civildsobdce (2020-2021)

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Application Information

F - Fee Waiver, A - Attending, W - Withdrawn, D - Deferred
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# Law School Status Type $$$ Sent Received Complete Interview Date Decision Updated
Texas Tech University Accepted W Type: Sent: 10/23/07 Rec: 10/25/07 Comp: 11/28/07 Inter: -- Dec: 04/11/08 Upd: 13 years
University of Houston Waitlisted W Type: ED Sent: 10/23/07 Rec: 11/05/07 Comp: 11/05/07 Inter: -- Dec: 03/07/08 Upd: 13 years
Tulane University Accepted W Type: Sent: 10/23/07 Rec: 10/23/07 Comp: 11/12/07 Inter: -- Dec: 01/09/08 Upd: 13 years
South Texas College of Law Accepted A Type: RA $13,500 Sent: 11/04/07 Rec: 12/04/07 Comp: 12/06/07 Inter: -- Dec: 01/04/08 Upd: 13 years
Baylor University F Accepted W Type: $50,000 Sent: 10/23/07 Rec: 10/23/07 Comp: 10/25/07 Inter: -- Dec: 01/25/08 Upd: 13 years
University of Texas Austin Rejected D Type: Sent: 10/23/07 Rec: 10/23/07 Comp: 11/06/07 Inter: -- Dec: 03/17/08 Upd: 13 years
Emory University Rejected Type: Sent: 10/23/07 Rec: 10/23/07 Comp: 11/08/07 Inter: -- Dec: 03/07/08 Upd: 13 years
American University Waitlisted W Type: RA Sent: 10/23/07 Rec: 10/25/07 Comp: 11/05/07 Inter: -- Dec: 02/19/08 Upd: 13 years
University of California Berkeley Rejected Type: Sent: 10/23/07 Rec: 10/23/07 Comp: 11/08/07 Inter: -- Dec: 01/10/08 Upd: 13 years

Applicant Information

  • LSAT: 156
  • LSAT 2: N/A
  • LSAT 3: N/A
  • Degree GPA: 3.56
  • School Type: Small private
  • Major: History
  • Class Rank: N/A

Demographic Information

  • City: Houston
  • State: Texas
  • Race: Filipino
  • Gender: Woman
  • Years out of Undergrad: Other

Extra Curricular Information

-2 years WE as high school teacher/music journalist.

-Nice PS/DS. (I'd like to think at least =)

-Great LOR's:
1. Former high school English teacher/advisor turned supervisor/building principal when I taught.
2. History professor/UG advisor/former UST President.
3. History professor/Irish Center Director/lawyer.

-Applied very early in cycle to up my chances as much as possible, especially considering my LSAT score =(.

-Attended UC Berkeley on several scholarships. Transferred back home to Houston to attend small, Catholic UG when mother diagnosed with breast cancer. Helped care for mother during UG.

-Magna Cum Laude, Phi Alpha Theta, Phi Sigma Tau, and multiple UST scholarships.

-EC's: PASS Intern, Children's Defense Fund Intern, UST Social Justice Committee Student Representative, Social Action Intern at local high school, Houston Indy Media Volunteer Coordinator/Radio Contributor, Birthright Volunteer Counselor, church 7th grade catechist.

-Some PT work during UG, including job as Political Science Dept. Aide.

-Lots of community service.

Additional info & updates

Fee Waivers: Baylor, Univ. of Oklahoma, Florida Coastal, Quinnipiac, Western New England College, Univ. Tulsa, Phoenix, Univ. Colorado, Univ. Utah, Univ. Dayton, Thomas Jefferson, Loyola - Chicago, Univ. South Carolina, Vermont, Univ. Akron, North Kentucky, Ave Maria, Wayne State, Drexel College, Hamline, Case Western Reserve, Univ. Arkansas, Saint Louis, Capital, Oklahoma City Univ., Univ. St. Thomas, Pacific McGeorge, Marquette, Gonzaga, Temple, Washington & Lee, Texas Wesleyan, Hofstra, Villanova, Chapman, Valparaiso, Regent, DePaul, Loyola - New Orleans.

