12/22/05 - Rejected from FCSL and the letter was in the mail before my LSDAS report was sent out.
1/3/06 - Requested another review of my file at Florida Coastal since they rushed their first decision.
1/13/06 - Called NCCU about the completion of my file and was told that it is not complete. Due to the holiday break they are behind processing them.
1/17/06 - Called Cooley and spoke with my assigned counselor (identified in a letter that I received) about the completion of my file. My file still is not complete, however I was told that the LSAT minimum was dropped from 145 to 142 for the Fall 2006 admission process. I had a great conversation with this guy. He said that from the looks of my scores (index) I will get in. Not exactly where I want to be this Fall, but its the first step in showing these schools that the LSAT is wrong. (At least in my case) However, I will wait to shout when it actually comes in.
1/18/06 - Got an email from NCCU stating that my file was complete and is under review.
1/21/06 - Attended the open house for Charleston School of Law today. I must say, I've attended about 4 open houses at various schools, and I have never felt more welcomed than I did today from the Charleston family. I say family because that's exactly the vibe that you get from the moment you step foot into the place. From the Dean, Assistant Dean, Faculty to students, they truly made time for every sinlge person that entered that room. Nice place.
1/22/06 - I just received an email from Florida Coastal's Dean of Admissions stating that my file is being reviewed again. As soon as a new decision is made they will contact me by phone. I guess my request worked.
1/23/06 - Received an appointment to interview with the Dean of Admissions at Charleston School of Law.
1/23/06 - It's not official as of yet, but I am in at Cooley. I received an email from my counselor and it said to look in my mailbox this week and I will be happy. Hooray!!! No thank you JESUS I'm in somewhere.
1/23/06 - I have to say this. This is what happens when you let go and let God. Miraculous things begin to happen. First Coastal reconsidering my application and now Cooley. Since I entered the military and got married at the age of 19, I have always had to be in control of every aspect of my life to be successul. This control increased even more when I became a Sergeant and had the responsibility of leading and being an example for my soldiers. I will tell you one thing. If I haven't learned anything, I have learned that I am not in control he is, and everytime I try to manipulate this process I fail (last year is a great example of that). So, I said that to say this. Be encouraged, let go of trying to be in control and listen to the little voice that is always there to comfort you and give the best advice during this process, and know that it is not your voice that is speaking.
1/23/06 - Well it's official. I got home checked the box and the big manilla envelope was there. I am in at Cooley. The letter was dated 1/17/06, the day I called my counselor about whether or not my file was complete. Oh yeah, I also got a 25% tuition scholarship.
1/25/06 - I received an email from Ohio Northern stating that my file is complete.
1/27/06 - I was interviewed by Charleston Law's Dean of Admissions today. He was impressed with my file (military experience, etc...). I believe the file spoke for itself, because there was little discussion about the score. Except to commend me for the 6 point increase. He informed me that statistics show that increases are rare on repeat tests (increaes of this magnitude at least). He asked how I did it. I told him not by Kaplan, but by self study on the job, at home, etc... Out of the 35 minutes, at least 25 went on explaining why the parttime program exists, who it is geared for, and how it may be the best start for me, due to my obligations at home, etc... All in all it went well. After all he asked if I would accept parttime over full. Heck yeah, I said. I feel better about this one than about Carolina. Help me claim this victory. Keep me in your prayers y'all.
2/8/06 - To all of my low LSAT peers. I am a true testimony that we can get into law school. Today, I received an acceptance from Florida Coastal School of Law. Yes, I said FCSL. The school that rejected me on 12/22/05. According to the letter dated 1/30/06, they stated that their acceptance "recognizes the previous success that [I] have had, and demonstrates [their] expectation that [I] will succeed in [my] future academic pursuits." God is good.
1/9/06 - Today, I will officially decline my acceptance to Cooley. It's sad because I am truly grateful to Cooley for being the first to say hey, you are worth the try. Okay maybe they say that to everyone. However, in my case it meant something to me. I knew then that despite the odds, I would have been going to law school. Thank you all for yor continued support. Now, let's wait to see who else will say yes, with a 141 average you are still worth the try.
Any information on FCSL would really help me out. Thanks.
2/14/0 6 - Happy Valentine's Day to all.
What is up with North Carolina Central University? Can't they make a decision? Absolutely no one has heard from them. I am tempted to pull another Cooley and make some contacts. Boy is this a long wait.
I feel like a straight up addict. I can't stay off of this site. Take care everyone.
2/15/06 - Received an email today from Charlotte Law about their upcoming information session for Prospective students.
Listen! If it is not saying Welcome, come on in and get your acceptance, don't bother getting me excited about receiving an email. Have a nice day y'all.
2/26/06 - I see that NCCU finally made 1 decision. I hope that mine is on the way. If you know anything about this school, drop me a line and let me know.
3/7/06 - This whole process is killing me. I'm only 108 lbs (ok 104) and I can't eat and could barely sleep. I need to know. I'm holding on to the last minute before I send in my seat deposit to Coastal. I want Coastal because it seems like a great school, but I am so divided on this thing that I can't think straight.
Anyway, if logging on to this site was grounds to be fired from my job, I would have been fired the day I created my account. This thing is addictive and my decision will only come in my mailbox, not here. Hmmmmm.... So, since I know this already, why I continue to check it is beyond me. Be blessed everyone.
3/11/06 - Received a rejection from Charlotte Law today.
They said to " please be assured that this decision is in no way a judgement that [I] will not be successful in the study of law. Unfortunately, the limited number of seats for the entering class forces [them] to deny admission to many promising applicants. Surely a bright professional future is ahead of [me].
