Michigan Decisions 2014/2015


myst_tee

hi, So I applied very late as well, and I called Dora-Maria today to ask about admissions decision, and she said I would get an e-mail on monday. When I asked her if I would also get something in the mail she replied "no". I have interpreted this to mean I was not accepted, because when i asked if that mean i wasnt accepted she said they dont answer that over the phone. anyways. can I get an interpretation of this from someone who is familiar with the school or maybe also my situation. thanks anything explanation would help so I can move on.

hi, So I applied very late as well, and I called Dora-Maria today to ask about admissions decision, and she said I would get an e-mail on monday. When I asked her if I would also get something in the mail she replied "no". I have interpreted this to mean I was not accepted, because when i asked if that mean i wasnt accepted she said they dont answer that over the phone. anyways. can I get an interpretation of this from someone who is familiar with the school or maybe also my situation. thanks anything explanation would help so I can move on.
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Amelia

Rejected!

Rejected!

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Gingerella

Did anyone get news about Grotius scholarship?

Did anyone get news about Grotius scholarship?
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I just accepted my offer :).

I just accepted my offer :).
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Gingerella

Hi AYearInDublin, I've just sent pm to you.

Hi AYearInDublin, I've just sent pm to you.
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Icarusf

Hey guys I was admitted into the program, but I have offers from Georgetown and Berkeley (waiting for Columbia) and I was wondering what made you choose Michigan?

Hey guys I was admitted into the program, but I have offers from Georgetown and Berkeley (waiting for Columbia) and I was wondering what made you choose Michigan?
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Gingerella

Did anyone accept Michigan's offer?
I will write them tomorrow accepting the offer.

Did anyone accept Michigan's offer?
I will write them tomorrow accepting the offer.
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Gingerella

Icarusf, I personally have chosen Michigan for several reasons. As I was mainly deciding between Berkeley and Michigan (I declined NYU and UPenn as they not suitable for me), I was weighing various factors: reputation, faculty, curriculum, location, safety, availability of family housing, cost of attendance (scholarships), overall attitude towards the students, class size, grading system, etc. In my view Berkeley only wins with respect to international reputation, i.e. brand name known in my country. In my case everything else was in favor of Michigan. I am already in biglaw firm for more than 8 years in my country, so I do not really need that "brand name" to boost my CV. Given that these are peer schools and given 70% tuition waiver from Michigan, my decision was obvious. However, even regardless of this tuition waiver I still seriously considered Berkeley until the moment I saw the law school and the surroundings. I currently reside in the Bay area and went to see the school. To say that I was disappointed is to say nothing. In comparison with UMich it looks really plain. Berkeley as the city is simply not safe, which was important for me particularly since I will be with kids. Three blocks from the school and you are in a completely different world - I would not even walk there as it is unsafe. Homeless people lying right in front of the school just added to this picture.
Michigan's attitude towards LLM students is amazing. For Berkeley it took 1 week just to respond to my email. I didn't feel that they would be helpful once I am in and need some assistance (visa problems, etc). Also there is no personal touch which I think is important. If you received emails from Dora-Maria you know what I mean.
Grading system in Berkeley also may be tricky as opposed to letter system in UMich. Though some people say that it's less stressful, I think it's less stressful only for those who don't care whether to get pass or honors/high honors. Otherwise, it may work against you.
Class in UMich is much smaller, only around 40 people, which I view as a better chance to find friends and have closer ties with the classmates. I also think that when the program is large people tend to divide into groups depending on geography or language, thus there would be less interaction between the students. And, of course, Ann-Arbor seems to be wonderful place.

Icarusf, I personally have chosen Michigan for several reasons. As I was mainly deciding between Berkeley and Michigan (I declined NYU and UPenn as they not suitable for me), I was weighing various factors: reputation, faculty, curriculum, location, safety, availability of family housing, cost of attendance (scholarships), overall attitude towards the students, class size, grading system, etc. In my view Berkeley only wins with respect to international reputation, i.e. brand name known in my country. In my case everything else was in favor of Michigan. I am already in biglaw firm for more than 8 years in my country, so I do not really need that "brand name" to boost my CV. Given that these are peer schools and given 70% tuition waiver from Michigan, my decision was obvious. However, even regardless of this tuition waiver I still seriously considered Berkeley until the moment I saw the law school and the surroundings. I currently reside in the Bay area and went to see the school. To say that I was disappointed is to say nothing. In comparison with UMich it looks really plain. Berkeley as the city is simply not safe, which was important for me particularly since I will be with kids. Three blocks from the school and you are in a completely different world - I would not even walk there as it is unsafe. Homeless people lying right in front of the school just added to this picture.
Michigan's attitude towards LLM students is amazing. For Berkeley it took 1 week just to respond to my email. I didn't feel that they would be helpful once I am in and need some assistance (visa problems, etc). Also there is no personal touch which I think is important. If you received emails from Dora-Maria you know what I mean.
Grading system in Berkeley also may be tricky as opposed to letter system in UMich. Though some people say that it's less stressful, I think it's less stressful only for those who don't care whether to get pass or honors/high honors. Otherwise, it may work against you.
Class in UMich is much smaller, only around 40 people, which I view as a better chance to find friends and have closer ties with the classmates. I also think that when the program is large people tend to divide into groups depending on geography or language, thus there would be less interaction between the students. And, of course, Ann-Arbor seems to be wonderful place.
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