lawschool0809 (2021-2022)

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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F - Fee Waiver A - Attending W - Withdrawn D - Deferred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
#46 American University Accepted A Type: RA Sent: 11/06/07 Rec: 11/09/07 Comp: 11/29/07 Inter: -- Dec: 12/13/07 Upd: 14 years
#44 Tulane University Accepted W Type: RA $75,000 Sent: 01/24/08 Rec: 01/25/08 Comp: 02/01/08 Inter: -- Dec: 03/12/08 Upd: 14 years
#82 Seattle University F Accepted W Type: RA $36,000 Sent: 11/07/07 Rec: 11/08/07 Comp: 11/16/07 Inter: -- Dec: 12/23/07 Upd: 14 years
#42 Wake Forest University Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 11/06/07 Rec: 11/06/07 Comp: 11/13/07 Inter: -- Dec: 01/25/08 Upd: 14 years
#30 University of Washington Waitlisted W Type: RA Sent: 11/07/07 Rec: 11/13/07 Comp: 11/30/07 Inter: -- Dec: 03/26/08 Upd: 14 years
#26 Boston College Rejected Type: RA Sent: 11/06/07 Rec: 11/07/07 Comp: 11/14/07 Inter: -- Dec: 01/19/08 Upd: 14 years
#27 University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Rejected Type: RA Sent: 01/24/08 Rec: 01/25/08 Comp: 02/05/08 Inter: -- Dec: 03/24/07 Upd: 14 years
#20 George Washington University Waitlisted W Type: RA Sent: 11/06/07 Rec: 11/06/07 Comp: 12/13/07 Inter: -- Dec: 02/04/08 Upd: 14 years
#12 Duke University Rejected Type: RA Sent: 11/13/07 Rec: 11/14/07 Comp: 11/20/07 Inter: -- Dec: 03/14/08 Upd: 14 years
#18 University of Southern California Rejected Type: RA Sent: 11/13/07 Rec: 11/14/07 Comp: 12/07/07 Inter: -- Dec: 03/31/08 Upd: 14 years
#22 Emory University Waitlisted Type: RA Sent: 11/07/07 Rec: 11/08/07 Comp: 11/19/07 Inter: -- Dec: 03/27/08 Upd: 14 years

Applicant Information

  • LSAT: 163
  • LSAT 2: -
  • LSAT 3: -
  • GRE : -
  • LSAC GPA: 3.53
  • Degree GPA: 3.56
  • School Type: Top Tier Liberal Arts
  • Major: -

Demographic Information

  • City: -
  • State: -
  • Race: Non-URM
  • Gender: Woman
  • Non-Traditional Applicant: Yes
  • Years out of Undergrad: -

Extra Curricular Information

- #'s to the left are 2009 USNWR rankings.
- Scholarship amounts are 3-yr totals.

Took the June 07 LSAT, and was very unhappy with my score (practicing consistently in the low 170's). But the thought of retaking makes me want to jump off a cliff, and since I'm not desperate to get into a T14, I decided to apply and see what happens.
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3/24/08 TULANE visit:
*Liked the school, not a big fan of Nola.
The building, classrooms, and library were all nice. The students, including the tour guide, seem smart and friendly. The atmosphere was not as uber-intense as I feared it could be, though I've heard Tulane is more relaxed than some (side note: the tour guide said he was admitted to BU, went to visit the campus, and hated it because the students looked like "their heads might spin off"). My tour guide also mentioned Tulane's extensive alumni networks all over the US, which was good to hear. I'm not sold on New Orleans, it's about as oppposite from the PNW as you could imagine. I don't like how I called a taxi 3 times and it never showed up. Or how on a tour of a plantation the guide told us 3 times how long it would take to drive back into town, but all 3 times he had very different time estimates- there's a big difference between 40 minutes and 1.5 hours!

3/26/08 WAKE FOREST visit:
*Small class size and some small, random perks are great, but the student body might not be up my alley.
I'm a big fan of the liberal arts thing, as well as the small class size. There were some random, small perks (such as every student gets a study cube in the library) that were also nice. The director of admissions was great to talk to, and the student who gave me a tour was also really nice and down-to-earth. However, when walking around the law building and general campus, I'm not sure I like the impression I get from the students I saw (I'll leave specifics out, as I don't want to offend anyone, but feel free to ask me if you're wondering).

3/27/08 AMERICAN visit:
*Favorite city by far, least impressive campus/facilities.
The metro system, the area of DC that American is in, and nearby apartments are all great. I could be really happy living in this part of DC for law school, and perhaps beyond. I think I'd fit in pretty well with the students I saw in the law school. AU also has some great clinics (they're ranked #2 in clinics, though from what I gather on LSD, speciality rankings don't matter that much). However, I'm wary of the larger class size, and they also seem to be lacking in the smaller, random perks that Tulane and Wake offered. Obviously those small things wouldn't be deal breakers, but they would be at least minor factors to consider. I'm also ever-conscious of the fact that AU plays 3rd fiddle to GULC and GW.

