concordgator (2022-2023)

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Application Information

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# Law School Status Type $$$ Sent Received Complete Interview Date Decision Updated
Thomas M Cooley Law School Accepted A Type: RA Sent: 09/21/11 Rec: 09/22/11 Comp: 10/07/11 Inter: -- Dec: 10/12/11 Upd: 12 years
Ave Maria University School of Law Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 12/12/09 Rec: 12/14/09 Comp: 01/08/10 Inter: -- Dec: 07/21/10 Upd: 12 years
Florida International University Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 12/14/09 Rec: 12/15/09 Comp: 01/08/10 Inter: -- Dec: 03/15/10 Upd: 12 years
Nova Southeastern University Accepted W Type: SP Sent: 12/15/09 Rec: 12/18/09 Comp: 01/15/10 Inter: -- Dec: 03/05/10 Upd: 14 years
Florida Coastal School of Law Accepted W Type: SP Sent: 12/14/09 Rec: 12/15/09 Comp: 01/08/10 Inter: -- Dec: 01/16/10 Upd: 14 years
Charlotte School of Law Accepted W Type: SP Sent: 12/14/09 Rec: 12/15/09 Comp: 01/08/10 Inter: -- Dec: 01/16/10 Upd: 14 years
Phoenix School of Law Accepted W Type: SP Sent: 12/14/09 Rec: 12/15/09 Comp: 01/08/10 Inter: -- Dec: 01/16/10 Upd: 14 years

Applicant Information

  • LSAT: 141
  • LSAT 2: -
  • LSAT 3: -
  • GRE : -
  • LSAC GPA: 3.28
  • Degree GPA: 3.26
  • School Type: State Univ (UofFL) SEC
  • Major: Civil Engineering

Demographic Information

  • City: Tampa
  • State: Florida
  • Race: White, Cuban America
  • Gender: Man
  • Under Represented Minority: Yes
  • Non-Traditional Applicant: Yes
  • Years out of Undergrad: 10+ Years

Extra Curricular Information

Masters in Business Admin, 3.6 GPA
Member of the Local College President's Associates
Member of Tampa's Equal Business Opportunity Advisory Committee
Florida Governor's Hispanic Business Owners Roundtable
Member of the Society of American Military Engineers
Member of a national Chief Executive Network
Recognized by Ernst & Young and INC, Entrepreneur, Hispanic Business, Tampa Bay CEO, and Smart Business magazines during the past five years

Additional info & updates

Law school is a bucket list thing for me. I'm retiring in my mid-50's and selling my business, and would like to know the law. No hurry to finish, but would like to get my LLM as well in International Business before I'm 60. Then, practice on my own and travel.


Dec 22nd - Accepted to an non-ABA law school called California School of Law, also applied to another non-ABA school called Concord Law School (part of Kaplan University). Will consider these online law schools if I can't get into a reasonable ABA law school.

Did not do well on LSAT, 141, but not planning on taking it again or taking a class for it. It is what it is! Lets see if years of business and engineering experience, military service, starting and selling your own company, a high GPA from a top Tier engineering school, and having a Masters in business can do.


Jan 13th - Accepted to Thomas Cooley Law School, Michigan.

Jan 16th - Accepted to Fl Coastal, Phoenix, and Charlotte's AAMPLE Program.

Jan 19th - Rejected by Stetson for Fall 2010 Full-Time Semester. Will call admissions and see if Fall 2010 Part-Time is an option or totally out of the question based on my low LSAT score. It is worth a try.

Jan 20th - Rejected by Barry also today. I'm afraid this may start a bad trend of rejections. Although, I'm not surprised based on my LSAT score.

Jan 21st - Got rejected by a few other schools (Miami, Texas Southern, Loyola, John Marshall, and Drexel), but also made the wait-list for Ave Maria (Naples, FL) and Thomas Jefferson, Ca. I think I'll hold on to both of those, Naples, FL and San Diego, CA are not bad places to study law.

February 13th - Decided to let Florida Coastal and Thomas Cooley go, and signed up for the CLEO program to see if that will help.

February 17th - Found out on their website, that St. Tomas rejected my application yesterday. Running out of options. Hope to hear from FAMU soon. Their website states that a decision has been made and that a letter is being sent out. Let's see if Orlando is my future.

March 1st -5th - Got rejected by Florida and Washington & Lee, although Florida sent me a very nice rejection letter. Maybe they sent it because I'm a Gator and a booster.

