6?

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby ayylmao » Tue Aug 16, 2016 1:53 pm

RamTitan wrote:
Dr.Degrees_Cr.Cash wrote:
proteinshake wrote:
RamTitan wrote:Would you attach a "why Chicago" essay as an optional addendum?

no point for any T6 schools, they know they're awesome. MAYBE if you have some super special reason.


Yeah, you have to attach a suped up why x for doctor off, otherwise I wouldn't do it unless you have a really good reason.

Would you guys suggest doing it for all schools outside of the T6?

Why not? Yeah it sucks to write them, but the rewards so outweigh the costs.

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby proteinshake » Tue Aug 16, 2016 1:55 pm

RamTitan wrote:
Dr.Degrees_Cr.Cash wrote:
proteinshake wrote:
RamTitan wrote:Would you attach a "why Chicago" essay as an optional addendum?

no point for any T6 schools, they know they're awesome. MAYBE if you have some super special reason.


Yeah, you have to attach a suped up why x for doctor off, otherwise I wouldn't do it unless you have a really good reason.

Would you guys suggest doing it for all schools outside of the T6?

you should do it for the schools I mentioned in the UVA thread :wink:

I've never seen anyone do a Why Cornell or Why Northwestern so I doubt it'll help but if you want to it certainly won't hurt.

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby Dr.Degrees_Cr.Cash » Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:10 pm

proteinshake wrote:
RamTitan wrote:
Dr.Degrees_Cr.Cash wrote:
proteinshake wrote:
RamTitan wrote:Would you attach a "why Chicago" essay as an optional addendum?

no point for any T6 schools, they know they're awesome. MAYBE if you have some super special reason.


Yeah, you have to attach a suped up why x for doctor off, otherwise I wouldn't do it unless you have a really good reason.

Would you guys suggest doing it for all schools outside of the T6?

you should do it for the schools I mentioned in the UVA thread :wink:

I've never seen anyone do a Why Cornell or Why Northwestern so I doubt it'll help but if you want to it certainly won't hurt.


Cornell asks you in the interview, which could be why people don't usually do it

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby KMart » Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:05 pm

RamTitan wrote:Would you attach a "why Chicago" essay as an optional addendum?

I did but I had very compelling, sincere reasons for why Chicago. People say it won't matter but I know they ask WLed candidates for one. As long as it's sincere, it won't matter. Just don't force one because then it will actually hurt your app.

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby KMart » Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:07 pm

proteinshake wrote:
KMart wrote:
proteinshake wrote:I would apply but I have 0 business experience and it says its preferred

If you have the time and a genuine interest it's worth a shot. If you're too busy then don't sweat it; plenty of people can do transactional stuff after/during law school without Doctoroff.

where do Doctoroff grads go if not Biglaw?

For specifics. It's a new program but my friends are all gearing towards biglaw during OCI from Doctorff.

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby KMart » Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:10 pm

TexasENG wrote:
KMart wrote:I'll tag and make myself available for questions/etc.


Hey thanks for making yourself available in this thread and info re. Doctorof. I was hoping you would answer a couple quick questions.

What''s your experience been like regarding the community at Chicago? I've heard it can be pretty gunnerish.

Also how does the quarter system affect your classes? I went to undergrad with semesters and my friends with quarters always had whacky class schedules.

The community is what makes me happy to come back and happy to stay here. I love these people; they have quickly become my family. I was afraid of our reputation as well but it's not really true. There's people who are intense and we're all here to learn and better ourselves academically but it's never at the expense at someone else. Having a small class-size helps prevent being a gunner because everyone would instantly know about it.

Classes are fine. It's great in the fall and backlogged in the spring, but at least you ease in to law school finals. They're about 8 weeks long but depending on the schedule it can change. It's a great opportunity to take more classes and get a wider breadth of experiences although it comes at a cost of losing some depth. That being said, our professors are kickass and will teach you a lot in your time with them and are always happy to chat if you're still interested.

I'm just paying it forward - best of luck and keep the questions coming. It's a nice break from OCI.

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby Kaziende » Thu Aug 18, 2016 3:45 pm

Do they really expect us to include # of hours/week for each activity on our resume? It's really messing with my formatting. What's the risk of just submitting a normal resume?

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby R. Jeeves » Thu Aug 18, 2016 4:46 pm

Kaziende wrote:Do they really expect us to include # of hours/week for each activity on our resume? It's really messing with my formatting. What's the risk of just submitting a normal resume?


Yeah it's pretty annoying, but I think itll prob not look good if you don't comply

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby brinicolec » Thu Aug 18, 2016 5:56 pm

R. Jeeves wrote:
Kaziende wrote:Do they really expect us to include # of hours/week for each activity on our resume? It's really messing with my formatting. What's the risk of just submitting a normal resume?


Yeah it's pretty annoying, but I think itll prob not look good if you don't comply


It's also kinda sucky because I never kept a thorough logging of my hours.

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby KMart » Thu Aug 18, 2016 7:41 pm

brinicolec wrote:
R. Jeeves wrote:
Kaziende wrote:Do they really expect us to include # of hours/week for each activity on our resume? It's really messing with my formatting. What's the risk of just submitting a normal resume?


Yeah it's pretty annoying, but I think itll prob not look good if you don't comply


It's also kinda sucky because I never kept a thorough logging of my hours.

I don't think I put it on my resume but I filled it out in the general application when it asks you to list the activities (iirc).

