Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Pitt is it

I've had a hard time leaving this town -- The Clarks, Born Too Late

Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. -- Winston Churchill, 1940
After fourteen months of LSAT classes, essay writing, late-night application submissions, tons of computer copying and pasting, résumé reformats, nervously checking the mail and above all, procrastination, I'm done with the law school application and selection process. In total, I probably took three dozen practice LSAT tests and applied to twenty law schools. The fees and expenses reached several thousand dollars, all told--but it's only a drop in the bucket compared to the expenses of actually attending law school.

Of the twenty, I got the metaphorical or literal thin envelope from twelve, was wait-listed at three, and accepted at three. (I applied very late in the year and haven't heard back from two, at even this late date.) And after a few weeks of hemming and hawing, the University of Pittsburgh beat out Temple University and the Ohio State University in a very close competition.

So I'll be here in Pittsburgh for law school starting in August. After being tentative on so many levels, it's nice to have a firm plan established. Actually, it will be two plans: one for my curriculum and career, and a nice payment plan for all the debt I'm going to have to take on! At a Pitt Law admitted student event a few weeks back, the panel of current and former students said they had largely financed everything out of debt and it had worked out, which was somewhat if not completely reassuring.

So--Pitt Law! Now I just have to survive the 1L year, which, I'm told, is pretty killer.

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