I am a second-year student at Taft. The initial application requires a writing sample on the topic of your interest in studying law. I was never asked for a second essay prior to being accepted. I think this is because my credentials are outstanding (summa cum laude bachelors in accounting, summa cum laude MBA, and scores among the top 1% in the nation on the CPA exam). I suppose I could have been accepted at an ABA-accredited school, but I live in a rural area. My CPA practice and my children keep me here, far from any law schools. Taft doesn't require the LSAT, so I never took it. They probably asked for a second writing sample from you because they needed more assurance that you had the ability to succeed in their program. Taft is all about preparing you for the California Bar Exam. My guess is, if they don't think you have the potential, they're not going to waste your time or theirs. Of course they would want to keep their statistics up. I passed the Baby Bar without any trouble, but that's because I prepared for months. The Taft professors are accessible and supportive. The independent study curriculum is well-designed. But when you're at the bar exam, it's just you and your laptop under the tyranny of a clock. You have to be very smart and very dedicated to pass.
Dear Mr. Banhammer, Don't bam me. I'm not a shill, just a contented student who found the right school for me.