JDFALL2010 (2022-2023)

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Application Information

F - Fee Waiver A - Attending W - Withdrawn D - Deferred
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# Law School Status Type $$$ Sent Received Complete Interview Date Decision Updated
#4 South Texas College of Law F WL, Rejected W Type: RA Sent: 12/08/09 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 05/05/10 Upd: 14 years
#3 University of Maine F Waitlisted W Type: RA Sent: 12/08/09 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 02/09/10 Upd: 14 years
#3 Vermont Law School F Rejected W Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 14 years
Southwestern University School of Law F Waitlisted W Type: RA Sent: 03/21/10 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 14 years
#3 New England School of Law F WL, Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 10/18/09 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 07/06/10 Upd: 14 years
#1 Temple University F Waitlisted Type: SP Sent: 10/23/09 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 04/26/10 Upd: 14 years
Hofstra University F PT Waitlisted W Type: RA Sent: 02/27/10 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 14 years
#4 Widener University F Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 12/11/09 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 14 years
#4 Golden Gate University F Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 12/07/09 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 02/01/10 Upd: 14 years
#4 Roger Williams University F Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 10/23/09 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 02/17/10 Upd: 14 years
Villanova University F Rejected Type: RA Sent: 03/20/10 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 04/22/10 Upd: 14 years
#2 William Mitchell College of Law F Accepted D Type: RA Sent: 12/08/09 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 14 years
#3 Drexel University F Rejected Type: RA Sent: 10/23/09 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 14 years
#2 University of San Diego F PT Rejected Type: RA Sent: 10/23/09 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 04/07/10 Upd: 14 years
New York Law School F Rejected Type: RA Sent: 03/21/10 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 14 years
#1 University of Oregon F Rejected Type: RA Sent: 10/23/09 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 03/29/10 Upd: 14 years
#1 College of William and Mary F Rejected Type: RA Sent: 10/23/09 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 03/19/10 Upd: 14 years
#1 University of Colorado Boulder F Rejected Type: ED Sent: 10/20/09 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 14 years
#2 Willamette University F Rejected Type: RA Sent: 10/18/09 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 14 years
#1 Seattle University F Rejected Type: SP Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 14 years
#1 University of San Francisco F Rejected Type: RA Sent: 10/23/09 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 02/09/10 Upd: 14 years
#10 Nova Southeastern University F Pending W Type: RA Sent: 12/08/09 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 14 years
#3 California Western School of Law F Rejected Type: RA Sent: 10/23/09 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 02/01/10 Upd: 14 years
#3 Drake University F Rejected Type: RA Sent: 11/10/09 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 14 years
#1 Lewis and Clark College F Rejected Type: RA Sent: 10/18/09 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 02/01/10 Upd: 14 years
#1 Santa Clara University F Rejected Type: SP Sent: 10/18/09 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 14 years
#2 Suffolk University F Rejected Type: RA Sent: 10/18/09 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 01/29/10 Upd: 14 years
University of the Pacific F Rejected Type: RA Sent: 10/23/09 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 14 years
Washburn University F Rejected Type: RA Sent: 12/08/09 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 01/20/10 Upd: 14 years
Northeastern University F Rejected Type: Sent: 10/23/09 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 01/13/10 Upd: 14 years
American University F Rejected Type: RA Sent: 10/18/09 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 01/12/10 Upd: 14 years
University of Tulsa F Rejected Type: RA Sent: 12/08/09 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 12/23/09 Upd: 14 years
Boston College F Rejected Type: Sent: 10/31/09 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 12/19/09 Upd: 14 years
Catholic University of America F Rejected Type: Sent: 10/23/09 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 12/17/09 Upd: 14 years
University of Denver F Rejected Type: RA Sent: 10/20/09 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 12/05/09 Upd: 14 years

Applicant Information

  • LSAT: 153
  • LSAT 2: 153
  • LSAT 3: -
  • GRE : -
  • LSAC GPA: 3.0
  • Degree GPA: 3.5
  • School Type: Top public
  • Major: Political Science

Demographic Information

  • City: College town
  • State: -
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Man
  • Non-Traditional Applicant: Yes
  • Years out of Undergrad: In Undergrad

Extra Curricular Information

-Worked throughout undergrad
-Significant upward GPA trend
-LSAC fee waiver
-High school dropout, returned to college at the age of 20
-Community college for two years, then transferred to top public university
-A few misdemeanor arrests several years before application
-I offer about as much diversity of background and about as much a story of persevering through adversity as someone can who is not a minority. We'll see if schools really take these factors into account or if they just say they look to these factors as lip service but in practice view diversity as something measured by race and ethnicity only.

