stsherri (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F - Fee Waiver A - Attending W - Withdrawn D - Deferred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
#12 University of Michigan Ann Arbor WL, Rejected Type: RA Sent: 11/11/06 Rec: 11/17/06 Comp: 12/09/06 Inter: -- Dec: 03/19/07 Upd: 17 years
#29 University of Notre Dame Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 11/16/06 Rec: 11/17/06 Comp: 12/14/06 Inter: -- Dec: 02/09/07 Upd: 17 years
#10 Washington and Lee University F Accepted A Type: RA $12,000 Sent: 11/11/06 Rec: 11/13/06 Comp: 12/11/06 Inter: -- Dec: 01/19/07 Upd: 17 years
#81 Indiana University Bloomington F Accepted W Type: RA $21,000 Sent: 10/31/06 Rec: 11/06/06 Comp: 12/11/06 Inter: -- Dec: 01/12/07 Upd: 17 years
#7 College of William and Mary Waitlisted W Type: RA Sent: 11/27/06 Rec: 11/30/06 Comp: 12/13/06 Inter: -- Dec: 03/29/07 Upd: 17 years
#48 Washington University in St Louis Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 11/27/06 Rec: 12/07/06 Comp: 12/07/06 Inter: -- Dec: 01/24/07 Upd: 17 years
#60 American University Waitlisted W Type: RA Sent: 11/27/06 Rec: 11/28/06 Comp: 12/13/06 Inter: -- Dec: 03/16/07 Upd: 17 years
#8 George Washington University Rejected Type: RA Sent: 11/16/06 Rec: 11/17/06 Comp: 12/14/06 Inter: -- Dec: 03/15/07 Upd: 17 years
#5 Vanderbilt University Waitlisted W Type: RA Sent: 12/02/06 Rec: 12/04/06 Comp: 12/14/06 Inter: -- Dec: 03/06/07 Upd: 17 years
#92 Santa Clara University F Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 01/02/07 Rec: 01/03/07 Comp: 01/19/07 Inter: -- Dec: 02/26/07 Upd: 17 years
#41 George Mason University F Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 10/31/06 Rec: 10/31/06 Comp: 11/28/06 Inter: -- Dec: 01/03/07 Upd: 17 years
#3 University of Virginia Rejected Type: RA Sent: 11/13/06 Rec: 11/15/06 Comp: 11/28/06 Inter: -- Dec: 02/19/07 Upd: 17 years
#73 University of Pittsburgh Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 11/27/06 Rec: 11/28/06 Comp: 12/04/06 Inter: -- Dec: 02/05/07 Upd: 17 years
#86 Temple University F Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 11/10/06 Rec: 11/13/06 Comp: 11/18/06 Inter: -- Dec: 01/27/07 Upd: 17 years
#30 University of Utah F Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 12/02/06 Rec: 12/04/06 Comp: 12/18/06 Inter: -- Dec: 01/26/07 Upd: 17 years
#65 Wake Forest University Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 11/10/06 Rec: 11/13/06 Comp: 12/11/06 Inter: -- Dec: 02/06/07 Upd: 17 years

Applicant Information

  • LSAT: 167
  • LSAT 2: -
  • LSAT 3: -
  • GRE : -
  • LSAC GPA: 2.79
  • Degree GPA: 4.1
  • School Type: large-state
  • Major: POLSCI

Demographic Information

  • City: Indianapolis
  • State: Indiana
  • Race: -
  • Gender: Man
  • Non-Traditional Applicant: Yes
  • Years out of Undergrad: -

Extra Curricular Information

When I started mapping this law school thing a couple of years ago, I was not optimistic about my chances at tier-3 and -4 schools. Clearly, my aspirations have changed a bit--partly b/c I have a fuller grasp of the importance of the LSAT, but also b/c my grades these past few semesters have been somewhat redeeming. All this is to say: I'd be really happy with any of these schools and consider it a blessing that I have a shot at them.

My GPA track:
'93-'96: 1.74 after 90 cr.hrs at large, state school
'03-'04: 3.93 after 13 cr.hrs (part-time) at small, state school
'05-'06: 4.10 after 61 cr.hrs at a large, state school

I don't have much EC's: I was a research assistant for two profs., and I was the sole student on a campus wide committee. That's about it...

I have one fantastic LOR, and very good confidence in the other two. I'm a Dean's List student in each of the last 4 semesters, and I tried to emphasize that my last 74 Cr.hrs of work has been above 4.0.