10-23-07, onwards
Receiving application fee waivers via email/snail mail. Got a surprise FW from Baylor upon application payment. But only applying to schools I'd potentially attend. Sorry, Ave Maria.
-Receiving invitations to visit law school tables at 11-3-07 LSAC Forum. Getting a few invitations from schools that are nowhere in my range numbers-wise, including Vanderbilt and Michigan. Weird.

Mail Emory & Texas Tech certification letters.

Emory receives certification letter. So ready to hear decisions already!

Attended Houston LSAC Forum. Gathered lots of useful information from the sessions and had an opportunity to speak with many law school representatives and collect brochures.

Went complete at UH, one of my very top choices. So exciting!

Berkeley application under review. It'd be a miracle among miracles, but miracles sometimes happen.


Good Lord! UT put my file on hold "for consideration as Regular Decision." I really expected a flat out rejection!


Applied for Baylor Summer 2008 quarter.

Baylor Summer 2008 application complete.

Corresponded with a Texas Tech admissions officer today. My file should be going to committee late this week or early next week.

UH file is in review according to the online status checker!! I'd give any organ I have two of... *passes out*

-Baylor email indicating that their applicant pool is huge this round and that I will be hearing a decision soon. Here's hoping!
-Kiddos are getting deferral emails from Berkeley today, which means that I should be expecting my rejection letter soon. Absolutely no surprises here! lol

Checked LSAC & South Texas FINALLY requested my report. Complete everywhere.

*crickets* STILL no decisions. Why does it seem like everyone on the law boards has heard at least something? =`(. And I do know that compulsively checking my email/snail mail boxes doesn't speed up the process. Schools, decisions please!

Yes, I'd like some cheese with my whine.

Tulane application in review! Notified via email.

The waiting game was painful, but I finally received my first acceptance...South Texas! Acceptance came via thin, standard white envelope with a one-page letter. What a load off my back to know that I'm really going to law school!

In at Tulane via email! A definite reach for me, but I somehow managed to climb to T1! May the happy dance commence! Expecting an acceptance package in the mail. Today's a good day.

Noticed that people have been receiving acceptances from UH. I'm definitely on pins and needles now.

Dinged at Berkeley. Thin, standard white envelope dated 1-10. Not surprised but the first rejection of the cycle still stings.

-No word yet from Houston. Checking your online status on the hour can't be healthy. *sigh* I'd really like some love from my top choice.
-Attending one of Tulane's Admitted Student Days in March or April. VERY excited. Will be my first visit to NOLA, and I'll get to meet with a 2L acquaintance there.
-Attending South Texas' Open House this Saturday (1-19). Not sure if it's for admitted students only, but I will email tomorrow to find out.
-Lastly, linked to a rather disturbing website today: Jaded law grads with few career prospects abooud. Very bleak and depressing. Just motivates me to separate myself from the pack and really excel as a 1L.

OMG. Admitted to Baylor Summer 2008 class with a half-tuition scholarship, renewable each year. I'm literally shaking right now. After a disappointing LSAT score, I really started to question whether I was cut out for law school. My recent acceptances have been huge validations and proof that admissions committees do indeed look beyond numbers. To anyone reading this with numbers below your expectations, don't hesistate to apply to your reaches. Put together a HELL of an application package, apply early, and show those adcomms that there's more to you than meets the eye.

Baylor package in the mail today. My acceptance letter has a handwritten note from Dean Toben: "X, we have a proven and distinctive program & I am very (underlined) hopeful that you will join us." Nice touch :) I'll be attending the 2/22 Open House.
Still nothing from Houston. Arrgh! Starting to freak out as my Baylor deposit's due on the 22nd of this month!!! C'mon, Houston!!!

After a 4 week dry spell, I received another surprise -- an American WL. I thought I'd be an auto-reject :)

-Withdrew from American. Couldn't picture going there over schools I've been accepted to.
-Emailed UH yesterday asking when ED applicants could expect a decision. Dean Polk responded by saying that a decision had been made on my application and that I'd "receive a letter within the next week." I'm REALLY on pins and needles now.
-Looking forward to Baylor's ASD tomorrow.

-*sigh* Waitlisted at UH, my #1. I've officially entered the unhappy realm of wait list purgatory. Time to start a LOCI of epic proportions.
-Dinged at Emory.
-Booking a hotel currently for my 3/28 Tulane ASW and 4/4 visit for good measure.