Additional info & updates

** All of my applications have been completed within days of being sent. I had all of my transcripts and letters of recommendation already sent into LSAC over the summer and I typed my personal statements, supplemental school specific essays and GPA and criminal history addendum over the summer.

I knew I would have to bring my "A" game to overcome my GPA and LSAT score so I was determined to have my applications in and complete ASAP. From everything I have heard and read getting your application in early can make all the difference. We'll see if that claim has any merit.

Just took the LSAT after five months of studying. I hope I will be in the mid 150's which is where I was scoring in my last several practice tests. I will be updating the schools I am and am not applying to based upon my score.

Just got my score e-mailed to me three days before I expected to get it back. Scored right near the 50th percentile with a 150. going to edit my school list a bit and submit some applications today. Good luck to everyone and congratulations to those of you who took the September LSAT.

I officially have all of my apps in at this point. I applied to the full-time program at all schools except for USD and at many other schools I applied to the full-time program and indicated a preference to be considered for the part-time program if full-time admission was not offered. I would rather start off part-time at a T-100 school and transfer divisions than start off at a T3 or T4.

Application status changed at Santa Clara to "hold for 2nd review" about a week ago and then on that same day they claimed to have mailed an early decision letter. I have checked my mailbox everyday for the last 10 days looking for the letter with no luck. So, today I called the admissions office and they said that a decision had been rendered and they would send another letter. As of now it looks like only acceptances have gone out according to LSN so I am optimistic. By the way, the girl in the admissions office was super nice unlike the people in a lot of the schools I have talked to so far... especially Suffolk and Cal Western.

So I recently moved and my new mailman decided he would return to sender all the mail that was sent to my new address. As a result, I just got the letter Santa Clara Law sent me on October 28th today the 14th. The letter informed me that I was not admitted under the early action program but will be considered along with the regular applicant pool which starts being considered in January. At least its not a rejection so I am remaining optimistic. They probably just need more time to consider my file since I applied under their special admissions program which requires review by various student groups.

Also on an unrelated note, the Phoenix School of law keeps sending me e-mails (3 now) letting me know they have a 2000.00 scholarship available for me and asking me why I'm not responding. Well, if your reading this, the reason I'm not responding is because you would need to offer me full tuition plus pay my living expenses and include daily steak dinners and massages for me to move to the hellhole known as Phoenix, Arizona to attend what is probably the worst law school in the country. Even Cooley would offer me 25% tuition and you don't see me wasting $12 applying there do you? Besides, what genius decided to name it Phoenix school of law, people probably think you got your law degree on-line when your like "I got my law degree from the University of Phoenix school of law."


DU online status changed to "decision processed." Wish me luck!


I have heard from other LSNers that DU sends an acceptance e-mail after your status changes to decision processed. I have yet to receive mine but am remaining optimistic. The timetable for the e-mails has ranged anywhere from 1 day after the status checker changed to just over one week. Why do law schools put you through this torture? Why not just put your decision on the status checker?

Also I talked to CU which I applied binding early decision to. They said they were going to be sending out decisions next week so I'm stoked about that. Should get that around the same time as BC which sends its decision (prob rejection) on December 15th. BC is my dream school so I couldn't not apply.


Dinged at Denver via small envelope in the mail. First rejection stings but I've got 20 more apps to go.
Also, I decided not to take this one laying down. I e-mailed everyone in the admissions department (5 or 6 people) plus the dean of the law school asking them to reconsider my application. Whats the worst that can happen? the reject me again? If they do at least I'll be able to sleep at night knowing I didn't go down without a fight. We'll see what happens.


