I am a non-traditional applicant with 7 years of post-undergraduate work experience. I am 30 years old, still young, however, older than traditional students entering law school.
The most difficult thing for me throughout this application cycle, is obtaining reference letters, as I now work for myself, and have not been associated with The University of Arizona since my master degree was complete in December of 2008 (2 years). My December 2010 LSAT score received in January wasn't desirable, so I will retest in February 2011.
My decision to go to law school beginning in August of 2011 was a recent decision. I decided on November 18th, 2010, studied three weeks for my December LSAT.
Went to an information session/tour at The University of Arizona today. The law school is beautiful after its multi million dollar renovation. Additionally, because they are switching over to their electronic system from their paper system, this transition year has made it where their classes are not yet 75% full as they usually are by this time. As a result, even with my application being submitted today, and my LSAT scores not posting until March, there's still hope that I will be invited to join their incoming class! Wishful thinking!
To those unfamiliar with the, "applying to law school" process, or to those, standing by our sides as we pursue this difficult journey, I've explained this process as being synonymous with preparing for a wedding, or preparing for a new baby. Trust me, I've been there and have done that. Yes! It's that damn exciting; full of angst, adrenalin, and uncertainty! Don't you just love it?
So, GOOD LUCK to all of you, with your dreams and goals. It's important to support one another as human beings. Life isn't that serious, but for some reason, this process feels as if it is; at least for the moment. With that said, please know that I'm no Betty Crocker, or flower child. :) In fact, I've been described as a, "back breaker." Perhaps I possess traits, in some form, that can lend themselves to the study of law. With the rigor of a law program, I will have been said, to have met my match; I could use a challenge. For now, my next contender is the LSAT, three days from now. Let's hope it's in the cards. :) Best wishes.
Just arrived home from a 5 hour LSAT. How am I expected to wait until 3/7/11 for my next score? Waiting is going to be harder than I thought.
I applied to Faulkner today, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in Montgomery, AL. UPDATE: 3/13/11 Interestingly enough, this lawschoolnumbers.com website lists them, as JONES SCHOOL OF LAW! If you applied, let us know! Thanks "cfree08" for this information. I was able to find them on 3/13/11.
In completing the application, it was the most atypical application I have ever filled out. It actually asked religious affiliation; unlike other Christian schools. I was obliged to share, but found it a unique question. Additionally, its disclosure at the end discussed how, while no discrimination, they frown upon pre-marital sex in their institutions. Again, very atypical of any application I've ever seen. I do however, want to say that their admissions staff was very, very accomodating to me when I requested a waiver on 2/14/11. They are truly pleasant; not like University of Las Vegas and University of New Mexico who flatly refused. Interestingly enough, fee waivers can be beneficial to a school in a variety of ways.
You see, the more applicants they have, and the more they turn down from that pool, increases their selectivity ranking. They look more selective. Additionally, some schools will even turn down highly achieved candidates due to the fact that they know that candidate may chose another school. This is because if that student doesn't end up enrolling at their school, this lack of matriculation can affect a school. So, there are little games they play in order to be competitive with one another. We should know these things and not be too upset if waivers are denied or if your admittance is denied. They have a pretty difficult ranking system to contend with. I understand that being a school owner myself, working within the No Child Left Behind accountability system. Everything from attendance to promotion rates count here in Arizona, along with state test scores.
2/15/11 Stetson has one of the most gracious admissions staffs, that I've seen. They are very accomodating, just like Baylor, McGeorge, Wake Forest, The University of Georgia, and Georgia State. I am very pleased with my dealings with them, no matter the outcome.
2/22/11 My first rejection from Barry. My husband took it harder than me! I emailed them, asked them why they didn't consider my pending February LSAT, they claimed it was a mistake, and are now marking my file, "complete" so that it can again go to committee review. I'll tell you what happened. They were just looking at my number, the 144, and didn't see my addendum explaining that I would retake, in February. BUSTED! One email from an admissions dean gave me a one liner, but the Admissions Office Manager was the most professional, in graciously admitting their oversite!
