werley86 (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F - Fee Waiver A - Attending W - Withdrawn D - Deferred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
University of Chicago F Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 11/19/08 Rec: -- Comp: 12/05/08 Inter: -- Dec: 02/20/09 Upd: 15 years
University of Virginia F Accepted W Type: RA $30,000 Sent: 10/28/08 Rec: 10/30/08 Comp: 11/06/08 Inter: -- Dec: 01/23/09 Upd: 15 years
#1 University of Texas Austin F Accepted A Type: $43,000 Sent: 10/27/08 Rec: 10/30/08 Comp: 11/11/08 Inter: -- Dec: 11/20/08 Upd: 15 years
University of Michigan Ann Arbor F Accepted W Type: RA $36,000 Sent: 10/25/08 Rec: 11/05/08 Comp: 11/25/08 Inter: -- Dec: 12/16/08 Upd: 15 years
Washington University in St Louis F Accepted W Type: RA $15,000 Sent: 11/07/08 Rec: 11/11/08 Comp: 11/11/08 Inter: -- Dec: 04/02/09 Upd: 15 years
University of Pennsylvania F Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 11/10/08 Rec: 11/11/08 Comp: 11/21/08 Inter: -- Dec: 01/23/09 Upd: 15 years
Boston University F Accepted W Type: RA $75,000 Sent: 11/07/08 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 12/12/08 Upd: 15 years
University of Notre Dame F Accepted W Type: RA $45,000 Sent: 12/15/08 Rec: -- Comp: 01/07/09 Inter: -- Dec: 02/17/09 Upd: 15 years
Harvard University Rejected Type: RA Sent: 10/27/08 Rec: 10/28/08 Comp: 11/21/08 Inter: -- Dec: 03/25/09 Upd: 15 years
Southern Methodist University Accepted W Type: $100,000 Sent: 10/27/08 Rec: 10/27/08 Comp: 11/11/08 Inter: -- Dec: 12/19/08 Upd: 15 years
Baylor University F Accepted W Type: $110,000 Sent: 10/27/08 Rec: -- Comp: 11/02/08 Inter: -- Dec: 11/02/08 Upd: 15 years
Columbia University Waitlisted D W Type: RA Sent: 11/03/08 Rec: 11/04/08 Comp: 11/11/08 Inter: -- Dec: 02/17/09 Upd: 15 years
Duke University F Waitlisted W Type: RA Sent: 11/03/08 Rec: 11/04/08 Comp: 11/11/08 Inter: -- Dec: 02/17/09 Upd: 15 years

Applicant Information

  • LSAT: 164
  • LSAT 2: 164
  • LSAT 3: -
  • GRE : -
  • LSAC GPA: 3.95
  • Degree GPA: 4.0
  • School Type: Large Public
  • Major: Political Science, History

Demographic Information

  • City: College Station
  • State: Texas
  • Race: Mexican-American
  • Gender: Man
  • Under Represented Minority: Yes
  • Non-Traditional Applicant: Yes
  • Years out of Undergrad: In Undergrad

Extra Curricular Information

Three studies abroad, speak two foreign languages, court intern, volunteer for summer recruitment program, teach Spanish and English to ESL children, participating in senior thesis program.

Numbers by schools with decisions reflect my choice among them without factoring in $$$$$. Numbers by schools without decisions are probability percentages.


So, I found these two articles talking about choosing a law school and law school ranking systems. I have found them insightful and hopefully others struggling with tough law school choices will too:

"What rankings don't say about costly choices"

This article is something of a partial defense of ranking systems...well, sorta. This article asserts that though there are not large differences among similarly ranked schools (#14 vs. #5), there are in fact appreciable differences between schools with large differences (#50 vs. #5). It also speaks to the crippling effect of debt and urges students to consider money as a large factor. I think this is especially true when looking at schools in a similar block of ranking (T-14's, T-25's, T-50's, etc).

"'U.S. News' list: a curse"

For those not accepted to "designer" law schools, don't lose heart. There will still be plenty of eager employers and plenty of good jobs once we all get out. I think this is also relevant to those accepted to "designer" law schools but receive no money.

