shinichi (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F - Fee Waiver A - Attending W - Withdrawn D - Deferred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
University of the Pacific Accepted A Type: RA $12,000 Sent: 10/03/08 Rec: 10/06/08 Comp: 10/29/08 Inter: -- Dec: 12/29/08 Upd: 14 years
Northeastern University Waitlisted Type: RA Sent: 10/03/08 Rec: 10/07/08 Comp: 11/03/08 Inter: -- Dec: 04/17/09 Upd: 15 years
Loyola Law School Rejected Type: RA Sent: 10/29/08 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 03/25/09 Upd: 15 years
College of William and Mary F Waitlisted Type: RA Sent: 10/29/08 Rec: 10/30/08 Comp: 11/06/08 Inter: -- Dec: 03/25/09 Upd: 15 years
University of California Davis Rejected Type: RA Sent: 10/09/08 Rec: 10/13/08 Comp: 11/17/08 Inter: -- Dec: 02/11/09 Upd: 15 years
University of California Berkeley Rejected Type: RA Sent: 10/09/08 Rec: 10/21/08 Comp: 11/05/08 Inter: -- Dec: 02/01/09 Upd: 15 years
University of California Hastings Rejected Type: RA Sent: 10/03/08 Rec: 10/17/08 Comp: 10/29/08 Inter: -- Dec: 02/01/09 Upd: 15 years
University of California Los Angeles Rejected Type: RA Sent: 10/03/08 Rec: -- Comp: 11/10/08 Inter: -- Dec: 02/01/09 Upd: 15 years
George Mason University F Rejected Type: RA Sent: 11/04/08 Rec: -- Comp: 11/11/08 Inter: -- Dec: 12/29/08 Upd: 15 years
Boston College Rejected Type: Sent: 10/03/08 Rec: 10/20/08 Comp: 11/12/08 Inter: -- Dec: 12/17/08 Upd: 15 years
Fordham University Rejected Type: RA Sent: 10/09/08 Rec: 10/10/08 Comp: 10/27/08 Inter: -- Dec: 11/25/08 Upd: 15 years

Applicant Information

  • LSAT: 160
  • LSAT 2: -
  • LSAT 3: -
  • GRE : -
  • LSAC GPA: 2.95
  • Degree GPA: 3.34
  • School Type: Public (UC)
  • Major: Political Science

Demographic Information

  • City: -
  • State: California
  • Race: Asian
  • Gender: Man
  • Non-Traditional Applicant: Yes
  • Years out of Undergrad: In Undergrad

Extra Curricular Information

-Graduating early (dumb idea)
-County HR Intern
-Staff Writer at school newspaper
-Conversation Partner with exchange students
-Phi Alpha Delta
-7 years of community service
-Sigma Pi Omicron Political Science Honour Society
-Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honour Society
-NSCS
-Alpha Lambda Delta

As I will most likely end up working in Asia (read: Singapore), I am looking into obtaining a LLM degree after getting a JD so I can have connections in the Asian legal market. I actually applied to National University of Singapore's LLM program this year along with the law schools, but I realised I was wasting my time before I even got my rejection because it was designed for people who are lawyers already. The lady at the NUS admissions office misled me into thinking I qualified for their LLM program when I wasn't because she didn't know that American universities don't have LLBs (Bachelor's of Laws), which is equivalent to the US's JD.

I had a lot of choices instead of law school, including teaching English for a year in Korea, which I was really tempted on doing, but I ultimately chose the law school route, for better or worse.

If you give me financial security for the rest of my life, I would go get an MA and PhD and go work as a professor. But life's not like that unfortunately. Yea, I'm one of those people who'd still go to school with all the money in the world.

Well, I accomplished my goal of staying in California... but I didn't accomplish my other goal... to go to a public school in order to suppress loans. McGeorge is still a good school though. I'm quite excited to attend this August. Big thanks to everyone on LSN.

Additional info & updates

4/5
So, it's most likely that I will end up in Sacramento for fall, although I am still sending a LOCI to W&M just in case. I would be very excited to attend either school. I'll go back to writing now...

