DChopeful1 (2021-2022)

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Application Information

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# Law School Status Type $$$ Sent Received Complete Interview Date Decision Updated
Catholic University of America PT Waitlisted W Type: RA Sent: 01/06/11 Rec: 01/07/11 Comp: 01/07/11 Inter: -- Dec: 02/21/11 Upd: 11 years
University of Maryland PT Waitlisted W Type: RA Sent: 01/13/11 Rec: 01/13/11 Comp: 01/13/11 Inter: -- Dec: 02/18/11 Upd: 11 years
University of Baltimore PT Accepted A Type: RA $8,000 Sent: 01/12/11 Rec: 01/13/11 Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 01/21/11 Upd: 11 years
American University PT Waitlisted W Type: RA Sent: 01/24/11 Rec: 01/07/11 Comp: 01/07/11 Inter: -- Dec: 01/24/11 Upd: 11 years
Georgetown University PT Rejected Type: RA Sent: 03/18/11 Rec: 01/13/11 Comp: 01/13/11 Inter: -- Dec: 03/18/11 Upd: 11 years
George Mason University PT Rejected Type: RA Sent: 01/08/11 Rec: 01/10/11 Comp: 01/11/11 Inter: -- Dec: 01/31/11 Upd: 11 years
George Washington University PT Rejected Type: RA Sent: 01/07/11 Rec: 01/10/11 Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 02/08/11 Upd: 11 years

Applicant Information

  • LSAT: 159
  • LSAT 2: 159
  • LSAT 3: -
  • GRE : -
  • LSAC GPA: 2.6
  • Degree GPA: 2.7
  • School Type: Private
  • Major: Speech Comm, Nursing

Demographic Information

  • City: Silver Spring
  • State: Maryland
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Man
  • Non-Traditional Applicant: Yes
  • Years out of Undergrad: 10+ Years

Extra Curricular Information

1.Professional Memberships: 1: American Association of Neurosurgeons, 2: College of Neurosurgeons, 3: American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

2. Leadership Positions Held: 1: Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland: Director Capital District, 2: National Student Nurses Association: Director East (in charge of national membership), 3: New Jersey Nurses Association: Director of Public Relations, 4: Charles E. Gregory School of Nursing Student Nurses Association: Corresponding Secretary, President.

3. Published Article on central nervous system tuberculoma.

4. Selected Peer Reviewer for Articles: 1: Journal for Nurse Practitioners: The Worst Headache of My Life: Crucial Responses for Recognizing Thunderclap Headache, Treatment and Survival of Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage, 2: Journal for Nurse Practitioners: Management and Treatment of Outpatient Community-Associated Methicillin-Resistant Stap;hylococcus Aureus (CA-MRSA) Based on Evidence-Based Practice , 3: Journal for Nurse Practitioners: Links between infectious diseases and cardiovascular disease: A growing body of evidence

5. Invited Lecturer: February 2011: 1: RNFA: Is it right for you: New Jersey Nursing Students State Convention. 2: April 2007: Head and neck trauma: Sinai Hospital Required trauma education. 3:February 2007: men in nursing: New Jersey Nursing Students State Convention. 4: June 2004: Complete neurological exam: Department of Transplantation, Johns Hopkins Hospital

6. Founding Member/Founding President of Southern Montgomery County Orchestra.

Additional info & updates

1/13/2011: All applications are in and now I join my fellow 1L hopefuls in the waiting game.

1/21/2011: WOO HOO First acceptance e mail from University of Baltimore. It does feel good to get in.

1/24/2011: The wait still continues. Although I have to tell you, I'n not nearly as anxious as I was two weeks ago. I still check my status checkers on a fairly regular basis (even U of Baltimore...It's nice seeing "you have been accepted") but I no longer check them 10 times a day. Now it's only 4-5 times a day.

1/24/2011: Disappointed by wait list at WCL although I can't say that I am completely surprised. Beats a rejection letter right? I saw the status change on status checker and received an e-mail from them while I was looking at the status change.

1/31/2011: No surprise. I was rejected via e-mail from GMU
I now have an acceptance, waitlist and rejection in that order. If this were a sequencing game I should be expecting another acceptance letter any time now.

2/08/2011: And the wait continues...
Of course I wrote that a few hours ago and I just received a rejection e-mail from GW. Once again, no surprise but I'm still disappointed.

2/14/2011: Awaiting more responses. In the mean time I am trying to figure out a way to work full time (and preferably keep my current job) while doing school part time nights. It looks like one of the only ways to do that is work a 24 hour shift starting Friday at 0700 ending Saturday, then working 7pm to 7am Sunday to Monday. It would leave my days open to study and allow me some time with my wife on the weekend.

Just for Fun I thought I would do Law School Predictor vs Reality (to join so many others in seeing how accurate it is):

1.Georgetown: Deny...reality...Deny
2. American: Deny...reality..Waitlist
3. University of Maryland...Deny....reality waitlist
4. Catholic University...Strong Consider...reality Hold for additional review--waitlist
5. George Mason University...Deny....Deny
6. George Washington University...Deny...Deny
7. University of Baltimore...Admit...ADMIT :~)

2/18/2011: Letter received from UMD, waitlisted. They will start looking at their waitlist in the beginning of May. Kind of late, but I think I will stay anyway. They have a great healthcare law program.

