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Law School Admissions / Re: Bad News on thanksgiving eve
« on: January 28, 2007, 02:59:54 PM »
Everyone told me I wouldn't have a shot at most schools that I applied to with my numbers. So far, I am doing well.



Thomas jefferson- Accepted w/scholarship
La Verne- accepted w/scholarship

Western State- Rejected ( Bizaree because TJ is supposed to be way harder to get into)


Chapman- MY reach. WAITLISTED..  All the admission calculators said I had no chance. In fact, I forgot which one, but one calculator said I have .01 chance. Most that I talked said I have no chance and why waste my app fee? Because I believe I had a chance. Looks like chapman sees something positive in me not to reject me right away atleast. I know, waitlists are tough to get off of.


Any recommendations on what I can do to increase my chances of getting off waitlist?

Send:
1) Letter of Continued Interest
2) Updated grades/Resume/Anything updateable
3) Additional Letter of Rec.
4) A writing sample (if they'll take it).

Congrats on a nice cycle.

Thank you!

Will do that. Does anyone know the (percentile)chance one has when placed on waitlist? I know its tough to put an exact number on it, I was just curious.


QUESTION: Is it better to be waitlisted than deferred? I was told being waitlisted means they see strength in you as a candidate but deferral means that they do not feel you are a strong candidate for the term you applied for. Is this correct?

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Law School Admissions / Re: Bad News on thanksgiving eve
« on: January 25, 2007, 11:04:55 PM »
Everyone told me I wouldn't have a shot at most schools that I applied to with my numbers. So far, I am doing well.



Thomas jefferson- Accepted w/scholarship
La Verne- accepted w/scholarship

Western State- Rejected ( Bizaree because TJ is supposed to be way harder to get into)


Chapman- MY reach. WAITLISTED..  All the admission calculators said I had no chance. In fact, I forgot which one, but one calculator said I have .01 chance. Most that I talked said I have no chance and why waste my app fee? Because I believe I had a chance. Looks like chapman sees something positive in me not to reject me right away atleast. I know, waitlists are tough to get off of.


Any recommendations on what I can do to increase my chances of getting off waitlist?

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Suggested reading prior to law school?
« on: January 13, 2007, 02:16:16 PM »
Ive been reading law school confidential. Im half way through it and I have enjoyed it.

 


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Incoming 1Ls / Can you use a Mac in law school?
« on: January 13, 2007, 01:53:44 PM »
I currently have a sony vaio laptop with windows but I would really like a apple macbook. I have heard however that mac's aren't good for law school because they do no support test taking software that most law schools use. I also have heard some law schools will make you a buy different laptop if you have a mac. I obviously don't want that to happen.

What do you guys think? Is all of that info about macs in law school true?
Is there any other downfalls for a mac for lawschool?

Thanks everyone,

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Law School Admissions / Re: Bad News on thanksgiving eve
« on: December 15, 2006, 12:25:19 AM »
Wow, 8 pages? I have stirred up a discussion.


I thank those who seem to know what I am about and what I want.

I am not going into law school thinking I am going to score a big law job.

I am happy I am going to law school but I am not delusional thinking that everything will be cake from here on out. My challenge is just begining and I know, I must work extremely hard  to reach my dream.


Basically, I enjoy the law and look forward to pursuing my career in law.

I am looking forward to being succesful and I believe yes, even at a tier 4 law school, while challenging, this is possible.I have done my research and I know ( I communicate with on a regular basis) numerous lawyers who went to tier 4 law schools in california and whom are successful. They are either working at medium size firms or have their own firm.


The vibe I am getting from some of you is that with a tier 4 school, I am destined for doom. I am not. I, as I have done in the past, will make the best of the situation. I know what my options are. I know what to expect.

Its not all about the money for me. I know, at the end of the day, you have to think about your wallet.
Doing research, in southern california, where I am planing to practice, those coming out of a tier 4 are expected to make about $60,000 starting. (median salary)

I have talked to numerous other lawywers ( getting in touch via martindale) and the overall tone seems to be there are options for you, if you work hard and do well in law school.

I have worked so hard to get where I am at now. With god on my side, and my dedication and discipline, I believe I can succeed.