Anyway, also got accepted by Nova, another South Florida school. I heard back from CLEO, they are looking into schools that may give me another chance. If either FAMU, Florida International, Barry or Stetson approve me for the CLEO program at their school I'm in, if not I'll wait to see if Ave Maria comes through.

March 9th - Got accepted to Concord Law School and I'm going to accept unless I hear something from Ave Maria or Barry/FAMU/Stetson change their minds based on the CLEO Program. These schools are the closest to my Tampa home, and I could attend them part-time.

So, if nothing changes, I plan to start this Summer with Concord Law School (CLS).

Fact is this program fits me the best since I'm not looking to be a law firm attorney. I'm 52 years old, retiring, selling my business, and plan on traveling so this program is the best for me. Concord's law program is also cheap compared to the other schools and I'm convinced it will be the first ABA approved on-line law school in the not so distant future. So, wish me luck.

March through April - Got accepted into ABA's CLEO Program and FIU Law School. Will attend CLEO Program in July. Great opportunity, but still keeping CLS open.

But, I'm in either way. FIU is a good law school.

July 21st - Ave Maria accepted me as well. Naples is a nice place to go to law school, as well. Decisions Decisions!

July 30th - Attending CLS, and traveling.


Sept 21 - Learned that Thomas M. Cooley Law School is opening a campus in Tampa in May 2012 and have decided to apply and try to transfer. I'm going to CLS at the moment, 2L with a 3.0 GPA. Have enjoyed CLS, but would love to practice in Florida vs. California if I could. I'll wait to see. Got accepted into Cooley in 2009, hope that will work out again.

Oct 14 - I saw that a decision was made, but haven't received letter yet.

Oct 17 - Accepted to Cooley's Tampa campus, surprise surprise, not really. Planning to transfer and attend their new 132 K sf campus in Tampa in May 2011. Going to open house Oct 28th. Will finish 2L classes with CLS before attending Cooley in May. Better deal for me since I live in Tampa, right next to the schools new location, and I already have 1L behind me.

10-25-11 - I accepted and confirmed a seat to the new Thomas M. Cooley Tampa Campus and will start there in May 2012. I know all about Cooley and its reputation, but right now it's the best fit for me and what I'm trying to accomplish. Also according to the attorney's that work for me and my company, with my background, an ABA degree is the most important thing.

May 2013 - Second year underway. B student, which is good considering I'm still working full-time. Good school, hard but manageable.

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Sunday, March 15 2009 at 08:00 PM

Best of luck to you!

Thursday, January 14 2010 at 07:00 PM


Thursday, October 13 2011 at 08:00 PM

not going to Cooley. thanks anyways.

Monday, December 26 2011 at 07:00 PM

GREAT informative Profile. Congrats on your acceptance... U.S Navy Corpsman, Ret.

Good luck with FIU
Thursday, January 14 2010 at 07:00 PM

Good luck with your schools, I'm from Miami (near FIU) and FIU would be a great choice. They are building a great reputation. I wished I lived there now, I definitely would have gone there the summer of 2010. Also, thanks for your service.

Tuesday, December 13 2011 at 07:00 PM

Are you transferring as a 2L or 3L to Cooley? I'm asking because I have a good friend that is currently a FT 1L at Tulsa and was told he could not apply to transfer because classes for him would not be offered.

Transfer to Cooley
Thursday, January 14 2010 at 07:00 PM

I'm technically transferring as a 1L, but may have to repeat some of my first year. Which for me is not a big deal because I'm not in a hurry. CLS was not an accredited ABA school. So they are evaluating my courses. The problem is that Cooley will be offering a limited number of classes when they open in Tampa.

Tuesday, August 02 2005 at 08:00 PM

I don't think I will be able to attend that event this go around, but I do plan on visiting it when I head down there. I just haven't planned any of the stops quite yet.Y You start in May right?

ABA Approval
Thursday, January 14 2010 at 07:00 PM

JoJo, Yes I believe we will be able to take the Bar in Florida, see the following web-site:

Cooley Tampa
Thursday, May 31 2012 at 08:00 PM

Hey I have been accepted to Cooley's Tampa campus and I just want to pick your brain if I could.. Just want some thoughts on how you like it at the school, what is the environment like and any other opinions you could offer, thanks alot! Email me if you'd like.

Saturday, November 03 2012 at 08:00 PM

I'm interested in going to FIU. I see we have similar profiles and you got accepted (Congrats). Do you have any pointers that you would like to share that can help me get into FIU??

Thursday, March 14 2013 at 01:11 PM

Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to update us future 1L's. It's encouraging especially since you are still working full time and who knew that Cooley had an annex on Tampa?