As you prepare for the holiday season, many of you will be fine tuning your law school application in preparation to submit it during the priority period. We have all experienced the anxiety of wondering whether we will be accepted, wait-listed or down right denied. Those feelings are normal and should not affect the time you spend with your family during the holiday season.
I implore you to consider my circumstance before you give up and exclaim, “Maybe, this is not the career choice for me.” If my circumstance does not offer you hope, frankly put, “Maybe, this is not the career choice for you.”
My journey began in the early 2000’s, the first of ten (10) times I took the LSAT. As a product of poverty, the most important thing I learned was resourcefulness and perseverance. Seemingly, my LSAT and GPA never quite reached the median for the “Entering Class Profile” of most law schools; however, I pressed on. My strategy was simple, apply to as many schools as possible with the hopes that I would be accepted. Coincidentally, and similar to the number of times I took the LSAT, I applied to ten (10) law schools. (In full disclosure, I didn’t submit my applications blindly. I did an immense amount of research to determine my chances of getting accepted). I was accepted to and attended three (3) out of the ten (10). The remaining were denials.
I am probably the only person you’ve heard of who has attended three law schools. By the way, I also graduated in three years. If these numbers aren’t sufficient to give you courage, how about the fact that I have taken the bar exam three times as well. In the words of one of my former pastor’s, “Like the Father, the son and the holy ghost, good things come in threes.”
Remember, there really is power in numbers. From Michael Jordan to Tom Brady…success didn’t and doesn’t always happen first, second or sometimes the third attempt. Many, if not all successful people have experienced tough times along their journey. However, they refused to give up.
Each denial is setting you up for the ultimate “win, “in this case, acceptance into law school. I will leave you with a quote from the late great Thomas Edison, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
M. L. Taggart is a Trial Coordinator, Adjunct Professor and 2015 Law School Graduate.