- Aug 26, 2011
Applied to UConn law school for this upcoming fall semester and got wait listed, any alums/anyone on here that can help or give me any advice? GPA and LSAT are right around the median. Just looking for some help and/or advice.
Confirmed.Unless you’re dead set on becoming a lawyer there are many more easier ways to make significant $. I read somewhere that law has highest percentage of people that got their degrees and stopped practicing after 10 years and also one of the highest rates of alcoholism. I speak from experience.
Also if you don’t get into a top tier school, it becomes infinitely harder to get a higher paying large firm job.
Or, rather mostly Latinos willing to do work and work shifts many US-born Americans avoid. Not that there’s much wrong with the former ...Corporate cleaning company to handle the heavy cleaning after hours. Mostly college age kids looking for beer Money to handle most of the work.
Wait are you telling us it’s more about the person than where they went to school? Scandalous.Psolo -
I lived with the uncertainty that you are now experiencing, and I feel your anxiety. Ignore the posters above - they are trying to be funny or something and they don't mean harm.
I was wait listed at UConn Law many years ago. I was qualified to get in. Very high LSAT score, graduate degree pre-law school. I was wait listed in part because I applied late.
I kept calling, and every time I got, "you'll be notified if you are taken off the wait list." I put up with that about 4 times, and then it was August, and finally, I asked, "has anybody been taken off the wait list?" She said, "yes." I thought, "wait, I've gotta be high on the wait list . . . ." I then told the secretary/call screener, "I would like an in-person conference with Dean _____," who was the dean of admissions at the time. She said, "she's too busy." I said, "I'm coming in tomorrow at 8 am when you open. I'll bring work and things to do (pre-internet, so not easy!!). I said, "if she has 5 minutes, I would like to talk to her. If she can't see me, I understand, but i'm going to be there every day until the last spot is taken." She was exasperated, but said, "whatever."
10 minutes later the phone rang, and it was the dean. She said I was in, come sign the papers.
I'm not sure if that's helpful or not, dude, but it worked for me. Persistent, without being an . Squeaky wheel got the grease. First time in my life I was that proactive.
Regarding being a lawyer, I don't love it. But it pays reeeeaaaly well, and I work for myself, and I work when I want, and I charge what I want, and I punt clients when I want. I love my lifestyle. I put in about 5 years at the mega-firm sweat shops, to cut my teeth, and now I work part time, make plenty of money, and have a large % of the day to do whatever I want. Lot to be said for that.
If you want more, PM me.
Truth is, the 3 years I spent at UConn Law were 3 of the best years of my life. I loved getting that education, and the cost was ridiculously low. Money and time invested versus lifetime earning potential was a massive PLUS. Can't stress that enough.
Regarding some uninformed posts, above, ignore them. You'll make plenty of money as a lawyer. If you bust your ass and do well in school, you'll get in a big enough firm, if that's what you want. If you're a self-started and you can teach yourself, and you're a good dude and charismatic, people will beat a path to your door.
But I love my lifestyle, and I would never trade it to work some 9-5 job in a cube farm or working in an office somewhere.
Good luck dude. Don't give up on it. If you want to be a lawyer, it really doesn't matter too much where you go to law school unless you are trying to get into an AmLaw 50 firm. Several judges in my jurisdiction went to sub 200 law schools.
Get your degree, work hard, call clients back when they call you, treat them with respect, have clear billing practices, do your job well, and you will ALWAYS have a good source of income.
I don’t know anything about lawyering but I do know the University of Tenn is in Knoxville... Vanderbilt is in Nashville.Agreed. Which is why, if you can go to Yale, Harvard, Penn, fine. If you can't, do not spend $50-60k a year on law school at a place like Suffolk. Find an affordable public school somewhere where you can see yourself living. If you think Nashville is interesting, apply at U Tennessee. Every major state law school is heavily recruited regionally, but not nationally (unless it's Michigan, UVA, Cal etc.). It's something they don't really explain very well to applicants. Once you have some experience, you can relocate just fine, but you should expect your first job will be within the natural recruiting area of your law school unless it is a national level school.
If @Psolo12 has borderline UConn law grades/LSAT, he has lots of options. I only applied there and UGA the first time, got waitlisted at both, so just kept working another year and applied again. UConn and UGA waitlisted me a second time, but Maryland, Kansas and FSU accepted. That year of work experience is really helpful, and helps save some money as well.
Nashville firms would still recruit Knoxville kids. It’s close enough in terms of regional recruiting.I don’t know anything about lawyering but I do know the University of Tenn is in Knoxville... Vanderbilt is in Nashville.
I’m available for the college and university category prep if anyone is trying out for Jeopardy.
I was making a joke, but if were interested in Nashville - hanging out in Knoxville wouldn’t tell you much.Nashville firms would still recruit Knoxville kids. It’s close enough in terms of regional recruiting.
Congrats. That's a great school and a great city.Just a little update for anyone who was wondering (probably no one) I ended up getting denied from UConn and eventually getting in to Richmond Law School after a long period on the wait list so, it all worked out! Appreciate everyone's advice and hopefully law school won't be as awful as I've been hearing lol.
Congrats and best of luckJust a little update for anyone who was wondering (probably no one) I ended up getting denied from UConn and eventually getting in to Richmond Law School after a long period on the wait list so, it all worked out! Appreciate everyone's advice and hopefully law school won't be as awful as I've been hearing lol.
It won’t be.Just a little update for anyone who was wondering (probably no one) I ended up getting denied from UConn and eventually getting in to Richmond Law School after a long period on the wait list so, it all worked out! Appreciate everyone's advice and hopefully law school won't be as awful as I've been hearing lol.
It will simultaneously be as awful as you’ve heard, yet still incredibly fulfilling. Feel free to shoot me a PM if you have any questions.