WishfulThinking (2020-2021)

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Application Information

F - Fee Waiver, A - Attending, W - Withdrawn, D - Deferred
Law School Status Type $$$ Sent Received Complete Decision Updated
Catholic University of America PT graph Accepted W 01/15/08 01/30/08 01/30/08 02/15/08 13 years
American University PT graph Accepted A 01/15/08 01/18/08 01/18/08 02/29/08 13 years
George Mason University PT graph Rejected 01/15/08 01/22/08 01/23/08 02/22/08 13 years

Applicant Information

Public, Top 25
Chemical Engineering

Demographic Information


Extra Curricular Information

A bit about me:

Two years of work experience as a patent examiner at the USPTO

B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering, 3.1 major QPA
Minors in Petroleum Engineering, Chemistry, and French
Two full years of undergraduate research in petroleum, catalysis, nanotechnology, and environmental engineering.
International research experience at a French 'grande-ecole'.

As a disgruntled engineer, I started this law school application attempt hoping for the best with my less-than-stellar-QPA...there actually is a good reason for it in my case but a bad QPA is still a bad QPA.

Began the law school application process in 2005-2006 cycle but withdrew all of my applications since I received a job offer from the USPTO. Thanks to them, I decided to postpone law school until now; they'll start paying for it this year!

I'm well aware that with my current stats, I've got a snowball's chance in Hell of getting into most if not all of the schools I've listed here. Still, I'm trying to be optimistic...

...and often fail at it...

Post-undergrad organizations: Jaycees (on the Board of Directors), Phi Sigma Rho Zeta Chapter Alumnae Association (Treasurer and Webmaster), Society of Petroleum Engineers, and principal flute in a local community band

Undergrad activities: AIChE (secretary), Phi Sigma Rho Engineering Sorority (Vice President), Society of Petroleum Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, University Symphony Orchestra

Worked two jobs throughout undergrad career; a position in the biostatistics department and as a home care provider for an autistic child.


Latest updates...

Due to a severe medical issue, I have been forced to defer my admission for this year. So there is a nice slot open in the PT program for all of you waitlisters; thought you might take some comfort in knowing that.

Good luck to all of you applying this year. For those of you applying to American for a Fall 2009 start, I hope to see you in the evening program! Bonne chance, tout le monde!

The application process thus far...

1/15/08 - Submitted applications to Catholic, American, and Mason via the LSAC service.

1/18/08 - Received email from American saying that my application was received and to contact their admissions office if the status of my app on LSAC doesn't change in 3 weeks.

1/22/08 - Received email from GMU telling me that they have yet to receive my form for requesting in-state tuition rates.

1/23/08 - Received another email from GMU stating that my application is complete and is in their review process but that they do not expect to have a decision for me prior to February. They then asked me to notify them if I am scheduled to take the Feb. LSAT; I am not registered for it so it doesn't matter...

1/30/08 - Email from CUA telling me that my application is complete and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

2/15/08 - Acceptance email from CUA. Apparently, it is possible to get accepted to law school with shoddy grades and a personal statement involving Santa Claus... ;-) Am very happy with this news and if the admissions counselors are reading this, THANKS and I love you!!

2/15/08 - I actually contacted American today to see if I was rejected yet and if I wasn't, to set up a campus visit. Called them a few hours before the email from CUA came through. Incidentally, my application hasn't been processed yet and could take 3-4 more weeks before a decision is reached. Just thought those of you who applied around the time I did might find that info useful.

2/16/08 - Received the full admissions packet from CUA via snail mail. Also am getting tons of emails regarding admitted student visits and other assorted things.

2/20/08 - Got an email from American stating that my application was up for review. Please pray for good news from them...

2/22/08 - Dinged from George Mason via snail mail. Small, thin envelope that just reeked of rejection. Have to say it wasn't unexpected but I'd hoped to be waitlisted at the very least. Ironically, this came in mere days after they received my application for in-state tuition rates. Guess my hopes are riding on American now...

2/25/08 - Visited American, did the tour, and sat in on a 1L patent class. So if admissions officers from WCL are trolling this site, you know who I am! Yep, I'm the girl that came in and asked if you could tell me if I was rejected yet so that I could still make it to work on time. :-) I'll be honest here; you guys were very nice to me as opposed to the half dozen other schools I visited. So if you admission folks out there feel that a fruit basket, bottle of wine, or virgin sacrifice may help you make your decision regarding my application, please let me know. I can get such offerings to you within the week.