I couldn't agree more with the last sentence and totally understand their position. I'm not upset about it at all. The application was free and I was just trying to get in somewhere in the NC, SC, FL area. Besides the thought of being in the very first class, and using only private funds in another state was a bit scary for me.
Well, to all that made it into Charlotte Law, congratulations and much success in your studies.
3/16/06 - Received an email today From FCSL inviting me to the minority recruitment event. It's the weekend of March 30 - April 2, and hotel accomodations are paid for. This is great. Anyone else received this invitation? Are you going?
3/21/06 - Called Charleston today and was told that my file was reviewed in January, but no decision has been made. I knew this from my interview, but I hoped to hear something good. Well, no news is good news. I guess.
3/23/06 - I've heard absolutely nothing from Campbell and NCCU. Both files have been complete 2 months now. The few decisions that NCCU has made (rejections) is crazy. These people look like they were guaranteed spots. I'm not concerned though. Campbell, however, I am terrified because this is the one school that I would attend in North carolina. They interview everyone and I have yet to receive an interview requests. Oh well, the wait continues.
4/3/06 - Good day everyone. I guess a break from LSN for the entire weekend is what I needed. I feel much better about this whole thing this week. Last week I was in the slums. Thanks to a good LSN friend and my family, it's all good. Besides, I AM GOING TO LAW SCHOOL. Have a wonderful day y'all.
4/10/06 - No decisions have been made yet from those pending. However, I am receiving a ton of emails from FCSL. I know th deposit is due in 5 days. I wish they would just relax and allow me to do the same. If it is not mailed before the 15th, it will definately be postmarked on that day. If only I could get the email that I want from Charleston. Have great day y'all and when I know, you'll be the first to know.
4/17/06 - Well I visited FCSL last week and liked what I saw. With the exception of the condition of the current location, I am pleased and think that it is a good fit for me. Besides the building is not of much concern to me, the quality of education tops my list. So, needless to say my deposit was made and as of this moment I will be attending FCSL.
4/18/06 - I received a call from Ohio Northern today about my fulltime regular admission acceptance. Unfortunately, I am not interested in ONU. Therefore, I will continue to wait on Charleston while holding off on packing my bags for FCSL. Truly all I can say is Ye, instead of Yeah!!!! with this one.
4/21/06 - Well the check cleared for Coastal. This may be my final "resting place". Although it may not seem like it. I am grateful to just be going to law school. Have a great day everyone.
5/1/06 - So, I just got an email from Ms. Bechtold of NCCU stating that the Dean wanted her to email me because they sent out the worng decision letter to me dated 4/28/06. She said a new one will be mailed out today and if I have a fax she will fax me a copy of it. How ghetto is that. So, now I wait for the fax to come through. Hmmmmmmm, what will it be.
5/1/06 - Well, it's official. I am in at NCCU's day program. If I weren't set on Charleston, this would have been a tough decision. I wish they could just show me the money!!! With my score, it is highly unlikely.
5/1/06 - Okay in the turmoil I was going through with being accepted at NCCU, I forgot to tell you guys that Charleston said yes also. Not so fast though. I only got into the parttime program. I know that I was sure Charleston would be the place and I knew that PT was already offered to me, but I have changed my mind.
After this long drawn out cycle, I am ready to get it over with. Do my time and graduate. Although, I have not heard from Campbell yet, they are out of the question unless they "SHOW ME THE MONEY". That is highly unlikely, so their out. That leaves NCCU vs. FCSL. Ohhhhhhh, what do I do?
5/4/06 - Okay, I've only come to one conclusion thus far and here it goes. Charleston is not the place for me. As said before, I am ready to start and finish. My decision will come soon.
5/8/06 - I've made a decision! I've made a decision! After I thought they were out of the way, I have decided afterall to attend Charleston School of Law. My decision is based on what I saw in their packet over the weekend. Because they are fully aware of this site, I cannot disclose "that thing" here. Believe me when I say that it is an offer I cannot refuse.
Thank you all for assisting in this decision making process. I'm sure that all of the schools that I have been stressed over are great schools indeed. However, after this, Charleston afterall is the place for me.
Best wishes to you all.
For all of the new applicants who will read this profile, your dreams too can come true. See the example above.
6/28/06 - It is so nice to finally be able to relax. At least for a little while. I still haven't heard anything from Campbell. I didn't officially withdraw, although it is indicated above. I thought for the money I gave them, I need to know if they said yes or no. You would think that they would have made up their minds already considering my scores. Anyway, all is well here, and I pray that it's the same for you all too. Best wishes to you all.
For all of you who asked and I didn't want to tell. Yes, Charleston gave me money.
9/7/06 - Hello everyone,
I just thought I'd drop a couple of lines since I have 1 minute to do so. Well, what can I say. Law school is tough, but I'm loving it. I know now that I made the best decision regarding the school that I chose. My family and I couldn't be happier and most of all, NO STUDENT LOANS NEEDED.
For those of you who are just beginning this process, Good luck, read my blog and know that you too can make it into law school.
Last but not least. LSAT scores do not matter once you've gain entry into school. No one discusses it and could care less. Also, the LSAT in my case was wrong. I am ahead of the game in reading, briefing cases, etc.. I am truly proud of myself. Charleston School of Law's faculty members ARE THE BEST.
Until next time,
11/09/06 - I just thought I'd stop by and give you all an update on my progress in law school.
All is well. My first memo grade was wonderful and as of today, I am a new member of the Charleston School of Law's Honor Council. I interviewed a couple of weeks ago and was selected today. Wow!
I hope that everyone is doing well also. For those who are starting the waiting game, best wishes.
I JUST THOUGHT I WOULD LET YOU ALL KNOW THAT THE CHARLESTON SCHOOL OF LAW IS NOW ACCREDITED.