Claudius (2022-2023)

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Application Information

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# Law School Status Type $$$ Sent Received Complete Interview Date Decision Updated
University of Akron PT Accepted W Type: RA $14,000 Sent: 09/08/10 Rec: -- Comp: 10/21/10 Inter: -- Dec: 10/27/10 Upd: 13 years
Cleveland State University PT Accepted A Type: RA $12,000 Sent: 09/13/10 Rec: -- Comp: 10/15/10 Inter: -- Dec: 03/25/11 Upd: 13 years
Case Western Reserve University Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 09/26/10 Rec: -- Comp: 10/04/10 Inter: -- Dec: 01/27/11 Upd: 13 years

Applicant Information

  • LSAT: 170
  • LSAT 2: -
  • LSAT 3: -
  • GRE : -
  • LSAC GPA: 2.27
  • Degree GPA: 2.228
  • School Type: Public
  • Major: English

Demographic Information

  • City: -
  • State: Ohio
  • Race: -
  • Gender: Man
  • Non-Traditional Applicant: Yes
  • Years out of Undergrad: 5-9 Years

Extra Curricular Information

Employed in IT for the past 12 years.

Additional info & updates

6/27 - I received my LSAT score on Friday and I'm really excited at the prospect of being accepted to an evening program. I don't yet have my LSDAS GPA, but it won't be higher than a 2.3. I think that I have a good shot at Akron or Cleveland, but CWRU is probably a stretch.

7/13 - LSDAS GPA 2.27. I have three letters of recommendation coming in. After looking at the numbers on LSN for all three schools I'm unsure of what to expect besides maybe a good laugh from admissions.

9/4 - Unfortunately, I missed my goal of having everything ready for the 9/1 application releases. In some ways, the personal statement is worse than the LSAT.

9/9 - The first of my three applications has gone out! Judging by LSN, I have a long wait ahead of me. Any other Akron hopefuls out there?

9/13 - I attended the Cleveland State Super Saturday event this weekend and applied to CSU this early morning. At the event I had an opportunity to ask a director in admissions about the school's attitude toward splitters (note my pathetic GPA to the left) and was pleasantly surprised when I was told to apply as soon as possible and notify them in email when it was complete so that they could set my application aside and review it. Maybe they were just being nice.

9/26 - CWRU has been sent. They were the only school to ask for approximate class rank. I wonder if the reviewers will laugh when they see that I wrote bottom 6%.

That's it for this cycle. I pledged to give this a shot before I turned 30 and I just made it. I had no idea how long this process would be when I began studying last Summer. I now have yet another big wait before I see if any of this has paid off. Good luck to the rest of you if anyone reads this!

10/27 - In at Akron via Status Checker! For many this would be a safety school, but for me it's an opportunity to become an attorney. I thought that I had removed all possibility of law school with a 2.2 GPA.

1/27 - Accepted to Case via E-mail after a phone interview yesterday. I'm a little surprised, but very pleased.

2/24 - My 30th birthday awarded with a $14,000/year scholarship to Akron PT. This is incredible news! It's very close to a full ride.

2/25 - Withdrew from Case. I was not offered a scholarship and there is no part-time program. If I were independently wealthy then I would be attending Case, but it would be a huge risk to take on that kind of debt and throw away my current income. I hope my withdrawal helps someone that is on a waitlist.

3/30 - Admitted to Cleveland-Marshall via letter with $12,000/year scholarship. I am suddenly relieved of months of tension. My cycle is over and I'm 3 for 3.

4/14 - I sent in my seat deposit to Cleveland-Marshall and withdrew from Akron. The general consensus seems to be if I want to find a job in Cleveland then CSU is the best choice between the two schools. I also prefer the better odds of keeping my scholarship.

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Wednesday, August 25 2010 at 08:00 PM

Wow.. congratulations on scoring so high on the LSAT! How did you do it? I will take the LSAT in October but I keep scoring super low on the practice exams (low 140's). What approach do you think I should take? Also, good luck with your applications!!!

Saturday, June 26 2010 at 08:00 PM

Hi willpower and walaw, Thank you both for the kind words! I self-studied for the LSAT. I relied on the 3 books of 10 LSATs, the Superprep, tests 40 - 59, and the LR and LG bibles from Powerscore. I began studying casually last July with the bibles, but picked it up aggressively in January. I took one timed test every week and then spent about an hour or two a day the rest of the week going over the questions that I missed and/or felt were difficult. It's important to really understand why you're making mistakes and then target your weaknesses. For me, I made a lot of stupid errors and found it difficult to complete LG in 35 minutes. In March I increased the number of tests to two per week. My strategy was to start with the lowered number tests and finish hard with tests 40 - 59. I saw a big improvement about 6 weeks before the real deal. Stick with it and don't cut corners. I had planned on taking it last December and then February, but until I put my foot down and committed to a schedule of studying I was forever going to put the test off and question whether or not I could do it. Good luck!

