Columbia decisions


L&E-pil
Thanks for your patience... I do not wanna seem anxious but indedd Iam...and this toefl stuff is getting me crazy...!
Ok .... just keep on crossing our fingers...

Everyone is anxious right now. And I'm sure everyone has one good reason to be anxious, whether it is the TOEFL score, the lack of professional experience, low grades, bad recommendations, not properly written statement etc. Lawyers are famous for being anxious in general. I would recommend though that you remain calm, as I believe that no applicant's life depends on an admission from a U.S. law school. Of course it is a step forward, a great chance, but I still I don't think it should become a reason to destroy a whole winter (meaning the winter while you wait the decision).
<blockquote>Thanks for your patience... I do not wanna seem anxious but indedd Iam...and this toefl stuff is getting me crazy...!
Ok .... just keep on crossing our fingers...</blockquote>
Everyone is anxious right now. And I'm sure everyone has one good reason to be anxious, whether it is the TOEFL score, the lack of professional experience, low grades, bad recommendations, not properly written statement etc. Lawyers are famous for being anxious in general. I would recommend though that you remain calm, as I believe that no applicant's life depends on an admission from a U.S. law school. Of course it is a step forward, a great chance, but I still I don't think it should become a reason to destroy a whole winter (meaning the winter while you wait the decision).
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Jammin
I agree with L&E-pil. Once you have submitted the application there is nothing you can do about it but wait for the answer.

Of course everyone is eager to receive admissions but, as we all know, it is likely that we might get admitted in some schools and rejected in others since the evaluating process is very different in each school.
For instance, I know few people with very good credentials (but different ones from the others) who were rejected by lower ranked schools (i.e. Berkeley or Michigan) but admitted to higher ranked ones (i.e., Columbia and Harvard). So, in the end, the selection process is very subjective and even if you have a poor TOEFL score you may succeed because of other strengths you have.
Good luck
M.
I agree with L&E-pil. Once you have submitted the application there is nothing you can do about it but wait for the answer.

Of course everyone is eager to receive admissions but, as we all know, it is likely that we might get admitted in some schools and rejected in others since the evaluating process is very different in each school.
For instance, I know few people with very good credentials (but different ones from the others) who were rejected by lower ranked schools (i.e. Berkeley or Michigan) but admitted to higher ranked ones (i.e., Columbia and Harvard). So, in the end, the selection process is very subjective and even if you have a poor TOEFL score you may succeed because of other strengths you have.
Good luck
M.
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Aooni
Remember what you sent to the school for application: PS, resume, recommendation, TOEFL and past grades.
The whole thing is a single application and the schools decide what they regard the most. As far as I believe for top LL.M. application, recommedation and past job experience counts the most. Getting a good recommendation from a notable people represents that you're a decent professional and that you've been working really hard.
There's no fact to back my message, but I've been admitted to 5 of theT14 schools (including Columbia, Penn and Duke)with not so great grades.
Remember what you sent to the school for application: PS, resume, recommendation, TOEFL and past grades.
The whole thing is a single application and the schools decide what they regard the most. As far as I believe for top LL.M. application, recommedation and past job experience counts the most. Getting a good recommendation from a notable people represents that you're a decent professional and that you've been working really hard.
There's no fact to back my message, but I've been admitted to 5 of theT14 schools (including Columbia, Penn and Duke)with not so great grades.
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saadia
THE WAIT IS TOOOOOOOOO LONG
THE WAIT IS TOOOOOOOOO LONG
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I worte to CLS and got the following response. Seems that we could do nothing but wait.

Dear Mr. [*]:

We are still in the process of reviewing applications. We hope to have a decision made on your file in the next couple of months. I am sorry I cannot give you a more specific timeline.

Sincerely,

[*]
Director, Graduate Legal Studies
Columbia Law School
I worte to CLS and got the following response. Seems that we could do nothing but wait.