Additional info & updates

Cleaned up-

12/13/07: IN at AMERICAN (priority mail large envelope).
12/23/07: IN at SEATTLE (large envelope, regular mail). $12,000/yr Presidential Scholarship offer included, contingent on staying in the top 25%.
1/21/08: OUT at BC (snail mail).
1/25/08: IN at WAKE (Large envelope, regular mail).
2/4/08: WL at GW (snail mail).
2/27/08: Tulane status checker changed to "undergoing review".
2/28/08: Email from Tulane confirming that my app is under review.
3/11/08: Duke status checker changed to decision. Rejection, I'm sure...
3/12/08: IN at TULANE w/ a scholarship (email & status checker).
3/14/08: OUT at DUKE (snail mail).
3/15/08: Tote bag with $25,000/yr Dean's Scholarship at Tulane, contingent on maintaining a 3.0 GPA.
3/24/08: OUT at UIUC (status checker).
3/26/08: WL at UW (snail mail).
3/29/08: WL at EMORY (snail mail).
3/31/08: OUT at USC (snail mail). ~ CYCLE OVER ~

Final thoughts: it appears the only significant factor besides LSAT and GPA is URM status. I could have predicted every single one of my outcomes based on my numbers. It would have been nice to get into at least one semi-reach-but-still-kinda-target school, like BC or UW. UW is the only decision I am truly upet about, and I thought I had at least a fighting chance at BC, rather than being one of the first people rejected. I also should have more thoroughly researched the schools before applying- I probably wouldn't have picked Duke and USC as my super-reaches, would have thrown in a few more target schools, and maybe not applied to UIUC and Wake. But, all-in-all, Im grateful I got into some solid schools, and Im excited to start school in the fall!
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4/4/08: Deposited at AU and Tulane.

4/14/08: Officially withdrew from SU, Wake, GW WL, and UW WL. I'll stay on the Emory WL as long as I can.

4/21/08: Leaning heavily toward AU, but still feel like I shouldn't let go of Tulane...

6/2/08: Withdrew from Tulane. Almost certain I'll be in DC in August unless Emory wants me.

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Monday, October 08 2007 at 08:00 PM

Congrats on Seattle!

Hey
Saturday, January 05 2008 at 07:00 PM

Lots of similar schools, I decided to add you. Good luck and grats on the acceptances!

Thanks
Wednesday, December 19 2007 at 07:00 PM

for the congrats... Nice work on your acceptances as well. Based on your numbers, looks like you've got a decent shot at UW. Good luck.

Thanks!
Sunday, September 09 2007 at 08:00 PM

Hi there, Thanks for the UW congrats. I was pretty surprised I have to say. I saw that you went to visit Tulane as well. I did that recently myself. i think my decision will come down to those two. though i still have to visit Wisconsin. I liked Seattle a lot when I was out there. Great city! Good luck with your decision. American and Wake are both great schools.

Wake
Sunday, July 22 2007 at 08:00 PM

Hey! I really loved Wake for a number of reasons. First of all, I really liked the small class and section size. My major has small classes now and its the type of environment I thrive in. The class I sat in on was a 2L and 3L class and it was taught by the dean. It was interesting and all but maybe 2 people raised their hand and spoke during class. Everyone seemed comfortable and engaged. I was taken on a tour by a 3L who was very knowledgable. She knew virtually everyone we passed, and everyone seemed very friendly. From what she told me, the vibe is NOT dog-eat-dog at Wake. She was like sure, people are competitive but there is always someone that will help you out or give you their notes if you had to miss class. She also said there is only one professor that does really strict socratic method, and the rest do a mix or are less rigid. Overall, I liked the comfortable, laid back style of the campus since I tend to be a very stressed person...so I think the atmosphere would be good for me. It sort of depends on what you're looking for out of a school. Hope that helped a lot! I honestly had like the best tour because the girl talked the whole time and answered like a million questions of mine. If you want anymore info, email me.

oops
Sunday, July 22 2007 at 08:00 PM

*and everyone but about 2 people raised their hand

WCL admit students day
Tuesday, December 11 2007 at 07:00 PM

Were you there too? I think your assessment is right on.

Hmmm...
Wednesday, December 19 2007 at 07:00 PM

No worries, didn't really expect to get into UW. Sorry to hear about your WL @ UW, but at the same time you're still in the ballgame there... I just sent in my seat deposit for SU. Oregon's also appealing, but when it comes down to it I'd rather stay in Seattle. Looks like you've got some attractive options. Where are you leaning towards?

WCL
Tuesday, December 11 2007 at 07:00 PM

Yes, I went -- I found the program to be good overall. My heart really lies with GW, for several reasons, but WCL will be my home should that not pan out. We'll stay -- stay in touch!

wake forest
Thursday, February 15 2007 at 07:00 PM

Hey, I'm genuinely considering wake forest. What was it about wake that you didn't like about the student body? I have an idea of what you are talking about but I want to know for sure. I'm pretty dead set on attending if admitted, but I need some "devils advocate" points of view to make sure that this is the right decision.

Wake
Thursday, February 15 2007 at 07:00 PM

Thank you so much for your honest assessment. That was exactly what I expected you to say. Nonetheless, if admitted, I intend on attending Wake Forest. Thank you so much for your candid analysis. I really appreciate it.

Thanks for W from GW; Decision??
Tuesday, December 11 2007 at 07:00 PM

Sorry to play LSN stalker, but I wanted to thank you for withdrawing from the WL at GW and giving those of us riding it out a slightly better shot. That is a really nice move on your part. Have you decided officially on American? I want to know you and your friend's (the current student) impression of the area and your thoughts on where to live. I've got your e-mail so I will just query you through that. Thanks again!

Wake
Thursday, February 15 2007 at 07:00 PM

Thank you so much. I can't tell you how happy I am right now lol. Best of luck with AU, Tulane, or Emory- those are all top notch schools. Let me know what you decide. Matt