i'm applying to a vast array of schools because i figure it doesnt hurt to try getting into whatever school i want! this year was hell on me at school because i graduated early and as a result i have a less than delightful lsat score. oh well im happy with it, i guess we'll see what i get into. :)
(PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MOST RECENT UPDATES ARE AT THE END OF THIS LIST)
1-15-2010: Chapman sent an email informing me that I have the choice to be put on a waiting list.
1-20ish-2010: Thomas Jefferson sent a letter saying that they are deferring me.
2-12-2010: Ohio sent an email with rejection... lame.
2-18-2010: Berk sent an email with the sweetest rejection letter I have ever read! haha
2-18-2010: Santa Clara sent a letter with a rejection... too bad for them!
2-25-2010: Southwestern status checker says this- "Offer to be on wait-list has been sent"......
3-8-2010: Michigan rejected me by snail mail
3-10-2010: Duke rejected me by email
3-10-2010: UCLA rejected me by snail mail
at this point, im really really more determined than ever to get into law school. all these rejections make me want to get in and work so hard at my classes so that i can make the rejectors wish they had me at their schools! hahaha!
just have to stay positive people. it's all about how we set our minds to view things.
i believe that law schools make this process difficult because when we finally are attorneys, we are going to be faced with just as much heart wrenching news and more. this process is part of our training and we arent even aware of it yet.
as long as we keep our minds clear and focused, never wavering off what are initial goals are, anything is possible... mark my words. i'm hoping to receive just one acceptance so that i can have a chance to fulfill my path sooner. :)
3/11/2010--> im going nuts! i want responses!!!! i want IN for goodness sakes! admissions is so stinking slowwwwwwwwwwwww!
3-12-2010: University of Min waitlisted me via emails and.... drum roll please..... Charlotte law accepted me via email after submitting my application just a week ago ! woop woop! the first acceptance.... and it was FAST! Thank you Charlotte Law for giving me hope! I'm super stoked! Now im just going to keep playing the waiting game to see who else accepts me so i can start making my hard decisions. Im so happy!
3-15-2010: Notre Dame, ASU, Columbia all via snail mail rejected me.
3-16-2010: UC Hastings via snail mail and Neveda University Law School via email rejected me... oh well.
3-17-2010: Accepted to Florida Coastal via email and Cal Western via snail mail BUT before I received my letter, I received a fin aid email which kinda hinted that i was accepted; Rejected at Nevada via email.
3-18-2010: Rejected from Stanford via snail mail (no surprise but it doesnt hurt to try), WL via snail mail at UC San Fran, received my acceptance letter in the mail from La Verne
3-22-2010: Rejected from Iowa University and New Mexico via snail mail.... New Mexico's letter stunk by the way.... it was the worst two sentence rejection letter I've read thus far and I've read A LOT of rejections hahah!
3/25/2010: Im kinda going crazy today... I REALLY need UoP and Davis to reply already! Geeze! I need to calm down and start listening to my classical music again before I crack!!! ahhhhhhhhh...
3-30-2010: Yesterday via snail mail, I was accepted to Valparaiso. Today, via status checker and then later a phone call from admissions, I was accepted to Western State.
4-1-2010: Accepted to Nova via email
4-5-2010: Rejected from Cornell via snail mail. Boom whatev! I've got other places to go and people to see! haha
4-7-2010: Accepted to Phoenix Law via email.
4-8-2010: waitlisted at UC Davis! OMG! I'm so stinking excited that they didnt reject me! I have a chance... and even though it's prety slim, I'm still REALLY EXCITED! Yayayaya!
4-11-2010: Rejected from Pepperdine via snail mail.
At this point, I dont care! Im just soooooooooooo happy that UC Davis waitlisted me! It would be a dream come true if I get accepted! Woooo hooo!!
4/12/2010: UCSD status checker changed to Decision Rendered... AND the Loyola Application Status page says
"A decision regarding your admissions application was made on April 09, 2010. A decision letter was sent through the U.S. Mail and should reach you within seven business days of the above date."....
.... UPDATE 4/12/2010: Rejected from Loyola via snail mail.
4-13-2010: I've completely lost it. I have been going on the UC Davis Status Checker site now every hour waiting for a miracle and they dont even update until 6:00:25 pm every night! hahaha! Man o Man... I would do anything to be admitted into UC Davis.