Only 3?
Wednesday, August 25 2010 at 08:00 PM

I really think you should apply to more schools. There are a lot of good schools out there that take splitters, and since you've got distance between your undergrad record you should definitely play up your work experience. I would try Northwestern. Good luck!

CWRU a stretch?
Wednesday, August 05 2009 at 08:00 PM

I don't think so man, with a 170 u shud get in, with that lsat why don't you take a shot at some of the top 20 schools? or are you just looking a Ohio schools right now?

Good luck!
Sunday, February 07 2010 at 07:00 PM

Great LSAT score. I think you will do well. Is OSU too far for you? You would need to quit your job, but I think if you have the chance of getting into a T1 (esp an inexpensive in-state one), you should do so. Since you've been out of school a while, hopefully your GPA will matter less.

Sunday, February 07 2010 at 07:00 PM

I hope to go into corporate transactional law. I spent the first 4 years after undergrad in the M&A world on both the legal and banking sides before leaving NYC and coming to my current role at a Fortune 500 (there are a number of those around these parts). What area would you like? Like you, I also have a spouse who doesn't want me to move for law school (he is committed to his job in this city for the next 5 years), but I want to see what my options are before making any promises. Should be interesting to see what happens!

Monday, October 04 2010 at 08:00 PM

you are a super splitter

Case Western
Tuesday, March 30 2010 at 08:00 PM

I really don't think you have much to worry about @ Case w/ a 170 LSAT. I'll eat a bug if they don't accept you with a hefty scholarship offer.

Monday, June 11 2007 at 08:00 PM

I'm not interested in University of Akron. I applied because at the time, I didn't have LORs and they didn't require them, and they didn't have an application fee. I just wanted to get a feel for the application process. :)

Tuesday, March 30 2010 at 08:00 PM

OSU would be great, but my LSAT will have to be great to compensate for my lackluster GPA. I was PT-ing in the 165 - 168 range for a couple weeks before the test, but I have no clue how the real thing came out. We'll see! I'm just as likely to take a TTT school with full scholly than OSU (since they have a reputation to be stingey with the $$) Thanks for the words of encouragement. I'm looking forward to getting the application process rolling! I'll be sure to watch your progress. Good luck with the cycle. Cheers, TK

Monday, January 25 2010 at 07:00 PM

Congrats on Akron! Very exciting! I just went complete today so hopefully I will hear back soon. Good luck on the rest of your applications!

Tuesday, March 30 2010 at 08:00 PM

Congrats on the acceptance @ Akron. Just a warning about Akron - they are very generous with scholarship offers,but the way they finance it is kind of dirty. If you fall outside the top 15%, they yank the scholarship. Their curve is ridiculously harsh. Food for thought while the offers come pouring in. Good luck!

Monday, October 11 2010 at 08:00 PM

Best of luck with everything. I'm really rooting for you. I think that such a strong LSAT may make up for you GPA especially if you can show that you got that GPA a long time ago and you are better prepared and a more serious student now. Did you write an addendum explaining it? I think you could really nullify the effect of the low GPA if you wrote a convincing and sincere one. Of course, you need to actually have a decent reason, but, that was a long time ago, you clearly have the intellectual ability, and if the last few years taught you anything, you should tell them. I think if you do that convincingly, you could be considered for significantly better schools as well as the ones that you already applied to. Don't shortchange yourself, you are clearly smart. Good Luck, and sorry to take up so much space on your wall.

2 down
Tuesday, March 30 2010 at 08:00 PM

Yeah, thanks! 2 down, 8 to go! Good luck on your interview w/ Case Western you mentioned on TLS.

Tuesday, March 30 2010 at 08:00 PM

Yeah, I'm stoked. This is definitely the fun part of the process. I'm looking forward to going to ASW's. Glad they have some love for us non-traditionals.

Sunday, February 07 2010 at 07:00 PM

Congratulations on Case!! Well deserved. Now they'd better show you the money. ;)

Great Job
Friday, January 14 2011 at 07:00 PM

Great job on gaining admission to Case, I am very jealous, and good luck getting in to CSU. You must have worked hard when studying for the LSAT and it paid off!

Akron $
Tuesday, March 30 2010 at 08:00 PM

Congrats on the scholly - looking at update time, it seems we got the notification via email at the same time. Is that where you think you'll be headed? Congrats.

Tuesday, March 30 2010 at 08:00 PM

Looks like it. Yeah, in your situation, it sounds like Akron is your best bet since you're tied to Cleveland. Too bad - there are a couple of schools out there that would show major splitter love to ya'. Case seems to have better ties to the big firms in the area like Jones Day, but geez, that's a lot of extra debt to swallow. Akron released its salary info for recent grads and despite trying to paint a rosy picture, it was ugly. I think the PT program is a smart bet - hedging your bets to maintain a foot in IT. Good luck!