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# Law School Status Type $$$ Sent Received Complete Interview Date Decision Updated
University of Mississippi WL, Accepted Type: RA Sent: 01/13/10 Rec: -- Comp: 02/19/10 Inter: -- Dec: 04/23/10 Upd: 14 years
Loyola University Chicago Rejected Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 01/11/10 Upd: 14 years
George Mason University Rejected Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 01/20/10 Upd: 14 years
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Waitlisted Type: RA Sent: 12/15/09 Rec: -- Comp: 01/10/10 Inter: -- Dec: 02/11/10 Upd: 14 years
Ave Maria University School of Law Waitlisted Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 01/06/10 Upd: 14 years
University of Akron Rejected Type: RA Sent: 10/28/09 Rec: 10/30/09 Comp: 11/10/09 Inter: -- Dec: 12/10/09 Upd: 14 years
John Marshall Law School - Chicago Accepted Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: 11/28/09 Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 11/24/09 Upd: 14 years
University of Tulsa Rejected Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 11/23/09 Upd: 14 years
Ohio Northern University Pending Type: RA Sent: 11/02/09 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 14 years
Thomas M Cooley Law School Accepted Type: RA $7,185 Sent: 10/22/09 Rec: -- Comp: 10/22/09 Inter: -- Dec: 11/02/09 Upd: 14 years
Washington and Lee University Pending Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 14 years
University of Arkansas Little Rock Pending Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 14 years
Hofstra University Pending Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 14 years
Temple University Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
College of William and Mary Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
Charlotte School of Law Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
Brooklyn Law School Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
Catholic University of America Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
University of Pittsburgh Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
Cardozo-Yeshiva University Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
New York Law School Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
University of Maryland Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
Ohio State University Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
Chicago-Kent College of Law (IIT) Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
University of Tennessee Knoxville Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
University of Baltimore Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
University of Toledo Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
Penn State University (Dickinson) Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
Northern Illinois University Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
Columbia University Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
Yale University Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
Cornell University Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
University of Virginia Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
Northwestern University Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
University of Michigan Ann Arbor Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
University of Chicago Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
Duke University Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
Vanderbilt University Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
Harvard University Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
Boston College Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
University of Pennsylvania Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years

Applicant Information

  • LSAT: 141
  • LSAT 2: -
  • LSAT 3: -
  • GRE : -
  • LSAC GPA: 3.82
  • Degree GPA: 3.82
  • School Type: Small Private
  • Major: Poli Sci

Demographic Information

  • City: -
  • State: Oregon
  • Race: -
  • Gender: Man
  • Non-Traditional Applicant: Yes
  • Years out of Undergrad: 3-4 Years

Extra Curricular Information

Youth leader
Club executive
Tutor
Leadership Awareness presentations
Habitat for Humanity
1-in-4 Group
Peer Advisor
Table Tennis Club Member
Soccer Club Member
Mentor: Big Brother Big Sister
I went to Russia for a semester helping students in poor communities with their studies

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Summa Cum Laude
Dean's List (all semesters)
Phi Beta Kappa
Pi Sigma Alpha
Omicron Delta Kappa (National Leadership Honor Society)

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Graduate degree from a big school in Oregon, graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.98 of 4.00.

Additional info & updates

June 8, 2010:
At this point I'm going to ride the U of I waitlist to the end, which could be as late as the first day of registration.

**This site helped me strategize and I hope it will help you in your law school decisions. Please leave a feedback.

May 27, 2010:
The ride on the U of I waitlist still continues. Email received on 5-26-10 saying it will take the whole summer and maybe beginning of class to get a decision. Lets keep riding until the end.

April 29, 2010:
Still waiting. Probably, I will hear from U of I by close of tomorrow. For all my funs just stay tuned.

April 23, 2010:
This is the current update I have for you.
University of Illinois sent an email notifying some of us on the wait list that a decision might be made by the end of the month. Lets wait and see. Hope I get a positive response.

Good news: Ole Miss (University of Mississippi Law) gave me an offer today via phone call. I was put of the wait list for about a Month. I'm glad they went beyond the LSAT numbers.

March 17, 2010:
Still on U of I wait list. The next shot is in April when some wait-listers will be confirmed or rejected. Lets see.
Tuition Deposit for John Marshall Law (Chicago) paid.

It appears regardless of what happens with the rest of the schools, I'm going to start law school this fall.
Good luck to all.

