watso059 (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F - Fee Waiver A - Attending W - Withdrawn D - Deferred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
#1 Jones School of Law Accepted A Type: RA $66,000 Sent: 01/22/07 Rec: 01/24/07 Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 16 years
Mercer University Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 02/12/07 Rec: 02/15/07 Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 17 years
Samford University Accepted D W Type: RA Sent: 02/23/07 Rec: 04/13/07 Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 17 years
University of Miami Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 02/16/07 Rec: 02/21/07 Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 17 years
Stetson University Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 02/14/07 Rec: 02/18/07 Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 17 years
Florida Coastal School of Law F Accepted W Type: RA $30,000 Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 17 years
Louisiana State - Baton Rouge Accepted W Type: RA $6,750 Sent: 02/16/07 Rec: 02/20/07 Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 17 years
University of Georgia Rejected Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 17 years
Tulane University Rejected Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: 03/18/07 Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 17 years
South Texas College of Law Accepted W Type: RA $21,450 Sent: 02/12/07 Rec: 02/16/07 Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 17 years
Thomas M Cooley Law School Accepted W Type: RA $52,065 Sent: 12/26/06 Rec: 01/20/07 Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 17 years
Barry University School of Law F Accepted W Type: RA $36,000 Sent: -- Rec: 03/05/07 Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 17 years

Applicant Information

  • LSAT: 153
  • LSAT 2: -
  • LSAT 3: -
  • GRE : -
  • LSAC GPA: 4.02
  • Degree GPA: 4.0
  • School Type: UA
  • Major: Philosophy and Political Scien

Demographic Information

  • City: Tuscaloosa
  • State: Alabama
  • Race: Whitey :)
  • Gender: Man
  • Non-Traditional Applicant: Yes
  • Years out of Undergrad: -

Extra Curricular Information

Phi Sigma Tau
Phi Alpha Theta
Pi Sigma Alpha
Sigma Alpha Lambda
Phi Eta Sigma
Alpha Lambda Delta
The National Society of Collegiate Scholars
Phi Beta Kappa
The National Dean's List
Philosophy Club
Summa cum Laude
Either Dean's or President's List each semester I was enrolled as a full time student.

Additional info & updates

3-7-07 I visited Cumberland today. I lucked up and hit it on the day that the 1L intermural Trial Ad. finals were also held. So, I got to watch them. I must say, both teams were exceptional. I was unable to get much feedback on my chances in being admitted...I was told that the LSAT averages have risen to 158, while the average UGPA has risen to 3.4. Although, these are the exact numbers that Miami, who admitted me quickly, had last year, Cumberland is not so sure about me I guess... I feel that if Miami is sure, Cumberland should be...right? Anyways, I am a little depressed and peeved that they aren't showing me some love...but, what can I do except write them a letter...:)

3/28/07 The new rankings are out...Miami dropped to 74, Mercer dropped to 100, Stetson up to 101, Samford still T3, FL Coastal still T4, and I figure Jones will be T4 as well.

So I am considering 4 T2s, a T3, and two T4s. I am not sure whether this has changed my mind on any schools yet though (if they are even real!!) EDIT: They are real!

04/04/07 I am narrowing down my decisions...I withdrew from LSU and FCSL leaving Jones, Mercer, Miami, Stetson, and Samford in the running...but I will be attending Jones unless something unforeseen changes my mind.

04/12/07 I am still waiting on my wife to hear something from a few schools before I make a decision on Stetson and Miami.

04/13/07 I just got my acceptance to Cumberland. I was set on Jones and, figuring that I would get into Cumberland after the seat deposit deadline, I was not excited about Cumberland. However, when I got in, I was very excited. These unforeseen feelings have made my decision very difficult...as of now, I am not sure where I am going to be.

04/17/07 I conversed (2 days through e-mail!) with Jones and got an extra $12,000 over three years. I will be attending Jones...I do not feel that I could justify giving up this amount of money. I mean, I will basically be getting three years at Jones for what one year will cost me at Cumberland, Miami, or Mercer. in addition, I just do not think that those other schools are really better (especially for me) than Jones.

04/21/07 I just got back from another visit to Jones! I watched a couple rounds of their 1L moot court competiton and was quite impressed, especially by the first two participants. I feel like this is the best fit for me because of my personality and beliefs. I really like the overall attitude and atmosphere of the school. The building is top-notch. And their trial and moot court teams are up and coming. I cannot wait to get started!

