Bulldog13 (2021-2022)

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# Law School Status Type $$$ Sent Received Complete Interview Date Decision Updated
Southern University Rejected Type: RA Sent: 12/17/10 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 11 years
North Carolina Central University Rejected Type: RA Sent: 12/17/10 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 11 years
West Virginia University Rejected Type: RA Sent: 12/18/10 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 11 years
University of Florida Rejected Type: RA Sent: 12/18/10 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 11 years
Charleston School of Law F Rejected Type: RA Sent: 12/18/10 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 11 years
John Marshall Law School - Atlanta Waitlisted Type: RA Sent: 12/17/10 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 11 years
Florida International University Rejected Type: RA Sent: 01/07/11 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 11 years
University of Arkansas Little Rock F Rejected Type: RA Sent: 12/18/10 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 11 years
Louisiana State - Baton Rouge Rejected Type: RA Sent: 12/18/10 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 11 years

Applicant Information

  • LSAT: 146
  • LSAT 2: -
  • LSAT 3: -
  • GRE : -
  • LSAC GPA: 2.93
  • Degree GPA: 3.89
  • School Type: Large Public
  • Major: History / English

Demographic Information

  • City: Ft. Lauderdale
  • State: Florida
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Man
  • Non-Traditional Applicant: Yes
  • Years out of Undergrad: 1-2 Years

Extra Curricular Information

Founded a Chapter of OMNI: for Peace, Justice, and Ecology
March of Dimes
Habitat for Humanity
Aided in the Hatian Relief Effort in S. Florida
Dean's List / Honors several semesters
4 Great LOR's
Multiple Work Experiences
Run for the Cure (Miami this weekend 10/16) - Breast Cancer

I also:

Cook fairly well (from scratch)
Sing a mean karaoke version of "Free Bird"
I call my mother once a week (at least) - I'm a good son.
Can handle my Liquor :)

In addition:

I started P90X and have almost completed my 2nd week (today is 1/21/2011). I am amazed how much better I am feeling (and was not in that bad shape to begin with). I mention this because fitness and 1L typically do not go together. I have read horror stories talking about weight gain and stress related illness so I decided to take a pro-active approach and take this "wait time" and get in the best shape of my life.

The hardest part is the dieting. Weeks1-3 are strict...easing a bit throughout the rest of the program (from what it appears). The workouts are 1 hour in length - all kinds of different stuff - plus I run 2 miles each evening after the workout.

If anyone has questions about P90X and are thinking it might be for you - I'd be glad to answer any questions. I have a feeling after completing this program - I will be ready to tackle 1L with a healthy body -and- with healthy habits already established.

MONTH 2:

Into my second month of P90X - and I feel awesome. I've def. noticed my body change. Really, it comes down to eating habits. If you eat healthy - you look healthy and....it's less expensive. No chips, soda, or other crap has lessened my weekly shopping bill by about $25. No joke....its actually cheaper to eat healthy. :)

I'm hoping this routine I'm developing I can continue in law school....that is....IF I get into law school.....I'm not fairing too well right now...but several app's are in review so we shall see. More later on P90X and my thoughts.

Additional info & updates

10/11 - Took LSAT on OCT 10th - don't feel too hot about it..I thoughts the LR sections were much harder than the practice tests I had taken. I took the virtual POWERSCORE class and used the bibles for prep - if you have any questions about the course or the books I'd be glad to share.

I'm not a strong standardized test taker - as mentioned above I was really nervous on test day, I found the room more noisy than I anticipated and I honestly went on cruise control for the first 10 LR questions.

I have thought of cancelling (more to save myself the embarrassment of possibly scoring in the one-thirty's) but have decided to wait it out and see how I did. I am hoping maybe the stars were in alignment for me.

Honestly, the LSAT has continued to beat me down for the last few months. I have made small strides but nothing earthshaking and I am o.k. with that. I do think the LSAT serves a purpose (as ti is the only measure by which potential law schools have at measuring all of us) but I do not think it defines ones ability to succeed in law school nor can it measure the desire one has to reach their goals.

I graduated Magna Cum Laude (3.89) and am a non-traditional applicant (I have been in the working world for a few years)but I do not think this will help me significantly on my apps. I worked, at various jobs , many blue collar, to put my wife through school and pay the bills. I am proud to have offered her the opportunity but driving a trash truck or delivering beer will probably not make a glowing halo appear around my application.

I have no desire for BigLaw but do have a strong desire to pursue some sort fo public interest law or make some good friends in law school, hang a shingle, and create something from scratch. Either way, I do not need T14 or even T100 to meet my personal goals.

My practice LSAT scores ranged from 144-152 depending on the day I took them or the year of the test. I found the earlier tests easier and progressively harder as they got more recent but I did score well on most of the 2008s, 2009, and the June 2010 I practiced with.

I welcome any positive thoughts and ideas and have listed the schools on my list that I plan to apply to once the results of my LSAT come back in 20 days. Any schools that you think I should add that are missing or that might be interested in a person of my background & desires I would be interested in hearing about. Thanks! :)

10/12 - The more I think about this past LSAt the more upset I am with myself - I know the outcome is not going to be good - unless I got really really lucky. Most likely, I will sign up for the Dec test. I have done the powerscore LG bible but the games section is what is killing my score everytime. If anyone has an alternative source, website, anything that might help me I could sure use it!

10/13- Motivation to start LSAT prep again is hard to come by right now......Still beating myself up for a crappy performance Saturday! :(

10/13 - I was looking through some of my Cali school apps (Thomas Jeff, Cal Western) and they both ask:

" Have you been arrested, charged, indicted, convicted, paid restitution, or served probation in leau of any of the following: being charged, being prosecuted, or entering a plea (whether a plea of guilty or no contest)? You need not include parking tickets...."

