Columbia LLM - 2020-2021 Applicants


g123

A few days ago I did ask about deferral policy in light of covid-19 crisis. They told me that it is too soon to know how this situation will unfold so they would advise us about our options further on. Given the circumstances, it is very hard to make a decision to enroll not knowing exactly what the deferral policy will be. However, they added today that they are waiting for University guidance on how to deal with this matter and that we might have some more answers early next week - hopefully before the April 1st deadline.

[Edited by g123 on Mar 28, 2020]

A few days ago I did ask about deferral policy in light of covid-19 crisis. They told me that it is too soon to know how this situation will unfold so they would advise us about our options further on. Given the circumstances, it is very hard to make a decision to enroll not knowing exactly what the deferral policy will be. However, they added today that they are waiting for University guidance on how to deal with this matter and that we might have some more answers early next week - hopefully before the April 1st deadline.
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g123

I am not aware of any whatsapp groups. If there is one I would also like to join it!



I wrote them today asking for expedited financial aid decision. I'll let you know as soon as I receive an answer.

Anyway, I suppose that it's easier for them to decide quickly whether someone gets in than if someone should receive any financial aid.


Asked for an expedited decision on the financial aid last Monday and got my answer today :)


Did you receive an answer on both? I got admitted today but nothing on FinAid.

Also os there a WhatsApp group for admitted students?

[Edited by g123 on Mar 28, 2020]


I am not aware of any whatsapp groups. If there is one I would also like to join it!

[quote][quote][quote][quote]Are we seeing a trend here? All those who apply only for expedited admissions decisions get a decision soon. However when along with that you ask for a financial aid decision too they have not yet replied? [/quote]

I wrote them today asking for expedited financial aid decision. I'll let you know as soon as I receive an answer.

Anyway, I suppose that it's easier for them to decide quickly whether someone gets in than if someone should receive any financial aid.[/quote]

Asked for an expedited decision on the financial aid last Monday and got my answer today :)[/quote]

Did you receive an answer on both? I got admitted today but nothing on FinAid.

Also os there a WhatsApp group for admitted students?[/quote]
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JRMC



I wrote them today asking for expedited financial aid decision. I'll let you know as soon as I receive an answer.

Anyway, I suppose that it's easier for them to decide quickly whether someone gets in than if someone should receive any financial aid.


Asked for an expedited decision on the financial aid last Monday and got my answer today :)


Did you receive an answer on both? I got admitted today but nothing on FinAid.

Also os there a WhatsApp group for admitted students?


I was accepted on January and only today received an answer on FinAid. Don't know about WhatsApp groups, but I'd happily join if there was one :)

[quote][quote][quote][quote]Are we seeing a trend here? All those who apply only for expedited admissions decisions get a decision soon. However when along with that you ask for a financial aid decision too they have not yet replied? [/quote]

I wrote them today asking for expedited financial aid decision. I'll let you know as soon as I receive an answer.

Anyway, I suppose that it's easier for them to decide quickly whether someone gets in than if someone should receive any financial aid.[/quote]

Asked for an expedited decision on the financial aid last Monday and got my answer today :)[/quote]

Did you receive an answer on both? I got admitted today but nothing on FinAid.

Also os there a WhatsApp group for admitted students?[/quote]

I was accepted on January and only today received an answer on FinAid. Don't know about WhatsApp groups, but I'd happily join if there was one :)
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edx

Hi All,

I had requested for an expedited decision on March 21 and received an admission offer this morning (4:13 am, Indian Standard). Had not requested for any financial aid. My first deposit deadline is April 6, 2020 and second deposit deadline is April 15, 2020.

Any admitted LLM students out here (even in other US Universities) who have apprehensions about securing a student visa by August 2020? My cardinal issue is the fact that the US State Department has suspended all visa applications (including student visas) until further notice. In the worst case scenario, even if they resume such services by say July, there will be a mammoth rush to process applications/interviews and it will be ridiculously difficult to obtain a student visa before classes commence in August.

Hi All,

I had requested for an expedited decision on March 21 and received an admission offer this morning (4:13 am, Indian Standard). Had not requested for any financial aid. My first deposit deadline is April 6, 2020 and second deposit deadline is April 15, 2020.