2/19/2011: Went to an accepted students day at UBalt. I was very impressed. They seem like a great school. They also recently joined with Johns Hopkins School of Medicine for a joint Law and Medicine program. The only one in the country (with this particular focus). For someone like myself, this would be a great opportunity....Looking more and more like UBalt is where I will end up. Also got a call from them a few days ago and it looks like they may be able to offer me scholarship money, which would make my decision much easier:-)

2/21/2011: Application at CU "placed on hold" I guess that is not truly waitlisted. I hear hold is one step above waitlist. I guess I just have to keep waiting until I hear something further.

2/23/2011: Catholic University officialy changed my status to waitlist.

2/28/2011: CU actually put me back on the hold for additional review...Interesting.

3/2/2011: Just got an email from U-Balt. $8000/year if I keep a 3.25 GPA.

3/3/2011: I just wanted to say thank you to all that have stopped in to view my profile. It often amazes me how many people have looked at my LSN. Everyday, I look forward to a few things. One of them is seeing if there is any new news on the acceptance/rejection front. Another is seeing how many people have looked in on my profile. Just kind of fun. Of course, none of it is as nice as getting home to see my wife after a day of work.

3/18/2011: Nice e-mail from GT rejecting me (and on my birthday). Of course I expected that. Scores aren't good enough to get into a T14. Not sure I would have spent the money to go there as I don't want to do big law and the cost wouldn't have been worth it. I plan on staying in the area, so other cheaper schools are probably better for me.

3/30/2011: officially placed on Catholics wait list. Oh well. What can I say. A few rejections, a few wait lists and the all important acceptance (with a scholarship). Overall not a terrible cycle :-D

4/1/2011: It's official, I have accepted and payed my seat deposit at U Balt. I am very happy with my decision (although I didn't have much of a choice). There is a high probability I would have ended up there even if I got accepted elsewhere. They are the cheapest school I applied to and lets face it getting out of law school with little or no debt is something worth considering. I have a friend who graduated from a top 30 program and he was highly recommending U Balt if I plan on staying in the area.

PROS: 1. They offer (and arrange) for every 1L to have an internship during the summer following your 1L.
2. The Dean is an amazing man. He has the two biggest jumps in US News and World Report ratings (U Balt being the second biggest increase for a dean ever, and he has only been there 3 years). By the time I graduate, it will be a top 100 school.
3. I'm looking at doing some sort of healthcare law as I have a strong background in healthcare. They just teamed up with Johns Hopkins School of Medicine for a medical healthcare program. Details are still a bit in the works I believe, but it should be nice and maybe I can help shape that program somewhat. I have worked closely with the Physician from Hopkins that is in charge of their side (although it was over 10 years ago...I wonder if he'll remember me?)
4. The feel of the school was really nice. I visited one other school and thought it had a really nice feel to it, but it didn't even come close to U Balt.
5. I already have connections with Alumni. One of my friend's husbands graduated from there last year (5th in his class). I am also being deposed for a malpractice case (don't worry I'm not the defendant) and my attorney graduated from U Balt.
6. They offered me a scholarship.
7. I have already met people (via E-mail) that will be attending U Balt or will possibly be attending U Balt that live in the DC area and they are interested in carpooling.

CONS: 1. It's about an hour drive each way (see # 7 above).

Well Folks, there you have it. I have really enjoyed this journey and I will miss LSN, although I'll keep checking in until school starts. Who knows, maybe I'll even do a little more updating.
Best of luck to everyone during the rest of your cycle. I'll keep looking to see what happens to you :~)

4/3/2011: Never received anything about my decision from Catholic. Their website says I was placed on the wait list and I should look for an e-mail from them with more information. That was March 30, 2011. Today is April 3, 2011 and I still have not received anything. I don't even know who to send my withdrawal letter to.

On a side note, I just realized I misspelled withdrawal on my two withdrawal letters (that's what I get for cutting and pasting). Oh well I'm not going to those schools anyway ;0)

4/15/2011: I often log on to LSN and click on the recent user updates, in the lower left corner, to see if any of my LSN friends have updated recently. Over the past few weeks I have noticed the familiar names have been posting less and less and a new batch of 1L hopefuls has started to post more and more. Much like the LSAT blogs, I will miss this when it is no longer relevant for me. I wish all my LSN friends (and non-friends) the best of luck finishing up or starting their cycles :~)

4/27/2011: I realize that my cycle is basically over, however, I can't help but to continually check my LSN account as well as my "friends" accounts on here. Besides, I really want to hit 2000 views. Why you may ask? I don't know. When I started this I really never expected more than a few people to read it, but now that I am closing in on 2000, I'd just kind of like to see it happen.

