My advice for newcomers to this website would be: First of all, don't listen to negative people who tell you that you need a certain LSAT score to be accepted to a particular school. There are people on this website all the time that defy those odds. Second, if your LSAT score is lower, don't apply only to tier 4 schools. I have seen multiple people get into top schools even with lower scores because higher ranked schools don't have anything to lose by taking someone with a lower LSAT score. The worst thing that the higher ranked school could say is no! Third, apply to a LOT of schools to increase your chances; have some reach schools, maybes and safety schools. And finally, GOOD LUCK!!!
Congrats to everyone who has been accepted to the school of their choice and best of luck to everyone who is still waiting.
11/20/08- Received letter from Texas Southern saying that I am on the wait list. I was a little surprised, I thought I would be accepted. I figured I had an extra edge since I sent my applications in so soon. But being on the wait list is still not rejection, so I am trying to remain positive.
12/14/08- Decided to add a few more schools to my list; figure it certainly can't hurt
12/20/08- I think I am finally done picking schools to apply to. Now I can just finish the 3 apps I have left and just wait.
12/24/08- All law school applications have been submitted. Merry Christmas to me!
01/03/09 - Received letter from Loyola-- they did not offer admission to the regular program but offered me a seat in their Summer Conditional Program. Thinking about it for now...
1/25/09- Received letters from both St. Thomas and William Mitchell. William Mitchell has waitlisted me and St. Thomas offered me admission into their summer conditional program. I am not sure about accepting either St. Thomas or Loyola's offer, because if OKC offers me their summer admit program then I will probably do that one instead... if I don't get any outright acceptances besides Cooley. So at this point the good news is that I have yet to see a rejection!
1/28/09- Checked online status of application for Valparaiso-- a decision has been sent in the mail. I am anxiously awaiting, and praying that the decision works out in my favor.
1/31/09- Received waitlist letter from Valparaiso. I'm not really surprised but I am happy that it is not rejection! I am working on a plan to get off of the waitlist. One way or another I will get into law school this fall!!
02/20/09- UALR has sent me a letter saying that they are waiting until possibly April to make a decision on my application. Which means I am still in the running, so that's good! Still not rejected yet! I am just glad to finally hear from another school.
02/24/09- Haven't heard from any more schools today... however, I found out that I got a promotion at work, so that is great! I am hoping that will work out in my favor at the schools that I am waitlisted to.
02/25/09- I e-mailed OCU about the status of my application and they said they are going to do a 2nd review of my file in March. That makes me feel better because at least I am still being considered. I am assuming that the other 3 schools I applied to in September and October are doing the same thing.
02/28/09- Rejected from Washburn. This is bittersweet for me, as this is the only school I applied to in my state (but there are only 2 law schools in Kansas anyway). Yet, I see this as an opportunity to expand my horizons and move away from Kansas, because I have lived here all of my 28 years. It's time to move on and take my life elsewhere.
03/02/09- Received letter of deferment from Thomas Jefferson. They said it could be up to June before they make a decision.
03/11/09- Waitlisted at Dayton. I'm just glad it's not rejection. You never know when you see the little envelopes which one it will be.
03/13/09- Rejected at Howard. From looking at this website it seems like this school judges more heavily by LSAT score because lots of great candidates that I have e-mailed who had scores in the 140s got rejected. I am not at all disappointed by this. I know I have good news coming.
03/14/09- Waitlisted at Hamline. I am thankful that a lot of great schools have placed me on the waitlist., and not rejected me. I am going to be visiting schools soon, and hopefully turning some of these waitlists into an acceptance.
03/20/09- Accepted to Florida Coastal. Found out by calling the school.
04/02/09- Received a phone call today from the director of Admissions at Hamline University saying I was accepted!!! I was accepted into their Founders Enrollment program! It is not conditional but it is a great program and a great school! I am really honored for this opportunity and excited beyond words!!! She said that the packet will be mailed out by Monday!
04/06/09- Rejected by UMKC. Oh well, you win some, you lose some, right? At this point I am more interested in Hamline; had UMKC accepted me then I definitely would have had a hard decision to make since UMKC is so close to home.. but now at least I don't have to make that decision. I am just glad that other schools are willing to overlook lower LSAT scores.
04/09/09-Received acceptance letter from Hamline. I did not get a scholarship, but that's okay because it is a great school! And I figure, if I work hard enough the first year hopefully I will get some scholarships for the second and third years. I paid my deposit right after I got the letter.
04/10/09- Received letter from UALR saying that I am on the waitlist. The letter was kind of confusing because it says my file has been placed in the 'active candidate pool.' and that I need to let them know within 14 days if I am still interested in attending. But it also says that once seats become available my file will be reconsidered for admission. So that's good! I am just glad that so many good schools are keeping me in mind. I am visiting Hamline next week. If for some reason (and that is a BIG if) I don't like what I see, then I will keep UALR in mind. But for now I think I have a great deal with Hamline!
04/17/09- Visited Hamline for Admitted Students Day. Everyone was so nice and I like that the campus is smaller, but in a large city. I am very excited to be going to school there this fall. There are a few schools that I am waiting to hear from that are closer to home, but unless they offer me a scholarship or something that I cannot refuse (which at this point is hard to do), then I am definitely moving to Minnesota later this summer! I have decided not to withdraw my applications to certain schools even though I most likely will not go there... I figure an answer is the least I can get from these schools; after all, I paid the application fee, I deserve some kind of a yes or no from them, right?
04/29/09- I still have not heard from several schools and at this point all I have gotten in the last 2 days were 2 more rejection letters. I have sent withdrawal e-mails to all of the schools that I have not heard from yet. I find it especially distasteful that I applied to a school in September and have not heard back from them yet. Therefore, I am done. I am going to Hamline and am really excited about it!!!!
Good luck and God Bless everyone who is still waiting to hear from a certain school. I know the road is long and rough but I do believe that there is a school out there for everybody. You just have to find out what it is!