Additional info & updates

11/02: Accepted to Baylor with a full ride. Got a six day turnaround on the application...that was fast! =D

11/03: I thought I had a fee waiver to Vandy, but apparently I did not. They were not inclined to give me one either. Nuts to them! Put my last applications in at Duke and Columbia. No more apps! Whoop!

11/19: So, the above statement was not quite accurate. I just got done with U-Chicago. Hopefully THAT will be the last one. I am starting to get a bit anxious. I've been "under review" for a little over a week at some schools that have had quick turn-arounds on apps. t.u. - I'm looking at you!

11/20: IN AT UT!!!! Got the phone call today! This is a HUGE relief! I will really have to consider this one! Can't wait to see how the rest of the cycle goes. =D

11/21: I have not done so officially, but I can say with a degree of certainty that I will withdraw my application from Baylor. I'll leave SMU on the table to see what I get, but Texas is looking pretty right now. I think I would be a bit crazy to turn them down, even for money at Baylor.

12/12: In at Boston U via phone!

12/15: After thinking about it, I am holding on to Baylor and am now putting in an app to Notre Dame.

12/16: Went to "Decision" at UM. [Insert short dramatic tune here].

12/19: In at SMU with a full ride via phone! Packet will be sent out in early January. Still no word from UM.

12/20: I got an early Christmas present from UT via mail - $28.5 K Dean's Scholarship! $9,500 per year. =D

12/21: I love LSN! Found a web link to hack into UM admitted student site, and I am in!!!!! First T-10 down!!!

12/23: Penn status checker went to "Under Committee Review" today. Duke, UVA, and WUSTL are still MIA. The waiting game continues...

12/27: Withdrawing from Baylor as soon as I get back to school. I have no intention of going there and sitting on the seat scholarship will not serve me at all, so it's time to give it to some one who wants it.

12/30: Got my acceptance letter from SMU today in a regular sized envelope. Came back to College Station to find my Michigan packet. The jump drive with the movie was a nice touch despite the cheese music!

1/7: Complete at ND. I have had a long silence since Michigan, and it is deafening!
UVA, WUSTL, Duke - where the hell are you??? Rawr!

1/23: Got phone calls from UVA and Penn in the span of about five minutes! WOW! I'm in at an Ivy League school!

2/09: I am about to give up on WUSTL and Duke. Hoping the Chicago, Columbia, and ND will come through within the next week or so. Harvard...yeah, I am guessing no news is bad news at this point.

2/17: "Held" at Columbia. I have until April to impress them! Sending additional material. =/

ND decided to make my day a bit better by letting me in and throwing money at me. Yay!

2/18: From Duke - "A decision was made on Feb 17, 2009. You will be notified soon." No e-mail. Let me get that big 'ol "W" ready for you, Duke!

2/20: Got an e-mail offering me a spot on the waitlist at Duke.
HAHAHAROFLMAO...no. You suck, Duke. You have done nothing but shamelessly play the LSAT game this cycle, and I am willing to wager my bottom dollar that you will - yet again - have a shitty yield for your next class. You are overrated.

In other news, "Decision Pending" at UChicago!


In light of the above, I am withdrawing from the hold pool at Columbia. I'll wait and see on HLS, though I am less than hopeful.

3/11: Starting to narrow the list: withdrew from SMU today. Yay giving up free law school?

P.S. - If anyone from BU is reading this, I will be withdrawing from there by the end of next week if no money materializes. Sorry, but I am going to go to Chicago if I am going to go out of state for sticker price.

3/20: Got my finaid letter from UT today. Got another $14K in free money...sweet!

BU - you are toast after this. Thanks, but no thanks.

3/23: Just kidding, BU!

3/25: ZOMG, the good times keep on rolling! $30k from UVA!

Update: THANKS FOR RAINING ON MY HAPPY DAY, HLS. Whatever...it is just a country club with a law school attached to it...wouldn't have gone any way!

Update 2: Sorry ND, but you have been outgunned.

3/26: Hellz yea! Dean's Scholly from UM!

4/02: Look what the cat dragged in...

4/06: Matching request denied at UT. Why can't y'all make this any easier for me!

4/08: WUSTL: I wait on you for six months and that is all I get for my time? I see how much I truly mean to you.

Sorry UM, you're just not worth $150k to me.

