Never took the SATs or any other standardized tests from what I remember. I was getting between 147-151 on practice LSATs, but a combination of nervousness plus external factors (I was getting evicted from my rental house due to me not paying rent-because my slumlord would not make repairs. I mentioned this in an addendum) led to my low score.
I'm really hoping to get in to New York Law School due to the employment prospects. I also don't really want to move to Michigan to attend Thomas M. Cooley. I'll gladly undergo a conditional program at NYLS just to be given a chance. NYLS is definitely my first choice. I'm a bit up in the air about Touro. They are in NY, but I haven't heard much good from them. Their bar passage rates are something like 11% below state average and only after 9 months can they say that ~80% of their graduating class was employed. Plus, Long Island is a much farther commute for me than Manhattan (I would live off campus).
Good luck to everyone on the 2009-2010 cycle!
08/12/2009 - Waiting on my 2nd LOR so I can finalize Pace application. Its a long shot, but I'm optimistic. I wouldn't have to move or anything and I could commute there rather easily.
08/14/2009 - Called up Cooley to make sure my online application via LSAC went through without a problem. Person I spoke with said as of yesterday, the 13th, all was well and it was complete. I went LSAC complete on the 5th though. I'm impatient. Heh.
08/22/2009 - Saturdays are awesome! You are off from work and Saturday mail is normally the best. Today was no different. Accepted in to Thomas M. Cooley Law School! Part time (up to 12 credits) for the first semester. I applied for the term beginning in May 2010 but may need to defer until September 2010 if Cooley is my only acceptance. Still waiting on my 2nd LOR, but working on my attachments/essays on LSAC so I can be one step ahead. At least I know now that I will be attending a law school!
09/17/2009 - Senior year! Semester has started so I'm working my applications in with course work and my job. Tried to apply to Cardozo, but their online Application says I need to put my "Permanent Country" in. One problem...the interactive box in the .PDF does not allow for alteration of this field. Maybe if I let them know of this glitch, it will equate to admission? One can wish. I also found out today that if you get the LSAC fee waiver, it only covers 4 reports (which need to be sent to every school). After the 4th, it is $12 per. Man I wish I had rich parents. :-( It goes without saying that I finally got my 2nd LOR (on Monday the 14th). I'm trying to find time to work on the applications for those special schools that want specifically catered applications; like Syracuse and my realistic # 1 - New York Law School. Hopefully the fruits of my labor will pay off! Also, some schools need to open their application up on LSAC!
09/21/2009 - Just received an email indicating that my file is complete at Pace. I also followed their instructions for requesting an interview. I chose an on-campus interview versus an off-campus interview because I am close to the school and I think it speaks more to my persistence to be admitted.
09/22/2009 - Anybody working on a New York Law School application online; they are not accepting electronic transmission until October 5th. Just an FYI.
09/28/2009 - All these applications are giving me a headache. Hopefully worth it in the end. Hofstra finally opened up their online application.
10/05/2009 - NYLS application submitted. Admissions counselor from Pace sent me an email offering me several dates and time slots for an on campus interview. All set with that.
10/07/2009 - Email from an Admissions rep from Roger Williams. I left my country of citizenship blank. Oops! Not much else going on. Got a large envelope from UDM that I thought was an acceptance, but it was just "Your file is now complete. Here are some viewbooks to read!" :(
10/20/2009 - So I have gone complete at a few schools and applied to maybe a couple that currently say pending or are not mentioned, but I haven't had the time to really update. When I get time though, I will update. Feel free to shoot me some messages or whatnot if you wanna chat.
10/26/2009 - Had my interview at Pace yesterday. Saw around the campus for a little bit. I felt the interview went very well and I left confident that I gave a good impression. I'm going to update my profile at sometime, but just to reflect dates when I went complete.
10/29/2009 - Damn the Phillies and Cliff Lee!
10/30/2009 - AJ Burnett is awesome! Oh ummm, I got an email that my admission to Akron Law was declined. Are they a freaking ATM?
11/11/2009 - Thank a veteran today for their service. Complete at New York Law School. Application in review. Ave Maria sent me some mail yesterday urging me to apply. We'll see.
11/13/2009 - Complete at Wayne State, my mother's Alma.