Dean of DU law school Martin Katz sent me back an e-mail on a Sunday morning informing me that while my personal statement and accomplishments were compelling, the committee was sticking by its decision. Guess it just wasn't meant to be. Should be hearing from CU next week so that is my last chance to stay in Colorado, otherwise I'll be moving which I'm not happy about. Also, Boston College sends out all its early action letters on the 15th and I'm assuming Catholic and Northeastern will be sending theirs out around the same time. starting to get super anxious to hear from schools. I check my e-mail on my iphone every half hour and I check status checkers for like 20 schools everyday when I get home from school. Kind of going crazy.


Had an attorney friend of mine look over my application and decided I needed to make some revisions. Namely, I was offering up too much information about my criminal history which might raise some eyebrows. So, I decided to tone it down to bare bones charges and dispositions. My record is expunged so hopefully they will take that into account. Just in case my previous applications are weakened by my overly explanatory full candor, I decided to apply to seven more schools today with my new materials.


White envelope from CU today. Defer to regular admission. I am not sure if they defer everyone not accepted under early decision or If getting this decision is better than getting a rejection. I'll remain optimistic for getting in while acknowledging that I have about zero chance.


Status changed to decision mailed at Catholic. Hope to get the letter soon.


Have not received an acceptance e-mail from Catholic as others have so I'm assuming that a rejection letter is headed my way. I will be applying to Widener today in case Temple doesn't work out. BTW I applied to Temple under the "wholly discretionary" "SPACE" program. So, given my unique background I am really banking on getting in to Temple through this program. I checked that I would be willing to attend either day or evening if admitted to Temple so I hope they can find room for me somewhere.


So I read this on someone elses profile and it is totally true. Rolling admissions is total BS. The people who have LSATs and GPAs at or above the schools 75th percentile are given a ticket to the front of the line. Makes me feel better about abusing the system by using my fee waiver to apply to thirty schools. These schools don't deserve the application fees they charge when they make these false representations. Not unlike carnies, law school admissions representatives will tell you damn near anything to get you to play their game.


Rejected from Tulsa via small white envelope. I applied to Tulsa after being rejected from another school out of sheer desire for an acceptance from somewhere-I felt I was a shoe in here and I never would have actually attended. However, just like how being drunk at a bar and hitting on a fat chick just to know you have someone to go home with-- Its really, really demoralizing when that fat chick says no to you. Not that I have any experience with being drunk and hitting on fat chicks.


After a period of relative inaction I have started to hear back from some schools via e-mail or status checker. Seattle let me know they are going to consider me under their Access admission program via e-mail. Apparently they consider 400 applicants under this program and only have 30 seats available. Status changed to decision made at American and I received a rejection letter in the mail via small white envelope a few days later. Also Northeastern sent a letter on the 8th so hopefully I'll get it today or tomorrow. Also sent off another app to Vermont Law. That makes 32 or 33, I lost count. Also, just got back from a trip to Key West which sucked because it was cold and raining the whole time... The positive that came out of it was I spent some time in Ft. Lauderdale before and after and decided that I could NEVER live there. I'm not withdrawing from NOVA though until after they make a decision. I want to do some rejecting for once dammit!


Rejected at Washburn today via small white envelope. I was caught almost as off guard by this one as by Tulsa. Oh well, either this year is just super competitive or something in my file really sucks. Luckily I still have over 20 more schools to hear back from. Also of note, apparently Vermont Law School offers an interview to any applicant with the time, money and adventurous spirit to trek to their campus for one. I generally do very well in interviews and do not come off at all in person the way I sound on paper (I have somewhat of a checkered past that I have overcome) so I am likely going to bite the bullet and fly out there in the next couple of weeks. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

After I typed the above entry I checked the status checker for William Mitchell and it stated that a decision letter had been sent and the deposit amount changed to 500.00 and it said it was due by 4/26/2010 so using my deductive reasoning skills I am going to assume this is an acceptance. Now I can breath.