3/25
Two big decisions came in the mail today: rejection from Loyola (that erases any possibilities of a Loyola or McGeorge decision on my part), and a waitlist at William & Mary. While I'm not completely ecstatic about getting a WL, I do like the fact that I might still be able to get in. W&M is soooo dreamy hahaha. I don't know, I just have been infatuated with that school throughout the whole process, so boo on not getting an acceptance but yay on keepin' the hope alive!

3/9
A very nice McGeorge 1L called me a few days ago and asked me if I had any questions. That was a very nice gesture! He answered a lot of my questions, although I realized that I forgot to ask a couple of questions.

I'm still waiting on a few more schools bahhhhhh.

2/11
The bad news continues as I found out about Davis via status check.

2/01
So UCLA, Berkeley and Hastings decided it would be a good idea for me to receive their rejection letters all at the same day. It's probably some UC thing but still. ugh.

1/5
I just got back from a 3-week vacation and I knew there were a few decision letters waiting for me when I get back... In at Pacific, finally I got in somewhere hahaha. It's not surprising to me, but it's nice to see an admittance letter after so many rejection letters. What is unexpected is that I got in with Honors and a Dean's scholarship, so that was a nice package :)

12/17
I'm changing my Hastings app to be a LEOP app. I just finished the supplemental essays, and I'm sending it as soon as I can.

12/15
My Hastings ED app got deferred to the regular applications. LSN doesn't really have a "deferred" option on the app status, so I left it as is. Not the best of results, but not the worst, so I still have a chance. I expected this, really. We'll see what happens.

12/01
It's been quiet in the law school front lately... I know it hasn't been long since Fordham's decision, but once I found out of one, I've been anxious to hear the other schools, especially since my cycle started with a denial.

11/27
Checked my online status for Fordham... and found out I've been rejected.

11/07
George Mason sent me an e-mail saying I forgot to file the Virginia In-State Tuition form... even though I'm Californian, not a Virginia resident and wasn't planning on filing for in-state tuition haha. Thought that was kinda funny. I have to call them on Monday.

11/06
I got mild food poisoning and it sucks :(

Complete at William & Mary. I didn't know they're not a rolling admissions school, or maybe I just assumed that they are and didn't even bother to verify it. I haven't even gotten a notification from UCLA saying they got my app, but LSAC says they're sent. Bah to them.

10/31
Went complete at Hastings and Pacific on a few days ago via e-mail.

10/29
Decided to not retake in December, because I don't think I'll be ready to significantly raise my LSAT by then. I'm way too busy with work and school combo. So, I'll just see how this cycle works out for me, if I think I'll have a decent shot to get into a better school next cycle, I'm retaking in June or October 2009.

Got a fee waiver from William & Mary. It was one of my top choices before I decided to stick with CA schools, but since I got a fee waiver, I might as well apply.

Second LOR is in LSAC, so all of the Reports have been sent out ughh

10/24
Got my LSAT score and am terribly disappointed. Retaking in December.

10/21
First LOR officially in LSAC.

10/9
Submitted apps for Davis, Boalt and Fordham.

10/3
I submitted the applications for all the schools except Boalt and Davis, because I can't finish those two apps for a stupid reason. I felt a really weird feeling in my stomach when I clicked "submit." Ew.

Taking the LSAT tomorrow... strangely calm. I've been consistently scoring a 164 (like four out of six PTs), so hopefully I can at least match that during the real thing. I'll be satisfied with a 164. Not ecstatic, but satisfied.

7/30
Created account to keep track of schools i'm planning to apply to coming fall. perhaps i'm overreaching my potential here, so i might add in other schools later. my confidence is crushed from learning LSDAS' GPA calculations two days ago. so i gotta buckle down and bust my ass to compensate with my LSAT. taking a prep course with TPR right now.

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I haven't looked at my LSDAS GPA
Thursday, September 11 2008 at 08:00 PM

I was just curious what happened with your GPA in the conversion process....was it the A- scale? Anyway, we are looking at very similar schools. My top one at this point is likely Hastings. Wish you the best.

GPA?
Monday, September 29 2008 at 08:00 PM

Hey just curious what happened to your gpa.. Mine is already Low so now I am very concerned that it will be lowered.. My school was on a standard 4.0 A scale.. NO value for + or - Thanks and GOOD LUCK with everything!

