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Cycle recap from a reapplicant

Leah M BLeah M B Alum Member
edited April 2019 in Law School Admissions 8392 karma

Hi everyone! I feel like I've been around 7sage forever at this point, and want to say thank you so much to everyone here. From help with LSAT studying to listening to my rants in the admissions process, the 7sage fam has made an incredibly long and difficult process so much more bearable and enjoyable. :) It's totally terrifying to say I'm actually done with everything, but here we are.

As many of you know, this was my 2nd application cycle. I applied late last year and got shut out a lot of places. Despite getting a couple of tempting offers, I decided to push back a year. I am 100% happy with my results and confident that it was indeed the best choice for me. I attempted to increase my LSAT score between cycles but that backfired, haha. Scored 4 points lower on my 1 re-take. Despite that, I had a much better cycle and am so excited to say that I am headed to Northwestern this fall!! I still feel like at any second they are going to realize they made a clerical error and I was never supposed to be accepted haha. When I began studying, I never would have thought I'd be accepted at any T14, let alone 2 of them, let alone get a scholarship large enough to make it financially possible. I owe so so so much to 7sage, JY, the admins, and everyone on the board here. Thanks to 7sage, I brought my LSAT up 13 points and am headed to an incredible school. Unbelievable.

For anyone else considering delaying, my biggest advice is that you should only do it if you have a specific reason that you think you underperformed, and it is something you can correct for the next time. Maybe that's a low LSAT, or you applied late, or something else. If you can't narrow it down to a specific reason or you actually performed on par with your numbers, I don't think rolling the dice is always the best plan. It worked out for me, but I'm sure it doesn't for everyone. I got in to 3 schools that WL'd me the first time, but WUSTL gave me less scholarship. Many increased their medians this year, so at a lot of schools where I had a median LSAT the year before, I was 1 point under this time. I think my 2nd cycle played out about like you would expect for my numbers, but it's significantly better than last year.

Here's some data on my cycles...

Stats: 168 / 3.85, non-traditional, 12+ years of work experience

2017-2018
Michigan: WL
Berkeley: Rejected
Northwestern: WL
Cornell: WL
UCLA: In w/$90k --> $105k
USC: WL
WUSTL: In w/full tuition
UCI: WL
UIUC: In w/full tuition
U Washington: In w/$36k
Seattle U: In w/$105k

2018-2019
Michigan: WL
Berkeley: Rejected
Northwestern: In w/$120k
Cornell: In w/$84k --> $135k
UCLA: In w/$93k
USC: WL
WUSTL: In w/$105k --> $150k
UCI: In w/$120k
U Washington: In (didn't apply for $$)
Lewis & Clark: In w/$120k
U Oregon: In w/$114k
Seattle U: In w/$120k

Comments

  • LSATcantwinLSATcantwin Alum Member Sage
    edited April 2019 13286 karma

    NORTHWESTERN RULES :)

    You’re coming to an amazing school!

    One of the coolest things ever is to be able to look up, teary-eyed from your Martin Redish Civ Pro readings, and see the beautiful Lake Michigan spread out into the distance. Lol

    You will love it here trust me.

    And congrats on such an amazing outcome and cycle!

  • jkjohnson1991jkjohnson1991 Alum Member
    760 karma

    Congrats on a great cycle. You have been great help for many of us on 7sage, you deserve this. Northwestern is my dream school so glad to hear you are taking your talents there. Go kill it.

  • GuillaumeGuillaume Alum Member
    652 karma

    Congratulations!!!

  • Fraction37Fraction37 Alum Member
    116 karma

    Congrats!!

  • BinghamtonDaveBinghamtonDave Alum Member 🍌🍌
    8678 karma

    congrats! really amazing cycle!

  • BumblebeeBumblebee Legacy Member
    640 karma

    Congratulations!!!
    Thank you for your helpful posts and please keep us updated with your 1L experience! :)

  • Better every dayBetter every day Legacy Member
    246 karma

    Congrats!