Accepted to William Mitchell Full-Time program contingent upon my participation in the Legal Reasoning Workshop Program via large white envelope. LRW program is not a conditional admission program but is a 1 credit hour course taken in the fall semester which helps with law school study skills and practice exam taking. Overall, I could not be happier since William Mitchell has a very hands on approach to the law which is exactly what I'm looking for. I can definitely see myself attending there. Also, I have done extensive research on law firms in the St Paul/ Minneapolis area, large and small, and these firms are dominated my William Mitchell Grads. Minnesota grads are plentiful too but it is a smaller school hence a smaller alumni base. Hamline and St. Thomas grads are few and far between. Also, decision rendered at Pacific McGeorge Today. Deposit amount did not change so I am bracing for a rejection. That's all for now... time to go to the gym.


So whenever I try and update the decision date on LSN it fills in the complete date so I'm done updating dates. Sorry. Rejected from UOP today. They are probably doing me a favor given the state of the economy in the Sacramento area and the fact that they are almost the worst school in Northern California. I'd rather be in SF and go to GG if I was moving to that region. Also Santa Clara mailed me a decision today so I am assuming its a rejection since other on LSN have been "accepted via status checker." Oh well, can't win em all. Also New England law app has been "in review" since the end of October. What the F**k is taking them so long? according to LSAC like 95 out of 110 applicants in my range were admitted last year. I would think that so long as I'm not a registered sex offender I would be an auto admit.


Accepted to Golden Gate Law today in large white envelope. Rejected from Lewis and Clark in small white envelope. The SF area is pretty sweet so I'm excited to have this option. I am really disappointed by Lewis and Clark, I really liked this school. By the way the L&C status checker never changed... still says application complete. Also, despite my writing additional essays etc. to Santa Clara I was rejected a few days ago. Guess they think they can do better but its their loss. In addition, status changed to "decision mailed" at Cal Western today. My undergrad is one of their biggest feeder schools so I'm hoping its a yes.


After looking at the $62,000 cost of attendance at Golden Gate I decided I'm not going there without some money. Especially since someone else on LSN with the same LSAT and a lower GPA got $10,000 per year. So, I wrote them this e-mail:

"My name is ______________ and I am writing to you as a newly admitted law student for the fall 2010 entering class. I would like to start by saying that I am honored to have been chosen as a member of your entering class and am excited about the opportunities awaiting me at Golden Gate University Law School.

The reason I am writing you today is in regard to financing my legal education. I have graduated college with a significant amount of student loan debt and will have to continue to borrow money in order to finance my legal education. I realized when I applied to Golden Gate University that San Francisco is an expensive city and the cost of living would be significantly higher there than other places in the United States. However, the benefits of studying law in a city that affords so many opportunities for hands on experience, combined with a law school that prides itself on capitalizing on those opportunities, made GGU Law school a very, very attractive option for me. However, the tuition in conjunction with the high cost of living may prevent me from being able to attend due to financial reasons. So, I am writing you today asking to be re-evaluated for scholarship money that would help in making studying law in San Francisco a reality for me. If GGU Law was able to offer me some kind of scholarship money in order to mitigate the high cost of living in San Francisco my decision on which law school to attend in the fall would become a lot easier.

Thank you for your consideration of this matter and thank you again for choosing me as a member of your fall 2010 entering class."

Also, rejected from Drake today. I'd rather go F**k myself than live in Iowa anyhow.


Rejected from Cal Western today. I'm surprised but not disappointed. Tuition and attrition rates are high while bar passage and employment rates are low. Good luck staying ABA approved Cal West with the new standards requiring schools to stay above the state bar passage rate on a regular basis. I see ABA probation in your future.


I decided that on Monday I am going t withdraw from both Nova Southeastern and Golden Gate. Not only did GGU never respond to my e-mail but after doing some more research on the school and considering the fact that I'd be competing with Stanford, Berkeley, Hastings, USF, Santa Clara, Pacific McGeorge and plenty of T-20 grads from the east coast who want to live in San Fran, I decided that even a full ride at GGU couldn't convince me to go there. At $40.000.00 per year and a total COA of $62,000.00 I don't like my odds as GGU.

Nova is different story. I hate south Florida and have no desire to live there. Out of all the schools I applied to Nova gave me the hardest time about my criminal history. They wanted essay after essay and a copy of my expungement order. I wish I hadn't wasted all that time but I was afraid it may be my only option and to be fair Nova has a solid regional rep.