Dear Mr. [*]:

We are still in the process of reviewing applications. We hope to have a decision made on your file in the next couple of months. I am sorry I cannot give you a more specific timeline.

Sincerely,

[*]
Director, Graduate Legal Studies
Columbia Law School
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L&E-pil
Well, that's how Columbia works. Completely random. You might be very lucky and have your application reviewed in early January or you might be very unlucky and have your application reviewed in early May. There is no specific timeline. The e-mail can pop up any time.
However, I truly believe that applications of people with many years of professional experience are reviewed first. Fresh graduates are in the worst position in the case of Columbia (I'm pretty sure, I will already have enrolled at another Law School, when Columbia will send out a decision. The same has happened to dozens of applicants in the past.)
Well, that's how Columbia works. Completely random. You might be very lucky and have your application reviewed in early January or you might be very unlucky and have your application reviewed in early May. There is no specific timeline. The e-mail can pop up any time.
However, I truly believe that applications of people with many years of professional experience are reviewed first. Fresh graduates are in the worst position in the case of Columbia (I'm pretty sure, I will already have enrolled at another Law School, when Columbia will send out a decision. The same has happened to dozens of applicants in the past.)
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Anyone has received news from Columbia in the last two weeks?
I'm starting to be a little bit worried about my chances....
L.
Anyone has received news from Columbia in the last two weeks?
I'm starting to be a little bit worried about my chances....
L.
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app_fi
Dear L.,

I have received a response from Columbia last Friday (February 22), but I think you should'nt worry about this, since the procedure of admission is completely random.

If you have not received your response yet, there is still hope (remember that there are people who have already received a negative answer). Probably they did not finish the process of reviewing your application.

Good luck! I hope to see you in NY.
Dear L.,

I have received a response from Columbia last Friday (February 22), but I think you should'nt worry about this, since the procedure of admission is completely random.

If you have not received your response yet, there is still hope (remember that there are people who have already received a negative answer). Probably they did not finish the process of reviewing your application.

Good luck! I hope to see you in NY.

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Thank you fer_rj for the info!
Thank you fer_rj for the info!
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amicus
Anyone else heard from Columbia recently?
While they state that they make their decisions on a rolling basis, I'm just wondering if they are actually reviewing the ones with stellar credentials first (admissions), along with the ones who do not meet their minimum standards (ie. rejections and no hope for admissions), and then everyone else in between the top and the bottom applicants.
Any thoughts?
Anyone else heard from Columbia recently?
While they state that they make their decisions on a rolling basis, I'm just wondering if they are actually reviewing the ones with stellar credentials first (admissions), along with the ones who do not meet their minimum standards (ie. rejections and no hope for admissions), and then everyone else in between the top and the bottom applicants.
Any thoughts?
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L&E-pil
Anyone else heard from Columbia recently?
While they state that they make their decisions on a rolling basis, I'm just wondering if they are actually reviewing the ones with stellar credentials first (admissions), along with the ones who do not meet their minimum standards (ie. rejections and no hope for admissions), and then everyone else in between the top and the bottom applicants.
Any thoughts?

