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203 Redux
Welcome back! I've been increasingly getting writer's block when sitting down to write for the blog, and realized recently that it might be because we've been blogging now for SEVEN YEARS and have already covered a lot of ground. In fact,...
Posted: Oct 17 2014, 12:00 PM by asha | with 27 comment(s)
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Show Me the Money, Part I
One of the wonderful things about going to a small law school like Yale is that the alumni network is well-connected and has strong emotional ties to the School and each other. It also means that when a distinguished graduate, like former Secretary of...
Bad Idea Jeans: C&F Drive-Bys
I find it astonishing that I have to address Character & Fitness issues every year, but despite having written here and here about being completely candid in your application, every year I come across applications that provoke me to shut the door...
P.S. Boot Camp II: Outsmart, Outwrite, Outlast (a.k.a. The TFA Essay)
OK, so I'm a year late with the promised second round of my P.S. Boot Camp , and frankly, much later into the summer than I had hoped to be in writing this. But I was gone to San Diego for a much-needed vacation, and San Diego isn't a place where...
The Straight Dope on COAP
One of the hazards of allowing a thirty-something to blog is that you have to read posts that use phrases like " the straight dope ." As we learned from my last post , however, sometimes the straight dope is exactly what you need to navigate...
Speaking of Law School Scams...
It's that time of the year again when we get inundated with emails from applicants letting us know that they have scholarship deadlines and that they "must" receive a decision from Yale or that they will be required to withdraw their application...
Posted: Mar 29 2012, 10:39 AM by asha | with 10 comment(s)
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Bad Idea Jeans: The Biggest Mistake You Can Make in Your Yale Law School Application
I've been procrastinating about writing on the blog, because the more time that passes since my last post, the more embarrassed I am to come back. "Fell off the wagon" doesn't really do justice to the THREE posts we've been able...
Please Don't Lie
Yes, I've been away from the blog for a while, and my plans for a fall P.S. Boot Camp II got waylaid in light of recruitment travel, flexapp issues, and life in general. Usually, when I come back on the blog after the summer I try to write some cleverly...
Scholarship Deadlines: Truth is Power
Originally posted April 6, 2011. In my last post , I referenced some law schools' practice of giving "exploding" scholarship offers, requiring students to accept a major, full-tuition scholarship offer within a matter of days. Well, as usual...
Oh, Snap! YLS Grads on the Teaching Market
I am a fan of the University of Michigan's A2Z blog, written by Dean Sarah Zearfoss, whom I've quoted before in my posts (and who co-organized our blog panel last May). My admiration has only increased with her recent posts deconstructing on Michigan's...
Apple Trees, Honeybees, and Snow White Turtledoves
I spent the holidays alone , in my office, reading files. Seriously. Not J.D. admissions files (I'm all caught up with you guys!), but L.L.M. files, which are an international bunch. L.L.M. files are...interesting. Especially the transcripts. For...
Technical Matters
We've concluded our recruiting for the season, and I hope that many of you got to see us in person, either at your school or on one of our webinars. I think I've covered most of the questions usually asked in our information sessions at some point...
Posted: Dec 03 2010, 10:23 AM by asha | with 21 comment(s)
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Bad Idea Jeans: Nobody Does It Like Sandra Lee
As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, many of you are putting the finishing touches on your law school applications. You might also be getting a few cooking tips from some of the great chefs at The Food Network. We here at 203 are especially big fans...
P.S. Boot Camp: Reality Check, the Finale
This week we are going to conclude our P.S. Boot Camp series, since it's almost the end of October and many of you have already sent out your applications (I begin reading next week!). Keep in mind that, unlike most schools, Yale's admissions...
P.S. Boot Camp: Sir, Step Away from the Law
Hello, 203 readers. I'm back in town after being on the road for a few information sessions. If you're interested in having some of your questions answered, check out our recruiting schedule to see whether we will be visiting your college this...
P.S. Boot Camp: Overcoming Obstacles...But Not Really (Part II)
OK, back on the wagon here with writing on the blog (sorry, things get hectic with the start of the school year). So, where were we? Oh yes, I think in our last Boot Camp we discussed obstacles versus disappointments , and why it's important to know...
Summer Fun Book Club: Feeling Unsatisfied? Make a Checklist
For this book club selection, we're going to move into nonfiction territory. Like my fiction tastes, my proclivities in nonfiction are kind of all over the place: Indian royalty, personal finance, Renaissance history, and childrearing, are all random...
P.S. Boot Camp: Overcoming Obstacles...But Not Really (Part I)
Sorry I've been away from the blog...we admissions deans take vacations too, and I was in the Great State of Texas for the past week. Love Texas -- I have to be honest, if you like Mexican food, Connecticut is definitely not where it's at. Anyway...
Summer Fun Book Club: Put On Your Tin Foil Hats
As promised, I'm officially kicking off the 203 Summer Fun Book Club. Never mind the fact that it is already the middle of July: my summer starts about now, as we begin wrapping up our transfer applications (and don't be surprised if "Summer...