I've read this about ten times and can't see where this would only include convictions. I thought the California schools could ONLY ask for convictions....any help would be greatly appreciated!

10/14- Starting to get together GPA addendum explaining my early college grades and some records check today. Migght start my personal statement this afternoon. Still feeling down about the LSAt on Saturday! Damn, I just don't think I did to well - in fact, I can't really remember the test in any type of detail. So, I am scared. At this point i would consider cutting of a pinky finger to get a 150 (willing to cut of the tip of my pointer finger for a 155 ) - more later..........

10/15 - I'm not seeing a lot of activity on people's profiles in the last few days - I guess everyones minds are mush from the test ....how's everyone feeling? Anyone retaking in Dec?

10/15 - Wishing everyone a relaxing weekend! :)

10/20 - The activity on here has died down quite a bit in the last few days. I hope everyone hasn't given up! Scores will be out in roughly 9 days - I'm scared! :(

10/22 - working on the personal statement today......still have not fully committed to what I will be writing about. I have 3 drafts working (all different). I'm hoping one will stand out as the best once I finish. More later....

10/25 - "Slow and low....that is the tempo."

10/26 - Woke up this morning, had some coffee, took my beautiful English Bulldog on a short walk and figured out a new direction for my personal statement. I'm looking for a few individuals (with similar numbers and schools) to trade some rough drafts with. Letting a perfect stranger read a personal statement is similar to alllowing a random adcomm read it. In short, if I can get your approval - my odds of submitting a PS that has a positive impact on my application should also be the case.

If anyone has been watching my page - or would be interested in trading - leave a message here -or- email me at:

lawismything@gmail.com

Thanks, Everyone!

10/27 - Well, just about got my personal statement done. Also, the wait time to see what we got on our tests is nearly over. Most likely, I will try again in December. I just wanted to wish each of you reading this (and waiting for a score) the best of luck. Let's be honest, the LSAT, the application process, the waiting, deciding where to attend, and commiting to 3 years of intense law study is monumental. Befor you open your emails - take a deep breath - and realize that the effort to get to this point is something most never even attempt.

In short, all of you reading this should pat yourself on the back. We could all be doing something different right now - but instead, we studied our A$$e$ off in an attempt to score well on the hardest standardized test in the world and get accepted to one of the most competative type graduate programs. You are a winner for simply making it this far, in my book.

If I had my way, each of you would grin ear-to-ear opening Fridays email. Sadly, that won't be the case. Most (like me, I am assuming) will start again - continuing to pursue a score that will make us competative and possibly get us some scholly $$$. If this is you, don't fret. You are a champion for preparing to gring through hours of practice tests and books again. Period.

So, I will not post again until after my email has arrived and I have seen my score - but I wanted to leave you with a powerful quote until then....

" The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you're willing to pay the price.."

- Vince Lombardi

10/29 - GOOD LUCK WITH SCORE RELEASES EVERYONE! BE SURE TO UPDATE YOUR PROFILE WHEN YOU GET YOUR SCORES!!!! :)

10/30 - Well, gave up looking for my score last night.....woke up, made some coffee, and found the LSAC email waiting for me.....a 146. I was actually not to sad about this considering the aforementioned problems (Anxiety, a loud testing center, etc.) - honestly, I thought I did not do this well. At least it is a score think I can apply with to a few of the schools I have listed above. I'm trying to narrow my list to ten realistic schools where I have a chance. Anyone care to give me the ten above that they think I might be able to get into?

10/30 - Much more awake now. Boy, 146 is poor. Needed to at least be in the 150's to really compete, I fear. I'm debating 1) How I should prepare for Dec. since I have used most (all) available tests and 2) If I should apply to 6-10 schools using the score I already have?

If someone could help me determine where I should apply (using the list above) and now knowing my #'s - I'd really appreciate it.

10/31 - HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!!! Well, I've decided I will probably sit for the December test again but I am going to apply to about 7 schools I may have a shot getting in with my current numbers. Obviously, I love NCCU, the location, etc. and they are #1 on my list (tied with West Virgina Univ.). I will be updating my school list above to reflect those I have applied to and those I am holding off on. I;m still looking for advice from you, the LSN community, about which schools I have a chance at. PLEASE POST SOMETHING!!!! :)

10/31 - Ok, after much thought I am going to retake - but only after I master the games portion of this test. I missed a $hitload of answers and, had I done even remotely well on that section I would have been in the mid 150's, possibly edging on 160. I missed -21 on the damn games! If anyone has any advice (materials, etc.) beyond the powerscore LG Bible (which I have used and plan to go through again) please let me know. I really need to get better in this area!

11/2 - Starting my LSAT study again today. I will be reading the LG Bible from cover to cover and doing all the examples - I'm hoping this can bring up my dismal performance on that section. I'll be signing up for the Dec. test today..... More later....

11/2 - I hate S. Florida! I tried to sign up for a testing center to take the Dec LSAT from as far south as Miami and as far north as Boca Raton and they are all filled! I signed up for the wait-list. Just more stress! If anyone has gone through this please advise. Thanks!

11/3 - Chapters 2 & 3 of the LG BIBLE today.......I'm trying to take the mindset that "Games are fun!" It seems to help a bit. We will see.... :)

11/3 - HEY EVERYONE - ANY INFO ON WHAT THE DEAL IS WITH SIGNNG UP FOR THE WAITLIST FOR AN LSAC LOCATION WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. IT'S STRESSING ME OUT!

12/14 - Took the Dec LSAT and feel much better about it. I had LR, RC, LR, LR, LG - perfect for my strenghts. Also, I have no excuses because the room was quite and the perfect temperature. We shall see. Oh, I also greatly reduced the schools I am applying to. See updated list above. NCCU is my first choice - please let me in.......all app's will be sent tomorrow....and the wait begins. :)

12/15 - working on my apps. Will definately get NCCU's in today. Has anyone else applied there? If so, shoot me a note I'd like to chat :)

12/16 - Submitting some app's today - more through the week - hope to have app's into all the schools listed above by the end of the week! How's everyone doing? How does everyone feel about the December retake?