  • lsatplaylistlsatplaylist Alum Member
    5244 karma

    Excellent work and happy to hear you got a really good scholarship.

  • 1000001910000019 Alum Member
    3279 karma

    Congrats, but WTF why did Berkeley reject you.

  • cooljon525-1-1cooljon525-1-1 Alum Member
    917 karma

    Congrats!! Im surprised USC was a waitlist. I think they do that sometimes with very good applicants because they don't think the person will come to their school.

  • CantStopWontStopCantStopWontStop Alum Member
    1270 karma

    Congrats! You've added a whole lot to this site and I wish you the best!

  • michael_theodoremichael_theodore Alum Member
    253 karma

    Congratulations!!! Your advice has been impeccable for many of us 7sagers. Well deserved.

  • Leah M BLeah M B Alum Member
    8392 karma

    @LSATcantwin said:
    NORTHWESTERN RULES :)

    You’re coming to an amazing school!

    One of the coolest things ever is to be able to look up, teary-eyed from your Martin Redish Civ Pro readings, and see the beautiful Lake Michigan spread out into the distance. Lol

    You will love it here trust me.

    And congrats on such an amazing outcome a cycle!

    I am so excited!! Thank you so much. And living on the west coast my whole life, I’m glad there’s at least 1 large body of water to look out at hahah. SEE YOU THIS FALL! 😄🙌🏻

  • Leah M BLeah M B Alum Member
    8392 karma

    @jkjohnson1991 said:
    Congrats on a great cycle. You have been great help for many of us on 7sage, you deserve this. Northwestern is my dream school so glad to hear you are taking your talents there. Go kill it.

    NU was my dream school too! It still feels surreal. Thank you for the kind words!

  • Leah M BLeah M B Alum Member
    8392 karma

    @Guillaume said:
    Congratulations!!!

    @Fraction37 said:
    Congrats!!

    Thank you so much!! The encouragement of the 7sage fam has been everything for me. :)

  • Leah M BLeah M B Alum Member
    8392 karma

    @BinghamtonDave said:
    congrats! really amazing cycle!

    Thank you Dave!! You’re such a big part of the community here and have been so helpful to me along the way. Have you made your decision yet??

  • Leah M BLeah M B Alum Member
    edited April 2019 8392 karma

    @Bumblebee said:
    Congratulations!!!
    Thank you for your helpful posts and please keep us updated with your 1L experience! :)

    Thank you so much!! I know I’ll be slammed in 1L, but I’m going to do my best to stick around. I know how helpful the 7sage alums have been to me, I hope to come back at least every so often to check in and help where I can!

    EDIT: Omg I can’t believe I typed slums instead of alums lololol.

  • Leah M BLeah M B Alum Member
    8392 karma

    @"Better every day" said:
    Congrats!

    Thank you so much! 😄

  • Leah M BLeah M B Alum Member
    8392 karma

    @lsatplaylist said:
    Excellent work and happy to hear you got a really good scholarship.

    Thank you so much! I’m endlessly grateful for the scholarship money. Law school is so freakin expensive - finances are a huge part of the decision for me. I feel so ridiculously lucky to have the options I do! It really goes to show that studying hard for the LSAT literally means earning tens of thousands in scholarship $$!

  • Leah M BLeah M B Alum Member
    8392 karma

    @10000019 said:
    Congrats, but WTF why did Berkeley reject you.

    Haha thank you! And 🤷🏼‍♀️ I was hoping at least for a WL the second time but I guess that holistic process does not always go in your favor lol.

  • Leah M BLeah M B Alum Member
    8392 karma

    @cooljon525 said:
    Congrats!! Im surprised USC was a waitlist. I think they do that sometimes with very good applicants because they don't think the person will come to their school.

    Thank you! I know, I was pretty bummed about that one. I figured the first time it was because of the late app but no real answer for the second WL. 🤷🏼‍♀️ TBH, I think UCLA would have been a better fit for my interests, so maybe USC just knew that too haha. But I’ve always considered them a very serious option, so kind of a bummer. Happy with the way things turned out anyway!