At this point, I want to make a shout out to all the awesome school itself....
Dear UC Davis Law School,
I love your guts. If I get accepted to your school, I promise to study my buns off EVERY second of the day. I promise to stay up late and wake up early to study about our law. I promise to always have a pleasant attitude even though I know I will be very sleep deprived. I promise to excel in ALL my classes no matter what. I promise to make you happy about your decision of allowing me into your school. I promise to graduate with the HIGHEST grades I can possibly earn. I promise to become a reputable attorney so that your name on my diploma would be greatly esteemed. I promise to always appreciate you for giving me a chance.
Thank you for being the best law school in the USA.
hahaha goodness... i've gotta go to sleep and get off the computer or else i'm going to go craziER!
04-16-2010: Rejected to USD via snail mail
4-19-2010: Golden Gate waitlisted me via snail mail
End of April: Irvine rejected me via snail mail and UoP waitlisted me
5-11-2010: Thomas Jefferson accepted me via snail mail
7-22-2010: So I withdrew from all the schools that accepted me and I'm basically waiting on seeing whether or not I will be accepted to the schools I have on waitlist. Dont get me wrong, I'm extremely thankful that there are law schools out there that gave me the opportunity to accomplish my educational goals, but I'm not happy with myself for the performance in getting into these schools. I've never failed an exam in my life... and to me, my performance on the LSAT was a failure. I allowed outside distractions to shake me up and kill my focus. True, death of a loved one is a terrible experience to go through right before taking the "exam of a lifetime" however, I dont think that's a good enough excuse for what I ended up getting. So I'm going to work my butt off and have the focus I should have had during the first get go if it doesnt work out with the waitlists I'm on.
If I dont get into my waitlisted schools, I'm not settling for anything less than a school in the top 30 during my second application round. I've worked hard for my GPA and will work harder to get a higher LSAT score so that I dont have to waste all the time I put in during my undergrad going to a school that I could have got into with a 3.0 GPA.
Lesson from this crazy eye opening law school application process: FOCUS; reach ONLY for the stars and nothing less.... put in the time and reap the rewards.
8/27/2010: Well it's official... I got rejected from every waitlist I was waiting on. Davis really broke my heart... :(
Now is the time to re-take the LSAT and kick ass once and for all! You'll hear from me again next cycle... only it will be regarding a maximum of FIVE schools ONLY.
I leave next cycle's list a mystery for now :)
Thus, I wont say good-bye... just see ya later... wish me luck!
12/12/2010: Wow long time no see! It's been such a long time since I've said hello to all my LSN friends. Just to update you as to what I've been up to.... STUDYING FOR THE LSAT! So since I received my rejection letter from Davis, I've been studying for the LSAT like a crazy crazy locamotion girl. I bought the online blueprint program and absolutely loved it! Seriously, this is a great program for people that need the structure that a classroom curriculum provides, but need the flexibility in studying schedules. This program provided all the resources needed to understand everything about the lsat. I was so excited because I studied so so hard and was averaging 168 on all preptests I took. I was feeling so confident test day....
So test day comes and then guess what.... I stinkin FROZE! I was so distracted by the girl who kept on blowing her nose every 5 seconds, the kid behind me that kept tapping his foot, and the rustling noise of the papers.... gosh, what in the world is wrong with me! I was so ready, but super nervous which made me get distracted by everything in the room.Anywho, I'm hoping that I got a higher score than I had before... goodness gracious. I'll find out around the 10th of January and let you all know what the verdict is.
Regardless though, my butt is applying to law school this cycle no matter what. This time however, I'm not going to apply to 50 schools... that really drained my bank account :( Since I've graduated and have a new job that is supporting my law school endeavors, I'm going to stay local. BUT BUT but, if I do really good during my first year, that is good enough to transfer to a school like Stanford, I'm so doing it! We'll see how everything goes.
Anyways, for now, I'm doing a couple finishing touches to my apps before I hit the send button. I'll keep my profile updated with current information from this point on.
PS- thank you all so much for your encouragement!! I love all my LSN friends! Please keep me updated with any good news. I love hearing your accomplishments because it motivates me to keep enduring. You all rock!
