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Applying to Law School => Law School Admissions => Topic started by: melissa2781 on January 27, 2004, 08:25:49 AM

Title: i cant take this suspense.
Post by: melissa2781 on January 27, 2004, 08:25:49 AM
I got a big thick letter from seattle yesterday, and i almost threw up i was so nervous openening it.  I thought, this is it, this is my first acceptance letter.  It fit all the stereo typical charecteristics of an acceptance letter: 8X11, thick, buldging out of the mailbox screaming : IM HERE :)

But it was jsut a financial aid application.

I cant take this suspense!  I hate the idea that the fate of the rest of my life lays in the hands of people who have never met and dont TRULEY know how amazing i would be as part of their student body.  ughh.

does anyone else have these suspense and anxiety problems over waiting to here if they've gotten in?
Title: Re: i cant take this suspense.
Post by: kattiewitch on January 27, 2004, 04:40:00 PM
I totally have the same anxiety.  I applied to six schools and have heard from two in the last week, both acceptance, but nothing from the others yet.  One of the schools offered me substantial aid, but it's tier 3 and not my first choice.  So, I'm totally obsessed with the mail.  Try to think of other things . . . and focus on where you applied that you're sure you'll get in.  Read their website and get excited.
Best of luck!
Let me know how it turns out.
Title: Re: i cant take this suspense.
Post by: Ithacabomber on February 02, 2004, 05:30:54 PM
Melissa I hear ya about that thick fin aid letter...it was from Syracuse wasnt it...I got it too. I also got reject letter from Univ of Buff today PLEASE COMMENT what was your UGPA and LSAT
thanks
Title: Re: i cant take this suspense.
Post by: bobfett33 on February 02, 2004, 11:00:05 PM
Melissa and Kattie, we're in the same boat.  I'm expecting to hear from Chicago-Kent about whether I've been accepted into their honors scholars program ($100,000 scholarship), and today I got mail from them.  To sound like an Orange County sorority girl, I was freaking out (on the inside).  It turned out just to be a "we just wanted to let you know that your application is complete" thing.  Dammit.
Title: Re: i cant take this suspense.
Post by: kattiewitch on February 03, 2004, 05:15:46 AM
I know, OSU keeps sending me informational emails.  Everytime I get one I hope it is news.  It never is.  I've heard from, been accepted at, and received aid offers from three schools, two tier 3's that I'm really not interested in, but I still haven't heard anything from my first choice.  I keep trying to be optimistic, but I'm starting to be concerned that the longer they take the less interested they are in me.
Title: Re: i cant take this suspense.
Post by: melissa2781 on February 03, 2004, 12:15:01 PM
Ithacabomber - my lsat is 150, my UGPA is 3.5, and YES, it was from syracuse! 


Still havnt heard a thing from all 12 schools i applied to.


the suspense is making me sick to my stomach.
Title: Re: i cant take this suspense.
Post by: Ithacabomber on February 03, 2004, 03:55:08 PM
Melissa,
I have a 3.4 GPA and got a 141 on the LSAT...horrible I know...but will it get the job done? I dont care where I go, I just want to go to law school. I have a very unique background (financially ind at age 16) and just dont take stand test well. My resume is strong however: Internships at House of Parliament, Legal Aid Office and Law Firm. Will this help me? By the way got a reject letter from Univ Buff yesterday. Thank you for your support!
Title: Re: i cant take this suspense.
Post by: David Bakody on February 03, 2004, 05:23:28 PM
If you are not picky about law schools - Your 141 LSAT and 3.4 GPA stand a fair chance of getting you into Thomas Cooley in Michigan.  Have you considered applying to that school?  Also, I think your numbers might work for Thurgood Marshall in Texas.

You might also consider exploring some non-ABA law schools.  I think this is better than forgetting about law school outright, but a fair number of people will probably disagree.

