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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Fordham says "leave us alone"
« on: July 21, 2008, 02:03:22 PM »
received the following

Greetings from Fordham! We are writing to update you on the status of our wait list. We have no new information on your wait list status today, but we do anticipate making a few more offers over the next several weeks. We will contact you if there are any changes to your status.

Please understand that contacting our office will delay a decision on your application. At this point in time all files are currently with the Admissions Committee and cannot be easily retrieved to either check for documents or to add any new information. We ask that you not contact our office via phone or email unless you are requesting to be removed from further consideration. Thank you for your understanding and continued patience.

"next several weeks"?  orientation starts in three....

Just wanted to vent a little.  Like some non traditional applicants I have only applied to part time programs since I have to work full time.  I got in everywhere except Fordham which waitlisted me.  I can deal with that, but what is frustrating is that a number of people have posted that after applying and being waitlisted for the full time program have been offered a part time slot.  I know I would probably jump at it if it were I, but I can't help being a little cynical/resentful about people who could go to school full time taking a spot from someone who can't.  It would seem that those of us who have been waitlisted  for PT have very little chance if we are competing with FT applicants with higher numbers.

Ok so I have gotten into pretty much every PT evening program I applied to (waitlisted at Fordham and didn't apply to Brooklyn).  I have already eliminated Seton Hall and NYLS.  I have to choose between St.Johns, Rutgers Newark and Pace (with $$) by next Wednesday.   Originally I was considering St. Johns (before the USNWR drop) for its rank, alumni network and clinics.  It is the most inconvenient of the locations (LI traffic everyday at rush hour) and has dropped so that rank is not as big a factor.  I liked the feel of Rutgers and it is somewhat more convenient and has a decent (T2) reputation but no money.  Pace is the lowest ranked school, but has a really nice feel to the evening program is extremely convenient and would only cost me about half as much as the others.   If I knew I was going into environmental law (I really don't know what I want to do yet but I do know that with my life and age I have no interest in "big law") I would go to Pace without thinking twice, but given the difficulty of finding work as an older non-traditional applicant I have to keep Rutgers and St. Johns in the mix.  Wildcard is that if I make it into Fordham off the waitlist I'm there.  What should I do?

Law School Admissions / Is it me or has St. Johns disappeared?
« on: April 08, 2008, 03:34:28 PM »
It seems that no one has been accepted for weeks and seat deposits are rapidly coming due.  It's not as if they're Cornell or NYU where they can expect people to be grateful for the "privilege" of waiting patiently forever...

Law School Admissions / PT Fordham, am I paranoid?
« on: April 01, 2008, 06:53:03 AM »
So according to status checker I was "complete" in the beginning of March.  On or about March 17 the status checker showed "application not found," so I emailed the admissions office right away wondering if my app had fallen into a cyber-space worm hole.  I received a quick reply that they indeed have my application and it is complete (for what it's worth I did save the email).  Now 2 weeks later the status checker still says "application not found."  From looking as LSN it would seem that very few part time decisions have been made so I shouldn't feel weird that I have gotten a decision yet, but that "not found" has me very  very nervous, but I think it would make a bad impression to email or call again and say "are you sure you have it?"  Thoughts?

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / NIght/Part Time Students
« on: January 23, 2008, 06:00:00 AM »
I have seen various aspects of this topic dovetail in others, but I am specifically interested in hearing from people (like me) who are, through necessity, planning on working full time and attending a night program   (or maybe even better people who are already doing so).  There is a great deal of undercurrent on the boards about two things which are of some concern.  First, the idea that law school requires 4-6 hours a day outside of the classroom, which if you are working full time may be very hard to come by.  Second, that if you attend a tier 2-4 school (non of the tier 1s save Fordham offers night programs in the NYC area) you will never make a decent living or perhaps even find work at all.  As someone who is currently making 90K, but in a job that has never felt like a challenge or is particularly fulfilling, I was feeling my desire to chase the law school dream made sense, but suddenly everywhere I look (read) I hear that I will need to spend time that I'm not sure I have to get a degree that will guarantee me poverty and misery.  Someone disabuse me of that queasy feeling....

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Any Advice
« on: January 03, 2008, 06:09:28 AM »
So I am applying for fall of 08 and basically got a disappointing 159 on the December LSAT (all my practice test were between 163 and 167).  Since I am applying to night programs I was pretty clear on which schools this would be an issue with (along with 3.3 gpa).  For Fordham I have already decided to retake the LSAT in February and asked them to wait to review application until that score is in-- (IMO less than 164 and I don't have much of a shot).  BUT for St. Johns I am in a weird place.  Median LSAT is 161 and I worry that if have them hold the application until March (when second score will be in) I may actually hurt my chances even if score is higher since so much of the class will be filled already.  Any ideas?


my After waiting almost 25 years to finish the last 24 credits of undergraduate degree I found myself connecting with an old desire to become a lawyer.  I am in the process of applying to law schools (night programs) but with a wife, 3 kids, oldest to start college in the fall,  and 1/3 share of my own business I'm a little concerned about burning any bridges.  I have been planning, for at least the first year, to try to keep this attempt my own dirty little secret, in order to avoid the (premature) inevitable discussions with my partners about where this may lead.  Anyone have any kind of similar situation?  Any insight would be most appreciated.

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