mzshaw (2022-2023)

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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F - Fee Waiver A - Attending W - Withdrawn D - Deferred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
#8 University of Arkansas Little Rock PT Rejected Type: RA Sent: 02/18/09 Rec: 02/19/09 Comp: 03/04/09 Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 15 years
#7 Florida International University PT WL, Rejected Type: RA Sent: 02/13/09 Rec: 02/17/09 Comp: 02/25/09 Inter: -- Dec: 06/10/09 Upd: 15 years
#6 Mercer University Rejected Type: RA Sent: 02/25/09 Rec: 02/25/09 Comp: 03/31/09 Inter: -- Dec: 05/14/09 Upd: 15 years
#11 Barry University School of Law PT Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 02/13/09 Rec: 02/13/09 Comp: 02/24/09 Inter: -- Dec: 05/14/09 Upd: 15 years
#4 Florida A&M University PT Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 01/28/09 Rec: 01/29/09 Comp: 02/17/09 Inter: -- Dec: 02/17/09 Upd: 15 years
#5 Northern Kentucky University PT WL, Rejected Type: RA Sent: 02/19/09 Rec: 02/19/09 Comp: 03/05/09 Inter: -- Dec: 04/16/09 Upd: 15 years
#1 University of Miami WL, Accepted Type: RA Sent: 02/13/09 Rec: 02/13/09 Comp: 02/23/09 Inter: -- Dec: 04/08/09 Upd: 15 years
#2 Florida Coastal School of Law F Accepted A Type: RA $6,000 Sent: 03/06/09 Rec: 03/06/09 Comp: 03/11/09 Inter: -- Dec: 03/12/09 Upd: 15 years
#9 DePaul University F PT Rejected Type: RA Sent: 02/21/09 Rec: 02/23/09 Comp: 03/06/09 Inter: -- Dec: 03/13/09 Upd: 15 years
#10 Nova Southeastern University PT Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 02/13/09 Rec: 02/13/09 Comp: 02/17/09 Inter: -- Dec: 03/02/09 Upd: 15 years
#3 Georgia State University PT Rejected Type: RA Sent: 02/13/09 Rec: 02/13/09 Comp: 03/03/09 Inter: -- Dec: 03/10/09 Upd: 15 years

Applicant Information

  • LSAT: 147
  • LSAT 2: -
  • LSAT 3: -
  • GRE : -
  • LSAC GPA: 3.02
  • Degree GPA: 3.3
  • School Type: 4-Year
  • Major: Administrative Management

Demographic Information

  • City: Atlanta
  • State: Georgia
  • Race: African-American
  • Gender: Woman
  • Under Represented Minority: Yes
  • Non-Traditional Applicant: Yes
  • Years out of Undergrad: In Undergrad

Extra Curricular Information

Married, mother of five who works full-time and attends school full-time. I don't really have time to devote to traditional "extracurricular activities" outside of managing my busy life and biting my nails over this whole law school application process.

I have been a litigation paralegal for ten years. My strong points are research and writing. I have a paralegal certificate, an A.S. in Paralegal Studies and will be completing my B.S. in Administrative Management in August.

I'm originally from Florida (I've been in Atlanta for 8 years) and would love to obtain my JD from a Florida school. Additionally, I have family in Miami and in the Orlando areas that can assist my husband and I with the kids.

Additional info & updates

I'm very thankful I found this website!!! It serves as a wonderful way to pass the time! It's also very encouraging to see folks with similar statistics being accepted to colleges that I'm applying to.


1-28-09: Completed Florida A&M's application via LSAC.

1-29-09: Received email from FAMU confirming receipt of application.

2-02-09: Received confirmation that Law School Report and Letters of Recommendation forwarded to FAMU by LSAC.

2-09-09: Received confirmation that four of my five Letters of Recommendation have been received by LSAC.

2-10-09: Received telephone call from FAMU reminding me to forward my executed Certification Letter. Received confirmation that my fifth and final Letter of Recommendation had been received by LSAC. (Yea!)

2-13-09: Busy day!!!!!
* Forwarded executed Certification Letter to FAMU.
* Completed Nova Southeastern application via LSAC
* Completed Barry University application via LSAC
* Completed Florida International application via LSAC
* Completed University of Miami application via LSAC
* Completed Georgia State University application via LSAC
* Received acknowledgement of receipt from UM
* Received acknowledgement of receipt from Nova and request for supplemental information.
* Received confirmation that GSU, Nova, UM, and FIU Law School Reports and Letters of Recommendation had been forwarded by LSAC.