12/ 27- I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday! I have applied to the schools listed above. Those that do not indicate I have sent an app I am still debating. :)

12/28 - Will get my UDC app in today. They ask for an extra essay which caused me to delay a bit. WHEN DOES EVERYONE THINK THE DEC LSAT SCORES WILL BE RELEASED?

12/29 - Removed UDC from my list. After some heavy thought....I really don't want to live in D.C. I do realize that I have cut my list to such a small number of schools that I may not get accepted at any of them. My new LSAT score will probably tell the tale as most of my app's (via status checker) are on hold for my new scores. In the event that this happens....I may retake the LSAT after additional study -and- apply much earlier in the cycle next year. With the holidays its really unclear when we will get our scores. Does anyone have any idea?? Please share. :)

12/30 - Well, I really feel like I am in a holding pattern waiting for my recent LSAT scores to be released. I'm hoping they come out today! But, I'm sure with the holiday we are probably going to be waiting until Jan 3rd (my best guess).

Also, all schools but NCCU have requested my information (I double checked that LSAC actually transmitted my app on the 17th) - still no request from NCCU to LSAC to send over my file, however. I may have caught them right before the holiday break (and have called and the law school is closed until the 3rd). In short, LSAC shows "no request from school" at this point. If anyone has had dealings with NCCU during the APP process PLEASe drop me a line....this is really bugging me. I hope everyone has a great day! And, be sure to update your scores if they do come out today! :)

12/31 - Well, it looks like we all will be waiting for Monday for the scores to be released (my best guess - as mentioned in my earlier post). While I am not looking for a huge score........I certainly need something in the 150's. How about you?

1/1/ 2011 - HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! Be sure to post your updated scores on Monday when I believe the December LSAT scores will come out :) Fingers crossed :).....

1/2 - This is going to be the longest Sunday in the history of man! I'm fairly certain that LSAC will release Dec LSAT scores tomorrow at some point.........getting through today will be like walking through a field of pungi sticks, laced with poison, while being blind-folded. Man, I'm so ready to see what I got on the test and tired of the LSAT being the focus of my life. Actually, I'd love to get accepted to either my 1st or 2nd choice above, send in my seat deposit, and kick back and read some of the books I think will be helpful for a 1L. Specifically, "Getting to Maybe" and "Plain English for Lawyers". I've wanted to start these for sometime now.....but have held off....making them my reward for actually getting accepted to law school. So, for now, they sit, gathering dust, mocking me from their perch midway up my bookshelve. Anyone else going crazy waiting for score releases???? :)

1/3 - I FEEL TODAY WE WILL GET OUR SCORES! GET YOUR REFRESH BUTTONS READY AND BE PREPARED TO LOOK AT YOUR EMAIL EVERY 5 MINUTES ALL DAY (probably into the night) WAITING.......AND WAITING.... :-(

1/3 - LSAC , give me my damn score already! :-(

1/4 - Well, scores did not come out! I'm not sure when they will arrive. Does anybody have any thoughts on when they will be released? I thought for sure that yesterday was the day. Maybe thye will come out today? What do you think? The wait is killing me!!! :-)

1/4 - "Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind. " - Leonardo da Vinci

"How poor are they who have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees." - William Shakespeare

THOUGHTS TO KEEP IN MIND WHILE WE AWAIT OUR DECEMBER LSAT SCORES. :) HAVE A GREAT DAY EVERYONE!

1/5 - My Brithday! Yippie...now give me my 170 as a present, LSAC! :) I found this video which made me laugh out-loud this morning.........it appears everyone is stressing waiting for new scores! :)

http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/8224029/

HAVE A GOOD DAY EVERYONE!

1/6 - Well, still no scores. I'm hoping we all get them by friday. I read this is the longest wait EVER for LSAT scores to come out. This really sucks.

While twiddling my thumbs, waiting for LSAC to hit the send button, I began to evaluate myself as an applicant. Honestly, I've scared myself doing so. More specifically, as mentioned in some of my inital posts when I started this page, I'm not sure I look that attractive to admissions committees -or- appear "special". In many ways I'm just an average guy. My life to this point has been about self-sacrifice (busting my ass doing some shitty jobs) to ensure my wife didn't have to and so she could pursue her educational goals. I love her and she loves me for that - but communicating this in an app is tough. On paper, I am average -or- based on many LSAT scores I see on various profiles, "below average".

This saddens me because I feel I am one of the people you want sitting around you in a law classroom. Im loyal, have experience to draw upon, and have looked at the world through various perspectives in my life.

My GPA is screwed because of poor decisions (nearly twenty years ago). Will the admissions people see my near 4.0 average (and 35 straight A's) over the last 2 1/2 years and forgive my mistakes from 2 decades ago? I just don't know.

Honestly, I found it hard to make myself seem "special" on any of my applications. I tried to convey my uniqueness (age, work experience, marriage, etc.) but I'm not sure I succeeded. At the end of the day, in a numbers driven game that all schools play, will I get the nod? Maybe / maybe not.

In many ways, just forcing them to read my application is a victory of sorts. If I could flash my life before your eyes you would see that it is a miracle I'm even here typing this. Some would hang their hats on being able to say "I applied, but didn't get in" but I don't want to say this my whole life. I want to actually do it.

I had a great coversation via email on here with a student with similar numbers who has read that admissions rep's frequent these boards and may actually read our posts. For this reason, she has not made her information public - but will after decisions are made. I respect her for this. However, I'm taking a different approach.