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby Kaziende » Fri Aug 19, 2016 2:38 am

R. Jeeves wrote:
Kaziende wrote:Do they really expect us to include # of hours/week for each activity on our resume? It's really messing with my formatting. What's the risk of just submitting a normal resume?


Yeah it's pretty annoying, but I think itll prob not look good if you don't comply


*Sigh* Oh Chicago, you're lucky I love you enough to reformat my resume for you. I would never pull a stunt like this for your peer schools. But for you, Chicago, anything.

(Pls accept me.)

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby proteinshake » Fri Aug 19, 2016 8:49 am

KMart wrote:
brinicolec wrote:
R. Jeeves wrote:
Kaziende wrote:Do they really expect us to include # of hours/week for each activity on our resume? It's really messing with my formatting. What's the risk of just submitting a normal resume?


Yeah it's pretty annoying, but I think itll prob not look good if you don't comply


It's also kinda sucky because I never kept a thorough logging of my hours.

I don't think I put it on my resume but I filled it out in the general application when it asks you to list the activities (iirc).

+1

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby pretzeltime » Fri Aug 19, 2016 9:21 am

proteinshake wrote:
KMart wrote:
brinicolec wrote:
R. Jeeves wrote:
Kaziende wrote:Do they really expect us to include # of hours/week for each activity on our resume? It's really messing with my formatting. What's the risk of just submitting a normal resume?


Yeah it's pretty annoying, but I think itll prob not look good if you don't comply


It's also kinda sucky because I never kept a thorough logging of my hours.

I don't think I put it on my resume but I filled it out in the general application when it asks you to list the activities (iirc).

+1


They don't appear to have a separate activities section on the app this year, which is good IMO. It seemed so clunky. At least with resume you get to present it to them the way you want, hours and all...

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby proteinshake » Fri Aug 19, 2016 9:23 am

pretzeltime wrote:
proteinshake wrote:
KMart wrote:
brinicolec wrote:
R. Jeeves wrote:
Kaziende wrote:Do they really expect us to include # of hours/week for each activity on our resume? It's really messing with my formatting. What's the risk of just submitting a normal resume?


Yeah it's pretty annoying, but I think itll prob not look good if you don't comply


It's also kinda sucky because I never kept a thorough logging of my hours.

I don't think I put it on my resume but I filled it out in the general application when it asks you to list the activities (iirc).

+1


They don't appear to have a separate activities section on the app this year, which is good IMO. It seemed so clunky. At least with resume you get to present it to them the way you want, hours and all...

wait what. I'm pretty sure I saw it because I was like "yay it's already filled in for me!"

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby pretzeltime » Fri Aug 19, 2016 9:28 am

proteinshake wrote:
pretzeltime wrote:
proteinshake wrote:
KMart wrote:
brinicolec wrote:
R. Jeeves wrote:
Kaziende wrote:Do they really expect us to include # of hours/week for each activity on our resume? It's really messing with my formatting. What's the risk of just submitting a normal resume?


Yeah it's pretty annoying, but I think itll prob not look good if you don't comply


It's also kinda sucky because I never kept a thorough logging of my hours.

I don't think I put it on my resume but I filled it out in the general application when it asks you to list the activities (iirc).

+1


They don't appear to have a separate activities section on the app this year, which is good IMO. It seemed so clunky. At least with resume you get to present it to them the way you want, hours and all...

wait what. I'm pretty sure I saw it because I was like "yay it's already filled in for me!"


eh, I am not seeing it anywhere. but idk

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby proteinshake » Fri Aug 19, 2016 9:53 am

pretzeltime wrote:eh, I am not seeing it anywhere. but idk

oh wait nvm I'm thinking of the Awards section in the Education section lolz

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby Dr.Degrees_Cr.Cash » Fri Aug 19, 2016 7:57 pm

proteinshake wrote:
pretzeltime wrote:eh, I am not seeing it anywhere. but idk

oh wait nvm I'm thinking of the Awards section in the Education section lolz


Oh thank god, I have been freaking out trying to find the activities section this year.

The save from last cycle is a double edge sword lol

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby RictusErectus » Mon Aug 22, 2016 1:02 pm

Hey guys, I'm an international applicant and thus don't qualify for LSAC's fee waiver. I also don't fall under any of the pre-approved categories listed on the UChicago website for a fee waiver. And because they are so explicit about individual requests not being reviewed, I'm a bit scared of asking. It would look stupid on my part if I can't even follow such clearly worded policies on the official page, right?

Does anyone have any positive experiences of soliciting a waiver from this school?

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby KMart » Mon Aug 22, 2016 2:22 pm

RictusErectus wrote:Hey guys, I'm an international applicant and thus don't qualify for LSAC's fee waiver. I also don't fall under any of the pre-approved categories listed on the UChicago website for a fee waiver. And because they are so explicit about individual requests not being reviewed, I'm a bit scared of asking. It would look stupid on my part if I can't even follow such clearly worded policies on the official page, right?

Does anyone have any positive experiences of soliciting a waiver from this school?
I asked and they said they didn't grant requests. A week later they sent me an "unsolicited" one. It's unclear how correlated the two were.

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby xnsch » Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:05 pm

Just applied today. First law school application done. Nervous/excited :D

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Re: Chicago C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby KMart » Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:11 pm

xnsch wrote:Just applied today. First law school application done. Nervous/excited :D

Good luck!




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