silentswirl (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F - Fee Waiver A - Attending W - Withdrawn D - Deferred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
#31 American University Accepted A Type: RA Sent: 01/20/07 Rec: -- Comp: 02/02/07 Inter: -- Dec: 02/14/07 Upd: 16 years
#2 Fordham University Waitlisted W Type: RA Sent: 01/21/07 Rec: -- Comp: 01/31/07 Inter: -- Dec: 03/15/07 Upd: 16 years
#15 University of Notre Dame Waitlisted W Type: RA Sent: 01/19/07 Rec: 01/29/07 Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 03/06/07 Upd: 16 years
#42 Baylor University Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 01/25/07 Rec: 01/26/07 Comp: 01/30/07 Inter: -- Dec: 05/15/07 Upd: 16 years
#99 South Texas College of Law Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 01/19/07 Rec: -- Comp: 02/09/07 Inter: -- Dec: 05/08/07 Upd: 16 years
#43 University of Houston Accepted W Type: RA $24,000 Sent: 01/19/07 Rec: 01/23/07 Comp: 02/06/07 Inter: -- Dec: 04/04/07 Upd: 16 years
#16 University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Rejected Type: RA Sent: 01/18/07 Rec: 01/19/07 Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 05/06/07 Upd: 17 years
#45 Southern Methodist University F Waitlisted W Type: RA Sent: 01/28/07 Rec: 01/29/07 Comp: 02/09/07 Inter: -- Dec: 05/05/07 Upd: 17 years
#1 Vanderbilt University Rejected Type: RA Sent: 01/24/07 Rec: 01/25/07 Comp: 02/10/07 Inter: -- Dec: 05/04/07 Upd: 17 years
#53 St. Louis University Accepted W Type: RA $60,000 Sent: 02/02/07 Rec: 03/02/07 Comp: 03/02/07 Inter: -- Dec: 03/13/07 Upd: 17 years
#48 Chicago-Kent College of Law (IIT) F Accepted W Type: RA $60,000 Sent: 01/21/07 Rec: 02/05/07 Comp: 02/05/07 Inter: -- Dec: 03/08/07 Upd: 17 years
#53 DePaul University F Accepted W Type: RA $45,000 Sent: 01/24/07 Rec: 01/25/07 Comp: 02/09/07 Inter: -- Dec: 03/05/07 Upd: 17 years
#1 Boston College Rejected Type: RA Sent: 02/05/07 Rec: -- Comp: 02/14/07 Inter: -- Dec: 04/05/07 Upd: 17 years
#1 Northwestern University F Rejected Type: RA Sent: 01/22/07 Rec: 01/22/07 Comp: 02/14/07 Inter: -- Dec: 04/05/07 Upd: 17 years
#1 Columbia University F Rejected Type: RA Sent: 02/02/07 Rec: 02/05/07 Comp: 02/28/07 Inter: -- Dec: 03/30/07 Upd: 17 years
#1 Georgetown University Rejected Type: RA Sent: 01/18/07 Rec: 01/19/07 Comp: 01/31/07 Inter: -- Dec: 03/24/07 Upd: 17 years
#8 Duke University Rejected Type: RA Sent: 01/20/07 Rec: 01/24/07 Comp: 02/14/07 Inter: -- Dec: 03/22/07 Upd: 17 years
#4 University of Texas Austin Rejected Type: RA Sent: 01/18/07 Rec: 02/07/07 Comp: 02/08/07 Inter: -- Dec: 03/19/07 Upd: 17 years
#13 Emory University Rejected Type: RA Sent: 02/04/07 Rec: 02/05/07 Comp: 02/21/07 Inter: -- Dec: 03/03/07 Upd: 17 years

Applicant Information

  • LSAT: 163
  • LSAT 2: -
  • LSAT 3: -
  • GRE : -
  • LSAC GPA: 2.69
  • Degree GPA: 3.47
  • School Type: Small, private
  • Major: International Studies

Demographic Information

  • City: Houston
  • State: Texas
  • Race: Hispanic
  • Gender: Woman
  • Under Represented Minority: Yes
  • Non-Traditional Applicant: Yes
  • Years out of Undergrad: -

Extra Curricular Information

$$ listed is total over 3 years.

