This is my third cycle and I'm hoping three times will be a charm. I have been able to overcome several hardships, so hopefully I can overcome this one as well.
I was accepted at 4 schools for the Fall 2005 class, but I didn't get into any schools in my dream place to live and work in Chicago. So I decided to try again after my Master's was finished for the 2006 cycle.
I was accepted to the January 2006 class at John Marshall Law School in chicago for the full-time day program and decided to attend.
I had also applied for the August 2006 class at Florida Coastal School of Law after an invitation to re-apply from the Director of Admissions (was admitted to the Fall 2005 class, but chose not to attend) because I was already accepted at John Marshall and had sent in the deposit of $400 and had already made plans to move to Chicago.
I went to Orientation and first week of classes at John Marshall, only to fall ill with chronic bronchitis. This was my second bout with that in ten years. To top that off, at the end of the first week of classes, I got an acceptance e-mail from the Dean at Chicago-Kent with a scholarship offer for the Fall 2006 class.
Since I didn't really like the classes I went to at John Marshall anyway and I didn't want to start law school being so ill and falling behind, I withdrew from John Marshall on 1/27/2006 for medical reasons. The Torts professor Kandaras for the day division outright sucked, but the Property Professor (Lewis) was OK. I took the evening Contracts class for schedule reasons and Spanbauer was OK, but very tough. I took the Saturday Lawyering Skills section and that teacher was just a joke.
I attended Chicago-Kent in the part-time evening division for Fall 2006. Both teachers for the substantive courses (Brill for Torts and Rudstein for Criminal Law) were excellent. But I again ended up battling medical and family issues and my grandfather also died. Not making excuses, but my grades were not as good as I had hoped for. I also despised the Legal Writing Program at Kent and did not have much luck with that, either.
After speaking with my family, I decided to attempt to go for another cycle and attend law school closer to my family. I have no family in Chicago and, although I love it here, I think the change in weather and bitter cold, compared to where I used to live in California and Las Vegas, is just not for me and perhaps has adversely affected my health.
2-7-2007: Applied to UNLV for the full-time day Fall 2007 class. I'm still considered a Nevada Resident, since I graduated from a Nevada high school and they consider you a Nevada resident for life for tuition purposes. I figure I have a pretty good chance to get in there, seeing as I now have my second bachelor's in addition to all my other qualifications.
UNLV requested my LSAC transcript on 2/8/2007. Hopefully by the end of March or early April, I will have some news.
Received e-mail from NIU that they'd received my application on 2/27/2007.
2/28/2007: Received a phone call from UNLV stating that, despite the fact that I was re-applying as a first year student, I would still have to send them a copy of my transcript and a letter of good standing.
3-1-07: Looked around on the Internet, trying to find information about any schools that would be slightly friendlier to accept students who have matriculated at another law school, but are attempting to re-apply as first year students. I was quite impressed with Ohio State University's program, so I sent off an application at the deadline. Hopefully it will mean something.
3-3-2007: Decided to apply to Thomas Cooley, in case I can't get into one of the other 4 schools. I've heard that regardless of your past performance, they will pretty much take just about anyone. And my undergraduate numbers are pretty good. Any school is better than none at all.
3-3-2007: Received two letters from UNLV. One said they needed my Letters of Recommendation to be complete. The other was a complete notice, dated 2-27-07.
3-7-2007: Thomas Cooley finally requested my LSDAS report. Hopefully I'll have a positive decision within a few weeks. Their open house is next week, and I'm hoping to go.
3-9-2007: Finally complete at Southwestern. My family in LA would love for me to get accepted and agree to move home and go there, but..I really don't know. I still list Cooley as choice 5, but I think I'd switch Cooley for Southwestern. Living with family isn't always what it's cracked up to be!
3-12-2007: Finally received an e-mail from Ohio State thanking me for applying. Don't really care much anyway though anymore, I'd much rather go to UNLV or Cooley.
3-15-2007: Attended the open house at Cooley's campus in Lansing. What a difference between Cooley and Kent!!! I was so impressed!!! Cooley is WAY UNDERRATED and Kent is WAY OVERRATED! It's looking like a much more feasible option for me because I still qualify for the 50% tuition scholarship based upon my index and the commute really isn't that bad. Cooley is also much more flexible when it comes to scheduling. They are very strict with attendance and grades, but at least you get the grade you earn, not some BS lower grade just because of some stupid BS curve. The mock classroom experience in Criminal Procedure was so great, I stayed for the actual Criminal Procedure class. Professor Krause was EXCELLENT!!! It's an amazing difference between Cooley's classes and Kent's classes. I wish I'd known that. All I can say is don't be fooled by bogus reports about Cooley's reputation. You should go and see the school for yourself and talk to some of the current students and professors. It's an excellent school if you give it the chance. Don't waste your money on crappy overrated schools like Kent which teach you absolutely nothing and don't care about knowledge. Cooley is where it's at.