Right on...
Thursday, September 11 2008 at 08:00 PM

We do have very similar schools, which are your top choices at this early point? Not sure what your law specialization will be, but Loyola and Santa Clara might be worth looking at. Regionally (Bay and SC) it makes sense. Also, I wouldn't worry about your GPA. The more I understand the law school admission process, the more I come to the realization that GPA doesn't matter much (to your benefit, and my dismay). EVERYTHING hinges on the LSAT score.

LSAT!
Thursday, September 11 2008 at 08:00 PM

I'm taking the LSAT in Dec....I've only been studying for about 1 month. I am shooting for between a 161-166. That would be enough to get me into at least Hastings. Close to USC or UCLA. Unless I score an outrageously good LSAT, my choice is Hastings. How did you think you did?

Good to hear
Thursday, September 11 2008 at 08:00 PM

A 164 would surely get you into Davis, Hastings with a decent shot at UCLA and Boston. Are you sending in your apps before your score is in? I was thinking about doing the same thing, although I'm relatively sure that admission won't look at the app before the LSAT is in. Cheers

Re: Teaching English Abroad
Friday, October 03 2008 at 08:00 PM

I'd recommend teaching English abroad as an unforgettable and worthwhile experience. However with regards to having it look good for law school...well I'll let you know as soon as this application cycle is over. ;) Good luck.

Re: Teaching Engish Abroad
Friday, October 03 2008 at 08:00 PM

I'm doing it through JET, which is definitely the best deal out of them. Looking at your username I'm assuming that you're Japanese-American, and I've noticed that JET tends to hire a lot Nikkei, so you might have a good chance with them. There's another month from now until the application is due, so if you do decide to go the teaching English abroad route, there's always that!

Sorry to hear about your disappointment
Thursday, September 11 2008 at 08:00 PM

A 160 is nothing to be depressed about...you scored better then 84+ of test takers. I think you are still in play at Davis and Hastings among others. Schools take the higher score and Dec really isn't a problem admission wise. I'm also taking the Dec LSAT. Taking testmasters and taking many preptests. Wish you the best for Dec.

Withdrawing
Wednesday, October 22 2008 at 08:00 PM

I spent so much time on those apps I think I'll just wait till every school comes in with their decision :) I really want to apply to some but some doesn't offer fee-waivers so I'd have to pay. grr.

Loyola
Wednesday, August 27 2008 at 08:00 PM

Sorry my fault for the false info, Loyola chicago is free, Loyola Marymount is not free. I applied to both and accidentally clicked Los Angeles instead of Chicago.

Wednesday, August 27 2008 at 08:00 PM

Good luck to you too. are you aiming to stay in California?

You can do it!
Sunday, November 09 2008 at 07:00 PM

You can do it...even if you are a jerk

Hi
Wednesday, August 27 2008 at 08:00 PM

Yeah it looks like our numbers are pretty similar. Yeah, it's kind of funny that there aren't more PAD members. It is the Law fraternity. :) Good luck with your cycle. I'm so nervous with mine. It's just scary. Hopefully I get into one school...

Thanks
Wednesday, August 27 2008 at 08:00 PM

Thanks.I really do hope it works out. I hope that some of the T1 schools will love me and decide, heck, screw low numbers, you're in. But that's wishful thinking. :)

Wednesday, August 27 2008 at 08:00 PM

Yeah, I'm a native so I definitely prefer to stay here. I know I should apply to Davis but I don't really like the area too much. I really prefer to go to school in SoCal, I'm not a big fan of NorCal. Pacific (fee waiver). Hastings because it's Hastings, interesting location, etc. Santa Clara for IP law. But other than that, not for me. :) I am dreaming about UCLA/USC right now. I know my chances are way way far fetched but I have to try. :)

Hey
Saturday, August 09 2008 at 08:00 PM

Thanks for your comments. Wow, what's going on with Fordham these days, lol. Good luck on your cycle!

Fordham
Thursday, November 13 2008 at 07:00 PM

Don't sweat the Fordham deny - they weight the LSAT uncommonly high. I was rejected as well, but if you ask they'll reconsider your app under the evening division and after a year you can switch to the day program with a fair amount of ease. Good luck, you've got good numbers, don't be too worried.

