I officially decided that I will be going to University of San Diego for law school. I haven't heard back from Pepperdine but when I really sat down and broke it all down once again (after taking some time off from thinking about anything law school related) San Diego is the clear first choice. It fits me perfectly. The campus and location is also remarkable.
That's it for me. I'm moving to San Diego. I have a new condo and looking for a roomie. yay!
Here's the USD Law School Facebook Group. JOIN IT!
It's been tough but I think that I've decided that I will go to Pepperdine if accepted!
But, I'm putting a timeline on them. July 20th. Also, my parents are looking to buy me a condo/house. If they find something that we all like and sign the papers, then I'll stick with USD.
I got into San Diego off the waitlist. I'm very excited, I really like SD. The more I read and research about the school the more I remember why I initially loved them so much. I'm still fighting for Pepperdine and that is still my top choice. But SD is fantastic. Yay!
OMFG!!!!! I don't know what's going on, but it's a little exciting and I hope it's good news. On my San Diego status checker it changed AGAIN to Decision Rendered! Does this mean that I got in off the Waitlist?
I doubt they would reject me before the second deposit. OMG... OMG...OMG! This is crazy. I'm dying! I want to call and ask. OMG...
05/01: I went on a campus tour of San Diego today and absolutely LOVED it. I felt it, I loved the campus (more so than Pepperdine). I love San Diego, it's more similar to my hometown. I really don't know where I want to go anymore... Pepperdine or San Diego. There are lots of pros and cons to each and I'm just confused. I also love SCU and I know I'll be happy at any of the schools. But I prefer to go to Pepperdine or San Diego. I really don't know which one I prefer. We'll just have to wait and see. I have to do some pros/cons and analysis on this.
Still... wish me luck on my two waitlisted schools. :) hearts.
04/27: I attended the SCU Alumni/Admitted Students Reception in LA tonight and it was fantastic. I had a great time and the alumni were so helpful and knowledgeable. Dean Polden and several other assistant deans/directors were in attendance and it was great talking to them one on one. Lots of fantastic advice and it was just great. I'm really excited for Santa Clara this fall.
I also decided that Loyola is out of the picture, it's not for me. Pepperdine is still my first choice.
04/25: As expected, waitlisted at San Diego...
04/23: DAMNIT!!!! Sorry for the foul language. My San Diego status just changed to "Notice Sent" and my information cleared from the status. I REALLY didn't want this to happen because now I'm pretty sure it's a waitlist or reject. If they had waited until after the seat deposit to send a notice, I'd have a chance. If they're sending it before, I'm sure it's bad news because my numbers are lower and they just went up in the rankings.
BOOOOOO! This is so wrong in so many ways. Okay, I deserve it. I should've studied for the LSAT's and done better in school. But seriously... this... :( tear.
04/20: 2010 RANKINGS!
Big yikes... I'm not a big ranking whore or anything but i do take into account the ups and downs of a school. It's a little sad and interesting. It looks like San Diego returned to their former spot and is ranked 61 and Loyola dropped to 71 and Santa Clara dropped to 85! Pepperdine went up to 55. Pacific dropped out of the rankings.
It's concerning for me that Loyola seems to be stumbling for the past 2/3 years. They still have a great reputation in L.A but are they losing this reputation? San Diego moving back up is interesting. IF they come in... should I take another look at them? I do love the SD market. It's also concerning that Santa Clara dropped a good 10 spots That's a big fall. I wonder if something is going on with their program. Pacific... dropped out of the rankings. no surprise there.
It's a lot to consider in the whole scheme of things.
Props to OperaSoprano for getting the rankings.
04/16: PEPPERDINE UPDATE... I've been in contact with a student that currently works in the Admissions office. From the sounds of it, it is very unlikely that Pepperdine will pull from their waitlist this year. This is based on the high volume of seat deposits received for the first round. The second round isn't until July 1st but statistically, they're in excellent shape. I am sad about this, but that's okay, I'm excited for Santa Clara (I've found amazing housing with 3 current 2/3L's yay). I'm still going to fight hard for Pepperdine but realistically, I'm not going to get my hopes up. Such is life. :)
04/03: SAD NEWS...or just for a Pepperdine waitlister like myself.
It looks like Pepperdine had its largest ASD event with 150 students attending. If this cycle shows the amount of students who are seriously looking at attending the school, it doesn't bold too well for me. Last year they didn't pull anyone from the waitlist and it looks like the cycle will continue with none or very little from the waitlist. Bummer...
03/31: WORDS OF ADVICE
Hope y'all are having a good cycle thus far and keeping the hope alive. I'm finishing out my cycle and slowly withdrawing from all schools and waitlists as they come in. I'm really excited for Santa Clara and have meet some amazing people on facebook and potential roommates, etc. I've spoken to many professors and student organizational leaders and adore them
Advice: USE FACEBOOK! It's a Godsend. Just about every law school has a group for Class of 2012 students, so use it, it's amazing. Or just make your own group, if there isn't one already. Why not meet other students like yourselves, right? Get to know people, potential roommates, yada yada yada. Technology is great, it's the future, use it!