-Dinged at UT. Nice to have closure.
-Scheduled tours/class visits at South Texas & UH for next week.
-Will be visiting potential living quarters in NOLA during my Tulane ASW's.
-Where's Texas Tech this cycle?

$4500/year at South Texas =), provided I maintain a 3.25 GPA. But kind of a steep GPA to keep for a scholarship, no?
Edit: Found out that it's top 15%. Holy poo.

Tulane Accepted Students Reception in River Oaks. 2-3 Tulane Law alumni visiting with 5 admitted Houstonians. Should be fun.

-WL for Baylor's fall quarter. They said they're impressed with my credentials and that I would have been admitted had there not been an unexpectedly large applicant pool. They are also offering me Spring 2009 admission if I choose to reactivate my file and regardless of my Fall 2008 decision. Very pleasant surprise.
-In other news, currently packing for my last law school visit (Tulane) this weekend. My goal is to have a pretty good idea of where I'll be headed by Sunday. *crosses fingers*

-Withdrew from Baylor. It's a great school, and the staff has been wonderful to me, but it isn't for me.
-I'm pretty certain that I won't be able to afford Tulane. NOLA is a charming city, and I loved the atmosphere at the Law School, though.

Withdrew from Tulane and UH's WL. After number-crunching, Tulane was simply beyond my financial reach. And after visiting UH, I knew it wasn't the school for me. So it's official -- I'll be starting STCL this fall! Can't wait!

In at Texas Tech. About damn time! No mention of $. Too little, too late. Will withdraw next week. It's been fun, kids, but that completes my cycle, and overall I'm EXTREMELY pleased with it. Best of luck to Class of 2011!

Withdrew from Texas Tech.

Accepted into the CLEO AIE pre-law seminar in Los Angeles!! VERY pumped! See you in California!

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Wednesday, October 31 2007 at 07:24 AM

Yea, I got an email letting me know they'd received it on the day I put for "complete". I assume it's complete though all they said was that they received it. Good luck!

Tuesday, November 20 2007 at 06:01 PM

I applied for both spring and fall quarters. I have only received a decision for the spring, which was a very nice surprise indeed. Also, I got the same thing from UT. I expect the rejection sometime in May. I perceive they have a policy of not rejecting any applicants until applications are in for regular decision.

thanks :)
Wednesday, November 21 2007 at 09:27 AM

best of luck to you also!! we have similar numbers, and are applying to three of the same schools, so i will cross my fingers for us!! what are your top choices?

Saturday, November 24 2007 at 04:53 PM

Good luck to you too...i have a feeling it's just delaying the inevitable but at least it wasn't a flat out rejection!

Monday, November 26 2007 at 04:44 PM

Was the deferral viewable online, or did they mail you a letter?

Wednesday, November 28 2007 at 05:34 AM

Thanks for the info. I put my app. in awhile ago and I'm just waiting for the rejection letter... any day now... haha. I'm up in the air on my first choice. Let's see who's willing to take me on board first. Good luck!

Tuesday, December 04 2007 at 01:05 AM

They sent me a letter. And my status checker didn't change to decision until after I already had my rejection. Hope you have better luck with them than I did...

Wednesday, December 05 2007 at 07:24 AM

I got a simple letter in the mail. Im not stressing it, my scores arent that special. Plus I hear Texas is all about the hometowners. I hope I get into Houston though.

First choice
Sunday, December 09 2007 at 09:09 PM

Hmmmm I dunno. My first choices would obviously be NU and Mich... but those are real long shots. I'll probably end up at either Wisconsin or Minnesota. Which would be great for me; as they are close to home. I'm rootin for you to get some acceptances soon... I feel them coming for you!

Tuesday, December 11 2007 at 05:36 AM

The update was through email. Good luck!

Friday, December 21 2007 at 06:50 AM

I wonder if that UH decision is real. I heard they were gonna wait till later on in the cycle to get a better idea of the candidate pool. Hopefully we'll hear soon!!

South Texas
Sunday, January 06 2008 at 11:53 AM

Thanks! Congrats to you too. No mention of money, but I'm still keeping my fingers crossed that they will send some later.

that first message sounded a little odd
Sunday, January 06 2008 at 12:00 PM

ok, i don't actually mean that i hope they will send me money. i mean i hope that they will send me a scholarship letter later. maybe they have a scholarship committee that meets later. i'm sure you knew what i meant but it sounded weird after i sent it.