Its been a while since I updated my profile. Here are the updates:
02-11-10: Waitlisted, U of I via email. Had to take a preference survey. Lets see how that goes.
01-11-10: Waitlisted, Ave Maria via letter. Don't think I want to be on that list so didn't respond.
***Now that George Mason has made its decision, I can attempt one or two other far reach schools.*** I will keep you posted.
I've already secured my place in JML, Chicago.
***I'm working on external scholarships. I've spotted a few that looks promising. It appears ones you get accepted, outside scholarships don't factor in your LSAT, which is what hinders most of us.

Nov. 28, 2009: Got a big envelope from JML. I'm in. Still preparing for the Dec. test so I can apply to the rest of the schools on my list.

Nov. 24. 2009: John Marshall status check=Decision made and mailed. Will see in the next few days if its a big or small envelope.

Nov. 23, 2009: Tulsa mail received. Small envelope with the usual rejection notice.

Nov. 12, 2009. Remember, don't be afraid to use whatever numbers you have to apply to whatever school you want. You can only try and hope that you get in.

Nov. 12. 2009. Got a call from one of the Top 50 schools that I've applied. I talked to the director of admissions. He said my application is being given the most consideration (given all of the other things I have accomplished and the fact that I'm a very strong candidate, but for the LSAT). He urged me to do my best on the Dec. exams. The call boosted my morale knowing that one of the top law schools is strongly considering me.

Nov. 9. Still working on the Dec LSAT.
Ok so an advice to all those who will explain low LSAT score. I had an interview with one school not disclosed on my list. The questions went this way (and this was before I signed up for the Dec. test:
Dean: We see you have very strong recommendation and you did very well in college, do you think you can improve the LSAT?
Me: With enough preparation I believe so but I have to work full time and part time just to keep up with cost of living so I intend to use my current numbers.
Dean: How did you prepare for the test and how did you do in SAT/ACT?
Me: I studied on my own and traditionally haven't been good with standardized test but certainly great with all else.
Dean: We are concerned that if you think you don't test well, then you might also not be able to do well in the bar exams.
Me: the bar exams is different in nature. You can actually study it and pass unlike the LSAT that is a skill that you acquire over the years and improve upon with enough studies.
Dean: Ok, we will contact you soon with a decision.

My view: If you have to explain a low score, be careful how you do it since the schools look far beyond admissions and into bar passage rates. Good luck.

Nov. 5. Still preparing for the Dec. test date. I continue to believe that the admissions committee will look at the complete application package and not just the LSAT. I have to apply to schools of my dream. The key word for this cycle is OPTIONS!!!

Nov 2. First acceptance notice in the mail. TMCLS sent in the offer with 25% tuition. Hoping more good news are the way coming.

Nov. 2. So far I have applied to 3 tier 1 schools. Will be applying to the rest of the tier 1 schools on my list. I'm a firm believer that the admissions committee will consider the application in its entirety as they claim and not just the LSAT.

Nov. 1. I have signed up for the December test date. I want to see if I can improve the score. Hopefully I will use the new score to apply to the rest of the schools.

Oct. 16. The lsat came in. I did worse than I expected. But I'm still going to apply to all the listed schools. To all those hopefuls, keep track of my schools as I will be updating you on admi. decision.

Aug. 19, 2009: Still studying for the Sept. exams. I bought the powerscore bibles and currently about to complete the last of the Bibles. Good luck to all those taking the Sept. exams

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LSAT Studying
Saturday, June 06 2009 at 08:00 PM

Yeah, I will be taking the exam in September, too. I am going to start studying next week. What kind of study schedule are you on? Good luck studying!

Study Schedule
Monday, April 20 2009 at 08:00 PM

Hi Jahallc. I will be studying Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays (7pm to 9.30pm). And Take a prep test over the weekends. I work during the day so time is really scare for me. What is your study schedule?

Schedule
Saturday, June 06 2009 at 08:00 PM

I just bought the PowerScore bibles and am going to buy the PrepTests sometime soon. I am planning on taking a timed test without studying, and then as I go through each bible, taking a couple of tests to see how I am improving and what needs additional help.

STUDY TIPS
Monday, April 20 2009 at 08:00 PM

I would really apprecite it if those of you who have already taken the exams can give me tips on the best way to study. I got the power score materials and decided I will study on my own since I've got about three months before I write the exams in Sept. Suggestions are deeply welcomed.

RE: Addendum
Monday, August 10 2009 at 08:00 PM

Yes, our numbers and schools are pretty similiar. I did write an Addendum explaining the low LSAT score. Good luck on your application cycle!

good luck
Saturday, January 10 2009 at 07:00 PM

Thanks for your Kind words and congrats on TMC, i have faith that you will kick butt on the December test, I too hope that the admission committee focus on the entire package rather than just the lsat scores. Good Luck!

