irishvt14 wrote:Yeah, it is bad advice. You should absolutely not be in contact with them more than once a week but really more like once every two weeks. Many forums suggest once a month. If you have nothing new to say, don't call them. They know you exist. And it is not too many ifs. That is the game.
Oh, OK. It's actually been less than that. Just more often recently, since I was told people would come off the WL in July. Would it be a good idea to contact the dean or a faculty member, rather than the admissions assistant?
This is ridiculous. Yes, tons of people on here are arrogant, but I'd say the most arrogant posters are the ones with high LSAT scores. You got a 163. I said this before, but that is not a shoe-in at Pepperdine. There is no reason for you to say things like "I would tear law school up". What does that even mean? Admissions committees believe that the LSAT is the best predictor of your potential success in law school. A score of 163 is fine (that's what I earned--I'm not judging), but you can't sit there saying you are 100% sure that you would kick ass at law school. EVERY SINGLE STUDENT THAT COMES IN IS DETERMINED. YOU ARE NOT UNIQUE.
A) Not every single student that comes in is determined. You know which ones aren't. I can see which ones aren't in B-school for sure. And I could spot the half-assed Film students a mile away.
B) 163 doesn't seem that high to me. I know it was 88th percentile or whatever, but I was still a little disappointed. I wish I had another 5-6 minutes on the logic games. I never had to do anything like that in school before, so it was the hardest section for me.
C) "I would tear law school up" means that I would be an excellent student. Better than waitlist status for sure. I know 163 isn't a shoe-in for Pepperdine, but it is just above average. I don't feel standardized tests are always indicative of performance (my 1480 SAT didn't predict all the personal problems that would I deal with at UPenn). I do have the skills needed to succeed at law school, though. I have no problem reading extremely dry material all day, I write quickly and well, and I am good at public speaking and rhetoric. I am not so good at quantitative analysis, accounting, finance, and many of the things needed in business school. So, yes, I can say with 100% certainty that I would kick ass at law school, and everyone I know who I've talked to about doing it says I would be great. I am sorry if that sounds arrogant. To me, that sounds like an honest assessment. I am not going to sit here and post results of personal testing I had done when I thought I might have ADD or some type of learning disability to prove myself. I know I excel in some things, and I lack in others.
D) Finally, have you read through the last several pages of this thread? How am I the arrogant one? I was asking for advice in good faith, and I got a bunch of smarmy bullshit.
It's not up to Pepperdine to tell you that you could wait until the beginning of classes. I don't know anyone else who didn't know that. You should've researched more. You should've asked them when the final decision would have to be made the moment they waitlisted you.
I was told the committee meets periodically over the course of the summer. I've never been on a waitlist before, I didn't expect to be on the waitlist, and I don't have any lawyers in my family and only a few friends going through it now. I didn't get to research law school as well as I would have liked because I was a full-time business student and I worked on campus. I had an hour and a half commute to campus there and back, and I was usually there 9-10 hours a day.
So don't leave LA? No one said you needed to. Monterary issues are relevant for the majority of people applying to law school. Loyola would have been a great place to apply and it would have been a real change of pace from Pepperdine.
I don't know much about it. I can research more. I would really prefer to be done the JD/MBA in the next three years, though. I need to start working. I really have people relying on me. Is there ANYTHING else worth doing to get off the WL now?
As for the arrogance, you don't need to be sorry, but don't pretend you don't realize you're making some bold statements. Saying something like "I don't even know if I want to practice law" is likely going to get you ousted on here and in school. And go ahead and stay friends with B-School kids instead of law school kids, but that's a douchey thing to say too.
I am hoping my Pepperdine law compatriots are friendlier than most of the posters here. And I don't know why saying "I don't even know if I want to practice law" would upset anyone. What percentage of law students don't go on to practice? I know it's gotten much higher in the past few years. Why would anyone else be upset with what I do after school, as long as it doesn't adversely affect them?