4/30/2011: Today I am updating due to the lack of updates on LSN. As those that have been following me know, I have already accepted a position (loud applause can be inserted here), and withdrawn from all the schools I was waitlisted on. We already have two reading assignments. One I have completed and the other I have just started. The first one was Lucy v. Zehmer, 193 Va 493 (1954). A case in which a farm was "sold". The person selling the farm claimed it was a joke, but the person purchasing the farm believed it to be real. Anyway we will be briefing that case during our orientation. If you are interested you can google it on scholar.google.com and you will have no problem finding it. Our second reading assignment is a book called: Case of A Lifetime by Abbe Smith (ISBN: 9780230605282). So far quite interesting and fairly easy reading. If anyone is looking for an easy read to get them in the spirit of law school, I would recommend picking up a copy of this book. I got it used on Amazon (in like new condition) for around $10 including S&H.

I'm still hoping to hit 2000 soon ;-)

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Thursday, September 30 2010 at 08:00 PM

Your words of advice were well received. I treated my FE Exam in a similar way and I think that just doing my best and leaving the anxiety at home will help on the next LSAT. Good luck on your apps and in the future at large!

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Thursday, December 30 2010 at 07:00 PM

Hi DChopefull, I sent you a PM. GQ

Congrats
Thursday, December 30 2010 at 07:00 PM

Congratulations on Baltimore!

Thanks!
Thursday, September 30 2010 at 08:00 PM

I think some people on this site, and many law prospects in general, think they are just too brilliant or something. I dunno. Congratulations on UBalt! I did consider UMD and UB but in the end I just couldn't imagine myself there. Though the city of Baltimore itself really is charming. I'll probably go ahead and apply next cycle.

Sunday, December 12 2010 at 07:00 PM

good luck!

Good Luck!
Tuesday, September 21 2010 at 08:00 PM

Congrats on the B-more acceptance! Yea rejection suck but thats life. You have to take the good with the bad! I wish you the best on the rest of your cycle and I will be watching your profile to see where you end up attending!

THANK YOU =)))
Tuesday, November 23 2010 at 07:00 PM

Thank you so much for your comment!!! It's true I do tingly when I know I have another reader! Good luck on your cycle I will continue to keep posted!!!

Sunday, January 09 2011 at 07:00 PM

Thank you and congrats on Balt! I have to say that looking at your profile, you are an extremely accomplished individual. Now you can add law school to the list :)

Sunday, January 09 2011 at 07:00 PM

the above comment was from me haha

@awaiting GULC
Tuesday, December 14 2010 at 07:00 PM

Thanks for the nice post. U Balt seems to be a great school. I'm still waiting to hear from a couple others prior to accepting anywhere. Are you leaning towards U Balt?

Tuesday, September 21 2010 at 08:00 PM

Thank you! Have u decided on U BALT or are waiting on your wait lists?

thanks DChopeful!
Tuesday, November 23 2010 at 07:00 PM

Thanks so much for your comment! I'm so sorry I wasn't able to read your inbox message because as you probably already know I can't access my inbox (total drag!). Don't worry I completely understand and I would have asked the same questions too! Thanks for staying tuned into my blog =) Good luck on your cycle i will stay posted!!

@ Awaiting GULC
Tuesday, December 14 2010 at 07:00 PM

I know what you mean. I'm also in DC so driving to Balt every day is going to be a bit of a pain, but I think it'll be worth it in the end. Are you going to go part time or full time. Thanks for the B-Day wishes.

@awaiting GULC
Tuesday, December 14 2010 at 07:00 PM

Do you have a profile on here or an e-mail?

CUA
Tuesday, December 14 2010 at 07:00 PM

From what I understand there are several layers of decisions. Here they are from worst to best: WORST: Rejected THEN: wait list (this means after everyone they want declines, you may get offered a spot) THEN: Prefered waitlist THEN: Hold for additional review. As I understand it, they are still considering you against other active applications ("strong consider") FINALLY: Accept

Thanks =)
Tuesday, November 23 2010 at 07:00 PM

Your 40s are the best I hear, wise and still healthy! Have you decided on what school you will be attending DC?

CONGRATS =)
Tuesday, November 23 2010 at 07:00 PM

Major congrats on U. Balt!!! scholarship too! It's a great choice, besssttt wishes =)

Decision
Thursday, September 30 2010 at 08:00 PM

I'm waiting to hear back from Maryland and then I'll make a decision. But, UB is a great school and it's definitely in the running. Will give you an email later this week about the whole thing.

Monday, January 10 2011 at 07:00 PM

Thanks, u2!!!

congrats!
Sunday, January 09 2011 at 07:00 PM

Congrats on your final decision on Balt! That's one heck of a commute time, especially driving. I'll have about an hour commute to Howard on the Metro if I decide not to drive. But hey, whatever gets us the JD!!!

thank you =)
Tuesday, November 23 2010 at 07:00 PM

thanks for the birthday love. Only COOL people blog on their birthday. seriously. lol!

In the visit 2000....
Wednesday, January 12 2011 at 07:00 PM

Constantly reloads... =)

I'm your 2000th visitor!
Wednesday, January 12 2011 at 07:00 PM

KICK ASS! =P

Sunday, January 09 2011 at 07:00 PM

wow! i cant believe you already have reading assignments! how are the readings so far?