Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby brinicolec » Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:13 pm

navylawhopeful wrote:Ok this may be a dumb question. In Columbia's instructions page it states "Please note further that we do not utilize LSAC's recommendation form and require letters from recommendation providers."

Does this mean you need to have your recommenders send Columbia their letters in some way? Or will letters uploaded to LSAC work like they do for most schools? Sorry if I'm reading too much into this.



Hm, I haven't completed this yet so I haven't seen that. Can anyone who's gone complete shed light on this?

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby KatCoco » Wed Sep 28, 2016 10:00 pm

brinicolec wrote:
navylawhopeful wrote:Ok this may be a dumb question. In Columbia's instructions page it states "Please note further that we do not utilize LSAC's recommendation form and require letters from recommendation providers."

Does this mean you need to have your recommenders send Columbia their letters in some way? Or will letters uploaded to LSAC work like they do for most schools? Sorry if I'm reading too much into this.



Hm, I haven't completed this yet so I haven't seen that. Can anyone who's gone complete shed light on this?


That wording is really odd, so I just went back to read the instructions again. Under a section titled "Submission of Letters of Recommendation," it says: "Columbia Law School strongly prefers that letters of recommendation be sent through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service."

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby benwyatt » Thu Sep 29, 2016 4:47 am

KatCoco wrote:
brinicolec wrote:
navylawhopeful wrote:Ok this may be a dumb question. In Columbia's instructions page it states "Please note further that we do not utilize LSAC's recommendation form and require letters from recommendation providers."

Does this mean you need to have your recommenders send Columbia their letters in some way? Or will letters uploaded to LSAC work like they do for most schools? Sorry if I'm reading too much into this.



Hm, I haven't completed this yet so I haven't seen that. Can anyone who's gone complete shed light on this?


That wording is really odd, so I just went back to read the instructions again. Under a section titled "Submission of Letters of Recommendation," it says: "Columbia Law School strongly prefers that letters of recommendation be sent through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service."

Are you sure it's not referring to the "Evaluation form" which is something else and is stupid.

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby benwyatt » Thu Sep 29, 2016 4:48 am

Also, because it bears repeating now that the app is open:

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, NO ONE ED COLUMBIA LAW SCHOOL

Happy applying :mrgreen:

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby brinicolec » Thu Sep 29, 2016 2:29 pm

benwyatt wrote:
KatCoco wrote:
brinicolec wrote:
navylawhopeful wrote:Ok this may be a dumb question. In Columbia's instructions page it states "Please note further that we do not utilize LSAC's recommendation form and require letters from recommendation providers."

Does this mean you need to have your recommenders send Columbia their letters in some way? Or will letters uploaded to LSAC work like they do for most schools? Sorry if I'm reading too much into this.



Hm, I haven't completed this yet so I haven't seen that. Can anyone who's gone complete shed light on this?


That wording is really odd, so I just went back to read the instructions again. Under a section titled "Submission of Letters of Recommendation," it says: "Columbia Law School strongly prefers that letters of recommendation be sent through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service."

Are you sure it's not referring to the "Evaluation form" which is something else and is stupid.


LSAC rid of the eval form so it's definitely not that. Hm...

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby TexasENG » Thu Sep 29, 2016 3:34 pm

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby KatCoco » Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:00 pm

TexasENG wrote:
brinicolec wrote:
benwyatt wrote:
KatCoco wrote:
brinicolec wrote:[quote="navylawhopeful



Hm, I haven't completed this yet so I haven't seen that. Can anyone who's gone complete shed light on this?


That wording is really odd, so I just went back to read the instructions again. Under a section titled "Submission of Letters of Recommendation," it says: "Columbia Law School strongly prefers that letters of recommendation be sent through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service."

Are you sure it's not referring to the "Evaluation form" which is something else and is stupid.


LSAC rid of the eval form so it's definitely not that. Hm...


Ugh, for a T6 school you'd think they would have made this clearer. These 2 statements are fairly confusing.

Please note further that we do not utilize LSAC's recommendation form and require letters from recommendation providers.


and

Columbia Law School strongly prefers that letters of recommendation be sent through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service


My guess is that when you do the LSAC letter of recommendation thing as a recommender they have a form that people can fill out for their recommendations, or they can upload a letter directly. Columbia apparently does not like the LSAC provided form?[/quote]

This is exactly what I was thinking. I assigned my uploaded letters to Columbia the same as the other schools, so I'm guessing it should be fine... Haven't submitted yet though, waiting on a fee waiver that will probably never come lol.

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby KatCoco » Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:02 pm

TexasENG wrote:
My guess is that when you do the LSAC letter of recommendation thing as a recommender they have a form that people can fill out for their recommendations, or they can upload a letter directly. Columbia apparently does not like the LSAC provided form?


This is exactly what I was thinking. I assigned my uploaded letters to Columbia the same as the other schools, so I'm guessing it should be fine... Haven't submitted yet though, waiting on a fee waiver that will probably never come lol.

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby Thelaw23 » Fri Sep 30, 2016 12:40 pm

Hey, guys, my application has the "Complete" status on My Columbia Law and all my recommendations are checked off as received. The application has been sent for review. I did it as with any school, assigning the LOR's through LSAC, so I'm pretty sure it's just vague wording.

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby RamTitan » Sun Oct 02, 2016 2:28 pm

Thoughts on writing a "why Columbia" essay? My reasons aren't particularly unique (class size, clinic opportunities, New York location, and mission statement), but the school is definitely a reach for me with my current LSAT score and GPA.