P.S. Boot Camp; Make Sure You Have More Than One Trick
OK, this week we're going to talk about another one of my least favorite law school personal statements: the One-Trick Pony Essay. Simply put, the OTPE usually involves an applicant who is extremely accomplished in or committed to a particular activity...
P.S. Boot Camp: Don't Argue
OK, it's time to kick off my promised Personal Statement Boot Camp , which is designed to help you avoid some of the major mistakes I see in law school applications, and hopefully give you some ideas of how to make your P.S. better. I'm going...
Summer Fun!
We've been wrapping up the class over the last month or so, and now are pretty much set to coast for the summer. Usually we sign off for the summer, but this year I thought I'd try to do something different: for those of you getting a head start...
Let's Get the Band Back Together
In addition to performing my regular, admissions dean-y duties, I get approached by a variety of media people throughout the year asking for "help." Sometimes these are authors writing books on how to get into law school. Sometimes they are...
Posted: May 21 2010, 10:16 AM by asha | with 5 comment(s)
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Bad Idea...Trousers?
You know, I didn't get around to many BIJ posts this year, mainly because it's been a good season. Applicants were very well-behaved -- even the admitted students who turned down our offers this year (yes, people do turn us down, and it makes...
In the Waiting Room
Since we've been getting quite a few queries from those of you on our wait list, I thought I'd do a quick post and answer some FAQs. First, there's been some scuttlebutt about the number of people we have on the wait list. We keep a fairly...
Posted: Apr 22 2010, 12:10 PM by asha | with 10 comment(s)
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Status Checks, Revisited
As some of you start getting antsy awaiting a decision as the end of admissions season approaches, you might have read my first BIJ post from last year, which exhorted you not to call or write to check on your status. I was admittedly grumpy in my second...
Posted: Mar 08 2010, 05:16 PM by asha | with 9 comment(s)
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We Are the World
We here at 203 are thrilled to know that we aren't the only admissions office on campus that likes to have fun and doesn't take ourselves too seriously: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGn3-RW8Ajk It's technically a plug for Yale College, but...
Posted: Jan 22 2010, 04:30 PM by asha | with 10 comment(s)
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Bad Idea Jeans: Setting Your Pants on Fire
Since I introduced 203's B.I.J. feature last spring, many of you have waited anxiously for the next post, perhaps for no other reason than to discover a new 80's reference you've never heard of as reaffirmation that you're still under...
Now or Later
Dear Asha, I am a senior in college and am planning to work or teach for a year or two after graduation. If I know I will be taking time off, is it better for me to apply now and defer, or wait until I'm ready to go to law school? If the former, how...
Posted: Nov 13 2009, 10:59 AM by asha | with 2 comment(s)
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Let the Games Begin
Summer's over, school has started, and we've got the ball rolling for another admissions season! This year, we've got a few new things up our sleeve. First, we're on Twitter, at www.twitter.com/ylsadmissions . Sign up to receive our tweets...
Posted: Sep 17 2009, 09:43 AM by asha | with 3 comment(s)
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Farewell for the Summer
Well, summer is finally here so it's time for us to bid all of our 203 readers adieu until the fall. We will be back in action around the first week of September, so stay tuned! In the meantime, you can continue to send any questions you have to 203blog...
Posted: May 22 2009, 10:40 AM by asha | with 2 comment(s)
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Changing the Scene
Dear Asha, I am interested in transferring from my current law school to Yale. Do you have any comments for those of us who are willing to make the jump and apply to transfer to YLS? In particular, what are you looking for in a transfer applicant that...
Posted: May 04 2009, 11:40 AM by asha | with 1 comment(s)
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Bad Idea Jeans: Don't Be a Waitlist Freakshow
Some of you may remember the new B.I.J. feature I introduced a couple of months ago. We'll, it's time for a new lesson, as I know many of you are on the wait list (either at Yale or elsewhere, some of this info may still be useful to you). Before...
Mythbusters #14
Dear Asha, I have been admitted to Yale and am a little torn about where to go. Yale has a ton of great opportunities, but I keep hearing that you should only go to Yale if you want to become a professor. I don't think this is the path I want to pursue...
Mythbusters #23
Dear Asha, I have been admitted to Yale, as well as to a few other schools. I'm very excited about my Yale acceptance, but one of the things I keep hearing is that Yale is very "theoretical" and that I won't be able to get a lot of practical...
Bad Idea Jeans: Calling for a Status Update
So it's that time of year when I casually troll through some of the discussion boards out there, just to see what you guys are chatting about. I'm usually amused by some of the "facts" circulating out there -- "Yale has already...
It's Not Over Yet
Dear Asha, I took the LSAT in December, but had to cancel my score. Can I take the LSAT again and still apply this year, or will I need to wait till next year? Thanks, L.M. Dear L.M., You're in luck -- this year, we are accepting February LSAT, so...
Posted: Jan 20 2009, 10:40 AM by asha | with no comments
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The Early Bird...
Dear Asha, I recently received a letter inviting me to apply to YLS (thank you!). However, I've applied early decision at another school, from which I have not yet heard. Should I still apply to Yale? Thanks, L.B. Dear L.B., For those readers who...