**Numbers by the school is the percentile index based on So, the LOWER the number, the LOWER my chances of getting in. Heh. I used 163/3.0 which, because of an addendum, is what I'm hoping the schools will use (worst case scenario they will use the 2.6 which only gets me into South Texas, best case scenario they use the 3.4 which gives me MUCH better chances everywhere). Even with the addendum, I know my chances at most of these schools are incredibly low. Such is life.

Just a thought: If you get into all of your schools, you probably didn't reach high enough. Unless you have 4.0/180 or are an armless legless triathlete.

I will put up more info at the end of the cycle.

Sent: The day I clicked "submit" on LSAC
Received: The day I got word from the U that my app was on file.
Complete: The day I went complete according to status checker or email, whichever comes first.
Decision: The date the letter/call/email/whatever CAME (IF they ever come!).

Worked 20+ hrs/week last two years of Undergrad. Law office and Medical office.

One good community service, a couple others not such a big deal.

Bi-lingual English/Spanish, Fluent in French, conversationally fluent in Italian.

EC: International Studies Society, Book Club, French Club, Micro Credit Club, volunteer dance instructor ... nothing too exciting.

Additional info & updates

10/30/06 I'm going to start keeping track of fee waivers here:

Columbia, SMU, De Paul, Chicago Kent, Baylor, Loyola, Chicago, Northwestern, Temple, Washington and Lee, University of Miami, Seton Hall, Hofstra, Cardozo, Quinnepac, Ave Maria

11/14/06 Totally bummed out today. I just found out from LSDAS that my cumulative GPA is 2.5! That totally blows my chances at alot of schools, which is really disheartening. Grr, I wish it were still earlier in the cycle. My LORs better be darn good!

Should be wrapping up the PS in the next week or so.

Hoping to have my apps sent by Dec 1, but Dec 15 might be a more realistic date.

11/16/06 I felt the need to post one more time about how crappy my LSDAS GPA is. Some of those schools on my list look so ridiculous. Will be editing this weekend.

12/30/06 This last semester's As have helped the cumulative GPA some, though it's still way under a 3 which just makes me want to cry. I've had above a 3.66 for the past 4 or 5 semesters and maybe someone will see that.

The new plan = apply to a couple of schools that I really should get into, and then to a bunch of reaches and play the "It's a big reach but maybe just maybe" game. I guess it's just wait and see what happens.

01/20/06 Gah. The worst thing I could have done, I did. Because of thesis work/family commitment stuff, applications are only just now going out. So much for going to law school for me! Maybe South Texas will still show me some love.

I just went comeplete at Baylor. It's my first "complete" and I'm in love with it. Even if it takes them months to send me a decision, and even if it's a rejection, it is a nice feeling to know that at least one school is finally putting my application in the "to be considered" pile.

02/02/07 I really need to stop obsessing and realize that no matter how many times I check my email, I'm not going to get a decision any time sooner.
After receiving a second fee-waiver from Columbia in the mail I've decided to pay for my $12 report for the one-in-a-million shot at greatness.
To compensate for dreaming, I've also applied to SLU where even with my crappy GPA I fall at the 8% range.

02/06/07 ::::insert much thumb twiddling::::

02/09/07 I hadn't heard a peep from South Texas (not even saying they're received the app) so I called and I'm complete and "should hear back in a few weeks, but no later than April." K, thanks.