For everyone, I thank you for giving me you're opinions. Just because they differ from mine does not mean I do not value them. I, however, will not allow anyone to tell me I cannot or will not succeed because the school I attend is a tier 4.That is nonsense.

Good luck to all of you waiting for you're application decisions.


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Law School Admissions / Re: Bad News on thanksgiving eve
« on: December 14, 2006, 12:49:53 AM »
Dude, maybe you should consider being a playwright as a side gig because that was one HELL of a monologue.  Jeeze, I'm inspired here at 2:10am on a Thurs morning just by reading it.

Congrats on your acceptances and Godspeed!





Thank you for the congrats. Get some sleep. :)

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Law School Admissions / Re: Bad News on thanksgiving eve
« on: December 13, 2006, 11:35:57 PM »
"They have installed in me that I indeed, have positives that would benefit any law school."

Not only is your modesty (or lack thereof) painful, you appear to have the language skills of my hamster. You are exactly why TTT schools have the reputation they do. People who attend crap schools always complain about how they can't find a job or that they make $35K a year. Seriously, the only person you're going to benefit is Sallie Mae. HTH.



GunnerGuy,


The message I posted above was a quick little note I put together from work. I am not supposed to be on the internet at work so I really have no time to re-read my posts or critique my language skills when I type a message in a minute.

I have encountered you're kind many times in my life.

You fear me because I have something you don't. Heart.

All my life, I have heard I would not succeed.

In highschool, I was told I would not be able to get into a good college because of my highschools reputation.

I busted my ass, graduated with honors, top 5% of my class. Then I was offered a full academic scholarship to one of the top UC's in southern california. But yeah, thats highschool, everyone does well there right?

In college, I was told I would fail. I entered as a pre-med major. Relentless, I worked hard and made the dean's list numerous times. The doubt continued.

After realizing that the medical profession was not for me, I switched paths. I started my journey into law.
I was told I wasted my life and 2 years of my life for nothing and I would not graduate in time.

I ended up graduating right on schedule, while working two full time jobs. I made the deans list during this time as well.

Then came the Lsat. After getting a low score on my initial attempt, I was told I was destined for failure. No ABA approved school would have anything to do with me. I was told to give up my dream and I wasn't cut out for the legal profession.


I re-took the lsat, and while I did not improve to the level I had been practicing at for months, It was a 25 percintile increase.


I would soon gain acceptance into a couple of 4th tier aba approved schools whom in my opinion, are great schools.
The doubt would continue... I am doomed to make $30,000 out of school. I will be miserable for the rest of my life.

Gunnerguy, you, like the rest of those who have continued to doubt me for my entire life, serve a purpose. The world needs pompous assh-les.


Keep telling me I will not succeed. Keep telling me I will fail. I do not fear failure. I have experienced it, learned from it, and overcome it. Law school will be no different. I will succeed.

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Law School Admissions / Re: Bad News on thanksgiving eve
« on: December 13, 2006, 11:02:17 AM »
Just a little update.


IN AT: Thomas Jefferson
IN AT: La Verne Law

PENDING:

-Chapman
-Whittier


Rejected: Western


Both la Verne and Thomas Jefferson are wonderful schools that have really made feel special. They have installed in me that I indeed, have positives that would benefit any law school.

It will be a tough decision to make but both have agreed to let me deferall till the fall without penalty. This will give me some time to make the best decision all the way around for me.



I wanted to wish you all a Happy holidays. I hope you all get into the schools of you're choice. Thank you for providing encouragement for me during the difficult times when I felt really down.

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Usually a deferral is a binding agreement with one school, in which they agree to hold a spot for you at a later date if you agree not to apply to other schools in the time before you start law school. Some schools are not willing to give deferrals at all.


But what if you applied to other schools prior to deferring?

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A couple of reasons.


First, my father is going in for surgery and I really would like to be there to take care of him when he gets out.

Second, I am mentally drained from the process of getting to law school. I need some time to re-coop.The next three years of my life will be dedicated to the study of law. I want to go in atleast a bit relaxed.

Third, I thought spring term, began, well in the spring.  :-\

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