I assume that this is what happens with Columbia. I think they are clever enough to understand that if they answer to someone in early May, he/she will most likely have already registered to another school. So, they know they are loosing this applicant. But they send him/her the admission so late, because they really don't care if he/she doesn't enroll to the Law School finally. Columbia makes sure to send admissions early to the applicants it really wants in it's LL.M. (and sets them the March 10th deadline to accept) and then reviews the application of other people.
<blockquote>Anyone else heard from Columbia recently?
While they state that they make their decisions on a rolling basis, I'm just wondering if they are actually reviewing the ones with stellar credentials first (admissions), along with the ones who do not meet their minimum standards (ie. rejections and no hope for admissions), and then everyone else in between the top and the bottom applicants.
Any thoughts?</blockquote>
I assume that this is what happens with Columbia. I think they are clever enough to understand that if they answer to someone in early May, he/she will most likely have already registered to another school. So, they know they are loosing this applicant. But they send him/her the admission so late, because they really don't care if he/she doesn't enroll to the Law School finally. Columbia makes sure to send admissions early to the applicants it really wants in it's LL.M. (and sets them the March 10th deadline to accept) and then reviews the application of other people.
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stan12
Hello!
I received my admission email (without any financial aid) yesterday and they ask me to submit a non-refundable deposit of $500 by March 24, 2008 to reserve my place in the LL.M. Program.
Hello!
I received my admission email (without any financial aid) yesterday and they ask me to submit a non-refundable deposit of $500 by March 24, 2008 to reserve my place in the LL.M. Program.
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hemera
Did any of those who have been admitted apply without any work experience?
Did any of those who have been admitted apply without any work experience?
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Jammin
Hi hemera,
I think that Columbia is one of the few Law Schools in the U.S. which highly values previous working experience.
As you may read in this thread so far most of the applicants without working experience have not been admitted, but, all the same, they have not been rejected either.
As L&E-pil has correctly pointed out Columbia tend to previously admit applicants with significant experience and if there is still room available the other ones.

Anyway, there are other great law schools (such as UChicago or Michigan) which instead tend to focus more on academic achievements: it is just a matter of policy of the university.
M.
Hi hemera,
I think that Columbia is one of the few Law Schools in the U.S. which highly values previous working experience.
As you may read in this thread so far most of the applicants without working experience have not been admitted, but, all the same, they have not been rejected either.
As L&E-pil has correctly pointed out Columbia tend to previously admit applicants with significant experience and if there is still room available the other ones.

Anyway, there are other great law schools (such as UChicago or Michigan) which instead tend to focus more on academic achievements: it is just a matter of policy of the university.
M.
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ellelem
When is Columbia going to send the admission decisions???
Is Columbia sending the decisions by mail or email???
When is Columbia going to send the admission decisions???
Is Columbia sending the decisions by mail or email???
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Jammin
All decisions relevant to the Early Review were sent out at the end of December.
The others are sent on a rolling basis. If you read posts you will find people who have been admitted starting from the beginning of January until this week.
All decisions relevant to the Early Review were sent out at the end of December.
The others are sent on a rolling basis. If you read posts you will find people who have been admitted starting from the beginning of January until this week.
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Samata
I was admitted via the early review program and I have also applied for financial aid. In the offer letter (which was sent via email and later, by courier), I was also informed that I have received a waiver of a small portion of the tuition fee.

I am not sure if this process also applies to the normal cycle or you would be informed of the financial aid decision in a seperate occasion.

Hope this help! Good luck to all : )
I was admitted via the early review program and I have also applied for financial aid. In the offer letter (which was sent via email and later, by courier), I was also informed that I have received a waiver of a small portion of the tuition fee.

I am not sure if this process also applies to the normal cycle or you would be informed of the financial aid decision in a seperate occasion.

Hope this help! Good luck to all : )
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mickeyb
I was admitted in early January and today i received an email that i had received a half tuition waiver. So it seems like they have very different processes for different people.
I was admitted in early January and today i received an email that i had received a half tuition waiver. So it seems like they have very different processes for different people.
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Congratulations everybody!
I just got the acceptance e-mail! But they've already said that there will be no financial aid to me...
Anyways, I'm happy just for being accepted!
Congratulations everybody!
I just got the acceptance e-mail! But they've already said that there will be no financial aid to me...
Anyways, I'm happy just for being accepted!
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kh
Hello everyone,
Would be grateful if you could help me out.
I'm currently a final year law student who has applied to the CLS LLM Program. I know a lot of people who have got offers from CLS. I have, however, not received any email from CLS yet.
What does this mean?
Thanks guys.
Hello everyone,
Would be grateful if you could help me out.
I'm currently a final year law student who has applied to the CLS LLM Program. I know a lot of people who have got offers from CLS. I have, however, not received any email from CLS yet.
What does this mean?
Thanks guys.
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