02/14/07 I'M IN AT AMERICAN!! Happy Valentine's Day to MEEE! Oh my gosh it's my first acceptance and it's even T50. I'm SO stoked, I love American. I'm going to law school! It was a big Priority Mail package. Yippeeeee!
(Complete 2/02, letter dated 02/12)

03/03/07 Rejected at Emory. It was to be expected, of course, and doesn't actually feel as bad as I thought. Knowing that American's international law program would probably still have pulled me to DC isn't hurting, either. Next?
(Complete 2/21, letter dated 2/23)

03/05/07 In at De Paul! I got an email from them 10 days ago about an ASW so it's nice to finally get the actual acceptance. And I didn't think ANYone would give me $$. $15,000 contingent on maintaining a 2.3.
(Complete 2/09, letter dated 2/16)

03/06/07 WaitListed at Notre Dame. I'll take it! There is hope.
(Received notice 1/29, never went complete, letter dated 3/02)

03/08/07 In a Chicago Kent! I got an email from Dean Krent saying I should be receiving an acceptance letter soon. God bless them for not making me wait for the mail! The past week has been great, even with a ding.
(Complete 2/05, email 3/08)

03/12/07 Kent letter in the mail, offer of $20k/year renewable based on "good academic standing." That would be a sweet bunch of money.

03/13/07 In at SLU (I guess!) - found out via scholarship informaion email this morning and "admitted students" email this afternoon. 03/16 _ I got the official acceptance package, naming me a Dean's Scholar and giving me $20K/year, renewable based on good academic standing.

03/19/07 WL at Fordham over the weekend, not going to stay on it. Rejection letter from UT today. Still stings, even though I knew it was inevitable.

03/22/07 Rejection letter from Duke. I'm rakin em in and stackin em up. To be expected, of course.

03/24/07 Georgetown rejection letter. Sure would be nice to get some good news one of these days.

03/30/07 Columbia rejection letter. I'm on a roll here.

04/04/07 Email from UH congratulating me on acceptance and giving information about admitted students events. Mailed letter to follow. Yay for getting love from my own city, especially this late in the game! (EDIT: Came home to find a small envelope from UH in the mail, and status checker *finally* changed after I had both email and snail mail)

04/05/07 Out at Boston College, small cream envelope.
Out at Northwestern, too. Email with link to PDF.

04/10/07 $8,000 from UH. I really wanted full tuition in order to really consider staying.

04/27/07 Seat deposits were due since I last updated. I sent $700 ($350 are refundable) to American and $200 to UH, and withdrew from the rest. It was sad to see the scholarships go. I visited American last weekend, and fell in love with DC. I'm visiting UH on Monday and will take it from there. Mostly I'm really leaning towards AU.

05/05/07 It took SMU 3 months to decide to WL me. I can't believe it's May and I still have 3 pending applications.

05/09/07 Rejection at UNC and Acceptance at South Texas over the weekend. I wouldn't have picked UNC over AU, or South Texas over UH. So, fair enough. One more letter and my cycle will finally be over!

06/07 It was a really difficult decision, but I finally decided on American over UH. The cost difference was huge (American = ~180K total and UH = ~30K) but the decision was made considering where I thought I would be happiest, where there was a little adventure involved, and of course where I thought I would have the best opportunities in the international law field both during my studies as well as after graduation.

Good luck to everyone!

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you're good
Thursday, October 05 2006 at 08:00 PM

if you can explain your "rough start" well -- i think you're good. great stats, good luck! (you're in at american for sure! + they have a great international law program)

re: you're good
Wednesday, October 11 2006 at 08:00 PM

Thanks - I hope you're right about everything! :)

Thursday, October 05 2006 at 08:00 PM

yeah, i got an email from them telling me i got a fee waiver

Thursday, October 05 2006 at 08:00 PM

Did you fill out the biographical data on LSAC and release the information to CRS (Candidate Referal Services). Because i released the info about me schools could send me waivers just based on the profile information.

good luck
Wednesday, July 05 2006 at 08:00 PM

looks like we are applying to some of the same schools... good luck!

good luck
Wednesday, July 05 2006 at 08:00 PM

looks like we are applying to some of the same schools... good luck!

Tuesday, November 07 2006 at 07:00 PM

Good luck swirlie!

Tuesday, August 22 2006 at 08:00 PM

It's been a strange cycle, for sure. I haven't had amazing success, but the only big surprise was my outright ding at ND...they are doing some weird things this year to make up for last. Anyway, I'm kinda surprised at NU and UMich..they haven't rejected me yet..heh. Keep your head up. I'm sure you'll get good news from a great school before long.