* Sent emails to FAMU, Barry, Nova, FIU, UM, and GSU indicating my financial position and specifically requesting financial aid.
* Sent emails to CLEO indicating my financial position and requesting financial aid.
* Received confirmation of my financial aid request from FAMU and statement that my request will be added to my application file.
* Received email from FAMU notifying me that my file has been processed as complete.
* Received acknowledgement of receipt of application from GSU.
* Received confirmation that supplemental information had been added to my Nova file.

2-17-09: Received notification from Nova that my application is in review status. Received notification from GSU that my application is in process.

2-19-09: Applied to Northern Kentucky University today on a whim. We have family there, so it's an option!

Received acceptance letter from FAMU. White envelope marked "Welcome to the FAMily". Very excited!!! No word on scholarships yet. I will follow up with them tomorrow.

* Received confirmation from NKU that application received.
* Received email from Barry indicating that they were "only waiting on the paper copy" of my LSDAS report and that "once the report has arrived" my file will be submitted for review. But warned "that process can take from 2 to 3 weeks".

2-21-09: Received invitation to apply and application fee waiver from DePaul University in Chicago. Letter states that I "may be eligible Achievement Scholarship". It's worth a shot so I submitted my application via LSAC.

2-23-09: Called UM (couldn't take it anymore) and confirmed that file is complete, but still being reviewed. The pressure is killing me!!!!

2-25-09: Applied to Mercer at the advisement of one of the attorneys in my office.
Received acceptance letter for CLEO's Attitude is Essential Summer Program.

2-27-09: Rec'd letter from Barry which says "I am writing to inform you that the Admissions Committee has thoroughly reviewed your file and has voted to delay decision at this time." It says that delayed files will be reviewed in March. No worries! Barry was one of my last resort schools. I still hate rejection (or semi-rejection) though. :-)

3-2-09: Received notification from Nova via Decision Manager that I have been offered a spot in AAMPLE. Very pricey and I'm not sure that I want to throw $3,500 away on a maybe.

3-3-09: GSU status checker says " Complete ready for review."

3-5-09: NKU Status Checker says "In Review: Sent To Committee".

3-6-09: Rec'd email from Florida Coastal admissions rep encouraging me to apply and telling me that I am confirmed to receive $5,000 scholarship. Immediately applied.

3-9-09: Rec'd letter from UM today saying that "no final decision has been made at this time." They encouraged me to submit "relevant matterials" for the committee to review on the second round of deliberations. Writing letter now!!! Trying to remain's not a rejection!

3-11-09: Decided to withdraw my application to Nova. Just not willing to pay the $3,500. Good luck to someone else out there!!!

3-12-09: In at Florida Coastal with a scholarship!!! Woo-hoo!!!

3-13-09: Rejected by Georgia State (even though my status checker still says "Complete Ready for Review"). No problem! Now I no longer have a legitimate reason to stay in Atlanta!

3-16-09: Received lots of calls and emails from Florida Coastal. They really know how to make a girl feel welcome. I've been invited to the Recruitment Weekend festivities at the end of the month and I plan to attend. Still waiting on formal acceptance packet to come in the mail.

3-19-09: Received invite to attend Univ. of Arkansas Little Rock's Minority Banquet. Sounds nice, but I can't buy a plane ticket to Arkansas! Especially since I have no idea if I've been accepted or not.

Received rejection from DePaul "Your academic performance, test results, and other documents were each carefully assessed....yadda yadda yadda....regret to inform you...yadda yadda yadda." No worries here either. I surely do not think I would have been able to withstand a Chicago winter.

3-26 thru 3-28-09: The family and I took a trip down to Jacksonville to Florida Coastal's Minority Recruitment Weekend. It was absolutely WONDERFUL! I'm in love with the school and the students that I met. The school is so technologically advanced. I love the library! We were provided with an opportunity to sit through a class, rub elbows with the faculty, and even interrogate current students on any topic we chose as to their Florida Coastal experience. I paid my seat deposit. Unless another school offers me a full ride, I'll be in Jacksonville for the Fall.

