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Mtm1980:
Okay, so I submitted my applications in two days of steady work online for Fall '13 after retaking my LSAT and getting a better score since my GPA was only a 3.17 (Degree School 3.41) how long should it take to get a decision from the following schools since the applications all registered as "complete" on approximately 12/12/2012.

Florida Coastal
Florida A and M
Texas Southern
Thomas Jefferson
Idaho (On Stand-By Pool)

I feel like I'm getting to two months now and they're just waiting for better applicants ... thoughts?

livinglegend:
Well law school is a game of patience if you go to lawschoolnumbers.com you can see whether schools have started giving out acceptance letters or not. Many schools wait until March to admit anyone.

One thing to realize is that law school is a lot of waiting just like this after your first semester finals it usually takes 2 months to get your first semester grades, which if received might fail you out and it is quite stressful.  Then you get to take the bar and wait 4 months to find out if you passed (which is awful!).  Then once you are a lawyer it can take years to finally resolve a case so patience is something you need to learn I know I didn't have as a 0L myself, but just want to prepare you for that.

With your numbers you should get into most of these schools, but I have to ask why such differing locations Florida, Idaho, Texas, and California is a strange competition. I really think location should be your number one factor when choosing a law school, but that is just my two cents.

Mtm1980:

--- Quote from: livinglegend on February 05, 2013, 11:03:46 PM ---Well law school is a game of patience if you go to lawschoolnumbers.com you can see whether schools have started giving out acceptance letters or not. Many schools wait until March to admit anyone.

One thing to realize is that law school is a lot of waiting just like this after your first semester finals it usually takes 2 months to get your first semester grades, which if received might fail you out and it is quite stressful.  Then you get to take the bar and wait 4 months to find out if you passed (which is awful!).  Then once you are a lawyer it can take years to finally resolve a case so patience is something you need to learn I know I didn't have as a 0L myself, but just want to prepare you for that.

With your numbers you should get into most of these schools, but I have to ask why such differing locations Florida, Idaho, Texas, and California is a strange competition. I really think location should be your number one factor when choosing a law school, but that is just my two cents.

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Well the reason is because I am mobile, I have no family or misc. ties to any particular part of the country, I have also lived in CO for most of my life and want a different view out of my window. Additionally, with my numbers I'm a T3/T4 and since I'm not looking at a T14 I am completely convinced that I should be looking for the best financial option available.  I will surely settle where I go to school as I start to connect with others at my school.  Also, I know patience is not my strong suit but I have been looking at LSN as you suggested and all but Texas Southern is rolling admissions and has been sending out decisions for months which makes me wonder if I f'ed up somehow.

livinglegend:
You probably didn't screw up and I imagine some acceptance letters will be coming your way. You are correct to do the best financial option, but I don't know you are aware there are several schools that offer in-state tuition which is very cheap I know CUNY, Florida International, South Dakota, North Dakota, and a few others I believe Idaho might be one charge only 10-12,000 per year just something to think about.

Some other things to think about are visit schools you are interested in each school has a culture to it and make sure you fit in with it. I did mock trials and was accepted to quite a few schools as a OL and there were some schools I really liked and others I hated, but those are my own personal opinions make sure the school is a fit for you.

Also as you appear to realize wherever you end up is likely where you will spend the rest of your life. The locations you mentioned are very different and if your an Ultra Liberal person I wouldn't recommend going to Texas Southern for example. Just really consider the different locations because law school does not exist in a vacuum for example if you go to Idaho you will be covered in Snow 6 months of the year, but you could be suntanning in Florida.

In the end I am sure you will be getting into some of these schools and I hope you choose the right one good luck to you.

Maintain FL 350:
Attending schools of this caliber is fine, but really consider where you'd be most happy living and working. At smaller local schools such as these your best opportunities for post-grad employment will be within the school's immediate region. If you go to school in Idaho, for example, and then decide that Florida would be a nicer place to live, it's going to be tough to move.

I completely understand the financial concerns you have, and it's good that you're paying attention to debt (many people don't). Livinglegend has already said this, but it's important enough to repeat: choose a place where you wouldn't mind living longterm. It makes a huge difference in your overall wellbeing if you truly like your city and school. If you don't like either one, it's going to be a long three years. Good Luck!

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