Work/life Experience: I am a non-trad applicant: married, 31 years old. I was active duty military for 4.5 years (USCG 2000-04) and rcvd various honors/awards for my service. My PS focuses on the changes in my life that led to my academic rebound, and it pivots a great deal on my CG experience. My redemptive story lends itself, I think, to a compelling PS. I just hope my clumsy prose don't sabotage it too much.

Additional info & updates

**Rankings on left represent Chiashu probability of acceptance from 2005 data

**Rcvd = Date report requested

**Notable happenings, thoughts and paranoia: ________________________________________________
Fired first volley of apps. Let the games begin...
Letter from UMich notifying me that I'm complete and giving me a UMICH ID#.
Impatience is getting the better of me. Decided to take matters into my own hands and make some calls. Found out I'm complete at W&L, IUB, Wake, and went complete on 11-28 at GMason.
I got on the horn again today and discovered that I'm complete at UVA (11-28), Temple (11-18), GW, and Pitt (12-4). Very nice lady at Pitt; somewhat curt gentleman at GW. Also, email from Vandy that I'm complete. I'm putting complete at ND, since it has been several weeks and they have not notified me of missing elements.
I'm not panicking, but I'm getting pretty worried. All these acceptances are rolling in for folks that applied after me. I'm beginning to second-guess everything that I submitted. I would love a waitlist at this point.
Evening phone call from GMU. I'm in! Huge relief. Very happy. Maybe I'll quit stalking the mailman for a little while. This acceptance came before updated reports went out with this semester's grades; thus, I was accepted at GMU with a cumulative GPA of 2.58, in case that is relevant for anybody out there.

Also got a somewhat nondescript email from Ms. Zearfoss of UMICH: They are continuing to review my application file "in the context of the greater applicant pool." Looks like I may be waiting a while... _________________________________________________
USPS Priority Mail from IUB w/ hand-written note from Dennis Long. Nice package. Included $7K/year Merit Scholarship contingent upon maintaining top 50% class standing. Suddenly IUB is very enticing: my tuition would be just $8000/year. Hard to beat.
Email from Ms. Howe at W&L: my acceptance letter is on its way!

Also, email from Santa Clara: app is complete.
Email acceptance from WUSTL...letter on the way. Wow...I did not expect to start 4 for 4.
Came back from out of town to find acceptance from Temple in large envelope. No mention of $$. Also, letter from W&L offering $4K/year , renewable. Also, phone message from Dean Aguilar of Utah requesting a return call. Quick look on LSN tells me this is probably an acceptance...
In at Utah. Called Dean Aguilar, and he gave me the word. Also, official letter of acceptance from WUSTL arrived today--small envelope, no mention of $$.
In at Pitt. Letter in thick, regular-sized envelope with hand-written note from director of admissions. No mention of $$. I like Pitt; good school, great city.
Large, white envelope from Wake w/ acceptance. 8-for-8... My first rejection must be coming very soon.
Surprise, surprise. Acceptance email from Ms. Moriconi of Notre Dame. More information on the way via snail mail... Things are getting very interesting. I welcome any advice/insight anyone can offer on what is shaping up to be a very difficult decision.
Mailed letters of withdrawl to Utah, Temple, Pitt and Wake. Pitt and Wake were difficult, as I really liked the schools. But, there can be only one... Also, rcvd large envelope from Notre Dame, including DVD.
UVa status changed to decision. Apparently my first rejection is on its way...
Ding! Courtesy of UVa. Regular, thin evelope, cream in color.

(Why don't we call these buzzes? Buzz is a better onomatopoeia for rejection.)
Large, white envelope from Santa Clara.
Recvd WL letter from Vandy, dated March 6. Not interested this late...
More withdrawls today. Good luck to those of you still waiting for GMason and Santa Clara.
Ding in regular envelope from GW. Short letter. Saves me the trouble of withdrawing...
Waitlist from UMich via email. I think I'll stay on this one for a while.
Came home from the W&L ASW to find a waitlist from American (letter dated 3-16). Wow. Could not withdraw fast enough.