3-20-2007: It's almost funny to read outright pathetic comments from certain individuals. And therefore, I am going to fall in the footsteps of some other individuals and delete any negative comments at this time. So...Mr. KMA, whoever you are, your comments are being deleted and so will any other negative comments in the future.
3-21-2007: Mr. (or Mrs., you can't really tell from his/her post) KMA posted some more negative, unethical and unprofessional comments. I decided to leave that comment in, despite the negatively, because it shows how unethical, unprofessional, and jealous this person really is. Pretty sad and pathetic, but his/her time will come. What goes around comes around. Karma is great!
3-27-2007: Checked OSU's website. Went to decision. Hopefully that is a good sign; but I guess we'll just have to see. It says I went complete on 3-13. I guess they don't send out completion letters.
4-17-2007: So...I guess certain individuals seem to think that just because they create some bogus account, their comments will stay. Well why waste everyone else's time? Talk about a joke...But, like with most people, UNLV is still taking their time.
4-30-2007: Spoke with the Admissions officer from UNLV twice today. She said the committee is meeting on Wednesday and all remaining applicants should have a decision letter by the end of next week. Hopefully mine gets here by next Wednesday.
5-4-2007: Recieved a thin white envelope from UNLV. Figured that was too fast of a turnaround time. So the small scary envelope ended up being a second completion letter, dated April 30, 2007. Yikes. Well, that means here in Chi-Town, we get letters from Vegas 4 days after they're sent out. So hopefully the decision letter is sent out by today, so I can get it on about Tuesday or Wednesday.
5-9-2007: Spoke with the head of the Admissions Office from Cooley today. Explained to her about my adverse semester and having to finally withdraw for medical reasons. She said I have to write an addendum and she'll forward my information regarding our conversation to the Associate Dean, who will return next week. She said they've never accepted anyone as a transfer student in my situation. But, just as with legal rules, there are always exceptions. So I guess it's time to write an addendum.
5-10-07: Received an e-mail from the Assistant Director of Admissions at Southwestern. They were requesting more information, since I was supposedly still attending another law school. I returned the e-mail stating that I was no longer attending another law school (had to withdraw for medical reasons-AGAIN), but would send the transcripts anyway. I walked down to Kent and filled out the form to have the transcripts and letter of good standing sent to them. She also told me to write an addendum explaining the situation. At least I heard from them after all this time!
5-14-2007: Sent out Addendums to UNLV and Southwestern, and an updated transcript to UNLV. Hopefully after they receive these materials, they'll actually make decisions within a reasonable period of time. Sent out updated materials to Cooley, NIU, and Michigan State. I am going to finish the Michigan State Application process tomorrow. Just one more school, applying as a transfer. We'll see if any of these Addendums will yield positive results.
5-16-2007: There's an old saying, "If you can't say something nice about SOMEONE ELSE, then don't say anything at all." Sharing OPINIONS about schools is one thing; bashing other people is another. So...those of you who still can't understand what an OPINION is or what the different between failing out of school and withdrawing for medical reasons, is well...you're the people who need to learn how to READ and you're the ones who will fail. I will continue to voice whatever OPINIONS I want, where I want to. Anyone can take them or leave them for what they're worth and they can have their own opinions as well. So if you don't like that...too bad.
Reminder: Negative comments will be deleted off my page. So you might as well not even waste your time here. If you want to have an attitude problem and make negative comments about me, do it somewhere else. And before you do, GET A DICTIONARY OR LEARN HOW TO READ.
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HAS MADE POSITIVE COMMENTS AND HAS BEEN RESPECTFUL!!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!
05-18-07: Received letter from UNLV (thin white envelope) with the waitlist decision. 2 years ago, I got the same thing and was offered a seat in July. So...all those people who think I had no chance, THIS ISN'T A REJECTION, so think again!!!
6-22-07: Finally summertime. Perhaps some good news will come. But heck, worse comes to worse, just go back to the lame a$$ school I went to last year. Not a big deal.
7-23-07: No news from anyone. So supposedly, just going back to the BS School I spent one semester at....hopefully I'll transfer in the Spring to a REAL school.