Right now the plan is Santa Clara University and still fighting to get off the waitlist for Pepperdine (won't hear anything until mid-July). Every other school is out of the question, will complete the cycle for potential students to have another set of data.
CYCLE FINISHED (SORTA) (will update accordingly and hopefully mid-July Pepperdine will come through for me). Please keep me updated on your cycles and what school you're leaning towards, it's so exciting, we're down to the wire and we're going to law school in just a few months! Please pray, cross your fingers, hope that Pepperdine is kind to me and uses their waitlist (more particularly... picks me... Go Team! haha).
That's all I have... good luck... It's all about CLASS OF 2012 baby!
03/23: WITHDRAWING: I am withdrawing from Pacific (and Seattle). Santa Clara gave me a verbal that they would match my scholarships so I'm happy.
Still fighting for Pepperdine!
03/17: I went to visit Pepperdine Law and I was very impressed and really liked it. I'm going to stay on the waitlist and really fight for it. This is the place I want to go to. Pacific is negotiating a higher scholarship for me... we'll see what happens.... but the more I think about it... I really really want to attend Pepperdine Law. I love SCU and I can see myself there and thriving but Pepperdine just feels so right.
Anyways this weekend I went to Pacific Legal Scholar Day and Santa Clara ASD. Message me if you want to know details.Overall, it was a very good trip. I have now narrowed down my field completely to SCU and Pepperdine. I'm visiting P on Wednesday and will decide how hard to fight for them based on the trip . I'm very happy with SCU and their IP/International program and faculty.
03/10: I sent a LOCI to Washington and Lee. Why not fight it out? I won't get in but I'll still try. I also sent a LOCI of sorts to San Diego to remind them that I"m very interested and to update my file and also to show my extreme interest in their new IP Law Center. I hate this waiting game... the last set of schools are starting to annoy me hardcore.
03/06: PLEASANT SURPRISE: I was pleasantly surprised by a waitlist from Washington and Lee. I had thought them to be an auto-reject. I know the chances of me getting of the waitlist is not so high but it's just a nice feel good thing to have. I'm not completely pathetic, application wise.
Anyways: I decided to use the reimbursement money for Pacific Legal Scholars day to visit them on March 13th and drive down to Santa Clara on the 14th. I was able to pursuade my professor to let me take the final exam on an earlier date. Off to two Admitted Students Day events. I'm fairly excited. I'm ready for my cycle to be over though, I'm sick of this waiting game.
Good luck to everyone. Hope you have a good day.
03/02: CYCLE OVER (SORT OF) It looks like my cycle is basically over. The rest of the schools I'm waiting for are most likely rejections or I don't plan on attending. I'm still waiting for Loyola and San Diego and those are targets. Crossing my fingers and hoping for the best from them. Going up to visit Santa Clara for the ASD on March 14th.
FRIDAY THE 13TH: Talk about bad luck or sad day. I was waitlisted at Pepperdine. I'm bummed because I highly doubt they will be digging into their waitlist category. I really liked Pepperdine. Actually I'm really bummed... I also was waitlisted at Cardozo.. (small envelops). I haven't decided if I want to accept it or not. Realistically I'm not a New York type of gal, so I don't know. We'll see.
Yup. Sad Day for me. For the past month that was my favorite target school. :( Now I guess I have to find a new favorite...
02/5: FREAKING OUT...I'm starting to freak out about my admissions process. It's killing me. I've been complete forever now and still not getting any word from any schools, especially in my target. This is crazy. I know most of the schools haven't started rejecting people yet, because of this I'm scared that my application is sitting somewhere in the stupid reject pile.
I'm also dying to get accepted to Pepperdine. Lately, I've felt this huge connection with Pepperdine University and they're my realistic top choice. I'd kill for an acceptance there...!!!! OH, I hate waiting, I really am not as patient as I thought. ;(
01/31: SAD DAY...Today was a sad day. I haven't heard from any school in forever and in one day I got two small envelopes (rejections). Hastings and UCLA. These schools, I figured I would get the R but still, I'm getting anxious and lacking in patience. Sad Day. Oh and decided to apply to Houston for personal reasons. Surprised to find that I had a fee waiver for them already. Hidden fee waivers are crazy. lol.
01/7: HAPPY NEW YEARS, FIRST ACCEPTANCES... everyone. I have been out of the country for the past like three weeks and thus the lack of updates. While away I received e-mail from my parents that informed me that I was accepted to SCU and Pacific with scholarship. I was pretty happy to officially know that I was going to law school. Both big envelops.
12/8: First response. Rejection from Notre Dame in small envelop of course. Expected the rejection but still sorta stinks. ;(
12/2: I forgot. I also applied to UC Irvine, the new school. I applied in late October and was complete in mid November.
11/27: Happy Thanksgiving Everyone.
11/10: All my applications are in. There are a few fee waivers trickling in but I don't think I want to apply anywhere else. Now I"m just waiting for completes and ya's or nah's. Wish me luck. I actually and honestly love all the schools I'm applying to and find something great with each of them. I sent apps to schools I know for sure I won't get into but I needed to do this for peace of mind.
10/06: October LSAT
9/25: Diversity Statement, Personal Statement, and WHY X Law School essays finished.
8/30: all transcripts and LOR sent in.