3-31-09: After what seems like FOREVER my status checker status at both NKU and Mercer have finally changed. NKU says "Notification letter mailed 3-31-09" and Mercer says "File is complete, ready for review." I'm going out of town for a week in less than 48 hours and will likely miss the mailman. UGH!!!

4-01-09: Rec'd email from Barry admissions informing me that "the Admissions Committee has reviewed the held-delay list and your file is still on hold at this time. The first group of Early Start acceptance letters have been sent from this list; the Committee will review the held files again the week after April 15 for additional final decisions. " Que Sera Sera....

4-7-09: Received NKU letter in the mail...deferred until May. Toured UM. Not all that excited anymore. Very young crowd. Lots of self-absorbed people walking around with Chanel shades on. Florida Coastal's technology, facilities and accessibility are better.

4-14-09: Rec'd notification from UM that I've "been selected as an alternate for admission." Apparently, once a slot opens up, I'm in. Given my tour experience, I'm not sure how I feel about this. I'm ELATED that my number 1 choice "sort of" chose me, but it's EXTREMELY expensive and I'm not sure if I want to be immersed in that environment. I'm going to send in my card asking them to keep me on the waitlist, but unless they come up with some scholarship $$$, I am not likely to attend.

4-16-09: Rec'd rejection letter from NKU today. Oh well. Their loss.

4-27-09: Rec'd letter from FIU. They've decided to "hold [my] application until the applicant pool has been more fully established." Yeah right. I won't hold my breath. I'm going to J-ville.

5-14-09: In at Barry via email.

5-19-09: Rec'd rejection letter from Mercer via snail mail.

7-10-09: Attended CLEO's Attitude is Essential seminar in Atlanta. Very insightful. Met a lot of cool people and gained a lot of exposure. Signed up to become a Kaplan PMBR Representative for my school. Also got a free code to take Kaplan's Law School Edge Course in Miami.

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Hey! (similar numbers!)
Wednesday, January 14 2009 at 07:00 PM

Wow, u have alot on your plate raising a family and all. I too have applied to Florida schools and would love to attend one. I got conditionally accepted to St Thomas so Im very pleased about that and waiting to hear from FIU. Best of luck to u!

Monday, December 22 2008 at 07:00 PM

Hey, I was wondering how you applied for the CLEO.I will be interested in applying for their financial aid too but do not know how to go about it. Congrats on FAMU, I am very happy for you.

Congrats girl!
Wednesday, January 14 2009 at 07:00 PM

FAMU!!! Thats wats up! I am still waiting on a firm YES from any school, like today I found out I was waitlisted for Loyola, I really would love to attend.

Sunday, January 25 2009 at 07:00 PM

I am glad you find my posts helpful. I feel the same way about this website. It helps a ton to know who is being accepted where and when. Good luck with the rest of your applications!

Wednesday, January 28 2009 at 07:00 PM

Got the same letter from DePaul but I'm not sure if I want to go to Chicago. I haven't heard much about their program though. Have you?

Sunday, January 25 2009 at 07:00 PM

Good luck from a mother of 3 ;-), we are applying to some of the same schools. Good luck this cycle.

UM PT program
Sunday, January 25 2009 at 07:00 PM

I didn't know UM offered a PT program. If so, I will be applying...and congrats on FAMU ;-)

Sunday, October 12 2008 at 08:00 PM

Hey, mzshaw. Thanks for the encouragement and the kind words. I am in complete awe of you as a mother raising 5 children while going to school. That's is truly inspiring to see a woman with your motivation doing what you're doing. Congrats on your acceptance to FAMU and good luck!

Sunday, January 25 2009 at 07:00 PM

I dont know what is going on with Arkansas. I might call and tell them not to worry about it. I havent made a decision yet, but so far I believe I would rather attend FIU. I tried to access the Decision Manager but it said my pin was incorrect...? I called and they said I would be emailed later this afternoon with the correct pin, so I still dont know anything new haha. Thanks for your help though! I will post my decision as soon as I find out. Good luck with the rest of your cycle!

Sunday, January 25 2009 at 07:00 PM

Hey congrats with Coastal!!!!

Sunday, January 25 2009 at 07:00 PM

I think it went really well. They have a beautiful campus and the professors/deans were very friendly. As far as part-time... The student panel had six students on it. Two were part-time. Of the 210-220 accepted students, about 1/3 are part-time. As far as I could tell, they seem to treat part-time students very well. I am not part-time, but I could see/feel that the atmosphere of the open house catered to the part-time students equally to the full-time.