Also, waitlisted at New England today via small white envelope. I will accept the waitlist until I'm certain I should rule this out as an option.


So, I was doing my cursory early morning check of status checkers on the East Coast today since 8:00 am here is 10:00 am there and maybe something changed since yesterday and I found that I was wait-listed at Maine. I'm stoked because even though Portland is wicked cold it is a tier 1 and the best school I have been accepted to so far is Mitchell which is wicked cold and is a Tier 3. Also, as soon as I finish this post I am going to Withdraw from Nova and Golden Gate. Hopefully that will free up some room for those of you who would like to attend these schools.

"decision rendered" at USF today. If I'm in I am supposed to get an e-mail tomorrow. If I don't get an e-mail tomorrow I'll probably go jogging in traffic tomorrow night. Just kidding... kind of. Also, a URM on LSN got in today with my same LSAT and a lower GPA so this is one of those times where I'll get to see if schools who claim to make decisions based upon obstacles overcome etc vs. soley on race and ethnicity are really walking their talk. I really, really hope USF is because I hope I went through all I went through when I was younger for a reason and not just so I could get doors slammed in my face because I'm not the right race. Please USF Please.


So, after checking the e-mail on my Iphone so many times today i've developed a callus on my thumb I have come to the realization that I was not accepted to USF because the e-mail never came. Maybe a waitlist is in the mail but for whatever reason I'm taking this one really hard. It is clear that law schools are racist institutions seeing on how URM's are getting into schools like USF, Santa Clara, American etc. because of their skin pigment even though their grades/LSAT are lower than mine. I've got news law schools: just because your skin is dark doesn't mean you deserve a ticket to the front of the line. My life has been utter sh*t and I was hoping that law school would be a gateway to a better life for me. Instead applying to law school is just another opportunity to have my face smeared in the mud. Thanks law school administration for being a bunch of hypocritical pieces of elitist sh*t who have spent too much time in the library reading liberal propaganda and have no fuc*ing clue what equality really looks like. Your reverse racial discrimination is setting you up for a lawsuit for not complying with Supreme Court decisions governing the use of race in law school admissions. I hope you go F**k yourselves.


Rejected at USF via small envelope. Happy Valentines Day to you to motherf*ckers.


Just wrapping up another trip down to Key West and checked my e-mail to find a rejection from Seattle and a wait list from Vermont Law School. I will likely travel to Vermont in late March or early April to interview there in order to increase my chances unless I get into Temple in which case I'll be withdrawing. One thing that is unique about VLS is that you stand an excellent chance at BigLaw in New York, Boston and virtually every other major legal market if you plan to practice in the environmental law area. I guess big companies need someone who really knows their environmental law to defend them when they are accused of contaminating groundwater and causing cancer or simply killing off large segments of the eco-system by tree-hugger environmental groups.


Well, got home late last night and found a big packet from Roger Williams; no money, a magazine called the "Golden Gate Lawyer" and a rejection letter from Willamette which attributed my rejection in part to the increase in applications this year because everyone is seeking refuge from the economy by going to law school. Looking at statistics about an increase in application volumes of nearly 30% across the board and in the 60% range at some schools such as Cornell makes me think maybe I should apply to law school again later once things settle down with the economy. But then I look at my current job making $10.00 an hour with a college degree and I think that some law school is better than no law school. Save room for me in the lifeboat.


Been a while since I've updated. I'm so impatient about hearing from Colorado and Temple it is unbearable. Seat deposits are coming due and while William Mitchell is an excellent law school within its region I hope to either stay in Colorado where I hope to practice and qualify for in state tuition or go to Temple . I'm hesitant to take out 60,000 per year in loans for a school like William Michell or Roger Williams. Getting into law school is one thing but coming to grips with the reality of borrowing to finance your education is straight up terrifying.


Rejected at CU Boulder via small envelope. Life goes on. Please come through Temple!

