aha949 (2016-2017)

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Application Information

F - Fee Waiver, A - Attending, W - Withdrawn, D - Deferred
# Law School Status Type $$$ Sent Received Complete Decision Updated
1 Pace University F graph Accepted A 09/15/11 -- 10/27/11 11/10/11 6 years

Applicant Information

152
3.35
3.6
Private
Liberal Arts
N/A

Demographic Information

N/A
New York
African American
Female
Yes
3-4 Years

Extra Curricular Information

Midnight Run (Feeding and clothing the Homeless)
Worked Full-time thru Undergrad

ADDITIONAL INFO & UPDATES

Retaking LSAT Oct. 2011...

Well, took the Oct LSAT @ Columbia University yesterday and now waiting for an improved score. This is my 7th and FINAL time taking the LSAT. Found LG manageable for the first time (except for a horrid "bikes" game) and the sheer length of one LR stem (parallel reasoning) that took up the ENTIRE side of a page almost shook me...Otherwise, feeling confident. Only applied to Pace Law (January 2012 Accelerated Program) and have already received an invite from the Dean of Admissions to attend LatinoJustice Law Day next Saturday...Good luck to all this cycle.

Well, my file @ Pace remains incomplete pending my Oct. LSAT score. I expect they'll be released either tomorrow or Saturday. I only applied to Pace. (Seriously wanted Brooklyn Law but the present disruption in my life--and a 152--told me that it would be wiser to retake and apply to Pace's January 2012 start program. I feel like I've lost SO much time trying to "ace" this LSAT that I need to start law school ASAP). Anyway, Pace is a strong school and expected to move into the top 100 soon...I'll take it. Wishing the score and acceptance into the school of your dreams to all those waiting for October LSAT scores...Until then, PARTY like a rock star. There won't be MUCH time for that when school begins....

Ok, maybe I was overconfident on the October LSAT-to my detriment. I scored lowered than June's test. My file is now complete @ Pace...so 152 it is (although they will see my many other attempts/scores). Anyway, they were gracious enough to remind me that my highest score is what they'll be considering and they've invited me to the Fall Open House on November 12. I'm looking forward to beginning classes in Jan but I'm officially DONE with ever attempting the LSAT again. Obviously, it's not my "lane..."

My stomach is literally "in knots." Checked Pace's application status checker last night and a "decision has been mailed/sent" effective yesterday's date (11/10/11). Of course, it doesn't help that there is NO mail delivery today (Veteran's Day) so...I'm scheduled to attend the Open House tomorrow at Pace, I'll spend the day wondering if I'm "in" or not. Since I'm "local" my decision letter will most likely be in the mail tomorrow afternoon when I return. Fingers are crossed as Pace is the ONLY school I applied to....*sigh* Have a good holiday all (and SHOUT OUT to ALL who have serve(d)......:)

Just returning home from Pace's Open House. I must say that the FACULTY of Pace is OUTSTANDING: very supportive, eager to dialogue; made rounds and sat at the tables and talked with all of the prospective students and their families. I want in even now more than ever!! I started worrying that I might be getting a reject letter so I was eager to get home and nervous at the same time. Opened my mailbox and NOTHING from Pace....Guess I'll have to wait for the "decision" until Monday! Have a great weekend all!

11/14/11--WTH?!?! Still haven't received letter from Pace...

11/15/11: ACCEPTED at Pace!! This is one of the GREATEST days of my LIFE!! Thank you Jesus/God!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Visitor Comments

  • Good Luck!
  • Tuesday, October 04 2011 at 12:42 PM

I can't imagine taking the LSAT 7 times. Taking it once was sheer horror, twice was vomit inducing. I'm sure your persistence will pay off in the form of an acceptance at Pace! I wish you luck in your career and in life!

- Ignoramusaurus
  • Re: Good Luck!
  • Tuesday, October 04 2011 at 01:42 PM

Thank you very much! I wish you the same!! :)

- aha949
  • Thanks
  • Wednesday, October 05 2011 at 12:47 PM

I'm glad that I can place the LSAT behind me. Don't want to revisit that again. I'm applying to a lot of schools just to keep my options open and most of them are out of my league but I figure I should try anyways. Good luck on your October LSAT and I hope everything works out with Pace.