If you are an admissions person surfing this board, attempting to match up individuals with applicants in your pile - I have not changed a thing. My numbers are precisely as they appear in my application. My city is even included. In 5 minutes or less you can match me with a name. When you do.......look at my file long and hard. Look at the resume I included and the 4 LOR various professors have submitted on my behalf. Then, if you have time, read this blog as this forum has allowed me to convey my true self - unlike the sterile setting of filling in the application. This is the real me....and I would love the opportunity to occupy a seat at your law school and make you, my family, and myself proud.

I realize law school is hard and the LSAT is the only means by which to evaluate potential success in law school. What it does not measure is desire, determination, and the willingness to "run the gauntlet" to make this dream come true. I am willing to do these things.

If that is the commitment and type of student you are looking for - than accept me........

HAVE A GREAT DAY EVERYONE!

1/7 - Got the same score.....don't even know what to say :-( It's a sad day.....

1/9 - I'm not gonna lie....I'm seriously depressed :-(... I'm really unsure if any of my schools will take me now. I feel liked my life is srewed!

1/10 - In review with several schools. No clue on what the results will be. For anyone reviewing this my profile may really point to 1) Decisions are based on GPA and LSAT -or- 2) That upward grade trend, non-traditional status, and diverse resume makes up for my lower numbers. Only time will tell. I'll keep you posted.

1/11 - No change - still "In Review" everywhere. I forgot to mention that I had added an app to FIU (15 minutes down the road) last week. They have dirt cheap tuition for in-state so I figured I'd throw my hat in the ring. I am nto applying to Nova (5 minutes away) as they are 35,000 a year. There is no way in hell I am coming out of law school with 100,000 in debt! Are you high!?!?!?!?! Sandbagger, my buddy in Arkansas, sent me this article yesterday (link is below). EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS! SERIOUSLY, READ THE ARTICLE FULLY.

http://finance.yahoo.com/college-education/article/111784/is-law-school-a-losing-game?mod=edu-continuing_education

I don't want to scare anyone but in-state tuition, in this economy, should be everyone's focus. I'd be interested in your thoughts after reading it. :)

1/11- As of this afternoon:

Under review at: U of Florida, FIU, John Marshall, West Virginia, Arkansas, LSU, and I would assum Southern (but they do everything by mail - no status checker)

Still Processing: NCCU & Charleston

Time will tell.........time will tell............

1/12 - "Under initial review" status at Univ. of Florida today - this changed a bit from yesterday...so we will see. Other than Charleston, whom I sent an email and who responded that "they enter everything "by hand" so it would take a bit to go complete - I guess I'm done. Waiting and nail-biting is all that is left :) Anyone else have any status update that pertain to my schools? Or, can anyone give me some information about when they heard back from the schools on my list? I'm just trying to see if I should expect a long long wait or if I should have things wrapped up within a month. THANKS FOR ANY REPLIES! :-)

1/14 - Status changed from "In Review" at the Univ. of Florida to "File reviewed, no decision reached." WTF does that mean????

1/18 - So, no new news other than my NCCU status checker finally changed to "complete". In review everywhere else. Gosh, what a crappy time.....unless you are a basketball fan.....there are only a few NFL games left before we hit what I like to call "two-months of death" because there is nothing to watch! :( How is everyone spending their time? When does everyone expect to start hearing (for those of us that submitted apps in mid-December)?

1/19 - File Complete and in Review" at NCCU as of this morning. Does anyone who has applied to NCCU know how long from this status to actually hearing something? Just trying to figure if I'll be waiting another week or two -or- another month or two :(

1/20 - No change in any of my status checkers.... :-( Just trying to "keep on keeping on..." Hope everyone is having a good week!

1/20 - Email confirming I am complete at Charleston. Good to know since I sent my ap to them over 6 weeks ago :) Other than that - an uneventful day for this law school hopefull.

1/21 - No changes as of this morning..SIGH! I'm anticipating starting to hear something from someone in the next 2 weeks (my best guess).

1/25 - Still no new news.....

1/26 - tick-tock, tick-tock.....crickets churping.....nothing new to report.......into week #3 of P90X and feeling physically great! Wish I would start hearing something from my schools so my mental health would feel great as well. :)

1/27 - No change on any of my status checkers.....the wait continues.

1/28 - Received an email this morning stating that I am "On Hold" at John Marshall Atlanta. Email states it could be as late as June before I am contacted with an acceptance / denial. :( I am changing the status above to "waitlist" as LSN does not have a hold option..

1/30 - Rejected from LSU via email today (Sunday) evening. Nice way to set me up for a good week... :-( Ugh!

1/31 - Nothing new on status checkers this morning....

1/31 - Still no new news....I'm glad I'm not fighting for a new MLB contract...my average right now is pretty crappy. Hope everyone had a good day.

2/1 - Happy Feb. everyone - REJECTED via status checker at UALR this morning. :( ugh!

2/1 - Updated my school rankings....

2/2 - No new decisions on my status checkers this morning...

2/3 - No new decisions on my status checkers this morning...

2/4 - No new decisions on my status checkers this morning...

2/4 - No changes in my status at any schools this afternoon. This really bums me out because now I have to go through the weekend and wait for Monday to arrive. :-(

2/7 - No changes on any of my status checkers. I've been in review for well over a month at each school. I hope they have not forgotten about me.

2/8 - Nothing new to report - the wait continues!

2/9 - No news this morning...[crickets churping]

2/9 - I had a minor panic attack last night. The kind of attack that creeps into your head when you are half-watching a TV show -or- during a mind-numbing commercial. Anyways, it dawned on me that I really don't have a plan if the "law school thing" falls through. What happens if I am rejected from all of the schools to which I have applied? Honestly, I don't have an answer [hence the panic attack]. I have put so much energy into this process that I neglected to establish a "fall back plan". Would I re-take the LSAT next year for the final time (devoting myself to months of study)? Would I simply write off the "law school thing" as something that "didn't pan-out?" Tough questions for which I, honestly, had no answers. I've met some wonderful people on LSN. But, I find that I am no longer speaking to them as a person who "will go to law school" in the fall - but instead, I am on the outside looking in because I don't have at least one acceptance like they do. It might not be their first choice - but they are in somewhere. Plain and simple - they will begin law school in the fall and, at this point, I will not.