My remaining choice rank is as follows:

1=William and Mary

If I don't get into one of these I'm going to William Mitchell. I know Maine is ranked higher but the program does no fit my interests like the program at William Mitchell. Rank aint everything. William Mitchell grads seem to do exceptionally well in the Minnesota legal market. I don't really want to go to any of the other schools I applied to. I would never go to Hofstra and am wondering why I wasted the $12 but oh well. Hofstra can go FK themselves with their 35,000 part time tuition. And as for Drexel, they DO NOT HAVE A LAW LIBRARY. Thats right I said it. I toured there and was shocked to discover that their "legal research center" is simply the third floor of the undergrad library. The undergrads also have unlimited free reign of the third floor and apparently make it impossible to get any work done. I would never pay $40,000 in tuition to a law school unless I got my own library. Especially one as new as Drexel.

Rejected at William and Mary via e-mail

Threw out a couple of hail mary applications this weekend to Villanova, NYLS and Southwestern. It was past Villanova's deadline so we'll see what happens. I applied and got another fee waiver so I also got another 4 free report fees. . Also, I called San Diego and they said the bulk of thier decisions would go out at the end of April. WTF? Don't those bastards know that pretty much every schools deposit deadline is in the middle of April? So if I put down a deposit somewhere to hold my spot in the meantime I'm out that money. Thanks San Diego for being such a pain in my ass! Go F*ck yourself!


Accepted to Widener Law Delaware this morning via e-mail prompting me to check online status portal. No scholarship information that I can see but this seems to be par for the course for widener. Also, sent an e-mail to Roger Williams asking for money. We'll see how that works out. I will be withdrawing from Golden Gate today in order to give someone else a chance from the waitlist. I would love to live in San Francisco but I feel like attending GGU would severely limit my options upon graduation given the legal market it is located in and the powerhouse law schools surrounding it.


I keep forgetting to withdraw from GGU Law. Guess there is no point now since the deposit is due April 1st and I have not sent mine in. Sorry wait-listers. In other news, rejected at Oregon today.

I know I hated on the fact that Drexel doesn't have its own library earlier but with the reality of my situation setting in and the fact that Drexel will in all likelihood achieve T1 status I sent a letter today expressing my interest and urging them to make a fu*king decision already so I know where to send my seat deposit. I also wrote a four page letter praising Southwestern law as an institution and practically salivating over their academic program. Hopefully this will overcome the fact that my application was sent in like one week before their deadline. If admitted to Southwestern I would go for sure but that is assuming a rejection from Temple.

Speaking of Temple and their "wholly discretionary" admissions process it has now been exactly five months since I have gone complete there. I'm considering sending them a check for $500.00 and just telling them to hold on to it until they make a decision so they know how serious I am about wanting to attend there. This would probably not help me however so I will not actually follow through with this plan.


Status at Hofstra changed to file with admissions committee


Villanova sent me a link to status checker and it read application complete. I have no idea why I even bothered applying here so late given the inevitable rejection I will receive. I should have applied to Nova and Rutgers-Camden at the beginning of the cycle but oh well. Also, I don't know why I applied to Hofstra or NYLS either seeing on how I would never attend either over William Mitchell given the costs, or Widener given the location. I honestly just want to be a plaintiff's personal injury lawyer and going to Widener will put me right where I want to be career wise as well as allow me to live in Philly . William Mitchell will better prepare me to open my own practice if need be though so it is a tough call. I like the program at Mitchell better and their grading curve is much more forgiving than Wideners at a B- rather than a C. Wideners grade curve is not for the faint of heart! Decisions decisions.


"application denied" via status checker at NYLS. I would not have gone there anyhow as you can tell by last nights post but I am truly impressed by the turn around time. Kudos NYLS, maybe you can call Temple and Drexel and share some pointers with them on how to make an application decision in six months or less.


"Decision rendered" at San Diego today! Prob a rejection but at least I will know either way. Now I'm really just waiting to hear from Drexel, Temple and Southwestern. In the unlikely event Hofstra admits me with a generous scholly I may attend but that probably ain't going to happen. If I don't get into Drexel or Temple or Southwestern or Hofstra with at least a quarter tuition I'm going to Mitchell fo-shizzle. I'm not withdrawing from anywhere though. I know its selfish but I put these apps in and I want to know the end result. I'm applying to be a lawyer after all not a priest so If you don't like my attitude about withdrawing my apps so others have a shot then your not going to like the attitude of 95% of people you will work with on a daily basis by being an attorney.