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Wednesday, December 19 2007 at 07:00 PM

I went complete on the status checker, got the TS1 email, and close to two weeks later got my complete email. I guess they send them out in batches.

Monday, May 28 2007 at 08:00 PM

Congrats on the Dean's scholly at Baylor. I got one too, with similar numbers. Good luck... did UT offer any money? I've yet to get a decision and I'm wondering what my chances are there.

You can't go wrong!
Thursday, August 07 2008 at 08:00 PM

A full ride to Baylor, In-State Fees at Texas!! You're on a roll. It can only get better. Even if you don't get in anywhere else you're sitting on a pile of Gold. Huge Congrats!!!

Texas Status Check
Thursday, August 07 2008 at 08:00 PM

Did you check the UT status checker before you got accepted? I went from complete to "no application on file". I'm hoping that just means I'm under review.

Monday, May 28 2007 at 08:00 PM

Congrats on SMU! Great school in a great city. That financial package makes it all the sweeter.

Monday, May 28 2007 at 08:00 PM

No, I'm in UG at an out-of-state school, but I'm from TX and would like to practice there... thus I'm applying to all those TX schools.

Thursday, July 31 2008 at 08:00 PM

Congrats on Michigan!!

Sunday, September 07 2008 at 08:00 PM


Thursday, July 31 2008 at 08:00 PM

Thanks! Not really sure where I'm going yet. Once I hear on any scholarship amounts, I'll start to try to narrow it down. Hope the rest of your cycle goes well!

Thursday, November 06 2008 at 07:00 PM

Thanks! I was priority track at Duke. Sadly, my cycle is over now. Best of luck with the rest of yours - I'm sure there are many more acceptances coming your way.

Sunday, October 26 2008 at 08:00 PM

Thanks! Congrats to you, too! Looks like we applied to a lot of the same places. Any idea where you'll be headed next fall?

Sunday, October 26 2008 at 08:00 PM

I'm in the same boat. It's pretty much between Texas and SMU, leaning toward Texas. I'm at UT for undergrad and I'm not ready to leave Austin quite yet.

Friday, November 16 2007 at 07:00 PM

Hey, good luck on your cycle man. I'm very interested in how your cycle turns out as I have similar stats and am from the same school (I assume you go to A&M). Congrats on UM and good luck the rest of the way!

Friday, November 16 2007 at 07:00 PM

I figured you were an Ag. I'm actually applying next cycle and am just using LSN this year to help me gauge what my chances are at certain schools. That's awesome that you have already heard good news from MU and UT...it looks as if you're going to have an interesting spring don't you think?

Sunday, March 02 2008 at 07:00 PM

Since you are one of the few people to have left a comment on my wall, I wanted to see if you knew when the admissions committees will get up and running again. I am assuming their on Christmas break.

Thursday, August 07 2008 at 08:00 PM

Honestly I was so impressed with Pitt just from the information on their website when I was researching schools. I am very excited about Pitt and the scholly has definitely bumped it up quit a bit on my list. I've heard some fantastic things from past students about the Pittsburgh area and the law school and they are all extremely positive. So, yes I feel extremely glad to have this little gem in my pocket! You've got some great schools that have accepted you so far--you're rocking this cycle? Have you ever taken any sociology classes at A&M (I assume that's where you go)? I know a prof there?

Friday, November 16 2007 at 07:00 PM

Yea, one more year until I have to go through it all...I can't imagine how it is going to be waiting on acceptances. And yea, I'm retaking the LSAT in Feb...definitely underestimated nerves, lol.

Monday, June 09 2008 at 08:00 PM

Thanks for the comment, and for the article links above. Most helpful:) Good luck to you as you make your decisions, and congrats on UVA and Penn!

Congrats again!
Sunday, September 07 2008 at 08:00 PM

Looks like you're having an amazing cycle! I'm surprised you havent heard back from WUSTL yet, I'm sure they'll reach you soon!

Friday, November 16 2007 at 07:00 PM

Congrats on Virginia and Penn! Man, I wouldn't be suprised if you end up getting into...N/M don't want to risk the jinx, lol.

Tuesday, September 02 2008 at 08:00 PM

Congrats on Chicago! That's great!