- MY3256
  • To MY3256
  • Sunday, October 09 2011 at 06:08 AM

Yeah, the LSAT has been the veritable "thorn in my flesh," but I was DETERMINED to get into Law School. Stay positive, believe in yourself and ALWAYS shoot for the stars. Wishing you all the best...:)

- aha949
  • 7 times??
  • Sunday, October 16 2011 at 08:23 PM

wow 7!! Crazy! Pace should be a slam dunk! Good Luck!

- BLACKMAN1
  • @ Blackman1
  • Tuesday, October 18 2011 at 09:00 AM

Thank you kindly, Sir...

- aha949
  • Thank you
  • Wednesday, October 19 2011 at 09:01 AM

Thank you for the words of encouragement. Good luck this cycle!

- babyetimo
  • Tuesday, October 25 2011 at 10:47 PM

How did u do ?

- Niesene
  • Just curious
  • Thursday, October 27 2011 at 06:24 PM

What were your 7 scores if you don't mind me asking?

- cooljack
  • @ Niesene & Cooljack
  • Friday, October 28 2011 at 07:12 PM

I didn't do as well as I'd liked, but...My scores were: 137, 140, 141, 146, 147, 152, 150...

- aha949
  • LSAT
  • Friday, November 11 2011 at 08:06 AM

Well, your score improvements are great and should get you in! Most people/studies say your score doesn't improve by much when retaking it, but you went from 137-152. A 15 point difference is nothing to sneeze at when it comes to the LSAT! Good luck with everything! :)

- bethbeth519
  • To bethbeth519
  • Friday, November 11 2011 at 07:01 PM

I read that same info awhile ago saying that it's rare, if not possible, for someone to improve more than 5 points no matter how many times they attempt the LSAT. If nothing else, I'm personally proud of THAT achievement. It means a lot to ME (even if it means nothing to law schools)! Thank you and, of course, I wish you every success and entrance into a great law school!!!! :)

- aha949
  • to bethbeth519
  • Friday, November 11 2011 at 07:03 PM

meant *impossible*

- aha949
  • You should be...
  • Saturday, November 12 2011 at 12:26 PM

VERY proud! I would think that the improvement in your scores would prove to admissions committees that you've got the stuff (drive/determination) to succeed! Nonetheless, thanks for the well wishes! I appreciate that! :)

- bethbeth519
  • congrats!
  • Tuesday, November 15 2011 at 12:32 PM

congrats on pace!!!

- hope31
  • Nice!
  • Tuesday, November 15 2011 at 02:37 PM

Congats on Pace!

- luvya683
  • Thanks...
  • Wednesday, November 16 2011 at 06:51 AM

for the Congrats all! Wishing the best for you this cycle too! :)

- aha949
  • Thank you very much
  • Saturday, November 19 2011 at 05:37 PM

Thanks, Congrats on your acceptance into Pace. Many blessings.

- dlem
  • Saturday, November 19 2011 at 05:52 PM

hey, congrants on your acceptance!! also, really curious how you were able to write 7 times w/ the max 3 per 2 year limit. thanks in advance.

- glenlouvelle
  • @glenlouvelle
  • Saturday, November 19 2011 at 06:22 PM

I took the LSAT Feb 07, Dec '07, Feb 08. Then I tested Feb '09, Feb '10 and had fee waivers to test June '11 and Oct '11....(I think I have broken the record and I KNOW for a fact that I loathe FEBRUARY exams...)

- aha949
  • Thanx...
  • Saturday, November 19 2011 at 06:24 PM

for the "Congrats" and ESPECIALLY the "blessings..." (dlem) :)

- aha949
  • Monday, November 21 2011 at 03:46 AM

Congratulations to you too, what made you decide to go to Pace?

- luvya683
  • Congats!
  • Monday, November 21 2011 at 12:25 PM

Thank you for the encouragement and congratulations on your acceptance fellow sista!