Waitlist via status checker at Hofstra today. This probably means no scholly money but they do offer need based grants so maybe I'll keep it in the running. I should have just applied here in the first place and I probably would have been admitted. I was to sure of myself given my softs at the beginning of the cycle so I only applied to reach schools. Note to future applicants: pull out all the stops in the beginning of your cycle. Apply to 40 schools if you need to including at least 15 safeties. This is your life and you career we are talking about; if there is ever a time to splurge and not be cheap this is it. Having options is worth every single penny you put into the application process.

** Status changed to application complete and in review at Southwestern Law**


Rejected at San Diego via thin white envelope with generic rejection letter inside. My only question is why it took them six months to make this decision? It is clear by the data reported by users of LSN that San Diego employs strict cut-offs and a grid that either automatically accepts or automatically denies. Why not spare me the wait? and why require a personal statement when you clearly don't care what it says unless your LSAT is in the mid 160's? Oh well, I would not have attended there anyhow considering their 30,000 per year PT program and the high cost of living in the surrounding area. If I don't hear from Temple this week I will be sending my deposit to William Mitchell on Monday the 19th in order to meet the April 26th deposit deadline. If I get into Drexel and not Temple I will have a hard time deciding between the two. I really want a no BS hands on practical legal education and I know Mitchell offers that. Drexel claims to offer that too as well as a co-op program but the fact that they have NO LIBRARY and are going to be under construction adding three additional floors to their existing building which was just built like two years ago which means having to deal with construction the whole time I'm in law school makes it really unattractive to me.


Sent seat deposit to William Mitchell today because it is due by the 26th. I dated the check the 26th and recorded the check number so I can put a stop payment on it if I get into Temple or Drexel in the next few days. Also thinking maybe I should put the deposit down at Widener so I can move out there and maybe I'll get into Temple or Drexel at the eleventh hour.


Received an e-mail from William Mitchell today informing my that they have risen in the rankings to 98 and are now a top 100 law school. Awesome news; looks like I made the right decision in sending my deposit to them yesterday over RWU law. However, I am still freaking out about withdrawing from RWU law and am considering calling and asking if I can still put my deposit down. I could work in Boston which would be awesome. I'm literally going bonkers weighing the positive and negatives of each school as the deposit deadlines come and go. Where the F**k should I go? I fell like pulling my hair out. And, to top t all off I still have not heard from Drexel or Temple. WHAT THE F**K? six months, really? WHAT THE F**K? give me a goddamn decision already. My life is on hold for you Temple and Drexel. Just let me in or reject me and stop FU*KING AROUND with my head.

Had to get that out somewhere!

Later in the day...Guess the universe got the message...rejected from Drexel. Only took those libraryless, alumni-baseless, non-ranked, building under construction for the next three year motherfu*kers six months to decide they were going to reject me. Guess what Drexel, FU*K YOU! If I ever encounter one of your alumni in court I am going to bend him/her over the jury box and Fu*k them without vasoline. Metaphorically speaking of course.


"application denied" via status checker at Villanova. I could have told you this was coming before I even submitted the app. I put no effort into the application and just sent them a generic PS. At least they put something coherent on their status checker. Drexel's simply read "denial" which is what they are in if they think they will ever be better than anyone in their market besides Widener.

I also deferred my admission to Mitchell to fall 2011. Still had to put down the $500.00 but it is worth the piece of mind knowing I have somewhere to be next year no matter what.I am re-taking the LSAT in October and am moving to Philly this June in order to establish residency there in hopes of getting in state tuition at Temple in case I get rejected this year. And if I get rejected next year but have a higher LSAT maybe I will get money from Mitchell? After going through this process I am too emotionally drained and beaten down to start law school in three months anyhow. I feel like I need a vacation after going trough this horrendous application process which is compounded by the fact that 2010 is the WORST cycle one could possibly be applying in given the 50-60% increase at some schools due to the economy. If I come back next year you can find my profile under the name GYMTANLAWLIBRARY in honor of the best show on earth- The Jersey Shore. Fist pump baby.


