Trafalgar1805 (2017-2018)

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Application Information

F - Fee Waiver, A - Attending, W - Withdrawn, D - Deferred
Law School Status Type $$$ Sent Received Complete Decision Updated
Hofstra University F graph Accepted A $165,000 10/06/17 10/10/17 -- 12/08/17 1 year
Fordham University graph Rejected 02/10/18 -- -- 04/17/18 1 year
Villanova University F graph Accepted W $90,000 10/06/17 10/07/17 -- 12/14/17 1 year
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill graph Accepted W 02/10/18 -- -- 03/29/18 1 year
New York Law School F graph Accepted W $150,000 10/06/17 10/09/17 -- 11/10/17 1 year
St. John's University F graph Accepted W $97,500 10/06/17 10/17/17 -- 12/20/17 1 year
University of Notre Dame graph Accepted W $30,000 10/06/17 10/09/17 -- 12/12/17 1 year
University of Southern California F graph Rejected 10/15/17 10/15/17 -- 01/30/18 1 year
Brooklyn Law School F graph Accepted W $54,000 10/06/17 10/07/17 -- 12/08/17 1 year
University of Miami F graph Accepted W 10/06/17 10/09/17 -- 10/09/17 1 year
Boston College graph Rejected 10/06/17 10/07/17 -- 11/30/17 1 year

Applicant Information

Small Private
N/A out of N/A

Demographic Information

New York
In Undergrad

Extra Curricular Information

LGBT Applicant.
Strong Softs/Essays.
Strong Letters of Rec.


Only took the LSAT once.
Scholarships listed are 3 year total.

Originally decided on Villanova, but after visiting Philadelphia and taking a second look at the school, I really wasn't satisfied. Hofstra has connections in LI/NYC and offered me a full tuition scholarship.

If you have any questions for me about the process, or why I made certain decisions, please don't hesitate to ask! Go Hofstra!

10/6 - All Applications sent.
10/9 - Accepted to Miami law via email.
10/23 - St. John's requested an Optional Video Interview.
10/26 - St. John's Interview Completed.
11/10 - Accepted to New York Law with a full-tuition scholarship via email.
11/30 - Rejected from Boston College via email.
12/4 - Received a letter from Miami Law recognizing my withdrawal. In my opinion, Miami Law was not worth paying full price.
12/8 - Accepted to Hofstra Law with a full-tuition scholarship via email. Also, accepted to Brooklyn Law with an annual scholarship of $18,000 via email.
12/12 - Notre Dame status checker changed to "Decision Made" and listed the dates for deposit fees. I think that means an acceptance is on it's way!
12/13 - Officially accepted to Notre Dame Law via email.
12/14 - Accepted to Villanova Law via phone call. Took an extremely personalized approach to admissions, and read back all the things about my application that they liked.
12/20 - Accepted to St. John's Law with an annual scholarship of $30,000 via email. Also, withdrew from Brooklyn Law. Taking their scholarship offer, and my other acceptances into consideration, Brooklyn Law didn't seem worth it.
1/2 - Requested additional funds for housing and living expenses from New York Law, but I was turned down. I spoke with a Dean on the phone and he said they do not offer additional funding for any reason.
1/30 - Rejected from USC after more than a 3 month wait. The rejection was very much expected, and the school was one of my least favorite choices due to its regional placement.
2/2 - Received an email from Villanova telling me that I was awarded the Dean's Merit Scholarship. It is an annual scholarship of $30,000.
2/8 - Filled out a Scholarship Reconsideration form for St. John's. Hoping they offer more money.
2/10 - Applied to Fordham and UNC. Both are great schools, and I am interested to see my outcome.
2/13 - Filled out the Supplemental Application for UNC. Also submitted a "Why Carolina?" essay over email.
2/17 - Received my Scholarship Letter from Notre Dame. Awarded 30k in total. Even though it seems small, I was happy to be given any award because of my LSAT score.
2/19 - Requested additional funds for housing and living expenses from Hofstra Law.
2/26 - St. John's increased my scholarship $2,500 annually. Not the increase that I was looking for, and it put St. John's at the bottom of my list.
2/28 - Requested additional scholarship funding from Villanova. I have a phone meeting scheduled with the Dean of Admissions on 3/5.
3/16 - Villanova denied my request for additional scholarship money. However, the assistant dean for admissions was extremely kind about it. Villanova has continued to remain very personal and caring throughout the entire process thus far.
3/29 - Accepted to UNC! Very unexpected surprise this late in the cycle.
4/15 - Withdrew from all programs and decided to attend Hofstra!

Visitor Comments

  • St. John's Scholarship
  • Wednesday, February 14 2018 at 01:31 PM

Hey I was just wondering if were you emailed a Scholarship Reconsideration form or did you just send an email negotiating?

- LILaw
  • @LILaw
  • Wednesday, February 14 2018 at 02:46 PM

I sent an email to St. John's about increasing my scholarship, and they told me about the scholarship reconsideration form available on their website. Go to the "Admitted Students" section of the website and scroll down to "Scholarship and Financial Aid Information." You will see a link to the form. Hope this helps!

- Trafalgar1805
  • Hofstra
  • Wednesday, March 28 2018 at 01:06 PM

Hey! I was wondering why you chose Hofstra over St.Johns or NYLS or Brooklyn?

- BabsMS
  • @BabsMS
  • Thursday, March 29 2018 at 08:47 PM

Hofstra gave a full ride and I am from Long Island, so that's what pulls me to it. It has good programs and strong placement in NY--I know students in the program and they really enjoy it. St. Johns only gave me about a year and half, and quite honestly I don't see much difference between the 2 programs. I also find St. Johns to be very interested in criminal/government and I don't want to do that. Brooklyn only gave me a year, so that was out right away. And NYLS isn't connected to a larger university, so I would rather go to Hofstra that has an older history and a stronger alumni network. I feel as if NYLS has a tough time competing in NYC compared to all the schools in the direct proximity. If you also couldn't tell, I'm not really a person concerned with USNWR ranks, so it doesn't bother me that Brooklyn and St. Johns are technically "better." Hope this helped!

- Trafalgar1805
  • Monday, April 02 2018 at 01:04 PM

This helped so much actually as I'm considering Hofstra at the moment but Still unsure what I'm going to do. I've heard people say that because Hofstra is not on LI that it's harder getting a job in Manhattan post graduation which is the thing that makes me most nervous. The point you make in regards to network since it's part of a larger university makes sense and would give it a larger alumni. Keep me posted on what you decide/feel free to PM me, we might end up being part of the same class! Thank you!

- BabsMS

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