UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

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What does everyone want to do and where do they wanna do it?

Biglaw!! $$$
113
28%
Public Interest #Berkeley
77
19%
Government
41
10%
Other location (Not NE, midwest, south or Cali)
7
2%
California
69
17%
NYC
38
10%
DC
20
5%
Other North East
9
2%
Midwest
13
3%
South
11
3%
 
Total votes: 398

shoparoundthecorner
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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby shoparoundthecorner » Sun Oct 30, 2016 10:11 am

@YoungSimba

I just checked "this section does not apply to me."

For your third question, I believe if you're including an addendum to address multiple LSAT scores, you don't need the SAT report. Berkeley is saying they need the report if you're trying to argue that none of your LSAT scores reflect your actual ability because you have a history of poor standardized testing. If you're just explaining why one score is better than another and you don't feel the need to explain/justify the higher score, I can't imagine that would be necessary.

You can read this interview with the Berkeley admissions dean where he explains the addendum for a "history of poor standardized tests." http://www.top-law-schools.com/tom-interview.html

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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby BrittanyJeream » Tue Nov 01, 2016 12:21 pm

Is anyone here applying for Berkeley Law Opportunity Scholarship? Or know any stats about it? (i.e. how many people apply for it). Thanks <3

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btruj777
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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby btruj777 » Tue Nov 01, 2016 12:25 pm

BrittanyJeream wrote:Is anyone here applying for Berkeley Law Opportunity Scholarship? Or know any stats about it? (i.e. how many people apply for it). Thanks <3




Yes I would love to apply to it! Is this something we apply to after acceptance or before?

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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby BrittanyJeream » Tue Nov 01, 2016 12:27 pm

btruj777 wrote:
BrittanyJeream wrote:Is anyone here applying for Berkeley Law Opportunity Scholarship? Or know any stats about it? (i.e. how many people apply for it). Thanks <3




Yes I would love to apply to it! Is this something we apply to after acceptance or before?


There is a separate essay component in the application. From what I gather, they only accept 5 or so students. There are interviews some time in the spring for finalists.

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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby btruj777 » Tue Nov 01, 2016 12:30 pm

BrittanyJeream wrote:
btruj777 wrote:
BrittanyJeream wrote:Is anyone here applying for Berkeley Law Opportunity Scholarship? Or know any stats about it? (i.e. how many people apply for it). Thanks <3




Yes I would love to apply to it! Is this something we apply to after acceptance or before?


There is a separate essay component in the application. From what I gather, they only accept 5 or so students. There are interviews some time in the spring for finalists.



JK I totally missed that part! :oops:

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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby jlet0314 » Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:42 pm

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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby proteinshake » Thu Nov 10, 2016 7:56 pm

can we get a poll on whether you're writing

a) a 2 page personal statement

or

b) a 3-4 page personal statement

I think other people would be curious as well. I have a 2 pager ready to go, but I'm hesitating on submitting it to Berk since they provide 4 pages :shock:

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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby airwrecka » Thu Nov 10, 2016 8:25 pm

proteinshake wrote:can we get a poll on whether you're writing

a) a 2 page personal statement

or

b) a 3-4 page personal statement

I think other people would be curious as well. I have a 2 pager ready to go, but I'm hesitating on submitting it to Berk since they provide 4 pages :shock:


To give you an answer before the poll appears, I wrote a 3~ page personal statement that I submitted to Berk and a couple other schools that didn't have strict 2 pg requirements, and then edited it down to a 2 pg statement for everywhere else. I tend to be a wordier person, though, so I was glad to have extra room!

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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby dietcoke1 » Thu Nov 10, 2016 9:00 pm

proteinshake wrote:can we get a poll on whether you're writing

a) a 2 page personal statement

or

b) a 3-4 page personal statement

I think other people would be curious as well. I have a 2 pager ready to go, but I'm hesitating on submitting it to Berk since they provide 4 pages :shock:


Last year I was accepted with a 2 page essay and no optional essays or anything so I think it's okay

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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby Baby Gaga » Thu Nov 10, 2016 9:12 pm

proteinshake wrote:can we get a poll on whether you're writing

a) a 2 page personal statement

or

b) a 3-4 page personal statement

I think other people would be curious as well. I have a 2 pager ready to go, but I'm hesitating on submitting it to Berk since they provide 4 pages :shock:


sorted

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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby Madiscone » Thu Nov 10, 2016 9:48 pm

