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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Univ of Tenn Waitlist
« on: March 28, 2008, 05:51:51 PM »
I am on the Tenn waitlist and I am wondering if any others have spoken to UT and have any insight as to what can be expected.  As for me, I have a nice scholarship from another university and a couple of other reasonable acceptances.  UT, however, is by far the highest ranked of my schools and I am a Tennessee resident so even without money it is fairly priced.  I can go elsewhere for about $30k less, total.  That may be insignificant to most but I am in my late 40's so I won't have the work life to recover as many of you will.  I think that I will call them Monday and question them and at the same time, get advice on how to handle pending seat deposits elsewhere. Any advice or insight will be appreciated.

Thank you for that outline. It helps me to put my situation in perspective. 

I will be visiting a school on April 4th that has a April 1 seat deposit of $100 that I have already paid.  That's a reasonable amount and they are offering me a nice scholarship so I don't mind paying up.  The following week, April 11th, I will be attending an ASD at another school which has a $250 seat deposit due on April 15th. I have the same situation the next week with another school (Visit 19th, pay by the 21st).  I am still serious about all of these schools.  I have been waitlisted by a school in my homestate that is much higher ranked than any of the prior mentioned schools.  Because of the in state tuition and the ranking, I feel like I have to see if I am offered admission there before making a final decision. If I am offered admission I will most likely take the offer. How do I approach the 2nd and 3rd schools, with the $250 seat deposits, and ask for a deferral or waiver of the seat deposit?  I am concerned about both spending the money and also, being misleading.

I have my home on the market too.  I tried For Sale by Owner for a few months but finally listed it Jan 15th.  I will know in the next few weeks where I will be going to law school and then the house will be my final big, stressful thing to take care of.  Right now I am trying to make money but am prepared to just get out of it if in a few months if I have too.  If I can't do that, I don't know what I will do. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Memphis...Admitted Student?
« on: February 27, 2008, 12:14:55 PM »
I got my acceptance letter and a packet and then a few days later, the invitation for the admitted student day.  I would give them a call; it would not be inappropriate.  I have communicated with the admissions office on several occasions and they are easy to talk to.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: University of Memphis Scholarship
« on: February 16, 2008, 12:50:47 PM »
Thanks.  162 and 3.0.  Very strong last two years, 3.8ish while working fulltime and going fulltime.

Choosing the Right Law School / University of Memphis Scholarship
« on: February 16, 2008, 05:50:32 AM »
Does anyone know if the University of Memphis sends out scholarships with admittance or do they come later?

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Hi...Newbie with intro
« on: January 20, 2008, 10:12:52 AM »
Good luck to you, however you proceed.  I am a 48 year old single parent of a 14 year old girl.  I have been working in a job that I didn't like (but paid well) for several years and decided this spring to attend law school. FYI, I am having the hardest time now than at anytime since my decision.  I have 10 applications in with most complete and now there is nothing for me to do but wait.  While I was preparing for the LSAT, writing personal statements, and addendums, filling out apps. etc....I was feeling very positive about it all.  Now that I have done all that I can do and just have to wait,I have had all sorts of self-doubt and anxiety primarily due to the sacrifices that my daughter will have to make while our income goes to next-to-nothing for a few years.  I am actually handling it a little better lately but I realize that I didn't think through the "loss of income while attending law school" part as well as I could have.  It's easy to get caught up in the getting accepted game but that is really the easy part. There are the actual attending and paying for it, and the impact on others parts to consider.

It does sound like a very interesting PS idea, but only if it's pulled off well. You should definitely give it a shot! Good luck with your writing, and if you need someone to look at a draft, PM it to me. I'd be glad to.

Thank you for your feedback and encouragement.  I think that I will at least rough it and then let you and others take a look at it.  It's not like I am writing it in stone at this point. 

I read an interesting personal statement on one of those sites like essayedge where each paragraph jumped in time a few years and described a situation that was happening in that persons life at that time.  This person was highlighting their diverse background as far as living around the world etc....My thinking was in doing something similar except using snapshots with my recovery life and my running life.  Not sure if I can pull it off but just not sure if I should bring up the recovery at all.  The thing is, however, that I am 48 years old and there needs to be some reason why I am going to law school so late and it would kind of explain that.  Also, my academic career was very spotted with several different colleges over several years until I got it together and did about a 3.9 over the last two years and it would touch on the reasons for that. I would never identify anyone that I worked with but I probably will ask a man, who is a very prominent member of the community, a man of the year, alumni of the year, kind of guy, to do a recommendation for me and he, like me, is very open about his life and has no problem sharing that area with others.  He was in a workshop of mine.

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