  • Leah M BLeah M B Alum Member
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    @CantStopWontStop said:
    Congrats! You've added a whole lot to this site and I wish you the best!

    Thank you so much! I’ve done what I can to return the favor, 7sage has done SO MUCH for me!

    @michael_theodore said:
    Congratulations!!! Your advice has been impeccable for many of us 7sagers. Well deserved.

    Thank you thank you! I’ve gotten so much support from others around here, I do what I can to give back. 💜

  • AlexAlex Alum Member
    23929 karma

    If there is anyone who deserves such a wonderful cycle, it is you @"Leah M B"

    Congrats my friend!!! 🎈

  • Hopeful9812Hopeful9812 Legacy Member
    872 karma

    Congratulations!!

  • eRetakereRetaker Member
    2038 karma

    Congratulations, beautiful city to be in !

  • 524 karma

    Amazing! There's no clerical error -- you worked hard and it paid off! Congratulations!

  • btownsqueebtownsquee Alum Member
    1207 karma

    Congratulations @"Leah M B" !! When you said you applied late, when exactly are you referring to? When did you apply your last cycle and when did you apply this cycle?

    Good luck at Northwestern!! I'm sure you're going to kill it!! No mistake--You deserve this. :)

  • FoolProofFunFoolProofFun Alum Member
    122 karma

    Those are amazing numbers. Congrats on scholarships to T-14 schools. Good luck at Northwestern!

  • Leah M BLeah M B Alum Member
    8392 karma

    @Alex said:
    If there is anyone who deserves such a wonderful cycle, it is you @"Leah M B"

    Congrats my friend!!! 🎈

    Thank you so much buddy!!! I’m so stoked for you to be at NYU - that seems like such a perfect outcome for you. You’ve crushed it and have awesome things ahead for you.

    @Hopeful9812 said:
    Congratulations!!

    Thank you so much!! 💜

    @eRetaker said:
    Congratulations, beautiful city to be in !

    Thank you!! And I know, I fell in love with Chicago on a vacation a few years ago and am so happy to get to live there!!

  • Leah M BLeah M B Alum Member
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    @LeslieKnopeIsMySpiritAnimal said:
    Amazing! There's no clerical error -- you worked hard and it paid off! Congratulations!

    Haha it still feels like it. But the more you get into things, it turns out that everyone has imposter syndrome. so I’ll be in good company hahah.

    @btownsquee said:
    Congratulations @"Leah M B" !! When you said you applied late, when exactly are you referring to? When did you apply your last cycle and when did you apply this cycle?

    Good luck at Northwestern!! I'm sure you're going to kill it!! No mistake--You deserve this. :)

    Thank you so much! 💜 The first cycle I applied end of January and then some mid to late February. Last cycle was a year that was particularly unfriendly to late apps though. There was a significant spike both in volume and in higher LSAT scores, so it appears many schools filled up their classes early, unfortunately. And there was hardly any waitlist movement. This year was predicted to be very slow, so I think that made it friendlier to late applicants. I ended up applying mostly early January. Berkeley was in mid December though and a couple were mid February (Michigan and I think Oregon). So not a ton earlier, but I actually think there is a big difference in early vs late January at a lot of schools. And then these 2 cycles just had specific quirks to them.

    @FoolProofFun said:
    Those are amazing numbers. Congrats on scholarships to T-14 schools. Good luck at Northwestern!

    Thank you so much!! I’m so happy. I do wish I’d applied a little broader in the T14 to see if I would have any competing offers, but for financial reasons decided to only apply to T14s I would actually consider attending (both because of the school itself, and because the schools were known for generous scholarships). But, I’m really really happy with my final result. And can’t wait to go to NU! 🙌🏻

  • PeaceofmindPeaceofmind Alum Member
    446 karma

    Congrats !!! So proud of you!!! You have been so helpful to so many that you don’t even know;) you totally deserve such a wonderful outcome! So happy for you!!

  • unclesysyunclesysy Alum Member
    106 karma

    Congrats fellow non-trad and 2022er! What an amazing cycle and outcome. So happy for you!

