I am applying to these 3 schools and see what my options are. Any folks here want to speculate my chances or share there own personal experiences with these schools feel free to post something.
I improved my lsat about 7 points since last year. I guess going by the admissions formula- Cooley will take me and give me 35% scholarship. How about UDM/Wayne? I did Undergrad at Wayne but it seems my numbers aren't up to what they want. good luck to everybody
04/20/2009-- Just got off the phone with Cooley. I called and asked how long does it take to hear something... guy says 4-6 weeks. I reply-' its already been over 6 weeks.' After 5 minutes he comes back to the phone and he says its probably a 'fitness and character' issue. I said I got my license suspended 5 years ago thats the only question I responded yes to- he replies 'its probably that'. I will fax them my driving record, but I must say my blood was boiling at this point. I guess if something can be screwed up- admissions will do it.
4/22/2009-- Its unreal. It must be too much work to send an email confirming an application is complete. Here I have waited 7 weeks and neither Cooley nor UDM seem to know. I completely understand that thousands of applications are out there, but is it really that hard to not lose stuff and not ask for other documents. I have no problem waiting in line- just tell me if I am complete, so I don't gotta worry about screwups! Blowing off some steam-- I really despise all admissions departments. LOL
5/1/2009--- Wow. Well my worse fear was confirmed today. I did receive a large information packet in the mail detailing the school and it was nice, but I check my email this evening and receive a message from UDM that says 'application problem'. (This is my #1 choice.) UDM wants to see a transcript that shows the date my degree was granted. I had sent my transcripts back in late 2007 and apparently the degree granted date is not there. Degree was granted Dec. 07. After 2 months and numerous calls/emails asking if everything was ok I get this. Whats even weirder is that I had applied last year (got rejected) and they didn't care about this. Well maybe its a positive thing. If anyone is reading this please comment. Never heard of this before.
5/15/2009 Interesting news from Cooley. Received a 'confidential' tidbit of information in a letter sent to me. Cooley is planning on opening a 4th campus in Ann Arbor taking over the old Ava Maria campus. AM moved to Florida this year. It economically makes sense to me and ABA will make a decision in a month or 2. I found it humorous that Cooley called this news 'confidential'. Maybe its a way to spread the word even faster by saying that. They send me this information, but won't give me a decision after 10 weeks!
Also finally got word from UDM that I am complete as of 5-15. Crossing my fingers on them. Anyone hearing stuff from UDM feel free to post please!
6/8/2009 Well, I check my email this evening and UDM has decided to waitlist me. Didn't think they would do this soo late in the cycle, but it is what it is. I guess the waiting game continues (grrrrr). I'll go to their open house next week and report back, but I am fairly certain that UDM is my #1 choice if they let me in. Otherwise, I'll go to Cooley.
6/17/2009 I attended UDM's open house. Overall, I was impressed! The location is just fine for me. Some people unfamiliar with Detroit might not like it, but I have no problem with it. The outside of the building is pretty shabby, but inside everything looked pretty good to me. Clean restrooms, clean classrooms/hallways, etc. There was a 90 minute presentation by the Dean and Asst. Deans. Talked to a few professors and asked a few students some questions. The students look at this as a full time job and spend 10 hours a day studying. Kind of ruins the fun when they tell you that..lol There is a curve with the bottom 5% in jeopardy supposedly. Seemed pretty reasonable. Everyone seemed very friendly/nice and it seemed genuine. We'll see- I am so sick of writhing on the vine for 3 1/2 months. Hopefully soon I get an answer!
6/22/2009 Well- UDM send me an email to call them. I called and she let me know I'm in! All my decisions are now all in and I have a decision to make. 1) Cooley 2) UDM 3) No law school. "An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit".. I feel this is certainly true of law school admissions. Its a bit scary, but I didn't come this far for nothing. Obviously, you can't make any rash decisions. But I feel UDM is for me for some reason! I'll await their admissions package anxiously. The evening program is what I want and I believe Cooley is a day program, so really I have an easy decision! Again, anyone who has something to share about UDM/Cooley in this late hour feel free to post!
6/24/2009 The culmination happened today. After a couple hours of thinking over my options and talking to the financial aid people, I decided to go with UDM. Gritted my teeth and dropped off the nonrefundable committment deposit to UDM in the mailbox. As they say talk is cheap, but when you put hard money down then its serious biz. I feel I made a good decision for myself and can't wait to get started at Detroit Mercy. Feel free to leave comments/email addy especially if you are attending UDM!