3/3/11 I don't expect much this cycle. My LSAT is really low, hopefully they will look at my 7 years of work experience and softs. If not, I will have to take it as a sign that it wasn't meant to be this cycle. I believe that things happen for a reason and with my husband's recent medical conditions, maybe God knows something I don't; that perhaps I must stay in town to operate the school we've founded together. Only time will tell.
3/11/11 My first ACCEPTANCE from Florida Coastal. I am thankful to God. Somebody on my message board said, "You only need one." While that is very, very true, I hope for an Arizona school, truth be told. I really need this, otherwise, I will have a lot to think about with a husband, two kids, and a business in Arizona.
4/11/11 OOOHHHH! I am going crazy, "waiting" to hear from my last six schools, and my waitlisted school: ASU, Ole' Miss, Willamette, U of the Pacific, U of Oregon, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, and my waitlist at The Unversity of Arizona. Oh, it's pure torture! I want my life back. ha-ha! :) I want it back to semi-normal at least for the summer before the actual school year begins. This has been a long 5 month road of uncertainty! A person can only take so much. :)
I have my top two choices narrowed down, however, I cannot fully commit, until I can fully see the big picture! I will actually visit one of my top schools on April 25th-UALR-Bowen! I am excited.
4/15/11 Still going crazy...waiting...and waiting.
5/6/11 After emailing The University of Oregon twice over the past week, they have NOT responded; not even once. Very dismissive admissions department to say the least!
UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK vs. THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI:
At this very moment, contemplating UALR and Ole' Miss, I'm thinking UALR for the cost of tuition, welcoming nature of non-traditional students, and for Nina Simone's Song..."Mississippi Goddamn." I'm only partly serious about that one.
While Ole' Miss has a brand new building, by no means is this how one should select a school. That would be shallow and pretentious and for sure, that's not typical of lawyers! ;) What should matter is that UALR let's you wait a year before taking the infamous, "constitutional law" class. UALR does however make up for it, by offering 1Ls 5 units of civ. pro. while Ole' Miss only does 3 units. Ole' Miss ALSO makes everyone enter a lottery for clinic offerings that mostly go to 3Ls. Hmmm. I don't know what I think about that. Ole' Miss also wants 12 continuous months before applying for residency. UALR-Bowen only wants 6 months. The admissions department at Bowen were a lot more accommodating throughout as well; long, long story as to why. PM me if you want to know. Ole' Miss however, has an all inclusive admissions packet that kicks ass, (sorry, there's no euphemism for this) to say the least unlike Bowen, who only sent a letter, and immunization form. I had to physically go to Arkansas to find brochures in their admissions department. Bowen will cost me about $30,000 less over the course of 3 years. I love Little Rock, but have never seen Oxford, MS. Arkansas is closer to Arizona, my home state. Ole' Miss places 7% more clerkships, about the same amount of federal clerkships (Prelaw magazine), and they offer study abroad opportunities (nothing I can't help Bowen with, so that IF I am interested, they can institute a program by my 2L or 3L.) Bowen will save me so much money costing only about $11,500 per year for tuition/fees, even as a, "non-resident."
I have until Monday 5/9/11 to decide whether or not to send in a $250 deposit and later, visit. That's it for now folks.
UALR-Bowen has been so good to me, by offering me admission into their fine program, right off the bat. I'm seriously re-evaluating my decision to hold on for the U of A to pull me from their waitlist. I feel ungrateful towards UALR for even having considered it.
Last night, had a dream that the U of A admitted me off of their waitlist. Strange dream, with my admittance written as a hand written note within a greeting card. Hmm. Let's see what happens!
Two nights ago, I decided to wait on law school. I am heartbroken, but the timing's not right. I submitted a deferment request to Bowen today, canceled my condo today, and am awaiting a reply. I walked this walk for 9 entire months, thinking about it day and night, and with 3 weeks before classes begin, my dream is deferred. If The U of A admits me this month, that will be another story. But I cannot leave now, with my business here in town, needing my help. :(