Two non-ABA law schools I considered in the northeast:

http://www.mslaw.edu/

and

http://www.snesl.edu/newsite/Index1.html

MSLAW doesn't use the LSAT and they will also interview you, possibly in person depending upon your location.  Keep in mind that graduating from a non-ABA school can limit your career options, but for a lot of people stuck with low LSAT scores it's an option.
Title: Re: i cant take this suspense.
Post by: kattiewitch on February 03, 2004, 06:11:50 PM
Ithaca-you might try Widner in Harrisburg, PA.
Melissa-I'm feeling your pain.  I applied to six, have heard from three, got aid offers from three, and am waiting to hear from my first choice.  It's killing me!  Have you called admissions from these 12 schools to see how long they anticipate making you wait?
Title: Re: i cant take this suspense.
Post by: melissa2781 on February 04, 2004, 09:08:34 AM
Ithaca - i agree with David Bakody about thomas cooley college in michigan.  If you read back on previous posts on this board, you will see taht there are some very passionate arguments in favor of thomas cooley.  Also, widener, like kattiewitch mentioned, is also a school you should definetly look into.   If, by chance, you do decide to go with a non aba approved school, which i suggest you think long and hard about before you decide, i recomend looking into la verne law school in ontario california.  I have heard such great things about this school, and if they get their approval they are expected to quickly rise in the rankings of law school.  BUT.... think about what it would be like if they DIDNT get their approval.... you would be stuck practicing in california.... and from the looks of where you are applying i am assuming you are from the NY, NJ area?  I am from NJ..... and i know in my heart that i wouldnt be happy knowing id never be able to come back home and practice...... but thats just me.

kattiewitch - i have been hesitant to call these schools because i dont want to be labeled as "that girl" who calls the admissions office and pesters them about the applications.   Someone told me that they write down every correspondence they have with applicants, and... for example.... i already emailed denver law school w/ questions about their school AND called them to make sure they recieved my application because im so anxious.... i dont want to make the situation worse for myself by calling again to find out when I'll know for sure.... they seemed a little annoyed when i called.  the girl responded "oh, i recognize your name, i just responded to your email i think".... so i want to tread lightly :)
~which schools did u get into and which are the three you are waiting to hear from?
Title: Re: i cant take this suspense.
Post by: bobfett33 on February 04, 2004, 01:11:52 PM
I keep trying to be optimistic, but I'm starting to be concerned that the longer they take the less interested they are in me.

Aw, Kattiewitch, don't feel like this!  To look at it from another perspective, in this case no news is good news - if you haven't heard anything, it means you haven't been rejected!
Title: Re: i cant take this suspense.
Post by: Ithacabomber on February 04, 2004, 01:20:16 PM
Aw, Kattiewitch, don't feel like this!  To look at it from another perspective, in this case no news is good news - if you haven't heard anything, it means you haven't been rejected!

b-fett this is an awesome uplifter...thank you. Your d**mn right we havent been rejected yet, which means that something could be going on in our favor.

Melissa I appreciate your kind words and offerings. I am in NY and would never ever consider practicing in Cali. But besides Cali I would go anywhere really. I have applied to SYR STETSON UNIV OF BALT ST LOUIS CAMPBELL STCL and I just didnt want to dive into the tier 4 too much because I believe that...despite my LSAT school I have much to offer a good law school. Thanks for your support guys and keep me updated on those wonderful letters!
Title: Re: i cant take this suspense.
Post by: kattiewitch on February 04, 2004, 03:58:52 PM
Thanks for the uplifting words.  I don't know why this process feels so stressful, but I think we could all use a little cheerleading.
Melissa-I was accepted with aid at Capital U., U of Cinncinati, and Ohio Northern.  I haven't heard from Ohio State, Case Western, or U of Dayton.  If you can't tell I applied solely to Ohio schools based on geographical convenience.
Title: Re: i cant take this suspense.
Post by: Ithacabomber on February 04, 2004, 04:05:50 PM
Kattie nice to here about your progress. If you dont mind I was wondering your stats? UGPA LSAT? Thanks a bunch. Keep your teeth off your nails and smile! ;D
Title: Re: i cant take this suspense.
Post by: kattiewitch on February 04, 2004, 05:23:44 PM
My LSAT is 163, my GPA is a little harder.  I transferred a couple times as an undergrad, and had a 2.98 and a 3.1 before I went to my degree granting school where I had a 3.76.  I also have a Masters and had a 3.67 GPA.  I don't know how they would go about weighing all that information.
Good Luck everyone!
Title: Re: i cant take this suspense.
Post by: melissa2781 on February 05, 2004, 10:36:06 AM
kattiewitch- even if you dont get into the schools you havent heard from, at least you can rest assured that you are going to law school because you got into three.  So congrats are in order just for that accomplishment!