Oh, and my ECs, etc.
Tuesday, August 22 2006 at 08:00 PM

If I have any diversity, no schools found out about it because i didn't write a diversity statement. ECs were pretty typical. Community theatre, political groups, leadership positions. I have a lot of volunteer work, as well. What's keeping me alive at NU, I think, is my stint on the board of directors of a NFP.

Re: Baylor
Wednesday, December 20 2006 at 07:00 PM

No key to the universe here, sorry :o) Even though you were a little slow, I assure you there are tons of people just now starting. Good luck my friend!

Wednesday, December 20 2006 at 07:00 PM

Well I have been told I have the magic touch ;o)

Thursday, September 21 2006 at 08:00 PM

Wassup fellow Houstonian! I hope you are blessed this application season and I am sure you will be able to go somewhere this fall. My stats are not the greatest but the admissions counselors have shown me some love. Stay positive!

Thursday, October 05 2006 at 08:00 PM

Hey i applied to Harvard after my retake, but before i knew my score - i knew the test went well though.the turn around on my app was quick but i dont think a 171/3.99 is that hard to believe for Harvard. needless to say it was still a shock to me when i got in. good luck this cycle! hope to see some great acceptances up there.

Thursday, September 21 2006 at 08:00 PM

Yea I was a busy bee while in undergrad learning about things I enjoyed and having fun and being involved. I will definitely be more focused and taper my commitments down. I can not have my Grades adversely affected again, too much on the line. And dont worry, I can't stop obsessing either.

Good Luck
Wednesday, August 02 2006 at 08:00 PM

I hope they do show you the same love and I think you have a very good shot. I have had a strange cycle thus far with two early acceptances and then silence for a couple of weeks now. For personal reasons I need to make a decision soon and I would just like to know either way. Bonne chance.

Saturday, December 23 2006 at 07:00 PM

Haha thanks for all the luck, I'm pretty sure I'm going to need it for Gtown! I just love the Chapel Hill area and the atmosphere, hopefully I'll see you there for law school!

re: the above poster
Wednesday, October 11 2006 at 08:00 PM

Thanks, genius. Go learn how to spell. And grow some balls and quit leaving anonymous posts.

You're good people
Monday, February 12 2007 at 07:00 PM

Good luck fellow procrastinator. You did a great job putting yourself out there to so many schools. Maybe you hit it big or maybe you get to choose between a few of your safer schools. Personally, SMU and Kent seem like cool places that you have . Best luck. It will be a long anxious Spring for the two of us.

Saturday, October 21 2006 at 08:00 PM

That's fantastic, I knew we would do it! :P Don't stop believin

Tuesday, May 09 2006 at 08:00 PM

congrats on your shiny new acceptance!! let me know when the houston and smu acceptances roll in!

Friday, June 02 2006 at 08:00 PM

Congrats on American! :-)

Sunday, January 14 2007 at 07:00 PM

congrats on American. that first accepetance is always the best!

Sunday, February 11 2007 at 07:00 PM

Hey Swirly, Congrats again on American! Now, let's see a clean sweep! :-D

Tuesday, May 09 2006 at 08:00 PM

thanks for the smu scholarship update! i'm gonna do 90 minutes of driving and hope it's in the mail!!

Thursday, September 21 2006 at 08:00 PM

Yaaay your first acceptance. American is a good school. I just visited with SMUt and I will visit AU at the end of the month. My friend is a 1L at American and she loves it. Congrats again I am sure this is the first of many.

Tuesday, October 03 2006 at 08:00 PM

Congrats! You have some good schools to choose from and a great LSAT... be blessed!

Just One School
Wednesday, October 11 2006 at 08:00 PM

Ah, c'mon now. I have -no- choice right now, I've only been admitted to one school!! Hopefully there will be a choice involved, but for now I'm just gonna sit tight. Thanks for the well wishes!

Thursday, October 05 2006 at 08:00 PM

Hey American is good news, i'm glad my prediction came true! I predict many more acceptances this cycle.