Sunday, January 25 2009 at 07:00 PM

Well the hits keep comming hahaha. I was just waitlisted at VIllanova. I would say they are my top choice... and well... I am glad I was not turned down. On a realistic note. I like FIU the best right now, as far as I am in and I can afford it. I also really like Elon, but I would need some financial help to go there. I would love go to some the schools on my list, but I am kinda poor. Depeneding on the school, I am willing, however, to take out a large loan. Keep your fingers crossed for me!!!

hey there long time!
Wednesday, January 14 2009 at 07:00 PM

wats up? i wanted to check on your progress, congrats on scholly from florida coastal and waitlist university of mia!!!!!!!! which is ur top choice? i kno u would dive at an opportunity with u mia but cant pass up that scholarship from florida coastal!

Wednesday, January 14 2009 at 07:00 PM

Girl, CLEO is playing games! lol I applied in January so I thought I would hear something by now. Since you mentioned Attitude is Essential, I think I will apply. I wonder if those dates will interfere with the Six Week Summer Institute? IDK, can't plan on something that has not happened so i guess i will apply for AE.

Thank you
Sunday, January 25 2009 at 07:00 PM

Thank you for your encouraging words. I think I will write a letter/fax. Do you think I should call first or just send it? I dont want to look to pushy by just sending it strait in haha. Thank you again though; you put a smile on my face this morning when I read you post.

Sunday, October 12 2008 at 08:00 PM

Thanks, mzshaw. I don't plan to attend AIE but would love to if I could fit it into my schedule. I'm really excited about attending CLEO. Where's AIE being held?

Sunday, October 12 2008 at 08:00 PM

Mzshaw, I just went to the CLEO website. I didn't realize AIE will be in Los Angeles on a July weekend. Hmm. I may have to reconsider attending. But I need to have a law school acceptance first but all I have in a conditional acceptance. I don't know whether that will work or not but I'll wait until I get to CLEO and see what happens once I begin to network.

Fl. Coastal
Monday, December 08 2008 at 07:00 PM

Well, I don't really understand these folks... or I accidentally typed something in the personal statement that offended someone.. because after that first interaction, silence.... So I went back into my profile and took out the accepted reference and put it back to applied... I am having a horrid cycle. Fate must be telling me to stay with the kids and keep away from law school!

Sunday, January 25 2009 at 07:00 PM

I am glad to see that you liked FL Cosatal so much. Congrats on making your decision!

FL Coastal
Sunday, December 07 2008 at 07:00 PM

Isn't it nice to have the cycle finally be over and have a decision made? See you there in the Fall. =)

Sunday, May 04 2008 at 08:00 PM

Thank you for you comment! It's easy to write the truth =). I wish you all the best in Florida!

Tuesday, January 15 2008 at 07:00 PM

Thanks. Being wait listed at Washington has made me feel better about the cycle. I feel like my whole application process has now been validated. I did send WashU more info. If I don't make it in off the waitlist, and if I haven't heard from any more schools, I'm going to take a year, improve my LSAT, and try again.

Thursday, November 13 2008 at 07:00 PM

Congrats! How did Miami notify you of your acceptance off of the waitlist?

Monday, January 26 2009 at 07:00 PM

Hi! I'm debating staying on the WL at Miami, so I'd love to hear what your thoughts were. Besides being a young crowd, how was the faculty and what do you think the education would be like? I'd love your candid response! And...CONGRATS on your cycle!

Wednesday, January 28 2009 at 07:00 PM

Hi! I will be attending AIE in Atlanta. See you there!

Wednesday, January 14 2009 at 07:00 PM

Well i got into AIE so we should link up! Can't wait!

Monday, January 05 2009 at 07:00 PM

Hey, thanks for the information on FCSL. Congratulations on your acceptance. I know one student currently going to school there and have been in contact with two others who have nothing but great things to say about the faculty, facilities, and overall education. I hear that they are really good about guiding students into internships and job opportunities. Best of luck

Wednesday, March 18 2009 at 08:00 PM

Hi There! I'm Courtnee and I, too, will be attending FCSL this fall! Just wanted to introduce myself. Feel free to shoot me an email!