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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F - Fee Waiver A - Attending W - Withdrawn D - Deferred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
Harvard University Waitlisted W Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: 12/09/05 Comp: 01/19/06 Inter: -- Dec: 05/05/06 Upd: 16 years
New York University Rejected Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: 12/09/05 Comp: 01/13/06 Inter: -- Dec: 04/06/06 Upd: 16 years
University of Arizona Accepted A Type: RA $32,000 Sent: -- Rec: 12/14/06 Comp: 01/09/06 Inter: -- Dec: 02/13/06 Upd: 16 years
University of Virginia Accepted W Type: RA $30,000 Sent: -- Rec: 12/08/05 Comp: 12/15/05 Inter: -- Dec: 02/13/06 Upd: 16 years
College of William and Mary F Waitlisted W Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: 12/09/05 Comp: 01/04/06 Inter: -- Dec: 03/27/06 Upd: 16 years
Northwestern University F Waitlisted W Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: 12/08/05 Comp: 01/16/06 Inter: -- Dec: 03/22/06 Upd: 16 years
Stanford University Rejected Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: 12/08/05 Comp: 01/05/06 Inter: -- Dec: 02/17/06 Upd: 16 years
Indiana University Bloomington F Accepted W Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: 12/14/05 Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 01/02/06 Upd: 16 years
University of Chicago Rejected Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: 01/09/06 Comp: 01/18/06 Inter: -- Dec: 03/21/06 Upd: 16 years
Georgetown University Waitlisted W Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: 12/08/05 Comp: 12/29/05 Inter: -- Dec: 03/17/06 Upd: 16 years
Yale University Rejected Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: 12/13/05 Comp: 01/12/06 Inter: -- Dec: 03/08/06 Upd: 16 years

Applicant Information

  • LSAT: 175
  • LSAT 2: -
  • LSAT 3: -
  • GRE : -
  • LSAC GPA: 2.73
  • Degree GPA: 2.01
  • School Type: large public
  • Major: -

Demographic Information

  • City: -
  • State: Arizona
  • Race: white
  • Gender: Man
  • Non-Traditional Applicant: Yes
  • Years out of Undergrad: -

Extra Curricular Information

Failed out of college over 10 years ago, returned to finish degree in 2005 and maintained 4.0.

Excellent WE for over 10 years (political/legislative/public policy in Washington, D.C.)

Married with a toddler, own a house in Tucson, couldn't resist scholarship plus in-state tuition. Now my daughter can go to college, too. But turning down UVa and withdrawing from the Harvard waitlist was very tough.

Regarding Waitlists:

I withdrew from NU, GULC, and W&M the day I got the waitlist notifications. I waited a little longer on Harvard, but withdrew because I knew I couldn't move there on short notice.

Except for Harvard, I believe I would have been taken at all of the waitlist schools if I had shown interest, based on the numbers of others who were accepted from the waitlists. But if I was going to pack up and move, I was taking the scholarship at UVa, and I didn't want to lie about continued interest just to see if they would let me in.

Additional info & updates

Good luck to all future splitters who are viewing this.

Things I believe helped me:

-- more than a decade since bad grades
-- chance to get straight A's and prove myself
-- truly excellent work experience
-- high LSAT
-- letters of rec of the "best I've seen in my career" variety

Things I believe hurt me:

-- applying late
-- not enough attention to personal statement
-- low GPA, of course

Things for splitters to remember:

-- it's a crapshoot, so aim for as many schools as you can afford and are willing to attend
-- other splitter stats don't necessarily mean anything for your chances, because each applicant has unique strengths compensating for low GPAs
-- don't let your self-esteem get wrapped up in the app process; a great acceptance may vindicate your low GPA, but it doesn't vindicate you as a person any more than a Yale reject condems you as a person

Note for nontrad splitters:

Even if you are limited to a specific city or region due to other commitments, apply to top schools anyway. A good acceptance can mean more $$$ from the school you plan to attend. Arizona went from $20K to $32K when I told them about UVa.

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