Any admitted LLM students out here (even in other US Universities) who have apprehensions about securing a student visa by August 2020? My cardinal issue is the fact that the US State Department has suspended all visa applications (including student visas) until further notice. In the worst case scenario, even if they resume such services by say July, there will be a mammoth rush to process applications/interviews and it will be ridiculously difficult to obtain a student visa before classes commence in August.

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LLMEL



Asked for an expedited decision on the financial aid last Monday and got my answer today :)


Did you receive an answer on both? I got admitted today but nothing on FinAid.

Also os there a WhatsApp group for admitted students?


I was accepted on January and only today received an answer on FinAid. Don't know about WhatsApp groups, but I'd happily join if there was one :)


May I ask how much of financial aid did you receive? is it associated with some kind of fellowship or scholarship?
oh, and did you request it by email or the online form?

Thank you !

[Edited by LLMEL on Mar 28, 2020]

[quote][quote][quote][quote][quote]Are we seeing a trend here? All those who apply only for expedited admissions decisions get a decision soon. However when along with that you ask for a financial aid decision too they have not yet replied? [/quote]

I wrote them today asking for expedited financial aid decision. I'll let you know as soon as I receive an answer.

Anyway, I suppose that it's easier for them to decide quickly whether someone gets in than if someone should receive any financial aid.[/quote]

Asked for an expedited decision on the financial aid last Monday and got my answer today :)[/quote]

Did you receive an answer on both? I got admitted today but nothing on FinAid.

Also os there a WhatsApp group for admitted students?[/quote]

I was accepted on January and only today received an answer on FinAid. Don't know about WhatsApp groups, but I'd happily join if there was one :) [/quote]

May I ask how much of financial aid did you receive? is it associated with some kind of fellowship or scholarship?
oh, and did you request it by email or the online form?

Thank you !
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Cecilia123

I'll make a WhatsApp group! Send me a DM if you want to join and I'll send you the link! :)

I'll make a WhatsApp group! Send me a DM if you want to join and I'll send you the link! :)
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JRMC



Did you receive an answer on both? I got admitted today but nothing on FinAid.

Also os there a WhatsApp group for admitted students?


I was accepted on January and only today received an answer on FinAid. Don't know about WhatsApp groups, but I'd happily join if there was one :)


May I ask how much of financial aid did you receive? is it associated with some kind of fellowship or scholarship?
oh, and did you request it by email or the online form?

Thank you !


Sure! I applied regularly on the online form, filled along with mi application form. I was granted USD15.000 (which I appreciate know more than ever, considering the global situation...). It's not preliminarily associated to a scholarship, but I understand that once Columbia knows for sure who will be definitely attending the program, they match each financial aid with the name of a donor.
For example, the (imaginary) firm Smith & Murray donates USD15.000 to Columbia's LLM Program, then it would be possible that, sometime during fall semester, they told me that my financial aid actually has a name: the Smith & Murray Scolarship. Anyway, I'm not quite sure if Columbia works that way, I know that some other schools do, like U. Chicago.

Best regards!

[quote][quote][quote][quote][quote][quote]Are we seeing a trend here? All those who apply only for expedited admissions decisions get a decision soon. However when along with that you ask for a financial aid decision too they have not yet replied? [/quote]

I wrote them today asking for expedited financial aid decision. I'll let you know as soon as I receive an answer.

Anyway, I suppose that it's easier for them to decide quickly whether someone gets in than if someone should receive any financial aid.[/quote]

Asked for an expedited decision on the financial aid last Monday and got my answer today :)[/quote]

Did you receive an answer on both? I got admitted today but nothing on FinAid.

Also os there a WhatsApp group for admitted students?[/quote]

I was accepted on January and only today received an answer on FinAid. Don't know about WhatsApp groups, but I'd happily join if there was one :) [/quote]

May I ask how much of financial aid did you receive? is it associated with some kind of fellowship or scholarship?
oh, and did you request it by email or the online form?

Thank you ![/quote]

Sure! I applied regularly on the online form, filled along with mi application form. I was granted USD15.000 (which I appreciate know more than ever, considering the global situation...). It's not preliminarily associated to a scholarship, but I understand that once Columbia knows for sure who will be definitely attending the program, they match each financial aid with the name of a donor.
For example, the (imaginary) firm Smith & Murray donates USD15.000 to Columbia's LLM Program, then it would be possible that, sometime during fall semester, they told me that my financial aid actually has a name: the Smith & Murray Scolarship. Anyway, I'm not quite sure if Columbia works that way, I know that some other schools do, like U. Chicago.

