tominusprime (2017-2018)

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Application Information

F - Fee Waiver, A - Attending, W - Withdrawn, D - Deferred
Law School Status Type $$$ Sent Received Complete Decision Updated
University of Virginia F graph Pending W 11/30/17 11/30/17 11/30/17 -- 11 days
Washington University in St Louis F graph Pending W 11/19/17 11/19/17 11/20/17 -- 11 days
Northeastern University F graph Pending W 11/19/17 11/19/17 11/21/17 -- 11 days
Indiana University Bloomington F graph Waitlisted W 11/08/17 11/08/17 11/10/17 -- 11 days
University of Notre Dame F graph Waitlisted W 11/30/17 12/01/17 12/01/17 -- 11 days
University of Hawaii graph Accepted W 11/08/17 11/08/17 11/08/17 11/28/17 11 days
University of Arizona F graph Waitlisted W 11/07/17 11/07/17 11/13/17 12/04/17 11 days
St. John's University F graph Waitlisted W 11/08/17 11/09/17 11/09/17 01/08/18 11 days
University of New Mexico graph Accepted W $1 11/09/17 11/10/17 11/14/17 12/05/17 11 days
Michigan State College of Law F graph Accepted W $1 11/08/17 11/08/17 11/08/17 12/15/17 11 days
Washington and Lee University F graph Accepted W $1 11/19/17 11/20/17 11/28/17 12/15/17 11 days
Penn State University (Dickinson) F graph Accepted W $1 11/16/17 11/16/17 11/16/17 12/05/17 11 days
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign F graph Waitlisted W 11/16/17 11/18/17 12/21/17 01/17/18 11 days
Cardozo-Yeshiva University F graph Accepted W $1 11/09/17 11/09/17 11/10/17 01/04/18 11 days
University of Tulsa F graph Accepted W $1 11/09/17 11/09/17 11/09/17 01/09/18 11 days
Gonzaga University F graph Accepted W 11/08/17 11/08/17 11/08/17 01/23/18 11 days
Brooklyn Law School F graph Accepted W 11/18/17 11/19/17 11/21/17 01/24/18 11 days
College of William and Mary F graph Accepted W 01/10/18 01/10/18 01/11/18 01/29/18 11 days
University of San Diego F graph Accepted W $1 11/16/17 11/17/17 11/18/17 01/29/18 11 days
University of St. Thomas - Minneapolis F graph Accepted W $1 11/08/17 11/08/17 11/08/17 11/21/17 11 days
University of Iowa F graph Accepted W 11/09/17 11/10/17 11/10/17 12/18/17 11 days
Villanova University F graph Accepted W $1 11/16/17 11/16/17 11/18/17 01/12/18 11 days
University of Wisconsin Madison graph Accepted A $1 11/19/17 11/19/17 11/24/17 01/05/18 1 month
Northwestern University F graph Rejected 11/19/17 11/19/17 12/04/17 02/02/18 3 months
University of Michigan Ann Arbor F graph Rejected 11/19/17 11/20/17 11/28/17 01/24/18 3 months
University of Minnesota Twin Cities F graph Rejected 11/08/17 11/08/17 11/08/17 01/25/18 3 months
University of Texas Austin F graph Rejected 11/08/17 11/08/17 11/09/17 01/12/18 3 months
Boston College F graph Rejected 11/16/17 11/17/17 11/17/17 01/12/18 3 months

Applicant Information

University of Guam
N/A out of N/A

Demographic Information

Pacific Islander
10+ Years

Extra Curricular Information

I plan to practice in my local market after graduation. The job market is extremely good, especially for local lawyers, and firms here generally don't care about your school's name recognition, just how good of a lawyer you are.

I do want to get into an excellent school, but if it comes down to it, affordability far outweighs prestige since I'm not planning on pursuing a biglaw career.


-Strong personal statement and optional essays about my ethnic/cultural background

-Addendum explaining low GPA due to family illness-related absences

-First-generation college grad, non-traditional student, Catholic, 10+ years of full-time work experience, extremely underrepresented minority

All dates listed may be off by a day, as I'm currently on the other side of the International Date Line.

11/21/17: Accepted at UST; scholarship offer pending until Jan.

11/28/17: Accepted at U of Hawaii; no scholarship, but offered resident tuition as an out-of-state student.

12/3/17: Interviewed for Northwestern

12/4/17: Waitlisted by U of Arizona.

12/5/17: Accepted at Penn State-Dickinson with scholarship.

12/5/17: Accepted at U of New Mexico; scholarship offer pending.

12/8/17: Offered a merit-based fee waiver from Columbia, which is slightly confusing considering I'm below 25% for LSAT and way below for GPA. Tempted to apply, but very hesitant. They sometimes offer good scholly's for URMs below both 25%ile's, but I've never seen anyone below 25% get >$120K. Won't put much of a dent in that $89K/year price tag.