We can enter negotiations regarding first-born children if you feel that would be more appropriate, but please be aware that it will take me more time to come up with one of those compared with the fruit basket or virgin sacrifice. First-born kids could be arranged but I can pick up a virgin sacrifice in a giffy just by paying a visit to the engineer computer lab I lived in for four years. Just a thought...

3/1/08 - Got a card from the law student at American who handled the tour earlier this week that thanked me for coming. Have to say getting the small envelope in the mail freaked me out for a second...

3/3/08 - Accepted at American! Got the letter via priority mail. Am absolutely thrilled and after how the visit went last week, it is likely that I'll be going here in the fall. :-)

Visitor Comments

  • You will do fine
  • Wednesday, November 30 2005 at 05:00 AM

this cycle, add a half point to your gpa because your major was engineering. I will be rooting for you.

- partyguy708
  • Hi
  • Saturday, December 03 2005 at 03:26 PM

I was doing a search of people with similar stats to see what law schools they are applying. The only one we seem to have in common is Franklin Pierce. I doubt I'll go there but who knows, maybe I'll see you there!

- loddus
  • Hi
  • Thursday, December 15 2005 at 04:37 AM

I'm a chemistry major interested in patent law too. I'm applying at Pitt too. You might want to apply to Santa Clara University, it is known for it's technology/IP law, as well as Chicago-Kent. Good luck!

- asn6
  • wishing you the best, in the same boat
  • Saturday, January 21 2006 at 05:16 AM

Hi, I am will be graduating in May'06 with a degree in Chemical Engineering, from UMD College park. I want to be a patent lawyer too and am hoping to get a job at USPTO , hopefully in late '06. Congrats on all your success, glad to see a fellow Chem E thinking along similar lines, you inspire me !!

- Greg
  • Numbers
  • Friday, November 09 2007 at 06:25 AM

We're pretty close in numbers. I'll keep an eye on you. Good luck!

- ahhsprewyou
  • Thanks
  • Wednesday, January 30 2008 at 05:21 PM

Thanks for the encouraging words and Yes, I did go complete today at CUA. Like you said hopefully my Grad Degree ( I wish they counted grad gpa really bad ) and work experience can put me over the top. Good luck to you i'm sure you'll get in.

- logged user
  • Congrats!
  • Friday, February 15 2008 at 10:25 AM

I've been watching your acceptances because we both have really similar numbers. I too started off in a science background (chemistry) so I know how hard-fought a 2.8 is! Congrats on getting into Catholic. I got my acceptance today too.

- nativedelta
  • Sorry to hear
  • Sunday, February 24 2008 at 06:32 PM

Sorry to hear about Mason. They're my top choice. I've been complete since 1/10/08 and still haven't had an word at all. All the law school forums are having a hard time gaging what GMU wants this cycle. Don't fret; Catholic still loves you. Good luck with American!

- nativedelta
  • Sorry to hear
  • Sunday, February 24 2008 at 06:34 PM

Sorry to hear about Mason. They're my top choice. I've been complete since 1/10/08 and still haven't had an word at all. All the law school forums are having a hard time gaging what GMU wants this cycle. Don't fret; Catholic still loves you. Good luck with American!

- nativedelta
  • Thanks
  • Monday, March 03 2008 at 04:36 PM

Good Luck with American. I hope to see you there next year in the PT Program.

- k-squared
  • Way 2 Go!
  • Tuesday, March 04 2008 at 01:05 PM

Congrats on American. I will be there this fall as well. Are you as excited about having $180,000 in loans as I am? LOL

- dshbored82
  • Love to hear more about American
  • Wednesday, March 05 2008 at 03:51 AM

I would love to hear your impressions of American. I left my e-mail for you; if you wouldn't mind, could you drop me a line and let me know in detail why you fell so in love with the campus? I've been reading all kinds of mixed reviews from posts over the last 4 years. I feel like someone with an academic background similar to mine would have an opinion that that might resonate more with me. Thanks! And the GMU reject stings less; at least I'm in good company. ;)

- nativedelta
  • ...and congrats!!!
  • Wednesday, March 05 2008 at 03:52 AM

Just saw you got in to American! Way to go. Last night I came home to find a white packet with American's return address stamped on the front. I got all excited until I opened it to discover it was a flier for their annual used piano sale. That hurt.

- nativedelta

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