patentbound (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F - Fee Waiver A - Attending W - Withdrawn D - Deferred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
Ohio State University F Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 10/20/10 Rec: 10/21/10 Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 02/23/11 Upd: 13 years
University of Iowa F Accepted A Type: RA Sent: 10/08/10 Rec: 10/12/10 Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 01/04/11 Upd: 13 years
Santa Clara University F Accepted W Type: RA $4,500 Sent: -- Rec: 10/15/10 Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 13 years
University of Richmond F Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 10/14/10 Rec: 10/15/10 Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 12/24/10 Upd: 13 years
University of New Hampshire School of Law F Accepted W Type: RA $7,500 Sent: 10/11/10 Rec: 10/12/10 Comp: 12/03/10 Inter: -- Dec: 12/03/10 Upd: 13 years
DePaul University F PT WL, Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 10/20/10 Rec: -- Comp: 11/12/10 Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 13 years
Chicago-Kent College of Law (IIT) F Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 10/01/10 Rec: 10/11/10 Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 12/09/10 Upd: 13 years
University of Wisconsin Madison F Waitlisted Type: RA Sent: 10/20/10 Rec: 10/21/10 Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 01/19/11 Upd: 13 years
George Washington University F Rejected Type: RA Sent: 10/14/10 Rec: 10/20/10 Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 12/28/10 Upd: 13 years

Applicant Information

  • LSAT: 155
  • LSAT 2: 155
  • LSAT 3: -
  • GRE : -
  • LSAC GPA: 3.74
  • Degree GPA: 3.9
  • School Type: graduate school
  • Major: polymer science/chemical engin

Demographic Information

  • City: Iowa City
  • State: Iowa
  • Race: white
  • Gender: Man
  • Non-Traditional Applicant: Yes
  • Years out of Undergrad: 5-9 Years

Extra Curricular Information

PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Iowa
BS in Polymer Science from the University of Southern Mississippi
AA in Chemistry from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks

I have done some volunteer work tutoring special need students at a local high school. I also am an assistant coach for my kids soccer team.

I coordinated the "junkyard challenge" event for a local charter school's science olympiad.

Currently teaching math at Penn State-Beaver and tutoring students in chemistry, math, physics, and engineering. Will be teaching collge algebra 2 this spring.

Working in the Product Safety and Regulatory Affairs department of Bayer Material Science here in Pittsburgh, PA. Has opened my eyes to regulatory affairs and compliance and possibly transitioning into Environmental Law.

Designing and authoring an 8-hour continuing education course on Ethics for Engineers for a local civil engineering consulting firm.

Additional info & updates

January 3, 2012

Hello future law school students. I am currently about to begin my second semester of law school at the University of Iowa. I feel I have gained a wealth of advice when it comes to the admissions process and what to expect in your first year. Email or message me some time and Good Luck!!

So this will be my third and final cycle. The first was hard because I was writing my graduate dissertation in chemical engineering while studying for the LSAT. The second time I only applied to Duquesne since I was in Pittsburgh while my wife worked on her Masters. Both cycles I was selected somewhere; 1st cycle Akron (with a 147 LSAT!) and 2nd cycle Duquesne. I held off for this cycle because one, I feel I am better prepared for law school, and now with my wife finishing her graduate degree I am open to schools nationwide.

I am focused on studying intellectual property law, specifically patent law. My school choices are geared towards that and the midwest from which my wife is from. Hopefully I will have good luck this cycle and for anyone who is visiting my profile I wish you the best of luck as well. Thanks


June 7, 2011

So it looks like I will be a hawkeye (again) after all! I have officially accepted my admission to Iowa law school and have to say what a ride. I honestly believe I have become somewhat of an expert in law school admissions, and if you have any questions feel free to message or post me. I will be checking this site off and on until I start this Fall. Good luck again!

April 18, 2011,

Wow so this cycle went alot better than I initially predicted it to be. 7 out of 9 acceptances is incredible. Folks I hope everyone is having as good if not better of a cycle, but if I have any advice to give it is take your time and not rush to go into a school just to get in. The economy is not good and racking up $120,000 in debt for a school that you are not sure you will have a job 9 months after graduating is tough. Also schools appreciate seeing somebody who had a low LSAT, take time off to raise their score. It shows the detemination, hardworking, and resiliency we all describe in our personal statements. Good Luck and God Bless!!!

April 17, 2011,

Just got back from the admitted students weekend at OSU. I loved it .

April 14, 2011

Received my acceptance letter from Santa Clara plus a $4500 scholarship. Very nice but a little too late.

April 13, 2011

So I am waiting to see the official letter but I just received an email from Santa Clara for eCampus. When I logged on it provided information on paying my seat deposit or declining admission. I take this as a pretty good assumption that I was accepted. Santa Clara I have heard is a great area and the law school is well known for IP. Cost and job opportunities for my wife are going to be the only deterrents.

I am heading to Columbus for the admitted students visit... should be fun!

March 24, 2011

Iowa vs Ohio state?

I would like to get a conversation thread going for those that are looking at my profile and posts. Give me pro and cons for either school or let me know what you think of the areas. Would be most helpful thanks!

March 24, 2011

So my current status on the Santa Clara law status checker shows that I am still "in committee" but my status date has been updated from 10/26/2010 to 3/23/2011. Could this mean they are getting ready to render a decision?

February 27, 2011

Has been quite a blog since I started this in October. My old posts are below. I have decided that unless Santa Clara admits me and provides a full scholarship (won't happen), then I will be attending law school at either Iowa or Ohio State. I am truly blessed and I never thought I would be in this scenario. I am sending out letters this week withdrawing my applications to Richmond, Chicago-Kent, Depaul, and New Hampshire.