I'm not looking for pitty - but the realization that I need at least one of these app's to "go my way" cleary set in last night. I'd really love to do this (as I am sure each of you reading this do as well). But, what if it doesn't happen? I'm just not sure what my next move would be. Any suggestions?

2/9 - Ok, I got some really good advice earlier from many of you (most notably Washburn, Sandbagger, and Chelseyyyy).

From those pieces of mail I have gathered that I am not dead in the water yet. I am simply waiting... with a decent chance to get admitted to at least one of my schools.

If I dont all is not lost according to LSN user Washburn who gave me some very good advice:

1) Get apps in early (Oct / Nov.)
2) Visit and meet Admissions Reps / Potential Schools
3) If re-applying, call and ask how to improve your second app.
4) If I dont get in, dedicate myself to 6-7 months of LSAT study and improve

Sandbagger and Chelseyyyy also gave me some good advice:

1) Cast a wider net - apply to more schools
2) Apply to some schools where entrance is nearly 100%, and where I can bet on myself (finish top 20% in 1L) and transfer

After receiving these responses I feel much more relaxed. I really do want to go to law school but I do have some options (as seen above) should this cycle go poorly. I am smiling again .Thanks everyone!

Oh yea, I just looked and there is no change in my status checkers this afternoon :(

2/10 - "Decision rendered -, letter mailed" on status checker from FIU. I assume this will probably be a rejection. There are no seat deposits visible on the status checker. If ANYONE has been in this situation if you could post on my page (or email me) how this turned out for you I would greatly appreciate it.

2/10 - No changes on my status checkers....no mail from FIU today. FIU is only 15-20 minutes away so I would imagine I will have their letter by Saturday (at the latest). I wanted to thank everyone who comments and emails me. It's nice to know that there is a place where all of us can meet and interact like this - and it makes the waiting much easier. I hope everyone had a great day!

2/11 - Nothing new this morning so far.....

2/11 - Mail guy came and went - no letter from FIU yet - I sure hope it comes tomorrow. No other changes on my status checkers. :(

2/12 - Rejected via snail mail from FIU :(

2/13 - Lazy Sunday - no change....hopefully this week will bring me some good news. :) I'm shooting the big goose-egg right now...Come on NCCU....I really want to go to your school. Please let me in... :-)

2/14 - Hey remaining schools on my list....no one has asked me to be their valentine yet.....All you have to do is ask. :)

2/15 - Nothing new this morning..... :-(

2/16 - Still playing the waiting game. I have been in review since 1/5 at most schools. I wonder when I will hear something?

2/17 - Nothing new this morning.... :-(

2/18 - No new news this morning! But, I am going to the beach tomorrow! Yippie! Forcast is for mid-80's, clear and sunny! :) I hope everyone has a good weekend!

2/23 - Still waiting........

2/24 - Nothing new this morning.......

2/25 - Nothing new this morning....is it me or are my decisions taking a very long time? Some schools have had me "in review" since 1/5 and we are almost into March. :(

3/1 - Hoping, since today is the app deadline at many schools, to start hearing something soon. I'm probably on the fence with several of these schools and they wanted to see what other app's came in. They should probably know now if they are planning on taking me or not. Good luck to everyone as decisions start rolling in. :)

3/2 - Nothing new this morning. The wait continues.... :-(

3/3 - "Letter issued (5-10 days for receipt)" on my University of Florida status checker. I love UF...and always will....but unless someone was smoking the crackie-crackie the day they made the decision...I'm certain its a reject. But, I do love them for holding it for 2 months and actually considering me. It was a long-shot so I am not that upset. Always a Gator fan here regardless. Nothing new on any other status checkers.

3/6 - Still waiting on my letter from UF. Nothing new on my other status checkers. Also, no new news regarding my "hold" at John Marshall. I hope everyone is hearing good news these days. :)

3/7 - Rejected at UF via small white envelope. :( I would have loved to be a Gator...... :-(

3/9 - Nothing new this morning......

3/21 - Rejected via status checker at Charleston.

3/22 - waiting on 3 schools.....no new news....

3/29 - Nothing new........I hope they have not forgotten about me :(

3/30 - Rejected at WVU today....only a few more schools away from an epic FAIL! :-(

4/5 - Still waiting on NCCU and Southern.....I thought I would have all decisions in by now so hopefully this won't last much longer. I really just need to know (for my own sanity) if I'm going to Law School this year or will end up re-taking the LSAT and applying next year.

4/12 - Decision rendered at NCCU via status checker but no more information. I am assuming I will need to wait for snail-mail from them. If anyone has dealt with NCCU please tell me if this is good or bad. If I was accepted would it say it on the status checker? Or, do rejections and acceptences both go through the mail? Any help is greatly appreciated! :)

4/13 - Waiting on letter from Southern (apparently some people I am in contact with have received their decisions already) and I'm also waiting on NCCU's decision in the mail. Should be a good week to get to know my mailman even better than I already do. The wait continues....

5/15 - Rejected via snail mail from NCCU. This one hurt as my numbers were right in line with other applicants. In fact, they just admitted someone with my exact stats. Maybe this all isn't in the cards.... :-( Looks like Southern is my last shot this cycle.