Also took WUSTL off the list today.
Waitlist letter from W&M via mail. Thanks, but no thanks. The 4 month silent treatment has taken its toll on my affinity for W&M. They were one of my favorites at the beginning of the cycle, but now I will withdraw without much regret...
Mailed first seat deposit to W&L today. Not quite ready to slap the big "A" up there, but I feel pretty good about going to W&L at this point...
I'll be at W&L this fall, unless there is some dramatic change in circumstance.

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Wednesday, June 28 2006 at 08:00 PM

That's impressive GPA progress. I think that the gap in school attendance with such a huge GPA recovery would definitely help them overlook the earlier stuff. (I'm hoping for the same kind eye from the ad comms.)

My two cents
Thursday, August 24 2006 at 08:00 PM

The W&M fee waiver came via e-mail almost 36 hours after I received my LSAT score (I took the September 30th exam). As to whether to submit it now or wait - I struggled with the same dilemma UNTIL I picked up the greatest book ever written for law school applicants - "The Ivey Guide to Law School Admissions" . Anna Ivey used to be the Dean of Admissions at U of Chicago and she writes on page 41, "If there's only one thing you take away from this book, it's this: Apply as early in the application season as possible. Admissions officers generally do not start reading files until just after Thanksgiving, so you should aim to have your application complete by Thanksgiving at the latest. And by "complete," I mean totally signed, sealed, and delivered, with no outsstanding pieces." Here are a couple of her reasons (paraphrased): Application Flow: Early in the season, admissions officers take more time to read files than when they're crushed by the deluge of applications closer to the deadline. Their minds are fresher and their focus is sharper. They have more time to get to know you, and that usually works in your favor. Human Psychology: You're story will seem more unique early in the semester. They may be less sympathetic to us burnouts after reading over 100 burnout addendums. Signaling: Submitting early = you're organized and serious about their law school. Money: FinAid is on a first come first serve basis, funds may be dried up by waiting late in the season. Medians: In the early part of the season, Admin officers admit people because they like them. In the later part they admit people to manage the school's LSAT & GPA medians. If you haven't bought this book BUY IT - I felt so much more confident about how to approach the application process after reading it.

That is interesting...
Thursday, August 24 2006 at 08:00 PM

I should pick up that book.

good job stsherri
Saturday, October 21 2006 at 08:00 PM

Hey stsherri its me. ofcourse you wont know by my nick...(thanks for that book you gave me today). Goood job setting up the profile! now both the brothers will keep an eye on this website like a hawk! haha! :) - well i gotta do good on this lsat first. stay in touch and good luck in the process- I am sure you would pull out some huge packages out of your little mailbox in the next couple months or less.

Another piece of advice
Thursday, August 24 2006 at 08:00 PM

I swear I'm not stalking your postings but... I read what you posted on shakabuku's wall about whether or not schools know to ask for another LSDAS report. This was how my pre-law advisor explained it to me: when LSAC receives an updated transcript, they AUTOMATICALLY send the law schools you've applied to an updated report. My advisor did not think that you paid extra - future reports are included in the $12. What he recommended I do (and I did) is to go to my Registrar's office and pay $25 in advance to have my updated transcript overnighted to LSAC the same day that Fall 2006's grades are posted. You can e-mail LSAC to confirm whether or not this is true, but I'm sure it is. My advisor is a recent UVA law school grad so I'd hope he knows his shit. Good luck to you.

Thursday, January 19 2006 at 07:00 PM

Surprised you didnt get W&M Fee Waiver. George Mason is closer to the awesome market in DC anyways. Good luck!

Indiana - Bloomington
Sunday, October 08 2006 at 08:00 PM

i'm a 1L there now. you can do better! Would be glad to chat.

Saturday, October 21 2006 at 08:00 PM

thanks for the msg dude.... - how it went? well i am just gonna say that I am glad that it is over with. Not sure if this was the best ever I had taken. My only hope is to not retake this b**ch again. It has cost me so much time & $$. hopefully it will pay off :)

Thursday, September 21 2006 at 08:00 PM

Thanks for the suggestion. I'll do some research into Utah. I'm a little reluctant to apply anywhere else since I've reached the end of my app fee budget. Do you know much about the school?

Thank You!
Thursday, August 24 2006 at 08:00 PM

I was relieved that the first letter was an acceptance with a scholarship! When I visited WashU, I talked to Brittany in the Admin office, and this year they've switched to a new electronic system of applications, and they're still working out the kinks. So the EA's will probably come later than they did last year. UMKC said that they'll be able to overnight my new transcript by the end of this week so I'm really hoping that LSAC will forward my new and improved GPA to the law schools by the first week of January. Then, hopefully, I'll start hearing from more schools. Good luck! P.S. Make sure to send LSAC your grades for this semester ASAP!