Wednesday, October 25 2006 at 08:00 PM

I agree with you! I am all about the T100 schools. I know I can be a great lawyer despite my numerical factors, now I need some acceptances. Congrats on AU and Good luck with the rest!!

About Myself
Sunday, November 19 2006 at 07:00 PM

Well besides the numerical stuff I've already posted I've had a couple of internships and have served on FAMU's Supreme Court for two years. If you have any other questions feel free to drop me a line about my cycle at my email.

Thursday, August 24 2006 at 08:00 PM

On American! That is amazing. I wholeheartedly agree about trying to reach. I got my reject, so I clearly did my job... But you clearly seem to have a strong understanding of how this game works. Good luck with everything! On another note, took the survey. What is your thesis?

Sunday, February 11 2007 at 07:00 PM

Thanks! Yeah, I only applied to Vanderbilt on 2/7. Very quick... but they send acceptances in a standard small envelope, which is just not cool...

Sunday, February 11 2007 at 07:00 PM

Well, I had a 4.0 for a long time, but then my brother started college and I started working 60-hour weeks to help pay his tuition, and I got a couple grades I'm not proud of. But I have a pretty good story for each of them.

Monday, January 15 2007 at 07:00 PM

I got a good laugh out of your thumb twiddling comment... the waiting is killing us all I guess! Congrats on American and good luck with all the rest!

Friday, June 02 2006 at 08:00 PM

Awesome that you got an acceptance and $$ from DePaul! So what's your first choice again?

Sunday, February 11 2007 at 07:00 PM

Not that I know of... I wish! :-p

Re: user name
Thursday, February 22 2007 at 07:00 PM

:) It's the number e. At least, part of it. Best wishes to you too!

To S2X
Wednesday, October 11 2006 at 08:00 PM

Right now I am leaning towards American -- but I've only heard back from 4 schools!

Wednesday, December 20 2006 at 07:00 PM

I have to do something to pass the time, even if it's coming up with excuses to dry heave! Congrats on American--I went there for undergrad. My roommate is actually getting his LLM there now. I can't believe how many schools are still pending. Is this normal? Anyways, good luck on the rest of your cycle!

Thursday, February 22 2007 at 07:00 PM

Hey thanks for the comment. And congrats on your success. :) I live right outside DC and American is an awesome school with a GREAT rep around here. You can't go wrong.

Wednesday, December 27 2006 at 07:00 PM

for the congrats. Yours are coming - I can feel it. Actually the UH money is looking very good to me right now. I've worked in Houston alot and could live there. Would you check with city hall for me and see if you can get them to turn down the humidity a little?

Friday, February 16 2007 at 07:00 PM

...on all your acceptances! Your having a kick a$$ cycle so far! Best of luck on the rest!

Friday, June 02 2006 at 08:00 PM

Congrats on Chicago-Kent!

Way to go
Thursday, February 22 2007 at 07:00 PM

Congrats on Chicago-Kent, SS. Have you visited them and DePaul or do you plan to?

re: same schools
Thursday, February 22 2007 at 07:00 PM

Yes, I've been to DePaul. The location is unbelievable. Right off Wabash and ~a block west of Michigan Ave in downtown Chicago. It's an exciting atmosphere.

go you!
Thursday, February 23 2006 at 07:00 PM

I hope the rest of your cycle goes as well as the beginning has!

congrats again
Sunday, January 14 2007 at 07:00 PM

your great cycle continues. what are you thinking of fordham? going to say on the WL?

Tuesday, December 19 2006 at 07:00 PM

Thanks for the LSD book recommendation... just ordered it

Thursday, September 21 2006 at 08:00 PM

On all of your acceptances!! It appears as if you are headed out of Texas, but you have some good schools as options. Where are you seriously thinking of heading? Again congrats on your current success and I am sure it is not over.

