countbizaller (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F - Fee Waiver, A - Attending, W - Withdrawn, D - Deferred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
5 University of Texas Austin graph Accepted A $28,000 10/31/07 11/05/07 11/05/07 12/20/07 12 years
10 Cornell University graph Rejected D 10/30/07 11/05/07 11/16/07 04/16/08 13 years
3 New York University graph Rejected 11/22/07 11/26/07 01/02/08 01/22/08 13 years
11 Georgetown University graph Rejected 11/22/07 11/26/07 11/30/07 01/23/08 13 years
8 University of Pennsylvania graph Rejected 11/22/07 11/26/07 12/19/07 01/15/08 13 years
7 University of Michigan Ann Arbor graph Rejected 10/30/07 10/31/07 11/20/07 01/10/08 13 years
4 University of Chicago graph Rejected 11/22/07 11/26/07 12/13/07 03/05/08 13 years
2 Columbia University graph Rejected 11/22/07 11/26/07 12/10/07 02/27/08 13 years
6 University of Virginia graph Waitlisted W 11/22/07 11/26/07 11/30/07 03/28/08 13 years
9 Duke University graph Rejected 10/29/07 10/30/07 11/07/07 02/20/08 13 years
12 Southern Methodist University graph Accepted W $75,000 10/29/07 11/01/07 11/09/07 12/20/07 13 years
1 Harvard University graph Rejected 11/22/07 11/26/07 01/10/08 02/29/08 13 years

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Extra Curricular Information

The usual: some volunteer work, a couple of organizations, some small scholarships, and a few years of work experience.

The 3 LSAT scores are a bit unusual. Took the 1st one with a week of studying and one prep test the night before the actual one. Wasn't happy with the 159 and decided to retake in Dec. which gave me about a month to study.

Couldn't afford a prep course so I bought another study guide which had sound techniques but flawed practice tests, sometimes having multiple choices correct or games violating conditions unintentionally. This only confused me and made me think I was not grasping the new concepts when in fact I was. This resulted in a minimal increase to 162.

Decided I could do much better and put off applying for another year to study properly. 5 months of studying yielded my highest score, 167, but still several points lower than what I was practicing at. Ultimately, I was satisfied with it.


This is my 2nd cycle. I screwed up my first 2 LSATs last year, had a pretty unspectacular application & personal statement, and applied at the deadlines. Decided waiting a year to improve my LSAT and to get my apps in order was worth it. I got an LSAC fee waiver so I decided to carpet bomb the T14 and see if I get lucky.

12/20: BAM! My first acceptances! I was walking out of work around 1pm when I noticed I had 2 new voice messages: one from Texas and one from SMU. That's a nice way to break the tension of the last 2 months.

12/21: Called Cornell. Very nice lady said I was deferred.

1/14: Rejection letter from Michigan arrived. It was a reach so nothing really surprising there.

1/28: Rejections from G-town and Penn today. Those are the last of the schools that I had little to no desire in attending anyway. From here on out, the denials are gonna sting a little.

2/1: Dinged at NYU. Very brief letter.

2/7: Dean's scholly from SMU with no strings. Nice.

2/25: Rejection letter from Duke arrived. Most apologetic one so far.

2/29: Harvard really does reject you by email. I almost didn't believe it.

3/1: Columbia rejection in a cream envelope.

3/10: Out at Chicago. Really brief letter.

3/24: Phone call from UT about Tom C. Clark scholarship. That would make my estimated debt out of UT $60k!!! That pretty much clinches it. I don't expect to get into UVA and I don't see Cornell making a more compelling offer than that.

3/31: Withdrew from SMU today. After UT's ASD, I can't imagine choosing SMU over them. I'll keep waiting on Cornell and UVA just to satisfy my curiousity, but I can't wait to be in Austin in 4 months!

4/4: Waitlist from UVA arrived. I'm surprised they're the only school that waitlisted me. I had hoped for maybe 1 or 2 more just for pride's sake, but in the end, I'm withdrawing anyway.

4/10: Got another $13k in need-based aid from UT. That'll bring down my debt to less than $50k! That's awesome. I really feel for those folks taking out $150-200k in loans. Thank you Texas state legislature!

4/20: Cornell rejection arrived. That's the last one!

Now that my cycle's pretty much over, time to reflect. I went into this year really just hoping to get into UT. The in-state tuition's a steal and I love the school. I threw the other apps out there knowing they were mostly reaches and was just curious what would happen. Knowing now that I'm about to be a Longhorn in a few short months is a gigantic weight off my shoulders after this long 2 year process. I hope future applicants find my info helpful!

Visitor Comments

  • good luck
  • Monday, November 05 2007 at 06:20 AM

you'll get in

- valrp
  • good luck!
  • Wednesday, November 14 2007 at 05:32 AM

You will definitley get into most if not all with those numbers - nice LSAT improvement! Keep me up to date and bes tof luck!

- drew82abndiv
  • Thanks
  • Friday, November 16 2007 at 05:03 AM

I appreciate the kind words guys. I hope everything works out for you too.

- countbizaller
  • Congrats!
  • Thursday, December 20 2007 at 12:17 PM

On Texas!

- PinkTiki
  • Congrats on SMU and UT
  • Monday, December 31 2007 at 12:24 PM

Must have been nice to get both of those at the same time!

- rogerss0721
  • Indeed
  • Monday, December 31 2007 at 05:40 PM

It was a nice surprise. I see you got into SMU. Congrats. Beautiful campus, but I'm with you on the money part.

- countbizaller
  • good luck
  • Wednesday, January 09 2008 at 08:12 AM

very similar numbers, same schools... hopefully our numbers just make the cut!

- shups
  • Michigan
  • Friday, January 11 2008 at 11:51 AM

Good luck with your Michigan decision!

- tl2

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