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Hey dude
Sunday, December 17 2006 at 07:00 PM

Seriously...if you're planning on staying in AL, Cumberland is the best choice. Are you deferred there? If so, get a letter of continued interest out ASAP.

Sunday, December 17 2006 at 07:00 PM

The more I look at your numbers and accepts, the more I think that Miami might be the best bet for you (assuming UGA says no). Miami is clearly the best school you've been accepted to. Any news from Cumberland?

Not sure
Sunday, December 17 2006 at 07:00 PM

FIU is still my first choice, but they seem determined to ignore me for as long as possible. I wouldn't even know that my application was complete if I hadn't e-mailed them. They're on spring break this week, so I wasn't expecting to hear back before this coming Monday, but still...I applied there in December. Others who've applied since then have heard SOMETHING. At this point, even a rejection from them would be welcome so that I could at least start planning for fall. Assuming I don't get into FIU or UALR, I've got a rather tough choice on my hands: either go ahead and attend Barry or skip another year and retake the LSAT. The only thing that is going to get me into a better school is a higher LSAT; there's nothing I can do about my GPA and I'm too concerned about debt to take one of my other offers. There's still an outside shot that SD will accept me, or FCLS with $$$, though. Hell, I may wind up just sending my seat deposit to Barry and hoping that I get good news from FIU or SD. Glad to hear it went well at Jones. A friend of mine from high school (and my own attorney) went there, and 5 years out he's doing well. He had a bit of a tough time landing work when he first graduated from there, but I think it would be better now that they have ABA accreditation. And hey! You still have Miami (though it's really expensive). Miami's a great school and you'd land work fairly easy in S. FL or Central FL if you decided not to go back to Bama after graduation.

FCSL V. Jones
Tuesday, October 03 2006 at 08:00 PM

Jones is only provisionally aproved and is also extremely small. Also, in the past it has had a really big % of non traditional students and I'd rather go to a school with more traditional students. I just visited FCSL and really like the campus, it is huge and really high tech, if you visit you can't help but be impressed. Also it seems to be moving up and I imagine it will at least be t3 in the next couple of years. Where do you want to end up?

wingshooter2004 cannot follow directions
Sunday, March 18 2007 at 08:00 PM

I ended up not going to the open house at Jones. I got tied up at wark on Friday and couldn't get out in time. Didn't feel like driving all night to get there.(9hrs from here) Good luck.

thoughts about Jones
Thursday, January 25 2007 at 07:00 PM

Hi! Congrats on your acceptances. Right now I am trying to decide between Jones and Mississippi College due to their smaller class sizes and atmosphere. After visting Jones this weekend, I would have to say that it is one of the best kept secrets Anywhere - not just in AL or in the South...and a 97% bar passage rate and top notch competition teams are impressive. What are your thoughts?

Thursday, January 25 2007 at 07:00 PM

I was wearing a suit and sat on the 2nd row near the middle. I just heard from MC (Jackson, MS) and will be attending there instead. It is closer to my family - my mom is an MC alumna.

Samford vs. Jones
Thursday, March 29 2007 at 08:00 PM

It is a possibility that I may end up at Jones, however it is not my first choice. Samford is nice but waiting for the call is something that makes me anxious. They called my sister from the waitlist less than a week before class. She had already matriculated elsewhere by then.

Monday, March 26 2007 at 08:00 PM

It really seems that the schools that rejected you did so only on the basis of your LSAT score...I am positive you will do well, the LSAT is a bunch of bull-sh*t.

Monday, March 26 2007 at 08:00 PM

It really seems that the schools that rejected you did so only on the basis of your LSAT score...I am positive you will do well, the LSAT is a bunch of bull-sh*t.

Monday, March 12 2007 at 08:00 PM

I jjust got a letter stating that I was on the waitlist yesterday. I have mailed a request that I remain on the list. How long was it before you heard from them after being deferred or waitlisted? Best of luck.

Thursday, March 29 2007 at 08:00 PM

Good job getting into Samford... certainly makes me a little hopeful about getting accepted.

Mercer vs. Samford
Thursday, March 29 2007 at 08:00 PM

What is your take on Mercer? I haven't been... is there any comparison?

davyhay cannot follow directions.
Sunday, March 19 2006 at 07:00 PM

I went to Jones over Cumberland. I am happy with my choice. Our class started at 87, and I think next year the 1L class will be about 130.