Best regards!
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lamilami5

Can someone help me with this please?

I have been admitted to CLS, however I am still waiting for Stanford's decision. I want to secure my place at CLS in case I get rejected. Therefore, I will pay 1000$ as a deposit.
However, my concern is - what are the consequences if I later on decide not to attend CLS?

Can someone help me with this please?

I have been admitted to CLS, however I am still waiting for Stanford's decision. I want to secure my place at CLS in case I get rejected. Therefore, I will pay 1000$ as a deposit.
However, my concern is - what are the consequences if I later on decide not to attend CLS?
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SA1234

Hi everyone,


Does anyone know what Columbia’s response is to Covid 19? I mean, are they considering delaying the start date if this continues? Or moving it online?

Hi everyone,


Does anyone know what Columbia’s response is to Covid 19? I mean, are they considering delaying the start date if this continues? Or moving it online?
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g123

Hi everyone,


Does anyone know what Columbia’s response is to Covid 19? I mean, are they considering delaying the start date if this continues? Or moving it online?


They sent an email saturday night regarding their approach to the covid-19 crisis.

[quote]Hi everyone,


Does anyone know what Columbia’s response is to Covid 19? I mean, are they considering delaying the start date if this continues? Or moving it online? [/quote]

They sent an email saturday night regarding their approach to the covid-19 crisis.
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NRDC

Hi everyone,


Does anyone know what Columbia’s response is to Covid 19? I mean, are they considering delaying the start date if this continues? Or moving it online?


They sent an email saturday night regarding their approach to the covid-19 crisis.


Saturday night? The last e-mail I received about COVID-19 was on March 17th. Would you mind sharing the content of the e-mail with us, please?

[quote][quote]Hi everyone,


Does anyone know what Columbia’s response is to Covid 19? I mean, are they considering delaying the start date if this continues? Or moving it online? [/quote]

They sent an email saturday night regarding their approach to the covid-19 crisis.[/quote]

Saturday night? The last e-mail I received about COVID-19 was on March 17th. Would you mind sharing the content of the e-mail with us, please?
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TSB

I got the following email re visas & a small covid update on Wed 25th March:

"Like many of you, we in GLS are trying to adjust to our new routines and to working from home. As you may have heard, the U.S. government has temporarily suspended visa services worldwide. Our colleagues in Columbia’s International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO), which handles all immigration matters for international students, are closely monitoring the situation and keeping individual schools and departments informed of any new developments.

Columbia University and ISSO have created an informational webpage in response to the COVID-19 health crisis: ISSO COVID-19 Hub. Their office remains operational and continues to process I-20 applications and answer your questions. We strongly encourage you to begin the online visa application process as soon as possible, so that you have all of the necessary documents to apply for your visa once consular services resume. If you do not need a visa to study at Columbia, please send us an email to let us know.

In the meantime, we urge students to continue with their plans for August as normal, in the hopes that the COVID-19 situation will be contained by then, and to keep in close contact with us and ISSO as the situation evolves. At Columbia Law School, we are planning for normal operations in the 2020-2021 academic year at this time. "

- nothing since then. I've accepted my offer already.

[Edited by TSB on Mar 31, 2020]

I got the following email re visas & a small covid update on Wed 25th March:

"Like many of you, we in GLS are trying to adjust to our new routines and to working from home. As you may have heard, the U.S. government has temporarily suspended visa services worldwide. Our colleagues in Columbia’s International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO), which handles all immigration matters for international students, are closely monitoring the situation and keeping individual schools and departments informed of any new developments.

Columbia University and ISSO have created an informational webpage in response to the COVID-19 health crisis: ISSO COVID-19 Hub. Their office remains operational and continues to process I-20 applications and answer your questions. We strongly encourage you to begin the online visa application process as soon as possible, so that you have all of the necessary documents to apply for your visa once consular services resume. If you do not need a visa to study at Columbia, please send us an email to let us know.

In the meantime, we urge students to continue with their plans for August as normal, in the hopes that the COVID-19 situation will be contained by then, and to keep in close contact with us and ISSO as the situation evolves. At Columbia Law School, we are planning for normal operations in the 2020-2021 academic year at this time. "

- nothing since then. I've accepted my offer already.
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poplop

- nothing since then. I've accepted my offer already.