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby confusia » Sun Oct 02, 2016 9:06 pm

benwyatt wrote:Also, because it bears repeating now that the app is open:

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, NO ONE ED COLUMBIA LAW SCHOOL

Happy applying :mrgreen:


I'm out of the loop, why do you say to not ED Columbia?

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby proteinshake » Sun Oct 02, 2016 9:42 pm

confusia wrote:
benwyatt wrote:Also, because it bears repeating now that the app is open:

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, NO ONE ED COLUMBIA LAW SCHOOL

Happy applying :mrgreen:


I'm out of the loop, why do you say to not ED Columbia?

no scholarship so it costs too much

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby benwyatt » Sun Oct 02, 2016 10:33 pm

proteinshake wrote:
confusia wrote:
benwyatt wrote:Also, because it bears repeating now that the app is open:

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, NO ONE ED COLUMBIA LAW SCHOOL

Happy applying :mrgreen:


I'm out of the loop, why do you say to not ED Columbia?

no scholarship so it costs too much

Pretty much this. ED for law school pretty much only makes sense if you have a couple hundred thousand lying around.

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby tskela » Sun Oct 02, 2016 10:57 pm

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby brinicolec » Sun Oct 02, 2016 11:57 pm

benwyatt wrote:
proteinshake wrote:
confusia wrote:
benwyatt wrote:Also, because it bears repeating now that the app is open:

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, NO ONE ED COLUMBIA LAW SCHOOL

Happy applying :mrgreen:


I'm out of the loop, why do you say to not ED Columbia?

no scholarship so it costs too much

Pretty much this. ED for law school pretty much only makes sense if you have a couple hundred thousand lying around.


Or if it'd help your chances of admission, which isn't for many.

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby benwyatt » Mon Oct 03, 2016 4:21 am

brinicolec wrote:
benwyatt wrote:
proteinshake wrote:
confusia wrote:
benwyatt wrote:Also, because it bears repeating now that the app is open:

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, NO ONE ED COLUMBIA LAW SCHOOL

Happy applying :mrgreen:


I'm out of the loop, why do you say to not ED Columbia?

no scholarship so it costs too much

Pretty much this. ED for law school pretty much only makes sense if you have a couple hundred thousand lying around.


Or if it'd help your chances of admission, which isn't for many.

No.
Not worth the cost.

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby proteinshake » Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:46 am

benwyatt wrote:
brinicolec wrote:
benwyatt wrote:
proteinshake wrote:
confusia wrote:
benwyatt wrote:Also, because it bears repeating now that the app is open:

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, NO ONE ED COLUMBIA LAW SCHOOL

Happy applying :mrgreen:


I'm out of the loop, why do you say to not ED Columbia?

no scholarship so it costs too much

Pretty much this. ED for law school pretty much only makes sense if you have a couple hundred thousand lying around.


Or if it'd help your chances of admission, which isn't for many.

No.
Not worth the cost.

this.

also what's your opinion on ED if your parents are covering COL expenses? basically I'd only be debt financing tuition (and even then, I think my parents will be helping out).

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby benwyatt » Mon Oct 03, 2016 12:50 pm

proteinshake wrote:also what's your opinion on ED if your parents are covering COL expenses? basically I'd only be debt financing tuition (and even then, I think my parents will be helping out).

I'd still say no. It's not going to give you enough of a boost to justify taking on $180K+ (before interest).

Tuition is far and above the greater expense.

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby lmcghee » Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:05 am

I noticed that in the application instructions Columbia strongly encourages people who took the LSAT more than once to write an addendum. I was not originally planning on writing one since I have read you should only do so if there was a greater than 5 difference or special circumstances. My difference was 4 points so I am not sure what I want to say if anything. Anyone else in the same boat or have advice?

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby pretzeltime » Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:12 am

lmcghee wrote:I noticed that in the application instructions Columbia strongly encourages people who took the LSAT more than once to write an addendum. I was not originally planning on writing one since I have read you should only do so if there was a greater than 5 difference or special circumstances. My difference was 4 points so I am not sure what I want to say if anything. Anyone else in the same boat or have advice?


They say they want it, so write it. It can be one sentence.

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby brinicolec » Thu Oct 06, 2016 2:15 am

pretzeltime wrote:
lmcghee wrote:I noticed that in the application instructions Columbia strongly encourages people who took the LSAT more than once to write an addendum. I was not originally planning on writing one since I have read you should only do so if there was a greater than 5 difference or special circumstances. My difference was 4 points so I am not sure what I want to say if anything. Anyone else in the same boat or have advice?


They say they want it, so write it. It can be one sentence.


+1

I'd just say something like "I took it again because I felt I could get a higher score and WOOT WOOT I GOT A HIGHER SCORE LET ME IN I WORKED HARD FOR THIS"

Well, obviously the latter part was a little much but yeah... Something along the lines of believing you could improve your score.

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby mdu » Mon Oct 10, 2016 10:26 pm

benwyatt wrote:Also, because it bears repeating now that the app is open:

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, NO ONE ED COLUMBIA LAW SCHOOL

Happy applying :mrgreen:


The scholly I am most likely to get is need based over merit. Does ED notoriously shoot this down as well?

Related question: Does anyone know at what age (if at all) they will stop looking at parental income in computing need based scholly?

Thanks! Best of luck to all...

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Re: Columbia c/o 2020 applicants (2016-2017)

Postby curry1 » Tue Oct 11, 2016 7:38 pm

Received a generic e-mail from Columbia today titled "Thank You for Submitting an Application for Admission". Applied over a month ago, anyone else get this?




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