Foosters Galore wrote:Well your GPA was a 3.18, which isnt horrible, but according to LSN, you're right in the WL territory with your LSAT. The people who were accepted with similar numbers most likely applied in November or thereabout. At this point, you'e probably done all you can do. I know last year that they pulled someone off the WL during orientation, so you still may have time. One extremely risky idea would be that if by the time of orientation you still haven't been accepted, then try to arrange a meeting with Dean Gash. It might backfire, but at that point, what do you have to lose?
Yeah, sounds like something worth trying if I get to around August 20th and nothing has changed. Thanks.
If you get said meeting, DO NOT mention how sure you are that you would finish top 10%-15%. Or that you sat in on a torts class and answered lots of questions. To be honest, I remember hearing about you last year. Here's the deal with law school. The material is not hard. 75% of the class finds the material to be pretty straightforward and easy to understand/analyze. I mean, you sitting in on a torts class in October means you were likely dealing with negligence. 5 elements. Memorized in about 15 minutes. Yet the class will spend 2 months on it. That's not what makes law school hard. What makes it hard, is that you are given a a 3 hour speed typing test that attempts to separate everyone who understands the material about equally.
That sounds pretty doable. I am about 70 WPM on the typing, and I really love to read. I am a dork like that. I also have had some of my music reviews/blogging published in magazines and weekly newspaper blogs. Writing quickly and clearly is a talent of mine. As to telling a professor or dean that, I am not stupid. I am saying that here because people are brutally honest, which I like. I was right that I would have issues with B-school and probably end up in the 3.1-3.2 GPA range for my first year, which was right on the money. I foresee an easier time of it with law, especially 1L.
Everyone in Law School likes to read and can absorb information. That's why they went to law school! My LSAT score was 7 points higher than the pepperdine median. Likely one of the highest in the class. I love to read, etc. I was CERTAIN I would finish in the top 10%. I finished right at the 25%. Not bad, but just goes to show, that our 0L predictions are predicated on a system we know nothing about. Sorry to digress, but I saw a lot of outwardly cocky folks like yourself last year. Its a turn off, and often results in dissapointment. With that being said, I wish you the best. I was on the WL until very late last year and I know the stress that comes with it.
It's not about cockiness. I just know what I am good at and what I am bad at. I had the highest grades in my classes for OB and Behavior Science and among the highest for Marketing, but I was bad at Accounting and flat-out awful at Decision Sciences/Stats. It's just how my brain works. But my speed reading and recall are major strengths. This is also the only law school to which I applied, and my work ethic has gotten ridiculous, because there is no way I would have made it through this past year with out. I spent four mornings a week standing on a bus so crowded that I didn't have a seat studying on 2-3 hours of sleep so I could pass my courses. I won't fuck around.
And why do so many JD/MBA students (and law students in general) complain about how awful law school is? I just don't get it. SO many people would be insanely grateful to be doing as opposed to the shit jobs they have to work to eat. I had a grand total of ONE Pepperdine law student tell me they loved law school. If it sucks so bad, why spend hundreds of thousands of dollars?