About W&M
Saturday, August 09 2008 at 08:00 PM

I will definitely consider W&M, but if I get into a T10 school, I will most likely go there. Who knows what will happen! I have to see where else, if any places, I get accepted to and decide from there. Good luck! :)

Fordham
Monday, September 29 2008 at 08:00 PM

Hey, sorry to hear about Fordham but did you apply FT or PT. Our numbers are pretty close and I'm trying to figure out my chances. Thanks.

Wednesday, August 27 2008 at 08:00 PM

Congrats on UOP, its nice to know that we're for sure going to law school. I got mine into UOP as well and was surprised for the scholarship but not overly so, i think the greedy part of me was disappointed that more money wasn't given. haha. Congrats again. Good luck with everything else.

Thursday, December 04 2008 at 07:00 PM

Thank you! Good Luck!! :)

Wednesday, August 27 2008 at 08:00 PM

I want to find out about UCLA like right now. I hate having to wait. A part of me knows for sure I'll get the reject but another part is still hoping for a miracle from there or USC. :) fingers crossed.

hi
Thursday, December 11 2008 at 07:00 PM

hey i just wanted to say hi to a fellow UC student. my cycle started out with a rejection too, but at least that means things can only get better from there... good luck with the rest of your cycle!

Wednesday, August 27 2008 at 08:00 PM

it sure seems that way. bummer. Hopefully the rest of your cycle works out. to tell you the truth I'm a little envious of your cycle so far, you're almost done and i still have to hear back from a gazillion schools.;( waiting sucks, i'm not very patient.

Wednesday, August 27 2008 at 08:00 PM

I'm sorry about Davis.

Wednesday, August 27 2008 at 08:00 PM

did you go to the Pacific Legal Scholars day? are you going? Where are you at about admissions. If Loyola comes in do you think you'll take it over Pacific. P is a good school with great opportunities in Sacto... ;) Good luck. If you haven't visited Pacific I went last friday...

Wednesday, August 27 2008 at 08:00 PM

hey... overrall i had a good experience and I was pretty impressed with McGeorge. The faculty were tremendous and very warm. THe campus is a small closeknit community and I definitely didn't see any tension or possible competitiveness. It's really small and closeknit. They have an amazing International program and their Public Interest is to die for. Good opportunities. They did the whole wine and dine song and dance at Legal Scholars day so that was good. Yeah, overall it was a positive experience. If you go there I think you'll be happy. ;)

Congrats!!
Monday, February 09 2009 at 07:00 PM

I agree with LoveLaughLive! I loved Legal Scholars Day at McGeorge:)

Wednesday, August 27 2008 at 08:00 PM

hey... i'm sorry about loyola. but congrats on William and Mary. That's pretty amazing. Keep the hope alive and keep fighting for that one. It's such an amazing school. It's a good year for waitlisters... accept for me and Pepperdine. ;( but in general I hear it's a good year. Congratulations. Besides all of that... How are you feeling about Pacific? I know your situaiton is a little tough but I do believe it's a good school with great opportunities. If you commit fully to the school I truly believe you'll really enjoy your time there. ;)

Monday, February 09 2009 at 07:00 PM

I agree! I've decided to stay in CA too; probably at McGeorge. Definitely go to the Legal Scholars Day!:)

Friday, December 12 2008 at 07:00 PM

Good luck with everything! McGeorge is a great school, and Sacramento is an awesome place to live.

This Cycle
Thursday, September 11 2008 at 08:00 PM

Been a while man... Looks like a difficult cycle for many LSN applicants simply due to the dire economic conditions- forcing otherwise unpassionate but intelligent people into law school applicants. 160 would have got you easily into several other T2s in previous years. But McGeorge is a good school, centrally located in a cute part of Sacramento. Lived in Sacramento through high school, came into contact with many a McGeorge grad. Appears they have a very good program in govt., if that is a interest for you. Why are you regretting graduating early? Doing the same thing, guess I am having the same conflicting emotions.... Cheers

hey shinichi
Thursday, September 11 2008 at 08:00 PM

If you still look at this profile, drop me a line sometime. Would like to hear an update on how law school is going at McGeorge (i have several friends attending there). Cheers