Monday, January 07 2008 at 06:26 AM

Normal sized white envelope. About three pages of correspondence inside. I was not Ed. GOOD LUCK with everything!

UH Status Checker
Friday, January 11 2008 at 09:09 PM

The day before I received the letter, the status changed to "Decision mailed (We do not give decisions over the phone)." You might get some advance notice from it, but not much. I see you attended the Houston LSAC forum. Being from Beaumont, I was considering attending the February forum in Houston. Do you think I would find the information there useful, or is it perhaps less relevant at this stage in the admissions cycle? Congrats on Tulane, and good luck with the rest of your admissions cycle!

Saturday, January 12 2008 at 07:03 AM

Yes, status did change. I am in Houston, so the letter got here quickly. It was dated Jan 9th.

Tuesday, January 15 2008 at 03:49 PM

Yes. It went to "Decision Mailed" Good luck!

Sunday, January 20 2008 at 10:07 AM

Yeah, its me. Congrats on your accepts so far. Lay off the Houston SC, they only update it once per week....

Sunday, January 20 2008 at 05:50 PM

I heard it from the admissions office. I asked, they said it was once per week that it was updated. However, I would assume that just because it isn't updated doesn't mean action hasn't been taken on your profile or a decision made. The things aren't foolproof and I would imagine routinely decisions are made and sent without any status changing. I was just saying checking it hourly isn't necessary because they bulk upload updates (assuming that's how it's done). If you disagree though, feel free to check it often, I just know that it's not necessary. Oh, and best of luck with UH, Baylor (my UG) and UT.

Sunday, January 20 2008 at 07:45 PM

Location isn't an issue for me. I have my top 10 ranked. I won't get into UT, but until they say 'NO', it's my #1. I adjust them as a 'Yes', 'No', or 'Maybe' come back. For now, I am going to Creighton, but I have a lot we'll see.

Re: UH
Thursday, January 24 2008 at 06:11 AM

They sent me a letter in a thin white envelope.

Re: UH
Thursday, January 24 2008 at 06:32 AM

Oh yeah my status didn't change before I received the rejection letter. It still says 'file in review'

Thursday, January 24 2008 at 11:01 AM

Congrats on Tulane! My UH rejection came in a small white envelope. My status checker still says file in review. Best of Luck!

Thursday, January 24 2008 at 11:03 AM

My status never changed online and I received by rejection in a small white envelope. Congrats on Tulane, that is amazing!

Congrats on Baylor!
Friday, January 25 2008 at 12:47 PM

Given that you're going to get into Houston, is there any chance you might pick Baylor over UH?

Congrats so far!
Saturday, January 26 2008 at 09:16 AM

I was wondering if Baylor had you fill out anything for scholarships before you were admitted? I just went complete and was wondering if I needed to do anything more to try to get a scholarship...Thanks!

top choice
Saturday, January 26 2008 at 06:48 PM

my top choice is Hastings and then UW, but Iowa is up there too!

Sunday, January 27 2008 at 10:33 AM

Thanks for the scholarship info. Congrats on the $$ from Baylor as well! I'd consider all the schools I applied to "serious contenders"--until they reject me, of course :)

UH Acceptance
Tuesday, January 29 2008 at 06:26 PM

Hi, I'm sorry, I didn't see your 12/20 comment until today. I didn't actually get accepted to UH this go-round; the stuff was left up there from when I applied during the 05-06 cycle. I'm so sorry for the confusion. RRRR

Thursday, January 31 2008 at 01:37 PM

congrats on tulane to you too! i would love to go to tulane but the parents will only pay for what would be comparable to in-state public tution so i'd end up having to take about 15,00 a year out in loans....not fun.... oh and good luck on UH! :)

Friday, February 01 2008 at 07:18 AM

Wow! Awesome scholly to Baylor. I have to admit if I recvd something similar Baylor would go way up on my list, :) Again Congrats!!

Thursday, February 07 2008 at 07:44 AM

Haven't gone to decision yet, but the status checker says "File in review" so I'm hoping it'll come soon! Good luck with your app!

Sunday, February 10 2008 at 06:41 PM

No decision yet, I'm still at "File in Review." I would bet that most ED applicants will go to decision this week though. I guess we will see tomorrow when they (hopefully) update the status checker.