12/9/2017: Was asked to interview for the 2-year program at Brooklyn.

12/13/2017: Was asked to interview at Tulsa.

12/15/2017: Accepted at MSU with scholarship.

12/15/2017: Accepted at Washington & Lee with scholarship.

12/18/2017: Accepted at University of Iowa; scholarship info pending.

1/4/2018: Accepted at Cardozo with scholarship.

1/5/2018: Accepted at University of Wisconsin with scholarship.

1/8/2018: Waitlisted at St. John's.

1/9/2018: Accepted at Tulsa with scholarship.

1/12/2018: Accepted at Villanova; scholarship info pending.

1/12/2018: Dinged at Boston College.

1/13/2016: Dinged at Texas.

1/16/2018: Accepted at Penn State University Park with scholarship.

1/17/2018: Waitlisted at Illinois.

1/23/2018: Accepted at Gonzaga with scholarship.

1/24/2018: Accepted at Brooklyn with scholarship.

1/24/2018: Dinged at Michigan.

1/25/2018: Dinged at Minnesota. That was surprising after I got accepted at Iowa.

1/29/2018: Accepted at William & Mary, scholarship info pending.

1/29/2018: Accepted at San Diego, scholarship info pending.

1/30/2018: Received scholarship info from St. Thomas.

2/2/2018: Dinged at Northwestern.

2/2/2018: Received a very generous scholarship offer from Villanova.

3/12/2018: Received a phenomenal counter-offer from Wisconsin after asking for more aid, and am officially attending in the fall! Good luck to everyone else!

Visitor Comments

  • Thursday, December 21 2017 at 05:36 AM

Congrats! I'm want to go to Tulsa University as well! Congrats on the jnterview! Can you tell me how it Went? Just curious how its set up. I I heard that if your asked to interview with them your good unless you do something stupid to screw it up lol

- ahoward9
  • Monday, December 25 2017 at 07:32 PM

Hi! I haven't taken it yet, they just scheduled it with me for Jan. 5th. Hopefully it won't be too bad, but I'll try to keep you posted :)

- tominusprime
  • Friday, January 05 2018 at 05:23 PM

Cool beans, thanks and good luck!

- ahoward9
  • Tuesday, January 09 2018 at 01:06 AM

Well, that was easy. It seemed more like an opportunity for them to talk up the school and field any questions I might have, but overall it was more just a conversation than anything else.

- tominusprime
  • Monday, January 15 2018 at 01:48 PM

OK cool beans, thanks for the update! And congrats! I see you got in, that's awesome!

- ahoward9
  • Monday, March 19 2018 at 09:03 PM

Any tips for asking for counter-offers? :) I have a few schools in particular that are a toss up, if one would offer me just a tiny bit more though I would attend there. That's awesome you are going to UWi- I want to land in their Indigenous Law program. Great school.

- 99LawApps
  • Thursday, April 12 2018 at 08:40 PM

Hey! Sorry for the late reply, I've been so busy with moving and student stuff I haven't checked in here lately. I dunno if I have any "tips," per se, as I think my scholarship was more luck than anything I'll try. I didn't make a specific counter-offer to Wisconsin, I just asked if they would consider extending more financial aid and they came through. They had already made me a second offer after I didn't respond to their first one and it was good enough to be one of my most competitive offers. But I decided to take one last swing and try to get the cost of attendance down a bit more. So I let them know they were already my first choice, but that as an older student, cost was my number one consideration. I then pointed out that Villanova, while lower ranked, had made an offer that would yield a significantly lower total cost of attendance, and that Washington & Lee had made an offer on par with what Wisconsin had offered. I also pointed out that I'd been accepted to Iowa, which I hadn't received a scholarship offer from yet but expected it to be competitive. After I submitted my offer letters as proof, they got back to me almost immediately with a way bigger offer than I expected. So I guess my tips are: Leverage whatever you can leverage, in terms of offers and your student profile. Truth be told, I think Wisconsin is particularly heavily focused on diversification right now, so I can't tell how much of my offer came from my essays and LSATs and how much of it came from my being indigenous, so if you're comfortable leaning into that a little, I might recommend it.(If you're interested in Indigenous Law, I assumed you were American Indian or Pacific Islander, my apologies if you aren't) Also, don't be afraid to ask for a little bit more, but be polite about it. I was very hesitant about trying to squeeze a few more drops out of the financial aid office, but they were incredibly nice and responsive, and I figured that the worst possible scenario is that they would say no. Again, this was an easier scenario for me because the offer they'd made was good enough for me to already be on the verge of yes. The tricky part was letting them know I was interested in attending without seeming too eager, even though I was eager as make sure you let them know you'd love to attend, but have a reason to let them know you're not all in just yet, and hopefully they'll give your offer as much consideration as they gave mine :) I hope that made sense. Good luck, and hope to see you on campus in the fall!

- tominusprime

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