Good Luck
Monday, September 28 2009 at 08:00 PM

Thank you, and good luck with your applications. Im hoping the schools will look at more than just the LSAT, but It is a numbers game when it comes to the ranks. After I get in I'll show them why they shouldn't base it on the numbers. I think that anyone with enough time can ace the LSAT, its just a big money maker.

**
Friday, October 16 2009 at 08:00 PM

You intend to apply to Harvard and Yale? Not to be rude but it is a waste of money applying to those schools and Boston ect. They will not make it to your personal statement or anything unless you get that lsat up at least 25 points. I would def. recommend taking the lsat again and if you are willing to spend that much money in applications why not take an lsat prep course? I took it and my score improved 13 points. You have a good GPA but your lsat will kill your chances at a lot of schools you are applying too. Good luck to you though and go into the December test saying "this don't got shit on me"

Monday, April 20 2009 at 08:00 PM

Thank you for your comment. I agree with you that its a numbers game and perhaps those T14 schools might not even consider me for a waitlist once they view the LSAT score. I will be taking the Dec test and hope to improve the score. But I do know of a friend who actually got into Harvard with low LSAT (150) but high GPA. I hope to improve the score and increase my chances of getting into my first category schools. Good luck with your cycle too and I hope you get into your ideal school.

LSAT
Saturday, June 20 2009 at 08:00 PM

Hey, I stumbled upon your page and I found a lot of things interesting. First im curious to know how the Powerscore Bibles have helped you if at. I too, bought the Powerscore Bibles over the summer, and I feel like that have really been great. However, I haven't done that well, in the past,on standardized test. Also, how many practice test did you take before the real deal?

Saturday, June 20 2009 at 08:00 PM

I've been taking a lot of untimed practice test focusing heavily on the logical reasoning and reading comp sections. This method has really helped me maximize my understanding of each type of question thrown at me. However, I have not spent as much time on the logic games section because this is truely my strongest section. I plan to take about 10 more practice test between now and test day. Of those 10 test, I'll probably take 5 under realtime simulated conditions.

Sunday, May 17 2009 at 08:00 PM

Good luck!

Tuesday, December 23 2008 at 07:00 PM

u know someone who got into Harvard with a 150? AWESOME! lol Why aren't you applying? U have a high GPA!

Good Luck
Monday, November 30 2009 at 07:00 PM

Best of Luck this cycle...

GTE
LSAT?
Sunday, May 17 2009 at 08:00 PM

How did your Dec LSAT go? Any improvement?

Don't drink the Cooley aid...
Wednesday, February 24 2010 at 07:00 PM

About 1/3 of Cooley 1Ls flunk out after their first year. Their GPA curve is severe (2.0-2.4). Cooley's first time bar passage rate is nearly 20 percentage points below the state average. Please keep these facts and figures in mind before you consider spending three years of your life and 100K on them. Schools like this exist to gobble up money and exploit the hopes and dreams of students with low numbers. You're bright, hardworking, and you deserve better!

Honeysuckle-Thanks for the Advice
Monday, April 20 2009 at 08:00 PM

I appreciate your kind and thoughtful comment. I have been doing an indepth research about TCL. I will certainly consider your opinion in my overall decision. As it stands at the moment, Chicago is the most probably option.

Hey, GPA twin...
Wednesday, February 24 2010 at 07:00 PM

Wow, I didn't notice earlier that you were WL'ed from UIUC. Glad to see that a top school looked beyond your LSAT score. Have you written them a Letter of Continuing Interest? Or arranged an interview? I know you're gonna hate to hear this, but maybe if you took the June exam and raised your score into the 150s range you might have a stronger chance of getting off the waitlist...did you feel like you under-performed when you took it previously? What were you getting on practice tests? Did test anxiety play a big role in why you scored so low?

Honeysuckle_TEST_WAITLIST
Monday, April 20 2009 at 08:00 PM

Honesuckle, I haven't written to U of I law about my continued interest. The dean who sent the offer said we just have to wait till April when he will make another set of offers and that nothing needs to be done on my part. I acknowledge that if a significant change comes up, I will send them an updated resume or reference. Besides the LSAT, I have very good profile. I prepared on my own for the LSAT. I worked full time (necessity) and studies whenever I could. I think maybe test anxiety might have played a role. While, that might be an excuse, I honestly think that with enough preparation and assistance from one of those test preps, I can raise the score. For now, I want to use what I have and hopefully be able to attest to the fact that some schools are smart enough to look at the ability of an applicant beyond what the LSAT score says. On the other hand, John Marshall is a great school and I have a secured place there. Thanks for the positive feed back.