***First Semester Update***
Torts B plus
Legal Research & Writing B plus
***First Semester Update***
Final standing: 7-11-5
Final choice: TEMPLE
Scholarship $$S per year
12/26 Hello, this is my app tracker. Soft factors noted below:
- 10 years work experience
- Currently negotiate contracts for large pharma company (Manager level)
- Summer internships for large corporations through college
- Worked full-time during college
- Own a food service management company
I'm hoping for good news from either RU Camden or Temple, which are the closest schools to home.
***I know that, for most of these schools, this will be a long-shot. I am hoping that something works in my favor this cycle***
I only ranked the schools that I really would consider attending without a scholarship, i.e., the schools I can resonably drive to after work.
1/4 Opened mail this weekend. Received fee waiver from DePaul, University of Kentucky and Penn State (not sure if this really counts as a fee waiver yet).
1/7 Realized that most of my emails were sent to my 'Junk Mail' folder. Univ. of Georgia, Quinnipiac and Univ. of Cincinnati fee waivers received via email. Completed applications today. Also received email - complete at RU - Newark.
I am officially done with applications - no money left to be spent on this.
Got home and found RU Camden return mail with payment confirmation.
1/8 Starting to get that sinking feeling like this cycle is not gonna work out the way I think it is. I recently learned that Seton Hall Law is less than 0.1 miles from Newark Penn Station. I will upgrade SHU on my list of choices based on convenience. I would rather take the train in to Newark than drive my car into Philly.
I decided not to pay either Whitter or CUNY Law application fees due to budget constraints, effectively withdrawing my application. Either way, I would probably not attend either school if I got in.
1/9 Still incomplete at Brooklyn. If they will not proceed without a Dean's Cert, then I'm not moving forward with the app. Who the heck even knows who the dean is? I've been out of school since the 90's!
1/15 Complete at RU Camden via SASE sent with certification letter.
1/16 Just called RU Newark and learned of their shuttle service to Newark Penn Station after class. Also, their class schedule for 1L is 6p - 8p M-Th. Since in-state tuition makes RU the most cost-effective, I have adjusted my preferences.
Has anyone been rejected via status checker? Wow...out at UGA.
1/17 Decided to rank my choices by TLS rank as well - because I have nothing to do at my in-laws this morning.
1/18 WOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! IN AT RU NEWARK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Okay, I've calmed down. I'm still claiming this as a miracle.
1/20 Completed FAFSA application today - my company should foot the bill, but who's paying for this up-front! So glad total bill=$7,500 per semester.
1/22 Removed Villanova from my preferences - no PT program.
1/30 Just in case I thought that RU Newark was not a miracle - here comes a white envelope from George Mason. Not on the same level, but I'm secretly sad...
1/31 In the mail today - rejection from Seton Hall.
2/2 Completed my request for tuition reimbursement for RU Newark. Estimating the bill at $8,275 per semester for 2009/10. In this economy nothing can be taken for granted, especially my company paying for law school. Budgets have been cut - I'm crossing my fingers!
So, with the latest rejection I am sending my seat deposit to RU Newark asap!!! It will help me deal with the pending 1-22 result.
2/4 Still waiting...but my boss did sign off on the tuition reimbursement request. Now they have to determine which budget will be dinged...
2/5 Now I feel validated...accepted to Widener! I have been checking my status online twice a day for the last three weeks...
2/6 ...and quickly disappointed. Dinged by DePaul.
2/10 Still checking my status on every available site - nothing!
Then my wife called and said there was a large envelope from Creighton!
2/11 Denied via status checker at Drexel
I began thinking today, why didn't someone tell me that life didn't end after high school? If I had known that law school was in my future I would have put the same effort into undergrad work as high school work. Anyway, so long ago...
2/12 Was Rutgers a miracle? After my latest rejection from Penn State, I am beginning to believe.
2/13 Angry at the rejection from NY Law - spoiled my drive to the in-laws
2/17 UMN status changed to 'decision letter sent' as of 2/13. Anticipating a ding in the mail by tomorrow.
2/18 Finally received an 'app complete' email from Quinnipiac
2/19 W/L from STL. Not returning the letter, though.
2/23 Got three letters today from Pace, UMN and Cincinnati. Strange, though, as UMN said I could transfer-in after 1L. Anyone else get that in their letter?
2/27 No news from the remaining 8, but I received my financial aid letter from RU...nice...at least I know I will be attending school in the fall.
3/2 Interesting acceptance letter from Quinnipiac that just put them in the running to become America's Next Top Model. $25k a year is nothing to sneeze at - my first scholarship offer!
But I was waitlisted at Willamette, which is puzzling. No complaints, though...
3/5 When I complain, things happen. Therefore, I'll complain. What the heck is taking RU Camden and Temple this long to review my app and send me a decision? The worst part of this process has been the waiting.
In other exciting news, I received a call from Adam Messner at Akron verifying my graduation date. He promised a decision by next week. Not exactly what I complained about...
3/9 I will wait for you Cardozo, I will wait! What a surprise!
Akron called to invite me to an admitted students' day this weekend, so I guess I'm in!
3/11 Acceptance and scholarship email from Akron. I am honored that anyone would consider me for a scholarship!
3/12 Called Temple - apparently they're reviewing my app as we speak! I dunno...
3/13 Called Rutgers - just trying to keep things moving. File is with admissions committee.
Cycle almost complete with letter from W&L.
3/16 ...drip...drip...drip...drip...waiting on my final three responses.
3/19 Wow...wow...wow...wow...wow! ACCEPTED at Temple!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWW!!!!!!!
I've calmed down...Rutgers or Temple? Any thoughts?
Thanks to soldiva I determined that RU costs $19k vs. $24k for Temple, including commuting costs, fees and books. I can take the R3 from West Trenton to Temple in 50 minutes for about $78/mo. The trip to Newark (55 - 74 mins) will cost me $259/mo. I plan to attend the Open House at Temple this weekend.
btw, I attended an admitted students' tour at RU Newark last week and was not impressed. The campus is nice but the class (Criminal Law) was disappointing. The students were unprepared and the professor didn't seem to be bothered by that. I'm sure I would like the same grace when I'm in class; but where's the challenge? Is it easier for evening students than day?
3/20 I received a cryptic email from RU Camden regarding either taking another entrance exam (GRE, GMAT), enrolling in the Jump Start program, or both. What the heck does that mean? Am I in? Am I out? I don't know! I sent an email to Dean Andrews - I will wait on the official letter...
4/1 WL at Villanova. Could not attend anyway as they do not have a PT program.
Received confirmation of deposit via email from Rutgers. Will also pay Temple deposit by April 15.
4/15 Received confirmation of deposit via email from Temple.
4/27 Received call from RU Camden admissions office. No need to take additional extrance exam. I'm in!!! Now I'm really not sure what to do, but I will say that RU Newark is probably a distant 3rd and I should officially withraw soon.
6/27 Faxed withdrawal letters to bnoth Rutgers campuses. Attending Temple in the fall. I'm really excited to get started, but I'm also hesitant as I have an 8 week old baby and a job to think about at the same time.
***I believe that the key to my acceptances was the amount of time between my UGPA and my LSAT***