- strongblackwoman
  • To Luvya683...
  • Monday, November 21 2011 at 02:04 PM

Well, besides the fact that I live in Westchester County, I feel Pace has VERY strong clinics (providing lots of opportunities to gain practical experience, something, among other things, that is crucial to gaining employment after graduation).I plan on becoming a District Attorney and Pace has a solid network/reputation in Westchester with the District Attorney's Office ( & the Bronx too!) Also, I'm raising my last child (13 yrs. old) and although I've had offers to other schools over the last several years in other states, I neither want to uproot my last child (or leave my other children) in New York.I've always wanted to earn my law degree and practice in New York!! I've been "rejected" by Pace twice before (and this year I looked really hard @ Brooklyn Law)but the January Accelerated Program really attracted me (as I feel I've lost SO much time just trying to get accepted) that it made the choice even easier. I had a few loose ends I needed to tie up in my life (going thru a divorce and getting re-situated) so the timing was right. I wouldn't have been able to start studies @ Brooklyn or ANY Law school this past Aug./Sept. All in all, it worked out well (finally) and I'm going to apply myself with everything that's in me to get everything out of a Pace legal education that I can. Trying to find out what's the deal with a/any scholly offer....Will keep u ladies & gents updated.

- aha949
  • @strongblackwoman
  • Monday, November 21 2011 at 02:05 PM

Thank you Sis!!!! :)

- aha949
  • because
  • Monday, November 21 2011 at 04:00 PM

I withdrew because Ive heard from plenty that graduating from pace will not be beneficial because I will be competing against cornel, nyu, etc etc

- cooljack
  • @ cooljack
  • Monday, November 21 2011 at 05:28 PM

Yeah, I've been reading all those so called "predictions" & statistics, but to me the bottom line is this: Law school is what you make it. You're gonna be competing against everyone in your law school for 3-4 yrs (even the schools where they preach being "supportive" and the spirit of camraderie, the truth is EVERYONE wants to be in the top 10-20% of the class). No matter where you attend you're gonna be competing against the Ivy Leaguers and "Rank-Tier-whores" in your state and nationwide whether you wanna admit it or not. The job market for lawyers SUCKS right now and has for awhile, so where you attend doesn't hold much of the same weight anyway. (Personally, I know for a FACT that there are some lawyers who graduated from lower-tiered schools that can argue circles around some who have graduated from "prestigious" Law schools). Also, I have read NUMEROUS articles over a long period of time indicating that if law graduates don't graduate from schools with STRONG Clinics (giving them the ability to hit the ground running and experience, they're at a disadvantage because firms don't wanna have to "train" you in HOW to actually file a motion in spite of you having learned WHAT a motion is. Law schools that mainly focus on theory to the detriment of actual PRACTICE are doing their students a GREAT disservice. Finally, if you're even thinking about going into BIG LAW, you're prospects aren't that great anyway UNLESS you are at the VERY TOP of your class; have lots of "experience" and have a GREAT network (that you've established while in school or thru your school, networking...) Anyway, best of luck to you...

- aha949
  • @cooljack
  • Monday, November 21 2011 at 05:31 PM

One more thing. Graduates from Columbia, Fordham, Cardozo, NYU, Cornell, blah blah blah, will also (believe it or not) be competing against the VERY BEST in other local law schools. It's happened before and it'll happen again...

- aha949
  • Monday, November 21 2011 at 05:34 PM

There is no doubt that some of the above mentioned schools may have more "world-renowned scholars" than other schools, but again I say, Law School is what YOU make it. Check the stats/trends on the schools that have been winning Moot Court competitions, etc...

- aha949
  • To my point..
  • Monday, November 21 2011 at 06:00 PM

I have several friends who are now in their 3rd year @ CUNY Law. One of them posted this article from the NYTimes just yesterday entitled "AFTER Law School, Associates Learn to be Lawyers" From Page 4 of the article: "The exceptions are those who teach legal clinics, which are programs where students learn to counsel clients (usually poor), draft documents and even litigate, all under faculty supervision. Legal clinics are a growing presence on nearly every campus, and many like Washington Universitys Law School in St. Louis and the CUNY School of Law in Queens get high marks for quality and participation" His response was: "IN YOUR FACE OTHER LAW SCHOOLS!! IN YOUR FACE!!" Roflmao!