@TSB did you hear anything about finaid?

[quote]- nothing since then. I've accepted my offer already. [/quote]

@TSB did you hear anything about finaid?
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Brotem10

Just got waitlisted.

Just got waitlisted.
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Hi @Cecilia123 - did you get my message? I’d love to be in the whatsapp group and I’m not sure it went through.

Hi @Cecilia123 - did you get my message? I’d love to be in the whatsapp group and I’m not sure it went through.
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Cecilia123

Hi @Cecilia123 - did you get my message? I’d love to be in the whatsapp group and I’m not sure it went through.


Hi Stephie! Just sent you the link via DM!

[quote]Hi @Cecilia123 - did you get my message? I’d love to be in the whatsapp group and I’m not sure it went through.[/quote]

Hi Stephie! Just sent you the link via DM!
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JMH

Hey! Has anyone heard anything about Fellowship decisions? .... Is the financial aid decision inclusive of fellowships?

I have received admissions and and financial aid decision with an acceptance deadline of April 6.

Also, Congrats everyone!!

Hey! Has anyone heard anything about Fellowship decisions? .... Is the financial aid decision inclusive of fellowships?

I have received admissions and and financial aid decision with an acceptance deadline of April 6.

Also, Congrats everyone!!
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Blackbird

Hi All!

I still haven't from Admissions on my application. I have applied to limited places, so as such do not have any impending deadline within next week. In such a circumstance, should I still write for expedited decisions given that impending deadline doesn't fall withing a week (as stated their email).

If any of you were similarly placed, and still went ahead with writing to Admissions, pl guide on their response.

Thanks.

Hi All!

I still haven't from Admissions on my application. I have applied to limited places, so as such do not have any impending deadline within next week. In such a circumstance, should I still write for expedited decisions given that impending deadline doesn't fall withing a week (as stated their email).

If any of you were similarly placed, and still went ahead with writing to Admissions, pl guide on their response.

Thanks.
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edx

Hi All!

I still haven't from Admissions on my application. I have applied to limited places, so as such do not have any impending deadline within next week. In such a circumstance, should I still write for expedited decisions given that impending deadline doesn't fall withing a week (as stated their email).

If any of you were similarly placed, and still went ahead with writing to Admissions, pl guide on their response.

Thanks.


Hi, you should definitely write to them asking for an expedited decision, regardless of any other deadlines with other Universities, as they Graduate Legal Studies had promised to release all results by early April. I'm sure they will subsequently give you a response.

[quote]Hi All!

I still haven't from Admissions on my application. I have applied to limited places, so as such do not have any impending deadline within next week. In such a circumstance, should I still write for expedited decisions given that impending deadline doesn't fall withing a week (as stated their email).

If any of you were similarly placed, and still went ahead with writing to Admissions, pl guide on their response.

Thanks. [/quote]

Hi, you should definitely write to them asking for an expedited decision, regardless of any other deadlines with other Universities, as they Graduate Legal Studies had promised to release all results by early April. I'm sure they will subsequently give you a response.
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Chamomile

Hi All!

I still haven't from Admissions on my application. I have applied to limited places, so as such do not have any impending deadline within next week. In such a circumstance, should I still write for expedited decisions given that impending deadline doesn't fall withing a week (as stated their email).

If any of you were similarly placed, and still went ahead with writing to Admissions, pl guide on their response.

Thanks.


Hi, I was in a similar place. I wrote to them twice for an expedited decision on financial aid as I was worried I won't be able to secure a place by paying the deposit on April 1. But I got the same standard response with the link for expedited decision which also asked not to send multiple emails. I still haven't heard from them on the aid decision. You could try sending an email but I'm not sure it'll help.

[quote]Hi All!

I still haven't from Admissions on my application. I have applied to limited places, so as such do not have any impending deadline within next week. In such a circumstance, should I still write for expedited decisions given that impending deadline doesn't fall withing a week (as stated their email).

If any of you were similarly placed, and still went ahead with writing to Admissions, pl guide on their response.

Thanks. [/quote]

Hi, I was in a similar place. I wrote to them twice for an expedited decision on financial aid as I was worried I won't be able to secure a place by paying the deposit on April 1. But I got the same standard response with the link for expedited decision which also asked not to send multiple emails. I still haven't heard from them on the aid decision. You could try sending an email but I'm not sure it'll help.
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