Friday, June 02 2006 at 08:00 PM

Congrats! Are you considering SLU, or is it still American at this point? I had a great time at the SLU ASW...everyone's so nice there. I'll need a bunch of time to really figure out where to go, though. And screw those rejections. Just gotta go to law school, kick some ass, and get the last laugh with a great job! :-)

Answer Questions
Wednesday, October 11 2006 at 08:00 PM

To answer questions, in case anyone actually read this far down: I'm staying on my waitlists for now. I'm writing a Letter of Continued Interest this weekend, and adding some information about an Honor Society I was just made a member of and a presentation I did at a professional conference. I'm having a hard time deciding if I would really pass up American/DC/International Law there for either ND or Fordham. One because of the cost and the other because of location. As for SLU and the Chicago schools, I'm having a hard time passing up a Tier 1 school in a fantastic location for slightly lower ranked schools, even with the $$ (but, it's really hard to pass on the $$!!). I figure if I'm going to a regional school (outside T14) then I'd rather be in DC than Chicago, even though I really like Chicago.

Friday, June 02 2006 at 08:00 PM

Hey, why not try and negotiate some sort of scholarship offer with American? Send them a copy of each of your other offers and explain that money could play a vital role in your decision. It doesn't hurt to ask. :-) Sure, American is a T1 (tied for 47th now) and has the highest school rank of any of your acceptances so far, but I figure it's still worth a shot. The worst that can happen is they say no. BTW, I too know what it's like to be on a roll of rejections. x_x

Friday, June 02 2006 at 08:00 PM

You can also look for those ABA scholarships or what not and apply for those.

Congrats on UH!!
Friday, February 16 2007 at 07:00 PM

Did you status checker change? *Hint Hint, I applied there too. Thanks!

Friday, February 16 2007 at 07:00 PM

A Month!! I am from Houston too but I'm living abroad right now so I pretty much depend on email for everything...good luck with the rest of your apps and your decisions!

Thursday, September 21 2006 at 08:00 PM

UH, Way to go!!! They have also risen in the rankings and I feel they are getting more respect. If I can get in there off of the waitlist. I am there. But yea I feel you on American being the top choice and the location and all of its features. I visited and I enjoyed it very much. My friend is a 1L there now and she loves it! I just got into SMU's evening program, but from all my choices and just thinking, I want to live in Houston no matter what, so I needed to go to a school that would get me there afterwards. I was about to go to TSU, and then South Texas, and now I am thinking although I would like a full time program, I will go to SMU, unless I get into UH then I am there. So I think things are working out a little bit better. Still got to think some things over. But congrats again! You are having a pretty good cycle. I hope you can get in off some of your waitlist, if nothing else just for ego!

uh huh
Tuesday, January 09 2007 at 07:00 PM

well done with my numbers :o)

uh huh
Tuesday, January 09 2007 at 07:00 PM

well done with my numbers :o)

Where is
Wednesday, December 27 2006 at 07:00 PM

your UofH $$. I told them to give you my scholarship $$. I'll make a call. This is unacceptable!!

Sounds good to me
Wednesday, December 27 2006 at 07:00 PM

My offer was a waiver of non-resident and $8k per year. What's resident tuition? 14k? That makes it pretty cheap. I gave it SERIOUS consideration over a full ride at Colorado. The Houston market is booming and Houston grads seem to own it. $18k a living expenses in debt won't seem too rough if you're making $115k per year after school. I graduated from Palestine Westwood just an hour and a half north of Houston and work alot inHouston. I could live there. Wait a I having buyer's remorse? Not that I am an expert, but I know a professor at the law school here at UALR who taught at American and she disuaded me from even applying there. She claimed that the heavy competition sort of left American grads feeling cheated in the market. That, however, is just one opinion from someone who left American to teach at UALR-Bowen, so...... I feel like you have pretty good options.

Thursday, March 08 2007 at 07:00 PM

congratulations on all your acceptances and almost ended cycle

Friday, June 02 2006 at 08:00 PM

I made my decision. Good luck wherever you go!

Monday, November 19 2007 at 07:00 PM

congrats on your first year at american.. my dream school. i have equal numbers.. any advice on how to approach GPA addendum?