- aha949
  • For your reading pleasure...
  • Monday, November 21 2011 at 06:01 PM

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/20/business/after-law-school-associates-learn-to-be-lawyers.html?_r=2&pagewanted=1&hpw

- aha949
  • Also...
  • Tuesday, November 22 2011 at 03:53 AM

http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNLJ.jsp?id=1202532527024&Pace_solo_incubator_will_assist_lowincome_clients&slreturn=1

- aha949
  • Also Accepeted
  • Tuesday, November 22 2011 at 09:22 AM

Hello, I was also accepted for the January Accelerated program on 11/10/11. Do you know when they send out scholarship information or if we received any it would be mailed with out acceptance letter?

- knicks2011
  • @ knicks2011
  • Tuesday, November 22 2011 at 11:41 AM

I spoke w Admissions today and they said that the Fin. Aid/Scholly info isn't yet available for some admitted students, esp. if they hadn't received FAFSA info yet. However, they did say they expect to send out offers and registration info by next Tues-Weds. I scheduled an appt. w Fin. Aid for next Tues. Also inquired about the username/password for the Admitted Students section of the website. I'll e-mail you that info. Look forward to meeting you in January! Glad to see another admitted Pace student FINALLY!!!! Have a great Thanksgiving!!

- aha949
  • Thanks for the Info
  • Tuesday, November 22 2011 at 03:23 PM

Thanks for the info. I'll be attending the December 1st info session to get everything straightened out then. I know our schedules aren't out yet, but I think it's safe to assume the following will be the time slots for the 4 classes we take(with the words January in red), http://www.pace.edu/school-of-law/sites/pace.edu.school-of-law/files/registrar/coursegrid_spring2012_DAY.pdf

- knicks2011
  • hey
  • Wednesday, November 23 2011 at 10:12 AM

thanks for the support

- blackpride
  • @blackpride
  • Wednesday, November 23 2011 at 11:45 AM

You're welcome. Whatever school you choose, show 'em what you're made of.....Happy Thanksgiving!

- aha949
  • knicks2011
  • Monday, November 28 2011 at 08:22 AM

Hi, Can you tell me the username/password for the Admitted Students section. They said we should have received it with the acceptance packet, but I didn't get it either. Thanks

- knicks2011
  • Admiration
  • Tuesday, December 06 2011 at 04:42 AM

You know, I admire "true grit" over almost everything else. You definitely have it! Your tenacity is very impressive, and I think it will get you very far, even in the face of limitations. Best of luck in your endeavors!

- EEpatentGuy
  • Thank you so kindly...
  • Wednesday, December 07 2011 at 04:51 PM

I appreciate you taking the time to leave some encouraging words on my page! :)

- bethbeth519
  • Why Pace?
  • Tuesday, December 27 2011 at 09:42 AM

Congrats on acceptance to Pace! I'm curious about why you were so interested in Pace since it's also one of my top schools.

- ab616
  • Impressive
  • Thursday, January 12 2012 at 08:55 PM

Wow, 7 times? And here I was thinking about taking it the 3rd time in 5 years and feeling completely unmotivated! I admire your tenacity and courage. Congrats and with this attitude you will surely excel in Law School! Thanks for the motivation!

- Psalm1829
  • OMG Pace rocks!!!
  • Friday, January 13 2012 at 06:41 PM

My first week @ Pace was INCREDIBLE! I wish I had the space on this site to tell you how AMAZING this school REALLY is! The faculty, the Dean of students and the Dean of Admissions did something so unbelievable for me this week, that I am still utterly amazed. I truly feel that I arrived @ the PERFECT Law School for me!

- aha949
  • Saturday, April 28 2012 at 11:23 AM

Finished my 1st Semester of Law School and it was CHALLENGING, but I believe I did well! Professors were AWESOME. Beginning Semester # 2 May 7th and will have completed my 1st year by summer's end. Will officially be a 2L in Aug/Sept. 2012!!! WOOHOO!

- aha949

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