Sunday, December 17 2006 at 07:00 PM

I figured you would get in. Cumberland is a good school. I think you'll like it there. Plus you'll have tons more opportunities for 1L and 2L summer work in Birmingham than in Montgomery. I am down to either Barry or FIU. If FIU says yes, I'm probably there. Otherwise it's Barry for sure.

Congrats to you too
Tuesday, October 03 2006 at 08:00 PM

So you think you'll go to Cumberland over Jones? Cumberland is my #1 right now but I would pick LSU over it if I get in there. just out of curiousity, what turned you off about LSU? was it the civil law thing?

Congrats on Jones!
Thursday, February 15 2007 at 07:00 PM

This is the first time i've heard of Jones Law School. Is it a respectable firm? What got my interest is the fact that it is a Christian educational system. Does it instill Christian morals and a christian system in its study or merely run by a Christian University? Please let me know your thoughts because I am considering apply if its not too late.

Sunday, February 25 2007 at 07:00 PM

I just heard about Jones Law School. What do you think about it? I am considering applying there if they are still accepting applicants. What interests me is that it is a Christian University. Are the courses founded on biblical truths or merely a Christian University overseeing a law school? I am excited to hear that there may be a Christian University with a Law School that is in my reach, even though it is in Alabama and I live in New Jersey. Please let me know your thoughts. Thank you.

Jones v. Cumberland
Sunday, March 19 2006 at 07:00 PM

Cumberland was $26K, and Jones was $15K. (Jones is $22K next year, I think) I got a scholarship at Jones. Cumberland accepted me during orientation at Jones. I prefer to drive in Montgomery traffic over Lakeshore traffic any day. There was simply not enough difference for the extra money.

Sunday, December 17 2006 at 07:00 PM

Congrats! Looks like you made a decision (lucky you). What made you choose Jones over Cumberland?

Sunday, March 18 2007 at 08:00 PM

Congrats on Jones. I've heard nothing but good things about the school. Hopefully, I'll get in too. Hamline was my first choice, but I got rejected. Oh well...

Tuesday, October 03 2006 at 08:00 PM

Ok, so Jones offered me a scholarship and has me questioning myself now. I am visiting tomorrow..know any questions I should ask? anything I should pay particular attention to?

before you start
Sunday, March 19 2006 at 07:00 PM

Relax. That is the best thing you can do between now and August. Don't spend the summer reading books on law school or any crap like that. Get your head straight, and be ready to hit it hard in the fall.

Jones visit
Tuesday, October 03 2006 at 08:00 PM

I visted jones today and talked with andy mathews who was very nice easy to talk to. I enjoyed my visit and i was impressed by the law building. i should have visted earlier, but i always kind of thought of jones as a night school for older students but most people i saw there seemed to be traditional students. i am still no fan of montgomery and i prefer birmingham as a city but i am definately considering jones, it is really hard to say no to that much money/debt difference. I have until may 18th to decide so i have some thinking to do and talking with my fiance and parents. maybe i'll see you in the fall..if not, good luck anyway, i definately have a much more positive view of jones after visiting. i'll keep you posted on my decision

Tuesday, October 03 2006 at 08:00 PM

I appreciate all your insight on jones and I was impressed by there law building but at the end of the day, i just wasn't excited about the thought of going to jones. i wish you the best of luck and i am sure you will do very well (4.0 gpa, o don't see how you couldn't)

Sunday, December 17 2006 at 07:00 PM

I got accepted...part time only, though.

Sunday, December 17 2006 at 07:00 PM

I have decided to wait until after my visit to FIU this Friday before deciding for sure. I'll let you know. Also, fiutroll, I'll be in the full-time program after this year and, given that I fully intend to take classes in each summer, I will easily graduate in 2010 if I choose FIU.

Thursday, March 01 2007 at 07:00 PM

I think it is because I applied so late. It was a free application and I have heard good things. I am going to most likely go to CharlotteLaw. They have really been great and I really liked the facilities and their efforts.

Phi Sigma Tau
Monday, May 26 2008 at 08:00 PM

Hello fellow Phi Sigma Tau member! Congratulations on attending Jones. When I visited, I was very impressed with their facilities and the bar passage rate. Being in the state capital will be very helpful in terms of summer employment. What did you think of Mercer?