at this point.... i just hope my first letter is an acceptance.  if i know that i got in SOMEWHERE, and taht i am DEFINETLY going to go to a law school, wherever it is, that will make any rejection letters that follow a little less dissapointing.  I know that I can always transfer, and if i dont get into my first choice school, all hope isnt lost as long as I get in SOMEWHERE, and i do great in my first year so i can trasfer out if im miserable.  even though i doubt that will be the case, because i can easily adapt to most places and get the most out of the education.

anyway, the point of that whole rambling was, i really hope my first letter is an acceptance, not a rejection.


congrats again on your acceptance to those three schools :)
Title: Re: i cant take this suspense.
Post by: kattiewitch on February 05, 2004, 06:37:39 PM
melissa-your numbers are good, very respectable.  I would be surprised if you didn't get into at least one of your 12 schools.  it seems like some schools are just really slow.  I hope you get an acceptance letter soon, and you should definitely brag a little and let us know when you do.
Title: Re: i cant take this suspense.
Post by: bill bradsky on March 04, 2004, 11:38:29 AM
This past weekend, I came home to find a thin letter from my safety school.  I stood on my porch for several minutes realizing how utterly unprepared I was to emotionally deal with a rejection from this school.  Eventually, I opened it to find an acceptance.  This process is quite unnerving.  Good luck everyone
Title: Re: i cant take this suspense.
Post by: waiting on March 05, 2004, 01:19:59 AM
This past weekend, I came home to find a thin letter from my safety school.  I stood on my porch for several minutes realizing how utterly unprepared I was to emotionally deal with a rejection from this school.  Eventually, I opened it to find an acceptance.  This process is quite unnerving.  Good luck everyone


Heh, I've thought about that... what if I don't get in ANYWHERE? Uh-oh...

Still waiting on anything, from anybody.  172/2.9 are my numbers, I've just hoping to get into somewhere in Chicago, for God's sake .
Title: Re: i cant take this suspense.
Post by: melissa2781 on March 05, 2004, 08:08:14 AM
This past weekend, I came home to find a thin letter from my safety school.  I stood on my porch for several minutes realizing how utterly unprepared I was to emotionally deal with a rejection from this school.  Eventually, I opened it to find an acceptance.  This process is quite unnerving.  Good luck everyone


I had the same "thin envelope" phobia!  Most people just assume that their acceptances will be in thick envelopes, with information about housing and financial aid.

Well, im here to put that myth to rest.   ;D

My first thin letter was a rejection... totally giving truth to the myth.  My next envelope was thick... i was sure it was an acceptance.... but no... it was a wait list.  My next two envelopes were thin.... and they were acceptances.


So the myth of the thick vs thin envelopes is false..... you'll never know what your status is until you open the envelope.  Just do it sitting down....
Title: Re: i cant take this suspense.
Post by: ebrumm on March 08, 2004, 01:27:56 PM
the anxiety is somthing we ALL feel!! My rejection was in a thin envelope - so at least now I know that they can come in all sizes! LOL. Good luck all!
Title: Re: i cant take this suspense.
Post by: scordato on March 08, 2004, 11:07:39 PM
I love opening the mailbox, seeing an envelope placed face down inside, taking it out, and then turning it over to find...a credit card offer.  I say enjoy the suspense while it lasts.  After this short span of four months waiting to hear a reply, it will be back to normal mail mode- dreading the bills and occasionally getting a nice suprise.  That is until you take the bar and the mail suspense will return...