My preference as I said before is Iowa, but it is going to depend on where my wife can find a job. She has a better shot in Columbus so I may be a buckeye this Fall.

October 15, 2010

So as of today I have sent out 6 of my 10 applications. Writing these different personal statements is draining as many of you can attest to. Hopefully within the next couple of months I will start hearing about decisions..good or bad.

October 18, 2010

Finishing up my Ohio State and Depaul applications and that will leave me with just Wisconsin for now. I decided to take Houston off my list because although they have a great IP Law program. my wife and I just cannot see ourselves living there.

October 20, 2010

Finished my applications and everything is sent out! Not sure if I want to apply anywhere else but my top choices are taken care of. Now I wait. For those that are new to the process do not expect to hear anything back until December-January at the earliest if you send your apps out now. That is unless you have a stellar LSAT AND GPA which I do not.

October 26, 2010

To anonymous: I agree Houston is a great city and the program is wonderful. Where I go is also predicated on the best locale that my wife can find a job in her field so with no direspect to the City of Houston it just would not work for us. Thanks for the comment and good luck in your cycle.

November 12, 2010

Got an email from Depaul today.....waitlisted. A little disappointed as this was a school I figured I had a better shot at. Not the best way to start my cycle but things are off and rolling.

December 3, 2010

In at Franklin Pierce Law verified by status checker and later email! Great feeling to know that I was accepted somewhere. Anybody know anything about Concord, NH and what it is like?

December 9, 2010

ACCEPTED AT CHICAGO-KENT!!! Notified by email from the dean and my jaw is still on the floor. Is definitely one of my top choices, and shows that schools DO look at other factors than just LSAT.

December 24, 2010

Just got a call from Dean Rahman...IN AT RICHMOND!! Unbelievable and what a great Christmas gift. Happy holidays to everyone.

December 28, 2010

Email from George Washington confirms I will not be going to Washington DC. This was my longshot for sure but still disappointing. Four more to go!

January 4, 2011

Unbelievable, just looked at my status checker and I have been accepted to Iowa!! Wow!

January 19, 2011

Waitlisted by Wisconsin. Not upset I refuse to go to a school whose football team can't beat a MWC team! All kidding aside, I am disappointed as it is a great school. Two left and then it is decision time!

January 28, 2011

Still waiting on hearing back from Ohio State and Santa Clara. I am assuming that they are waiting on their initial decommitments to see if they should "settle" on mine. I do not mean to be so cynical but it is what it is. Did hear back from Depaul and I have been accepted to their part-time program. I have not heard many good things about Depaul lately, seems like alot of turmoil going on as they switched deans. Has anybody else heard anything on the state of Depaul Law?

February 23, 2011

Just when I figured they were not interested, I receive a congratulations email for being accepted to Ohio State law!!

I am really excited and this is going to be a difficult decision for me. Where I go is going to be predicated with where my wife can find a job in public policy. Iowa, which is my top choice, is in the midst of cutting a majority of state positions so this definitely makes things tough.

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Thursday, September 30 2010 at 08:00 PM

Hey, I was just looking over your goals and was wondering if you have considered patent examining. I examined for a while. With your PhD you'd likely start at GS-9 or GS-11 and would put you in the 70k salary to start. The office is starting to see more new applications but a lot of patent attorneys were laid off in the past two years. I'd rather be on the prosecution or preferably the litigation side of patents myself.

#'s Twin
Tuesday, August 03 2010 at 08:00 PM

Good luck numbers twin! We've applied to some of the same schools. If your interested in patents, have you looked at John Marshall in Chicago? They are ranked in the Top 20 for patent law. Just a thought.

Monday, October 18 2010 at 08:00 PM

Don't worry about getting waitlisted at DePaul! I got waitlisted as well but ended up getting into American which is ranked 50 places higher. You'll be fine :)

Monday, August 30 2010 at 08:00 PM

Congrats on Kent!! I am still waiting to hear back from them as well, i am also interested in IP law!

Monday, August 30 2010 at 08:00 PM

Not sure how the 'deferred' process works but to me it seems like their version of a waitlist. Im waiting to receive the official letter with details and go from there. It is my top choice so I am really going to pursue this one. Congrats again!

Thank you
Wednesday, December 15 2010 at 07:00 PM

Iowa is indeed a great school and iowa city is an awesome place to live. You have a good chance at admission, especially if you are an alumni, *wink* :). I wish you the best.

Wednesday, December 15 2010 at 07:00 PM

wow thats awesome!!haha told ya you'd be fine!

U of I
Sunday, October 24 2010 at 08:00 PM

congrats on iowa. i felt the same feeling when i saw that i was accepted. being from the south, i have never been to iowa and was wandering if you could shed any light on iowa, U of I, etc. congrats and good luck! feel free to email me

Thursday, January 20 2011 at 07:00 PM

I did my undergrad at Iowa and loved Iowa City. If Iowa is among your top three choices, I would highly recommend you visit as it is nothing like you would imagine. The town is very European-ish.. in the sence that it is very walkable, clean, and beautiful. I would describe it as a hybrid city (part urban part rural) in the sense that it is much larger and more diverse than your steriotypical Iowa "farm town," but it is small enough to be comfortable. I lived with two law students throughout their law school career at Iowa, and they really enjoyed the program. Profesors always seemed to be very responsive and outgoing and the quality of education was top notch. Their only complaint about Iowa Law was job placement outside the midwest. If you are looking to work in the midwest, then Iowa is a GREAT school. If you are looking for the coasts, it is not the best choice. Hope this helps! Congrats on your cycle!