My law school application was a roller coaster, so I thought I’d share what happened on the ride.
Since the fall, I applied to a good handful of schools. I applied everywhere on the spectrum. Starting from an impossible-to-get-in dream school, possible dream school, schools that fit my numbers in locations I liked, schools that fit my numbers that I may or may not want to go to, and my safety school. I found it very difficult to narrow my choices down because I wasn’t being very picky. I knew three schools I wanted to apply to – my impossible dream school, possible dream school and safety school. To fill the gaps between those three choices I had to rank my priorities. These were my rankings for the schools that I called “gap schools”.
- Admitted students with similar numbers (LSAT/GPA)
I was able to find gap schools that fit many of those priorities. If you’re having difficulty picking which schools to apply to, I recommend this method.
Now all the readers are like “Just tell us where you ended up already!”. At one point, I ended up getting accepted to my safety school and waitlisted at one of the gap schools that I was pretty convinced on going to. The day before registration at my safety school, I got a waitlist status update email! Unfortunately, they told me they weren’t going to make admissions offers off the waitlist anymore because they had no more room.
To be absolutely honest, it felt like someone just blew out my last candle. After being bummed for about a week, I told everyone the news officially and I realized the effects of my negative attitude. Like many of you reading this post, I am the type to shoot higher than what I could dream of. When I didn’t get to where I wanted, it really brought me down. After speaking with the attorneys in my office and my awesome boo, everything seemed just right. One of the attorneys said something very important that I hadn’t realized because I was filled with negativity.
“Worst case scenario, you’re going to law school!”
That simple sentence alone changed everything, and I’ll probably remember it for the rest of my life. It helped me realize that I was a very fortunate person, everything is right in front of me, and I am where I’m meant to be. Hopefully, many of you will keep this in mind when you go through the process.