Baby Gaga wrote:
proteinshake wrote:can we get a poll on whether you're writing

a) a 2 page personal statement

or

b) a 3-4 page personal statement

I think other people would be curious as well. I have a 2 pager ready to go, but I'm hesitating on submitting it to Berk since they provide 4 pages :shock:


sorted


I think they say four because they don't want to limit you, not because that's better. Shorter is ALWAYS better. Open it up, get to the point, have a good ending. My first draft was 3 1/2 for Berkeley. I had someone edit it down to two. I was extremely hesitant at first but after looking at it objectively, the shorter version was just more concise and still said everything I wanted to stay. Do not repeat yourself!

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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby Keilz » Sun Nov 13, 2016 3:11 pm

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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby zeglo » Sun Nov 13, 2016 7:25 pm

Boy I am nervous. Above both medians by a lot but kinda scared given their randomness. I hope they know how much I like them.

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Baby Gaga
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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby Baby Gaga » Sun Nov 13, 2016 7:47 pm

zeglo wrote:Boy I am nervous. Above both medians by a lot but kinda scared given their randomness. I hope they know how much I like them.


Same. I went complete last week, now it's just a long wait. I think they know how much I like them, I said so on my application a couple times.

shoparoundthecorner
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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby shoparoundthecorner » Mon Nov 14, 2016 12:40 pm

I looked at last year's thread, and it looks like decisions started coming out this week last year. Is there some reason to believe it will be later this year? This thread has been pretty quiet and I'm curious if people know something I don't!

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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby kiwi50 » Mon Nov 14, 2016 12:42 pm

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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby btruj777 » Mon Nov 14, 2016 12:45 pm

I do not want to generalize but I think everything this cycle has been coming up later than the usual. Sept. LSAT scores, Harvard JS1s, etc etc. The moral of the story is, Class of 2020 cycle delayed lol

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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby proteinshake » Mon Nov 14, 2016 1:17 pm

btruj777 wrote:I do not want to generalize but I think everything this cycle has been coming up later than the usual. Sept. LSAT scores, Harvard JS1s, etc etc. The moral of the story is, Class of 2020 cycle delayed lol

maybe it has something to do with December takers been up 15% (mostly due to retakes from September). idk tho.

katthegreat11
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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby katthegreat11 » Tue Nov 15, 2016 1:46 pm

Looking at last year it seems like they were expecting decisions to come out earlier than they actually did... so we might have an even longer wait. First decision last year was 11/16, so... tomorrow. Not seeing anything on their Twitter feed though.

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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby cantyoloforever » Tue Nov 15, 2016 1:48 pm

proteinshake wrote:
btruj777 wrote:I do not want to generalize but I think everything this cycle has been coming up later than the usual. Sept. LSAT scores, Harvard JS1s, etc etc. The moral of the story is, Class of 2020 cycle delayed lol

maybe it has something to do with December takers been up 15% (mostly due to retakes from September). idk tho.

Kinda makes me wish I had signed up for a third take...

criley01
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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby criley01 » Tue Nov 15, 2016 4:37 pm

Does anyone have any idea what the timeline looks like for Berkeley? My application went complete on 11/1 but haven't heard anything since then.

cathy95
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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby cathy95 » Wed Nov 16, 2016 7:09 pm

Checking in! Got an email today saying that my application is under review. Hope we don't have to wait for too long!

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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby zeglo » Wed Nov 16, 2016 7:52 pm

criley01 wrote:Does anyone have any idea what the timeline looks like for Berkeley? My application went complete on 11/1 but haven't heard anything since then.


I went complete 10/13 and have not heard anything since then. Don't worry. Seems to me like December could possibly have some action but no idea. Past years seem erratic.

katthegreat11
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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby katthegreat11 » Thu Nov 17, 2016 2:34 pm

So weird this thread is so quiet, last year there were acceptances at this time!

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Re: UC Berkeley School of Law C/O 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby airwrecka » Thu Nov 17, 2016 3:13 pm

katthegreat11 wrote:So weird this thread is so quiet, last year there were acceptances at this time!


I know! Sometimes I forget that I applied to Berk...




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