11/16/2009 - Applied to Widener, Ave Maria, and North Carolina Central. North Carolina doesn't grant fee waivers for anybody. :-(
11/16/2009 - Applied to Michigan State as well.
11/30/2009 - Rejected at Wayne State. Kinda surprised by that a little bit. :-
12/10/2009 - Patiently waiting, like most. Just figured out I applied to Michigan State only part time, but this may work out to my benefit. Most people who have gained admission to their Summer Conditional Program appear to have applied PT. Not much else really. Just finishing up with the Fall 2009 semester of my senior year. Lots of reading and writing to be done before the 23rd.
12/15/2009 - Never added that I applied to Western New England back in September. Well, I applied to Western New England back in September. :-D I'm complete there and my application is under review by the committee. Hoping for some good news from someplace.
-"Denied" at Michigan State for part time program via their online application status.
-Rejected at Hofstra via online application status.
12/16/2009 - Rejected from Columbia (Early Decision). Totally expected.
12/18/2009 - Rejected from Buffalo. Expected, but was hoping as a SUNY student, they could make an exception. No cheap 14k a year tuition for me.
01/04/2009 - Happy New Year! Done with my final Fall semester, registered for my final semester for this Spring. Anxiously awaiting good news. Trying to enjoy the 2 weeks off before I go back to school.
01/11/2010 - Denied admission @ St. Johns. Oh well.
01/12/2010 - In review as of yesterday at Ave Maria.
01/15/2010 - The double whammy today. Application denied at New York Law School per their online application checker. I wrote a supplemental document expressing that they were my #1 choice and that I would be interested in attending their Summer conditional program, should they offer me the opportunity. No go. Now I am holding out hope for Touro so I do not have to move. The other rejection was from Widener per their online system. Looks like I may be catching some Wolverine Football games in Ann Arbor next fall (while attending Cooley Ann Arbor, not U of M. lol.)! At this point, I may just sit again for the LSAT after I have time to study for it for months. I devoted about 6 weeks, post-spring semester to study for the LSAT and nothing else. During the semester, I found a little time to study for it. My study really began in January 2009, but didn't kick in to high gear until early May 2009. Maybe, I'll give it 6 months or something post-undergrad completion. I can't really afford those $2-3k courses, but I may get a tutor to retake it. If you're seeing this and did well on the LSAT and wanna make some cash tutoring me, lemme know.
01/23/2010 - Rejected from Cardozo. No surprise.
01/30/2010 - Rejected from Pace. No big shock. Was hoping the interview would help me out, but I guess even a good interview and a continuous work history can't help the numbers for some schools. Also, rejected outright from Ave Maria. This came as a bit of a surprise. Oh well.
02/12/2010 - Rejected from Detroit Mercy. Kinda surprised.
02/27/2010 - Rejected from Western New England.
03/16/2010 - Rejected from Albany Law. Not surprised, but they took from 02/17/2010 to 03/16/2010 to review. Was hoping the long period would put me on a waitlist or grant me a conditional, but nothing. Here's hoping for Touro!
03/22/2010 - Rejected from Roger Williams.
04/03/2010 - Waitlisted at North Carolina Central. I would definitely go if given an offer, but they don't start making waitlist decisions until July. Subsequently, the lease on my apartment is up on June 30th. Puts me in a pretty tough spot, but I intend to speak with the school and maybe even my landlord; see if something can't be done.
04/12/2010 - Rejected from Quinnipiac. Not at all surprised. Just surprised it took them so long to make a decision. Also, I decided to stay on the waitlist for NCCU. One month's rent is worth giving up should the opportunity present itself. Anxiously waiting to hear from Touro. If Touro or NCCU don't come through, then I will study my ass of and sit for the LSAT in October. I know I can break 160 as I did on my practice tests, I just need to chill the fuck out and relax. Also, bad shit needs to happen to me at better times. lol.
04/22/2010 - Touro rejection via snail mail. Cycle over. Going to continue living my life and if I hear from NCCU regarding a spot, awesome. If not, December 2010 LSAT and I will have a date. Pursuing several non-law school related options as well.
07/31/2010 - Waitlist rejected from NCCU. That completes my cycle and I will be having another go at the LSAT; probably in Dec. 2010.