Splitters :(
Tuesday, August 22 2006 at 08:00 PM

Best of luck Sherri! I'm defintely rooting for you.

You rock!
Thursday, August 24 2006 at 08:00 PM

Thank you so much for the e-mail! LSAC just notified me they were processing my transcript. By the way, congrats on GMU!

RE: your e-mail
Monday, October 23 2006 at 08:00 PM

My bad, I never checked my messages. I actually don't live in Carlisle, PA any longer, I have moved to Atlanta, GA, hence the SE Focus, if you want to chat further RE: this whole process, send me an e-mail so I don' t fill up your message board.

Stalking the mailman
Wednesday, August 16 2006 at 08:00 PM

Haha. I hear you on that one.

Tuesday, August 22 2006 at 08:00 PM

Are you going to one of the open houses? I'm figuring I'll go to on in's pretty damn cold in the mountains right now...haha. Congrats!

Thursday, August 24 2006 at 08:00 PM

Congrats on WashU!

told ya told ya!
Saturday, October 21 2006 at 08:00 PM

i told you on Nov 6th : " you will be pulling out huge packages out of your mailbox soon" so far 4/4! CONGRATULATIONS MAN!!! i knew you would do it. have you decided yet which offer you are leaning towards?(email me). My lsat score sucks but i am still applying to many schools trying to play the numbers game. i guess i wanted to findout myself if this law school admission is purely a numbers game or not. next couple months will tell. u enjoy your *more* upcoming offers bro. you deserve it!!!

good stuff
Saturday, October 21 2006 at 08:00 PM

yea man lets just hope colts win it all the way this time. we'll see.

Saturday, December 16 2006 at 07:00 PM

Wow with Utah that will make you 6 for 6? Very nice, congrats, still waiting on WUSTL, but I'm not holding my breathe :)

Congrats on UT
Saturday, October 21 2006 at 08:00 PM

I smell clean sweep.

Good job!
Monday, August 28 2006 at 08:00 PM

hey congrats on WUSTL and Temple, our numbers are pretty similar and I have yet to hear from either of them. I think I got the deferral action from WUSTL (Hopefully not rejected!) But I am still hopefull about temple. Good luck with the rest of your cycle, you are going to have some great options!

my email
Saturday, October 21 2006 at 08:00 PM

my email probably did'nt make sense to you, i never heard back from you... i am very eager to find out your decisions on american and GW. hopefully more good news coming your way my friend.

Congrats on ND!
Wednesday, January 24 2007 at 07:00 PM

Your acceptance gives me hope as our numbers are similar. Good luck!

Well done
Thursday, January 11 2007 at 07:00 PM

I just wanted to congratulate you on all the acceptances thus far... you've clearly worked hard for them the past few years. With any luck maybe I'll see you next year since you've already been admitted to half of my schools :-)

Saturday, October 21 2006 at 08:00 PM

Sorry about GW. I cannot believe it. but anyway, i think you would'nt be too dissapointed. it made the decision easier for you.

Saturday, October 21 2006 at 08:00 PM

Sorry about GW. I cannot believe it. but anyway, i think you would'nt be too dissapointed. it made the decision easier for you.

Saturday, October 21 2006 at 08:00 PM

I am still waiting for some decisions. many schools evaluate the application at the end of CLEO program. So if there is something coming big from any schools, it wil be towards the mid-end of July. For now I am happy with Quinnipiac because i can go their part time, continue to work which is what i was hoping. The scholarship also helps to minimize the cost. I like the student body and particularly the small size classes. And then I can think about transferring out after my first year to another school. So we'll see, but this CLEO program has got some options hanging and I am hoping I can get in somewhere better.

Thursday, January 11 2007 at 07:00 PM

Thanks for the input. And I agree with you that W&L is better known in legal circles even if the average non-academic/lawyer would better recognize OSU. The notable exception would be in Ohio, where it's very reputable. Since OSU just offered more money, I'm pretty sure I'll take it and look to practice in Columbus while keeping an eye on D.C. But my girlfriend will be at W&L, so I'll probably see you on campus at some point next year. I hear the 5ish hour drive isn't too horrible to make.