Posted: Nov 25 2008, 02:40 PM by asha | with 2 comment(s)
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P.S.
Dear Asha, What do you look for in a personal statement? Everyone I ask tells me that there's no way to answer that, since it is "personal." This isn't very helpful advice. Can you offer any insight? G.P. Dear G.P., I understand your...
Posted: Oct 20 2008, 03:52 PM by asha | with 7 comment(s)
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Sticker Shock
Dear Asha, I'm a senior at a state university (a great school). I made the decision to attend a state school for financial reasons. My parents are middle-class and I learned that I was not going to receive any financial aid from the Ivies. Four years...
New Questions
Dear Asha, I noticed that there are two new questions on the application that ask whether I took an LSAT preparation course or had any assistance in preparing my application. Will it hurt my chances of being admitted if I took an LSAT prep course? Is...
Posted: Sep 05 2008, 11:55 AM by asha | with 2 comment(s)
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Weee're Baaack
So I realize the title of this post is a reference to a movie most of you have probably never seen (but is a classic). But I needed to acknowledge the fact that we did -- let's face it -- fall off the wagon last spring, and for that we apologize to...
Posted: Aug 25 2008, 01:05 PM by asha
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The Billion-Minute Mile
Dear Asha, One of the things that is supposed to be great at YLS is the lack of traditional grades and class rankings. However, I've heard from students at other schools that getting an "H" [Honors] matters as much at Yale as getting an...
The Y-Train is Still in the Station
Dear Asha, Is it too late to apply to Yale Law School? Will I still have a chance to get in if I apply now? C.J. Dear C.J., No, it is not too late to apply, and yes, you still have a chance. First, our application deadline isn't until February 15...
Posted: Feb 06 2008, 10:51 AM by asha
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The 250-Word Albatross
Dear Asha, I know the deadline to apply to YLS is approaching, but I can't seem to figure out what to write about for my 250-word essay. I'm not sure what the Admissions Committee is looking for. Help! S.B. Dear S.B., Sigh. The 250-word essay...
Posted: Jan 23 2008, 10:24 AM by asha
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The 4-1-1 on Your G-P-A
Dear Asha, I took one year off after undergrad and I'm currently in grad school. Will my grades in grad school be weighted the same (or less or greater) than my undergraduate grades? J.J. Dear J.J., Apologies for the three-week hiatus from the blog...
Posted: Jan 03 2008, 02:05 PM by asha
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Reference This
Dear Asha: I have been out of school for several years and am concerned about my recommendations. While I will be able to secure a recommendation from my employer, I also have some recommendations from my undergraduate work filed with a credential service...
Posted: Dec 05 2007, 01:45 PM by asha
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It's a Small World
Dear Asha: Thanks for the opportunity to ask questions. I'm interested in studying International Law, and am excited about YLS's course offerings. I did have some questions, which I'm hoping you might help with. Does YLS allow its students...
The Secret
Dear Asha, I have heard that Yale does not have a traditional Admissions Committee, like at most schools. Can you please explain how the admissions process works? A.D. Dear A.D., Sure thing. Basically, at Yale, the entire permanent faculty -- over 60...
Posted: Nov 08 2007, 10:58 AM by asha
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To Complete, or Not to Complete
Dear Asha, I plan to submit my application within a few days. However, I am just beginning some exciting projects that may come to fruition in the next few months. Depending on the outcomes, I may want to provide additional information to the Admissions...
Posted: Oct 25 2007, 02:01 PM by asha
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The Scoop on Joint Degrees
Dear Asha, I'm interested in designing a joint JD/PhD program with Yale's Department of English. Can you tell me anything about whether Yale encourages individually designed programs? Does my unusual profile make me a more or less desirable candidate...
It's Not You, It's Us
Dear Asha, I received a confirmation e-mail that my application has been received, but have not yet received confirmation that my application is complete. Is this simply because it is early in the admissions season and applications are not yet being considered...
Posted: Oct 11 2007, 04:02 PM by asha
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Confessions of an Admissions Dean
Dear Asha: I am planning on taking the December 2007 LSAT. Will taking the exam so late hurt my chances of gaining admission for Fall 2008? S.K., California Dear S.K., Excellent question. The short answer is no. I realize this contradicts the common wisdom...
Posted: Sep 29 2007, 09:41 PM by asha
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On the Road Again
Dear Asha, I plan to apply to Yale Law School this fall and have some questions about your courses and programs. I’ve looked through your website, but it would be really helpful to talk with someone from the Admissions Office. I live in Atlanta and won...
Posted: Sep 21 2007, 04:55 PM by craigj
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The Paper Chase
Dear Asha, I went to the Washington, D.C. law fair last July and picked up a Yale brochure, but I don’t see an application inside. Where can I get one? T.M. Dear T.M., Thanks for stopping by our table at the D.C. Forum and picking up a viewbook! You can...
Posted: Sep 17 2007, 02:24 PM by sarah
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Welcome to 203!
We know, we know. It seems that there’re just too many law school admissions blogs to read as you prepare to submit your applications this year. Given the amount of “required reading” you have – in addition to studying for the LSAT, writing essays, and...