  • UnicornFartsUnicornFarts Alum Member
    222 karma

    Congrats! You've been such a help on this forum! Good luck on your 1L year! Also headed to law school in the fall. Super excited!

  • Wesley-BWesley-B Alum Member
    172 karma

    Congrats @"Leah M B"! I was in Chicago a couple weeks ago and took some time to walk around Northwestern Law's campus. Absolutely beautiful place to be, and a great school to boot.

    Thanks for your posting and support of others. It's invaluable for the whole community!

  • PutABirdOnItPutABirdOnIt Legacy Member
    115 karma

    Many congrats to you! Also nice to see recent scholarship amounts for the PNW schools. So awesome that you were able to get such great scholarships for two T14 schools!

  • jasminesadejasminesade Alum Member
    249 karma

    Congratulations!!!! :)

  • Leah M BLeah M B Alum Member
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    @KarateMaster said:
    Congrats !!! So proud of you!!! You have been so helpful to so many that you don’t even know;) you totally deserve such a wonderful outcome! So happy for you!!

    Thank you so much, that is so nice! <3

    @unclesysy said:
    Congrats fellow non-trad and 2022er! What an amazing cycle and outcome. So happy for you!

    Thank you!! Where are you headed? I love seeing other non-trads making decisions too!

    @UnicornFarts said:
    Congrats! You've been such a help on this forum! Good luck on your 1L year! Also headed to law school in the fall. Super excited!

    Aw, thank you so much. Good luck to you too! Where are you off to?

  • Leah M BLeah M B Alum Member
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    @"Wesley-B" said:
    Congrats @"Leah M B"! I was in Chicago a couple weeks ago and took some time to walk around Northwestern Law's campus. Absolutely beautiful place to be, and a great school to boot.

    Thanks for your posting and support of others. It's invaluable for the whole community!

    Aw, thanks! Seriously, I could not have done this without everyone else in the 7sage community too. And yes, it is sooo gorgeous! I'm so excited.

    @PutABirdOnIt said:
    Many congrats to you! Also nice to see recent scholarship amounts for the PNW schools. So awesome that you were able to get such great scholarships for two T14 schools!

    Thank you so much! Are you applying to PNW schools too? It was such a hard decision. This year I was thinking even more seriously about staying nearby to be close to family and such, and I love the NW. But, it's very hard to pass up the flexibility of the T14. I'm sure at some point I'll end up back here though, it'll always be home! <3

    @jasminesade said:
    Congratulations!!!! :)

    Thank you so much!! <3

  • kstiffler09kstiffler09 Alum Member
    53 karma

    Good for you, congratulations!

  • PutABirdOnItPutABirdOnIt Legacy Member
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    @"Leah M B" said:

    Thank you so much! Are you applying to PNW schools too? It was such a hard decision. This year I was thinking even more seriously about staying nearby to be close to family and such, and I love the NW. But, it's very hard to pass up the flexibility of the T14. I'm sure at some point I'll end up back here though, it'll always be home! <3

    Yeah, I’m in the LSAT study process for the fall 2020 cycle. With my UG gpa, I’ll be a splitter, working to get above 75th percentile LSAT for PNW schools to maximize scholarships. I am curious if you or anyone else happens to know, how does being a splitter affect scholarships? Like if you’re 75th for LSAT but 25th for GPA, would it even out to median level scholarships, or would even more still be possible? No worries if you don’t know as both of your stats are excellent!

  • Regis_Phalange63Regis_Phalange63 Alum Member
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    @"Leah M B" I found many, many of your contributions on the forum to be very helpful and you have even directly responded to some of my own questions in the past. So glad that you got the results you are pleased with.

  • gkoskigkoski Alum Member
    106 karma

    Congratulations Leah! Your contributions to the 7Sage discussions are always thoughtful and encouraging. It has been amazing to see a fellow non-traditional applicant go through the journey and get accepted to a T14!! Seeing your post makes me think it’s time to get back in the study groove for this upcoming cycle and shake things off. Congratulations!!!!!

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