5/20: Waitlisted at Loyola. "Committee impressed with your admissions file." You know, it's amazing the power we give these schools over how we feel about ourselves. Made me feel good, anyway.
5/13: Flew out for Preview Day at CalWestern and to get apt. leases/fill out credit checks. Prof. Barton is, again, very talented...and humble. (He remembered me from sitting in on his class in March ?! This guy is good.) The fiancee and I are getting excited about the move! Law school is sounding better every day. "It's fun trying to convince 12 others of what you believe."
4/24: Ding from McG. Ah, well. Low salary figures anyway.
4/21: After weeks of nothing, USD ding. Damn. (Had a 3.0 index, too.) Oh well, they did appear the "soulless bureaucrats" others had mentioned (everyone I talked to via phone, before and after app, was not very pleasant--but then, if they truly do get a ridiculous number of apps for such a small class, I suppose it's understandable. Still not justifiable..). But I would've loved that 80% bar pass rate. If I end up at CalWest, I would likely apply for xfer, but no biggie. Don't need to be up on a hill looking down on the rest anyway. Would make my head too big.... plus I'm not a fan of heights.
Now, on to better things! I think it's up to CalWest or downtown LA w/ a sizable median/25-75 salary boost... More opportunities for the fiancee in LA, easier living in SD. Better library in LA, nicer people (seemingly) at CalWest. Hmmm.. so $/opp. versus quality of life...
Hey, there is the new(er) Dean--and new 2006 class sched.--at SW. Now they have fewer classes "to give you more time to study." Hmmm. Or more time for the overly-competitive students to prepare and wax you? Heheh... More challenge, anyway.
4/8: Chapman letter: "We can't make a decision about you... your LSAT quite frankly sucks and we don't want to look like we'll take just anyone (anymore). We are trying to move up, UP, in the rankings, and we would rather you withdraw... or just go away. But we'll keep looking at your file every week in comparison with everyone else on the wl... we promise. And we'll keep passing you by." (can you hear that old Pharcyde track?...over and over...)
Yes, OK, fine, I'll admit that was paraphrased... but only slightly.
4/6-ish: Called UoP to ask about status (in which they were very nice, I must say), and to tell them, "I'd love to be in your PT program... please take me! You've taken others like me! I want a McDegree too!" They said they will consider it, and it may make "a significant difference." Here's to that. Let's go, number 95.
4/4: Looking like we may hear from the rest of 'em this week. No love from Pepp/Dean Starr. Surprised? I'm not. I voted for Clinton anyway.
4/1: OK--Stop reading LSN, sign off for two hours, and go see V for Vendetta. Simply brilliant.
..A veritable vernacular victory of a movie....
4/1: ((April fools?)) Seriously, dinged from Santa Clara today, accepted to SW'ern!
Santa Clara (trad. thin, white envelope) kind of hurt: the one app that supposedly looks at the individual closely (did my picture scare you guys off that much?). But hey, I'm not into IP, and SoCal is fine with me. (Could anyone even afford to live in SiliValley?)
SW'ern (big white packet): "The Ad. Comm. ... concluded that your outstanding academic record and personal accomplishments clearly demonstrate your potential for success in law school." About damn time! No hate-o-rade served here. Nice to get a modicum of respect in light of horrible LSAT. ...Though I'm acutely aware this acceptance came far later than others--no doubt w/ better LSAT's... Ah well, at least they recognized.
"Scholarship awards are determined separately... and recipients will be notified shortly." That's what it's going to be about for me (see earlier review) re: SW'ern. Need the money.
...and yes, the magnet is cool.
3/4--3/12: Tour of SoCal law schools (updated 3/21):
>> CWSL: The rumors are true, it's all about the people here. My reception was .. exceptional. My name was clearly posted as a guest, greeted by wonderful receptionist, and met with very nice AD of admissions. A very helpful, happy-to-be-there 3L then led a tour for a small group of us: The classroom bldg. is large, sufficient, but the older of the three; Moot Courtroom is beautiful w/ trad. styling. The admin bldg. houses faculty, fin aid, courtyard, etc.; faculty very accessible. The new law library bldg. is modern, very cool, smaller, but 4-story; open till midnight; great views of downtown on one side, I-5 and planes landing at nearby SAN on other (!). Some small nooks of private space and rooms to reserve. Overall, good place to study.
