I have yet to put up here the complete list of where I am applying to law school and I am not going to. I am guarding this for many reasons. Sure, I tell people here, in UK, but that is because most people here don’t really know the difference between an excellent law school and a mediocre one. But, when I speak to people who know and are in the know about law schools I am more tight lipped. I don’t want to be told that I am aiming too high or that I am aiming too low. I don’t want to hear about the negatives of a particular program, I don’t want to hear about a certain schools political leanings. I don’t want to be told the mistakes I am making about this geographic area versus that geographic area. I don’t want to hear about how your friend didn’t get into one of the schools I am applying to. I really don’t. (Note: I am being smart about this though. I have two reach schools, two target schools, and two safety schools)
This isn’t to say that I am not actively seeking out this information. Because I am. You bet your ass I am. From informed sources. I am looking at programs and externships and data on alumni. I could tell you the median LSAT for all of the schools I am looking at. I am visiting campuses and speaking to recent graduates. And yes, I have called most of the schools I am applying to.
It isn’t that I don’t want to hear what you’ve got to say. Actually, yes, yes it is. I met a woman who worked for British Airlines once. She said, “I work for British Airlines. And no, I do not want to hear about how you feel about British Airlines.” Maybe I should start with just that, “I am applying to law school. I don’t want you to tell me anything about it.” Because it makes me nervous. Very nervous. It takes only one person telling me that their friend didn’t get into school A with score B for me to fly off the handle. This is something I want so bad that when I think about it too hard I can’t deal with it.
I am doing everything in my power to see that I get into a good law school. And that is what I have to remind myself. I am doing everything in my power. I cannot control what happens outside of that, so I may as well stop worrying about it.
Actually, I am doing everything in my power to see that I get into a law school that is the right fit for me. Because that is what I chose for undergrad. Not the best school, but the school that was the fit for me.
There is a school on my list that seems to fit the bill. It is Christian and conservative. I am not conservative, but I did go to a Christian university and I loved it. I didn’t like the strict Christian rules but I did like the atmosphere it created. Drunkenness on campus was far less common than at other schools. This isn’t to say that it didn’t happen. This isn’t to say that I didn’t partake in rule breaking from time to time. But I liked that it wasn’t the norm and wasn’t considered acceptable behavior. I liked that I never had to worry about being kicked out of my room because my roommate had a man over. I liked the emphasis that was put on ethics and service. I liked that Sunday mornings were quiet. I liked that my professors felt they were fulfilling God’s purpose for them by being professors, I feel that you get very dedicated professors this way. So it wasn’t that it was Christian and that it was conservative that I liked, it was the by-products of these two things that created an atmosphere and college that I loved.
So why shy away from a law school that fits this bill? It has an excellent reputation on top of the two Cs. It is in a fabulous location. And I am not expected to be Christian or conservative to attend, but my Christian credentials might just help.
And then there is this thing. This thing that I find hard to verbalize. Mainly because it makes me sound like a bitch or like I am crazy. I like being in the minority. I liked that I was a liberal in a sea of conservatives at university. I liked that I was different and unexpected. I liked that I had to defend what I believed in. I believe living in adversity creates the necessity to have well thought out beliefs, beliefs that you can provide support for, beyond just, “because that is what I believe.”
So this is it, I think this school may just be for me. And yes, I know there are those of you out there who have guessed the school. And no, I don’t want to hear about how lame you think it is.