1-6-2011: WOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOO! I just got my LSAT SCORE from december! I did it! I officially raised my score 12 points from the first time I took the LSAT! I did lower than what I was averaging on practice preptests, but it's ok.... at least I went up with my score! I'm so excited! Let's see how the law schools I applied to last year will react to me this year. I really hope I can get into at least one school that I applied to. I'll keep you all updated like always!
Thanks again for all your support and advice. Let's keep strong, positive, and cross our fingers for the best cycle ever. :)
1-8-2011: So today I went the the UC Davis information session. I thought that this event was going to include a large number of perspective students, but to my pleasant surprise, it didnt. It was a small classroom with about 15 people in attendance and Sharon Pinkney sitting up front (to the left of me). In a nutshell though, it was awesome! She gave everyone the low-down on everything. It was more of a refresher for me because I've done all my research from the last cycle, but nonetheless it was definitely worth going to.
She basically walked everyone through the application process and what UC Davis has to offer us. She also talked about the report they receive from lsac and how they use it as an outline to refer to as they are reading our personal statements.
What I noticed after this session is that the personal statement is definitely a big deal for Davis. The main thing she kept bringing up is that in the personal statement they really want to know why we have chosen the path of going to law school instead of some other career. This is a something that I think I missed on with my personal statement. Grrrr.....
Since the theme of my personal statement was on why I would make a good law student, I did allude to why I have chosen to go to law school, but I didnt explain it as bluntly as I should have. Man.... I feel like she was talking directly to me when she brought this up too. Oh goodness.... hopefully they can sense why I want to go to law school through the way I set everything up.....We will see what happens. Other than catching that boo boo I made with my PS, I think I have a pretty good chance of being accepted this time.
But seriously though I cant emphasize enough how important it was for me to go to this session even though I already applied. These types of sessions give us a glimpse of what goes on in the heads of the admissions people.... and that is more than any book we buy can give us!
1-28-2011: OMG OMG OMG!! There is a "Decision Rendered" on McGeorge's status checker page! Im super excited! I cant wait to see what the verdict is. Please everyone send some positive energy my way! As soon as I receive the decision, I will post it! Yeeeeeee I'm excited on how quick it was... not sure if it's good or bad though :( But whatever it is, I want to know NOW!! hahaha!
2-4-2011: YES! FINALLY! I did it. I got into McGeorge! I'm so happy right now. This really proves that hard work pays off. Now I feel better about my decision to start up studying again for the lsat in August. I feel accomplished! No matter WHAT, I'm going to law school this year woop woop!!
2-24-2011: Rejected to UC Hastings.... Oh well, it really doesnt hurt the second time around. Let's stay positive because we've got wayyyyyy more schools to hear from!
3-3-2011: ACCEPTED to USF via email and snail mail! Wooop! Man this feels so nice. I love that this year is turning out so much better... yyyyyeeehaw I'm happy!
3-8-2011: ACCEPTED to Golden Gate! Mammmaa say woop woop!!
3-31-2011: HELLO! Where are the rest of the schools..... Davis are you there?!?! Come on admissions people... respond por favor! grrrrrr....
4-4-2011: Waistlisted at USD via status check and still in committee at Santa Clara. At this point, if Davis doesnt respond by the 10th of this month, my decision is pretty much set... MCGEORGE here i come!
4-15-2011: So my deposit is in at McGeorge. I'm happy that I have somewhere reputable to go this fall. I'm just a little pissed at Davis... my status is still showing as awaiting evaluation and I dont like that AT ALL. Even if they are going to reject me, i wish they would just check my application out already. grrrrr.... oh well, I just have to stay positive since my heart is still set on going there.... i'll update you as soon as more news comes in.
5-1-2011: Rejected from UC Davis via status check. This craps. Man why would they waitlist me last year with a 148 lsat score and just right off reject me this year with a way higher lsat and awesome work experience and community service. This doesnt make logical sense.... I'm really upset today. I need to think about what I'm going to do now.
5-13-2011: Accepted to Santa Clara via Status check! wooop Woop!!
6/25/2011: Well well well, my cycle is pretty much over and at this point I have Withdrawn from all the schools but UCSD... I will be attending McGeorge if San Diego doesnt accept me. I learned a lot this cycle and feel like everything turned out pretty good. If any one has any questions about the law school admissions process, please feel free to inbox me. I will keep you all updated with my final decision, but for now, I'm starting to prep for starting in Aug! I'm so excited!!!!