U of H, etc
Sunday, February 10 2008 at 11:09 PM

No answer yet from U of H. I don't think they abbreviate ED correctly (and I am currently entertaining speculations on what they might have confused it for). May I just add that you have two WAY more attractive acceptances? Baylor with a 1/2 scholarship has got to be hard to refuse, and Tulane is really really really awesome for someone with LSAT scores like you and me. (BTW if you've never been to New Orleans, it's a really cool place -- even aside from the Mardi Gras hoopla). Email me if you want.

Monday, February 11 2008 at 05:52 AM

No, I haven't heard yet, but my status checker says "File in review", so I I am thinking I will hear sometime this week. I agree with the person above - Tulane is an awesome school and you really should move that to the top of your list unless you are trying to stay in Houston.

Monday, February 11 2008 at 09:01 AM

still no word from tech?

texas schools
Monday, February 11 2008 at 01:38 PM

i agree, they are def taking their time!! i wonder when we will receive final decisions from ut?

Tuesday, February 12 2008 at 03:15 PM

ooo what a great idea! i will have to go and stock up on quite a few pints of icecream for all the rejections i have coming my way

Wednesday, February 13 2008 at 12:44 PM

Unfortunately, I still have not heard anything from them. If they're planning to mail out all ED decisions by the end of Feb, they got some serious work to do. The only thing that's keeping me from going crazy is knowing that @ least they're not saving all the rejection letters till the end. GL!

Saturday, February 16 2008 at 01:24 AM

No plans on practicing in Houston -- San Antonio is home... But I have a detailed cost-benefit analysis, and UofH is real high with the in-state tuition being so low. St. Mary's/STCL/TXWes are all private, so in-state does no good. STCL has a good reputation, and their part-time program rocks. I've met personally with all the schools in Texas, and those are my (reasonable) top 4, with UofH being the longshot.

Saturday, February 16 2008 at 09:31 AM

My file just turned to review in the status checker. I wasn't aware there was a status checker until a few weeks ago so I don't know how long it took between stages.

Sunday, February 24 2008 at 05:19 PM

What do you think the odds are that we get decisions from Houston this week?

Baylor vs. UH
Tuesday, March 04 2008 at 06:20 AM

Have you had to send Baylor your seat deposits yet for summer? What are you going to do when Baylor's deadline comes if you haven't heard from UH yet? As of yesterday UH had not finished reviewing all the ED applications yet. I applied regular decision and am really worried that I'll have to start making choices w/o knowing if I'm in at UH or not.

Thursday, March 06 2008 at 12:53 PM

No, I haven't received a decision from Houston; I asked when they give out early admission answers, and they said between Jan. and March. Regular Admission is decided in May.

Thursday, March 06 2008 at 08:25 PM

Good luck!

Tuesday, March 18 2008 at 06:13 AM

I'm still considering Missouri as well, but Tulane is at the top of my list with USD and Missouri being tied for second. Looking at UH's total cost of attendance makes me really wish I wanted to live in Houston, but it just isn't for me. I'm just making sure that I don't get any unexpected money from Houston and will probably withdraw early next week. Good luck.

Decision Made
Tuesday, April 15 2008 at 02:03 PM

Congratulations on having made a decision! I'll bet that's a huge weight off your shoulders... Best of luck at South TX!

Thursday, May 01 2008 at 06:39 AM

I'm totally psyched! This has been an exhausting 10 month process and I'm so happy with how it all turned out!

re TLS
Thursday, May 01 2008 at 03:06 PM

Hey, I didn't ignore your message. I got my ass banned for being 'mean' to a certain poster. Oh well. My aim is sailorbear08 or you can get me on TLS at akahrpaperstacks.

Thursday, May 01 2008 at 06:58 PM

I'm just curious as to why Baylor 'wasn't for you.' I have some reservations about the school myself and was just curious what your reasoning was. I have a friend at South Texas and he seems to enjoy it so I hope you do too.

Thursday, May 01 2008 at 06:58 PM

I'm just curious as to why Baylor 'wasn't for you.' I have some reservations about the school myself and was just curious what your reasoning was. I have a friend at South Texas and he seems to enjoy it so I hope you do too.