WAITLISTED AT TEMPLE TODAY! It is not the best news in the world but it means I still have a shot. I received what appeared to be a personalized e-mail from the dean of admission telling me that If I wanted to stay on the waitlist I needed to register for and take the June LSAT and pull my score up. She did not say how much I needed to pull it up but just that I needed to pull it up. I imagine that five points would be sufficient? others on LSN have gotten in with 155 so I think that should work. I am going to have to jump through hoops to get in here and study my @ss off over the next five weeks but if it earns me a spot at Temple this whole process was worth it. If not I will likely check myself into a psychiatric hospital where I will be placed on suicide watch. Lets hope for the former! YAY! There are no guarantees here though, she said that even if I pull my score up substantially their class may have n seats left. This scenario would really blow chimps but I think me showing how bad I want to go there by jumping through hoops this cycle would really make them look kindly on my app next cycle so whether I get in now or later I think re-taking the LSAT again and playing their game is worth my while.


Waitlisted at Southwestern today. Will not accept waitlist offer due to moving to Philly in three weeks. Will also be withdrawing from Maine by e-mail today. I can't believe I'm studying for the LSAT again but am optimistic that I will get into Temple. I only hope they make a decision REAL QUICK after they receive my June LSAT score so that I can have some serenity for a few months before I start law school if I start law school in August. Cycle complete! I will continue to update my status as to whether I get into Temple and what my experience is like there during my first semester.


Waitlisted at STCL today via e-mail despite the fact I withdrew my application like two weeks ago.


Took my first timed practice test today and scored 149. Looks like that $500 I have already invested into tutoring is paying off-not. If its an constellation to me, which it isn't, There was a homeless guy in the library who got restrained by security during my third section and a schizophrenic homeless guy sat behind me and started talking to himself. So, I think I could have got an extra point or two if not for this. One more month to bring it up a bit.


Received my June 2010 LSAT score today... 153. Its not that impressive but I did pull my score up by three points. It only took me $1100.00 of tutoring and one month of studying my ass off. I should have scored much higher but I BOMBED the games getting only 7 right out of 23. I usually get around 10-14 on PTs so I really f*cked up but it is what it is. I moved to Philly from Colorado on June 9th and hope that I will hear from Temple soon! Hopefully 153 is good enough for them. My guess is that I will hear within two weeks of today from Temple unless they are cruel heartless bastards whose only enjoyment in life comes from watching others suffer but I doubt this is the case. I'll keep you posted.


Unbelievably, New England Law Boston's admission director just called my cell phone stating he had received my new LSAT score and despite the fact that I withdrew from the waitlist two months ago he wants to know if they can evaluate me again for admission. In case you have any doubts about the importance of your LSAT score I went from NESL not giving me the time of day to them chasing me down on my cell phone. A difference of three points makes all the difference. I'll update my final decision once I receive it in the mail.


Phone call from New England Law telling me I'm in full time program. I received the package the next day and there was no scholarship offer despite my new LSAT being one point below their 75th percentile. If I'm going to pay sticker in Boston its going to be at Suffolk next year. Why would NESL go through the trouble of calling me after I withdrew from the wait-list to ask me if they can review my file again, then accept me five days later and offer me no money? they must think I'm desperate to go this year. The truth is that while it would be nice to go this year if I don't get off Temple's wait-list then I'm going to apply again next year and go somewhere I can be proud of getting in 200k in debt over. The wait for Temple continues! Soon I should probably get real and start looking for a job.


after receiving a personalized e-mail from Temple wait-listing me on the condition that I re-take the LSAT and e-mail correspondence from the admissions office telling me that I didn't necessarily need to raise my score to get in in my case, I moved to Philly like a fool figuring I would get in since I did re-take the LSAT and did raise my score. Unfortunately Temple Fu*ked me and told me a few days ago there class was full and better luck next year. Probably for the best since Philly is a shit-hole second only to Baltimore. Word of advice: don't move anywhere until the acceptance letter is in hand unless the pace you are moving is somewhere you really want to be. This seems like common sense advice but when you get a 150 on the LSAT and a school like Temple puts you on the wait-list implying that you have a shot of getting in via a handwritten e-mail from the dean of admissions you make irrational decisions.

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