The class we sat in on, Prof. Barton's 1L Contracts: Wow, this guy is great. Held student attn., used humor when appropriate, and encouraged students in their responses ("yes, exactly", "no, --insert answer--but you're doing great"). WOW. But not too soft, though--still commanded respect. I've worked w/ prof.s for 4 years (TA/GA)--this guy is a great instructor. Hope I get him.
Oh, and the Career Center is supposed to be wonderful--EXCEEDINGLY proactive. I've heard this from multiple sources, including the 3L tour guide ("they did everything except get me my job for me"). Smaller room, but seemed like they had plenty of resources.
>> USD: *Arrived on a Sat./no formal tour offered that day, and thus did not see inside of law bldg. Due to school's ranking/rep., however, will def. go if offered.
OK, this is pristine. Mission-style arch., on a hill (mountain?!--yeah, it's up there) looking down on Old Town, etc. It's in an odd corner of SD, actually, bordered by interstates at the beach end of Mission Valley (but NOT next to beach). Very beautiful campus/aka, group of buildings and sports fields on hilltops. Attended teacher fair w/ fiancee at Jenny Craig pavillion on a Sat.; this college has everything, full campus, and all is well-kept, even if not brand new.
>> TJSL: Received acceptance upon return from trip, AT PERM. ADDY (as others have). Did not tour, but cool location near Old Town (outside of the state park area)--guess I just love Old Town. Likely will withdraw app. unless exceptional fin aid offer made... even then, though... I dunno, I will likely tour it next trip out.
>> Chapman: One word (or two if no hyphen): blue-blood. That's the impression given off in spades. Near heart of city of Orange (SMALL TOWN FEEL), but within easy reach of Block shopping malls, etc. Law bldg. on one side of main street, rest of campus on other; law bldg. takes up noticible percentage of land area of whole campus (10-15%?). Bust of Adam Smith on campus... def. politically right-leaning, but students--mostly white that I saw--do make campus more liberal through the arts, plays, etc. (I checked out the postings, listened in on a few conversations. )
Met w/ Asst. Director and briefly w/ AD; pleasant Asst. Director led tour. Everything NEW (10 years old and looks like fresh out-of-box). Great, stunning law library (new books), though law classrooms (again, very new--cannot overstate) look... plain. New tech. in the moot courtroomS. Toured rest of campus myself; good dining area, library, auditorium. Rest of campus bordered by dorms/layout easy to discern. Overall, very impressed. In add. to 3 law tracks listed, school will likely add 4th--Int'l Law. Summary: blue-blood (but not a bad thing, at all), up-and-coming (quickly) law school. Students have pride in campus. I felt VERY comfortable there--very 'homey', neighborhood-like feel to me (of course, that's a personal feeling, though); I think I could study well there. Lingering question--what do lawyers locally think of school's rep., given it's relative newness?
>> SW'ern: Located in heart of LA on Wilshire; can see court bldg.s downtown. First (and lasting) impression: security is TIGHT "due to transients around bldg...." Did I feel safe? Absolutely. Would I feel comfortable studying here at night? Probably. Beautiful library, tho.
Two bldg.s--Main w/ library and only 2 classrooms ("arch. of this unique, older bldg. does not allow for good lecture rooms"); other bldg. with admin/std. classrooms across street. Cannot enter main bldg. from front (Wilshire) or sides, must proceed through security--all gated. Plenty of parking (half of 'campus'). Beautiful library, classrooms basic. (Did not see moot courtroom/formal tour not until late in eve. and did not stay.) Summary: Ya gotta love the downtown city life.
>> Loyola/Pepperdine/USC: Would have visited, but ran out of time. Loyola on outer loop of LA. Pepperdine in Malibu--everyone agrees it's like 'Eden', but Dean Starr?!? And USC dinged me shortly upon returning home anyways.
Conclusion: It looks like sunny SoCal-- Hoping for Southwestern or USD! Good luck all!!