I know it was a bit presumptuous of me to only apply to two schools. But my wife is from San Diego, and after having lived in Kentucky for four years she was totally determined to get back to Southern California. She once told me, in not so subtle terms, that even if I applied to Harvard Law School and, by some divine miracle, was accepted, there was no way in hell she was going anywhere that it snows. So I decided that Id save my application fees by not applying to schools outside of San Diego. Luckily I got into Cal Western. Now Im just waiting to hear from USD.
2/27/06: I just checked the mailbox, nothing from USD. I have a stinking suspicion that those bastards over there already know who they're going to reject, and just want to torture the hell out of us who are eagerly awaiting their celestial judgment. I just want some finality. At this point I don't even care if I'm accepted or rejected, I just want to know the decision.
2/28/06: Again, nothing from USD.
3/1/06: I received a invitation to an open house at Cal Western, which is being held on two different dates (Mar. 18th and May 13th) from 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m.. Obstensibly, it is an opportunity to hear from the faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Cal Western may not top the list of U.S. News and World Report law school rankings, but they are--in my opinion--a lot more professional and courteous to their applicants than those soulless bureaucrats over at USD.
3/2/06: My only law school correspondence today was a fee waiver from Hofstra University. Too little, too late in my opinion. Thanks, but no thanks, Hofstra!
3/10/06: Still no word from USD! I'm cutting my losses and just going to accept the offer from Cal. Western.
On an unrelated note, I've been looking into some law preview courses that you can take prior to going into your first year of law school. Does anyone out there know of someone who may have tried one of these programs? If so please let me know what they thought of it. Thanks.
3/13/06: The cruelty continues...nothing from USD. This waiting game is driving me insane.
3/17/06: I just read that Whittier Law School and Golden Gate University School of Law have been placed on probation by the ABA. Applicants Beware! See this site for more information: http://www.abanet.org/legaled/approvedlawschools/approved.html
3/18/06: Today I attended the Law Preview Day at Cal. Western and was so impressed with what I saw and heard from the faculty, staff, current students, and alumni that I have unequivocally and excitedly decided to make Cal. Western my law school. I realize that I likely wouldn't have another option anyway since I haven't from USD, and when I eventually do it will most likely be a rejection letter. This doesn't change the fact that I was totally and utterly impressed with Cal. Western. The professionalism that everyone displayed (anyone who has had contact with the admissions office has an idea of what I'm talking about) in conjunction with the family-like environment makes Cal. Western a top choice in my book.
I must admit, initially, I did feel a little disappointed that I was most probably going to attend a 4th-tier school--Cal Western. But my experience today has greatly lifted my spirits. I think, perhaps, it will all work out for the best.
I hope everyone finds a law school that they are as equally impressed with and excited about attending. Best of Luck!
3/27/06: So it's official now. I just mailed out my first of two seat deposits to Cal Western. So even if USD does accept me now I'm going to withdraw because they haven't shown me or anyone else--as far as I can tell from what I've read on this site and LSD--even the slightest modicum of respect. In fact, I now despise USD and I plan to spend the rest of my legal career sticking it to the university and its law graduates. Yes, I'm a little bitter. I expected to be treated with a little more decency here. I guess USD plans to keep me in the dark for six months about the status of my application then seemingly out of the blue give me a rejection letter. To hell with USD! I'm a bright and ambitious young man. If USD doesn't want me then I don't want those bastards either. I say good riddance to bad rubbage.