4/24 - IF ANYONE ELSE IS WAITING FOR SOUTHERN PLEASE EMAIL ME - I HAVE NOT HEARD ANYTHING...I SEE SOME PEOPLE ON HERE HAVE RECEIVED DECISIONS BUT THE MAJORITY ARE ALSO WAITING. HAS ANYONE CONTACTED THEM -OR- HAVE ANY IDEA WHEN WE WILL BE CONTACTED? IT'S GETTING A BIT LATE IN THE GAME....

4/26 - Who else is still waiting for a Southern decision?

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Good luck
Saturday, September 11 2010 at 08:00 PM

Just wanted to say good luck. I am looking to "hang out a shingle" myself and we have a lot of the same schools. I think being an adult non-traditional student gives a different perspective and reason for going to law school altogether. Good luck on your apps.

Good luck
Monday, October 11 2010 at 08:00 PM

Hey, I also took the LSAT last Saturday and felt really bad about it. I think that is how everyone feels coming out. I definitely felt like I was on cruise control a lot, like you said, but hopefully that will turn out alright because I trust that I understood the material (even though there isn't really any material) pretty well, and thats all you can do. And I wouldnt bum out too much on the LR sections. You are right, they were hard ... (and my PTs were high 160s or low 170s, although we will see if that means anything), but they were hard for everyone. so, sorry to clog up your wall. best wishes

Thank you
Sunday, October 24 2010 at 08:00 PM

I just wanted to say that I absolutely love your positive approach to law school. Its refreshing to see someone who's not "T14 or bust"! I wish you the best of luck, and if I were an adcomm I'd admit you on attitude alone!

Thanks, Kmarks09!
Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

I was really glad to see your post on my page this morning. I was beginning to wonder if anyone was reading my stuff :) I do think that those of us that end up at non-T14 schools can have a positive impact in the areas we specialize in and the legal profession as a whole. It's good to see I am not alone! I have put you on my watch list (and encourage you to do the same with me). I'll be keeping an eye on how your cycle goes. Best of luck!

That's some list you got :-o
Saturday, September 25 2010 at 08:00 PM

Good luck with your cycle!

Friday, January 29 2010 at 07:00 PM

Hey man, I've read your profile and I have to say I'm impressed with your attitude. Keep it up and I'm sure good things will come your way! Best of luck with your LSAT and apps.

Thanks, ajw431
Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

I also posted on your wall - but wanted to say thanks and return the well wishes! :)

LOL
Wednesday, May 19 2010 at 08:00 PM

"At this point i would consider cutting of a pinky finger to get a 150 (willing to cut of the tip of my pointer finger for a 155 ) - more later" HAHAHAHHAH I AM ROLLIN I would too! man the hell with fingers I need a good score!

hahaha
Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

The sad part is I'm almost serious wiith that statement! Although, to go to Harvard, I don't know that I would want "nubs" on either hand and have to write with my mouth in order to have achieved the 170+ needed for entrance :)

Could you help me out?
Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

I was hoping to get some advice from some of you about which 10 schools I should apply to using my GPA and LSAT score (from the list above). Idealy I'd like to apply to 6-8 realistic schools and 2 reach schools. Any help would be greatly appreciated! :)

Dear Bulldog13
Sunday, September 12 2010 at 08:00 PM

I got a 145 with a 3.6 gpa... I have work experience... Do you think there is a chance I'll get into MSU? I'm so upset... Good luck with your cycle!

Bizzaro
Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

I sent you a message...

Tuesday, August 17 2010 at 08:00 PM

good luck on this cycle!

Sunday, January 31 2010 at 07:00 PM

Hey, last year i applied with a 146 too, some schools I would recommend maybe, florida coastal, university of detroit mercy, florida AM last year a lot of people got into these schools with similar numbers, also try and research schools with EOP type programs, i hope this helps, best wishes for your cycle!

Saphho
Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

Thanks for the comments! :) Aren't part-time programs usually more selective? Fill me in.

Bulldog13
Sunday, September 12 2010 at 08:00 PM

Hello there! I have not received your e-mail yet. Maybe try again!

Another great school
Sunday, September 12 2010 at 08:00 PM

I just remembered that Nova Southeastern University in Broward is pretty good as well... Good Luck!

Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

Hey, I just want to wish you good luck on your cycle and December LSAT! We have similar numbers and extracurriculars, so hopefully law schools will be able to see past our LSAT scores.

clr688
Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

Thanks, clr688! I posted on your wall as well! :)

Saturday, September 11 2010 at 08:00 PM

Good luck on the retake. I am sure you will get in to schools that will work for you.

December Retake
Sunday, September 12 2010 at 08:00 PM

Hello there! I was able to switch from Broward College to University of Miami for testing. I hope you found a center close to you. Best of luck to you!!

hello!
Friday, November 12 2010 at 07:00 PM

I have the same numbers as you and am also re-taking in december, and would also do anything for a score in the 150s. Unfortunately there isn't alot of time left for a course, at this point just take as many practice exams as you can and most importantly, work on your weakness areas where you can improve the most.

Hellooooooooooo
Sunday, September 12 2010 at 08:00 PM

Hey there! thanks for remembering me lol! To be honest with you... I think I did WORSE. I am sick of the LSAT, I've never had to retake a class and this is just a slap in the face to me and is really questioning my intelligence. I was falling asleep in the middle of the test and I found myself daydreaming in the beginning of the reading comp section. I know it is too late to cancel the score. I am really glad you feel better about this retake. I know you did well and I honestly wish you the best. Please keep me updated! Denisse

Monday, August 02 2010 at 08:00 PM

Just browsing random users and I'm sooo anxious that Dec. scores aren't out yet. It feels like it's been FOREVER. Ugh. Anyway, I read your blogging and it's awesome you have an English bulldog. That's my future dream dog. Did you get it as a puppy?

Hey
Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

Yes, I got him as a puppy :) I posted more of a response on your wall :)

Tuesday, December 28 2010 at 07:00 PM

Fingers crossed for your apps, man! We have similar LSAT scores, but I'm looking on the bright side. When there's a will, there's a way, right? I'll be watching your cycle!

