Basically, standardized tests and I don't get along. I like to keep telling myself that a 153 is above the national 50th percentile, :) so it's all good. I faired about the same on the SAT. I explained in an addendum that standardized test scores are not indicative of my academic abilities. My personal statement was also about perseverance. Hopefully, law schools will reward my hard work ethic. Only time will tell. Wish me luck!
1/19/08 Rejected at UC Hastings via small white letter...what a shocker! haha. Ive pretty much come to terms with the idea that UOP is my only hope...and it's not even guaranteed!
2/1/08 Received an email from Florida Coastal even though I didn't apply there. They want me to call them and are offering $12,000/year. It's definitely nice to know that somebody wants me, but I don't think I'm gonna take 'em up on it.
2/23/08 Yay! A non-rejection, haha. American waitlisted me which is surprising because they rejected applicants with much stronger numbers. I won't hold my breath, because they still have to review tons, but I would drop everything if I got in.
2/25/08 A dream come true!!!! I got into Loyola Law School's Day Division! This is unbelievable! There is hope for low LSATers. Oh, and if you're going to try to rain on my parade, go ahead and save your breath. I'M GOING TO LAW SCHOOL BABY!!!
3/1/08 I hate small white envelopes. Rejected at UC Davis.
I really wanna go to American, but I'll count my blessings...
3/9/08 Waitlisted at U of Oregon. I wish I had been rejected, haha j/k (yeah, I know--I should be careful what I wish for...). It would've made my life much simpler. They want me to send a letter of intent to enroll, and from what the letter sounds like, there's a decent chance I'll get admitted. Going there would save me $40 k of indebtedness...*sigh* I dunno =*(.
3/21/08 Just got back from visiting Loyola. I was a little turned off by it. The area around it is kinda ghetto, and the traffic was horrific. The school's architecture was odd, and there was a wall around the semi-small campus in the middle of nowhere. On the other hand, L.A. is obviously a very dynamic city, and there's a lot to do outside of the immediate campus area. There are housing options within 15 minutes driving. They also had a parking structure that accommodates 1000 cars or so (for their 1200 member school). I left a bit unsure of my ultimate impression. I'm going to visit Oregon within 2 weeks and American within 3.
4/3/08 Just got back from Oregon...loved it! The law school building was unbelievable (funded by Nike CEO), and the campus was also very nice. I will admit that the weather was abnormally pleasant, though still a bit cold. I like the idea of being able to utilize the Rec Cen on campus and living very close to school. Having fun-loving undergrads is also somewhat reduces stress to an extent (vs. being constantly with law students). However, job prospects aren't so good in the area, and Eugene is a pretty small town.
4/9/08 Saw American and liked it a lot. The surrounding area was nice and the law school was as well. Rather expensive, however. Still top of remaining choices, but I won't hold my breath.
4/10/08 Rejected at Hawaii.
Well, my cycle is essentially over...even if I were to get into UOP, I wouldn't go--unless I received a large grant, which I don't see happening.
I sent my first deposit into Loyola the other day; however, I would still likely go to UO or American if I get in off the waitlist.
Either which way, Im happy with the cycles outcome...If someone would have offered me a spot at Loyola vs. rolling the dice and seeing where I get in, I definitely wouldve accepted Loyola. That being said, it has been a success :)