Yeah, I know, my LSAT score sucks. My credit score is also horrible and I can't get anyone to finance a car for me. I never seem to be able to get a decent job and women seem to think I'm better suited as a friend (apparently I'm not boyfriend material - I'm convinced it's a scent I give out or something that scares them away). I drive a car with a crack in the windshield so big it looks like I got into a head-on collision, and the crack spreads each winter and gets a little bigger every year. If Massachusetts wasn't a corrupt state, it'd never pass vehicle inspection. I'm that guy in the back of the class who always has a million and one things go wrong at the worst possible time. My dog really did eat my homework.
I chose my name 'oh crap' for this website because that's what I said when I got my LSAT score report back. I'm 24 years old and I finished my bachelor's degree in May 2004 with a 3.04 GPA. My LSAT score and my GPA are fairly crappy, especially considering I was a liberal arts (poli sci) major. My college's 'pre-law' advisor told me I was screwed with those stats and suggested I think about an alternative to law school, such as the church ('have you ever thought about divinity school? They're less selective'). My dad wanted me to go into the army because it's better than working in the fast food industry with a bachelor's degree and $60k in student loans.
That year, I applied to six or seven law schools (including U. Wisconsin, U. Oregon, U. Arizona, Arizona State, and U. San Diego) and I was wait listed at UW Madison and Oregon and rejected everywhere else. Needless to say, I never got off the wait list. With nothing else to do (because my B.A. in political science qualified me to work at Burger King or the local movie theater), I went back to my undergraduate alma mater and enrolled in graduate business classes. For the past two years, I've been taking these classes, and my graduate GPA is a 3.6 - significantly higher than my ugrad GPA. I applied again last year (2004-2005) to six or seven law schools and was rejected from all of them. I've probably gotten more law school rejections than most people will ever get in their lifetimes.
I re-took the LSAT this past October but I was so paranoid about my score that I canceled it before it could be reported. I am now in my second year of graduate school and I am set to graduate this May (2006) with my Master of Business Administration (MBA). After two years straight of getting rejected to 14+ law schools, I gave up on law school. I decided to apply to three lower ranked schools this past fall just for sh*ts and giggles, but I assumed that unless I re-took the LSAT (not likely), and aced it, I wouldn't be going to law school any time soon.
So far I've heard back from Seattle University (SU) and the University of Denver (DU). DU's letter came in a small white envelope and I assumed it was a rejection letter so I waited a few weeks to open it because I was so used to getting rejected and saying "dude you might as well become a janitor, it suits you better". It was a single piece of paper (no extra pages) and I was shocked when I opened it and found out I got in. Considering I almost threw the entire envelope away without opening it, that was a very good day.
The letter I received from SU was not an acceptance, nor was it a rejection; it simply said that I was being considered for an alternate admissions program for disadvantaged and minority students. It said that typically they get over 300 applicants and select 30 of them, and that the alternate program consists of a summer prep course that is required prior to normal matriculation in the fall semester. I received this in early January and my application is still pending. I'm not a minority, although I did grow up very poor and I had a very rough childhood, so I guess that explains the SU letter. Nothing so far from VLS.
To go from two straight years of rejections and giving up on law school to now suddenly getting into a tier 2 school that is ranked in the top 100 has been a huge event in my life. I've only been to Denver once in my life and I grew up in a small town in New England so I'm a bit scared of a big city and living so far away, but I love the mountains and the outdoors and I consider myself to be extremely lucky to even have this opportunity. Does anyone know anything about DU? How is the quality of life, the location, the academic reputation?
Update 4/17/06: Holy crap, I got into Seattle University! The strangest story of how I found out... The status checker said the decision was mailed last week, but I hadn't received it. A few minutes ago I got home from work and there was an email from one of the SU admissions people telling me about open house, registration, financial aid advising, and campus tour dates... I pretty much said to myself "holy shit! Either they admitted me or they sent me the wrong email!". So I called the SU admissions office and they told me they could not tell me over the phone, but when I mentioned the email I received today, the lady I spoke to said "well, although I can't tell you our decision on the phone, you are correct in your assumption about why you received that email".
I GOT IN!!! Unbelievable! I'm still kind of in shock, especially considering that this came just a few days after the Vermont Law School acceptance. Honestly, I applied to these three schools wondering if I'd get into any of them since I've been rejected from so many schools over the past 3 years. I didn't get in at all the last two years straight and this year I get into every school I applied to! So now I have to figure out what to do. SU is my first choice but I need to be sure I can commit to the summer schedule and give up my job comittment. I also need to make sure I can get the necessary financial aid. But still, this changes EVERYTHING!!!
Update 4/30/06: Thanks everyone for your kind words. As much as I like Denver and VLS, I've decided the Seattle offer is too good to refuse, so I will be attending there starting in just over one month. Thanks again for your support and for those who are also going to SU with me and those who were waitlisted, keep in touch and we can all get together this summer for drinks.