SCORE
Wednesday, May 19 2010 at 08:00 PM

I don't think the score is going to come out tom! lol I hope it will though..!! good luck!!!

Hmmmm
Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

Hey, Nogrindnoshine......wanna bet a beer on that? :)

bet
Wednesday, May 19 2010 at 08:00 PM

We can bet! No problem its not coming tom! You can keep the beer just pay my app fee to a school of my choice hahahha....

Hahahah
Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

OK....but I hate to take your money.... :)

Sunday, November 21 2010 at 07:00 PM

Good luck

Happy Birthday
Wednesday, May 19 2010 at 08:00 PM

Happy Birthday...Good luck with that 170!

Friday, October 01 2010 at 08:00 PM

I just read your page because you showed up as "Recently Updated" on the LSN homepage...you are inspiring. I hope you get in to every school you apply to because law schools need people like you. T14 is overrated. Keep us updated!

Monday, December 20 2010 at 07:00 PM

Good Luck!!

Hey!
Friday, October 01 2010 at 08:00 PM

Definitely sick of the weather! But also not a fan of rejections and BC and BU seem too far out of my league. I took the risk with Notre Dame because it was my top choice by leaps and bounds. This whole process is exhausting and kind of disheartening. In all honesty it is refreshing to see someone with such a positive mindset, and I really think that will translate through your applications. I am rooting for you!!

Monday, December 20 2010 at 07:00 PM

Yes, I am. Is my profile that obvious? haha.

LSAT
Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

Just wanted to stop by and say not to let the LSAT get you down. I know exactly how you feel, I took it twice and only got a 1 point increase (even with tutoring and countless hours of studying)! It's really discouraging, but I'm sure there is a law school that will accept you with your credentials as they are. Good luck with your cycle!

Keep your head up
Sunday, October 03 2010 at 08:00 PM

I understand your thoughts on the LSAT. I didnt do a whole lot better than before. I was dissapointed as well. LSAT SUCKS! I still plan on having a cold one with you.

Sandbagger
Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

Same here.

clr68
Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

Thanks!

Helloo
Sunday, September 12 2010 at 08:00 PM

Hey there, I just want to share with you that I did worse! lol! I want to wish you the best for the cycle.

Keep on trucking
Sunday, October 03 2010 at 08:00 PM

Lets cast a wider net. this is a blip a bump keep on keeping on. At this point all we can do is try. cast a wide net and see. It will be ok, keep the faith.

Email
Sunday, October 03 2010 at 08:00 PM

Sent you an email that was an artical on yahoo.

Got it
Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

Hey, Sandbagger, I got it and responded. Scary stuff!

Thanks
Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

Thanks for the update, Tart! :)

Sunday, January 09 2011 at 07:00 PM

Good luck brother. I really hope you get in to a school of your liking.

LSAC School Search
Thursday, September 02 2010 at 08:00 PM

Have you used the LSAC School Search to see what schools you have good odds of getting accepted to? That is a really good way of deciding where to apply, assuming you are willing and able to make the move to whatever part of the country that school is in. I think that a lot of schools will definitely consider how much better you did recently in school compared to a long time ago. At least that is what schools have told me. Also, if possible, schedule meetings with the admissions people at the schools you are interested in. Even if you can only do it over the phone. When they talk to you, they see you more as a person than an application. Also, the more interest you show a school, the more likely they will be to show interest back. And it is a good chance to explain your GPA.

Thanks
Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

Thansk for the advice, Rachel!

Thanks
Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

Thanks, Blueblazer!

GL!
Tuesday, September 28 2010 at 08:00 PM

Good Luck man! I put you on my watch list we have very similar numbers and stories. I'm gonna retake that evil LSAT in June and maybe wait till next cycle. Still have a few apps in, though; there's always hope!

Dutchtowner
Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

Hey, thanks for the kind words. I put you on my watchlist as well! Looks like we are both playing the waiting game. :-( On a positive note, I started doing P90X recently - and am sleeping much better. In fact, I figure "what will be will be." Here's hoping we both get good news and SOON!

???
Tuesday, September 28 2010 at 08:00 PM

See you changed your JMLS ststus to waitlisted. Were you actually waitisted or did you get the same email I did about being placed on 'hold?' They must be really busy.

??
Tuesday, September 28 2010 at 08:00 PM

Nah, my status checker says 'decision has been made' and 'decision will be sent via email' Then I got the 'you're on hold' email and also that it wasn't denail or waitlist, but hold possibly till June or July. You checked your status today?

ABOUT JOHN AMRSHALL
Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

Yes, it was a "hold" per the letter. But, LSN does not have a "hold" otion so I put waitlisted and commented in my post today that this was really a "hold". How many of you got the same typr letter today?

BULLDOGLAW
Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

Hey, it said "under review", I think and then this morning changed to "Decision has been made" and under it "Decision will be emailed" - which I received about 15 minutes after reading it on my status checker.

hold
Tuesday, September 28 2010 at 08:00 PM

I got the same thing. I suspect lots of folks on the edge did. I think JMLS has been really busy admin-wise too....recruiting and trying to open up a new school, etc. At least it wasn't a reject!! :)

DUTCHTOWER
Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

Yea, not a reject, but it sure feels like one. I don't know if I can wait until July to hear from them and make the move from Florida and be all settled to start. An acceptance would have been really nice. :(

lol
Tuesday, September 28 2010 at 08:00 PM

just typed otu a lengthy response and it disappeared into cyberspace. I think the wait is exactly what it says it is. I wouldn't think there would be an earlier chance at admission....just MO. I got a feeling they categorize by LSAT score an offer from the top down. Just a guess. They may like you app, but can't really check you out till others withdraw?

Sunday, November 21 2010 at 07:00 PM

Good luck

Amber
Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

Yea, I had that once. When you clear out your cache of websites it won't let you log in. As long as you don't clear your internet history in the future - you will always be able to log on. I was kicked off for 2 weeks at one point :( I hope you get back on soon -or- make a temp login until then.

southern
Tuesday, September 28 2010 at 08:00 PM

BD13, What's the process been like at Southern? How has the school/admissions reacted? They seem a little old fashioned app-wise. I considered applying there, but might wait till next cycle. My wife's family lives a couple hours from there. Have you checked out Baton Rouge?

Dutchtower
Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

Southern does use LSAC for the application but they do not provide a status checker (like most schools) and simply tell you that you will be notified by mail of their decision. As of now I have received no further communication from them - and hound my mailman daily :)

Dutch.. Also....
Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

Also, I have been to Baton Rouge but have not visited the law school. Like any city, it has crime problems and has been impacted by Katrina and the BP Oil spill. Overall, having lived in the south for several years, I like LA. Housing in the area is cheap and the school itself is cheap to attend (leaving you with options after school and not forced to take a job with your JD just to pay back loans). While not my first choice, I would consider going there is it was one of my only options.

southern
Tuesday, September 28 2010 at 08:00 PM

BD13, Not to mention the Louisiana bar is a bear. Look at Southern's rate of passage. :( I talked to their reps at a LSAC forum and they said the bar was a long drawn out thing there. Don't know how easy it would be to work elsewhere with a degree from there either?

Dutch...
Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

I agree. But, a good southern saftey (1 year and out) option to have if needed. :)

lol
Wednesday, May 19 2010 at 08:00 PM

"St Thomas, Miami is in the hood" hahaha amen to that..!!!

Question...
Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

If my application lands on the desk of an admission person...and no one is around...does it make a sound? :-)

FIU
Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

"Decision rendered -, letter mailed" on status checker from FIU. If ANYONE has been in this situation if you could post on my page (or email me) how this turned out for you I would greatly appreciate it. :)

Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

Sophie, thanks for the heads up! I really hope mine is an acceptance as well. I'm keeping my fingers crossed :) Congrats to you! Do you have a profile on here?

Best wishes!
Saturday, January 22 2011 at 07:00 PM

I've really enjoyed reading about your law school journey - the way you've described everything I think really epitomizes the process. I still can't get over how stressful it is! I wish you the best of luck and hope you get into your #1 choices!

Barklm
Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

Thanks for the nice comments! I wish you all the best with your cycle as well! :)

Hola!
Sunday, September 12 2010 at 08:00 PM

Hola Bulldog13, I hope you are doing well. I love reading your profile, it makes my day. I want to motivate you and share with you that I spent almost two months thinking about my future panic attacks if I do not go to law school. The last thing I expected was an acceptance without a conditional program and I did! (this morning!) Apply to more schools, you are not going to graduate from a TTTT. You are going to kick butt your first year and transfer to an awesome school (where you belong). Take care!

Thanks, Bizzaro
Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

I'm so happy for you! I know how hard you worked for the opp. to attend....and now you have the chance! Make the most of it!! :)

HELLO
Tuesday, October 26 2010 at 08:00 PM

Hi, we have similar numbers. I have taken that horrible exam three times and no real improvement. I took the Kaplan course and I did not improve either. What is your opinion about the powerscore course? Kaplan sucks, a lot of materials but the instructor was terrible; he got lost more of the time. I really want to go to the law school, but I do not have a lot of choices because I am an international student and few schools accept application on paper and my international evaluator; and it is impossible for me to get another copy of my undergrad transcripts from Cuba. So,I need to scoe 150 or above to have any chance for those schools that accept my trasncripts evaluation. Thanks Yanglier

Yan
Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

Yan, I'm not sure I can offer any advice. Your situation is unique but I am sure many law schools have delt with applicants like yourself and can provide some answers. Best of luck. :)

Sunday, September 12 2010 at 08:00 PM

How about Florida A&M ?

Bizzaro
Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

Bizzaro, in short, "No". :)

Tuesday, November 16 2010 at 07:00 PM

Hey Bulldog: Put your seat belt on and settle in for the ride. Some of my apps have been ready for review for close to 5 months. I am sure you will get some good news but you may have to wait for it - hang in there!

Thanks
Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

Thanks, Washburn. Yea, the time is not passing quickly....my mailman runs when he sees me, and my keypad on my computer is stained with my characters from my user name / password for my status checkers. I might need professional help by the time this is all over :)

Tuesday, October 26 2010 at 08:00 PM

Why you do not apply to NSU?

Thursday, January 20 2011 at 07:00 PM

Don't know how I wound up on your page, but just read your blog and have to say your attitude is very inspiring! I wish you all the best. You can always study hard core and retake and apply next year (although I'm sure you're tired of hearing that). I'm considering it. Good luck!

Thursday, January 20 2011 at 07:00 PM

Thanks/you're welcome!

wvu
Wednesday, April 05 2006 at 08:00 PM

How did you hear from WVU? So sorry to hear about your cycle - keep your chin up - where there is a will there is a way! Perhaps you should consider Thomas Cooley, Florida Coastal, etc. or take the LSAT again!! The odds were really against me and I miraculously got in...I believe you can make it happen if this is what you really, truly want to do!

Bunnyrabbit
Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

Hey Bunny, I got rejected via status checker from WVU

Washburn
Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

Thanks, Washburn! Again, I have to wait :) Yippie :)

dutchtower
Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

Hey Dutch, no new news from JM-ATL either. We are mid-April so I would hope to have my hold lifted and either accepted or rejected soon. No clue when that will happen however. :(

Washburn
Sunday, October 10 2010 at 08:00 PM

Thanks for the kind words. I've attacked the mail-man today and nothing...it would be nice to get that big packet from NCCU telling me I am in. :) Best of luck to us both! Keep updating your page...ill be watching. :)