As the economy declined and the belief in lawyering plummeted, the clients from 2008 through 2010 presented ever more problems. Desires for higher LSAT scores to guarantee better schools, effort to hide or misrepresent problems in a file, and the inability to finance three years of legal education all conspired to make 2010 a very difficult year. There were a few delightful clients, but problems far outweighed celebrations.
Lingxi and José both had problems getting residency, and without permanent resident status, a student cannot get federally-guaranteed loans. As a result, both had to put off applications. José got lucky in his second year, but Lingxi was not as fortunate.
Aniesia, Efrem, Nsenga, and Rahim all had logistical problems that were a combination of LSAT score, finances, and geography: with this score you can get into that school in a place you don't want to be with money, or over there where you do want to be without money, but you need the money. All of them decided to wait for the economy or the LSAT score to correct itself and try again in the future.
The other ten, fortunately, did quite well, and were happy with their results.
I don't know whether Megan Sheffield was the happiest with her acceptance, but she may have been the most effusive. I recall tears. With an interest in working on immigration issues in Latin America, Texas wes the perfect fit for her, and she reports loving it there.
Robert Urenda also headed to UT Austin. As a resident, he was sure he was in heaven (as so many Texans do), and withdrew all other applications in an jiffy.
Justin Waddell joined sister Ashley at Georgetown. Since brother and sister genuinely like each other, they were both pleased with the result.
Jaimin Choi was offered a binding seat at Duke. He was thrilled to be finished with great results early, and went off to enjoy his summer.
Dennis Holmes and Eric Lindsley both won seats at George Washington. Sadly, Eric had to take a medical leave, and will start again this fall. Dennis stressed out a bit, but he made it through in one piece, and will be clerking for a judge in Los Angeles his 1L summer.
Juan-Carlos Perez had a very tough choice to make: accept an offer at Arizona State, where he was very interested in an immigrants' rights program, or take the seat at UC Davis, so he could be available to help his family.
Sameer Sheikh also had a tough choice: Boston College or Emory. His inclination to work in DC, plus the lower cost of living in Atlanta (which is important to a person considering a public interest job) made Emory the winner, after much research and soul-searching.
Kevin knew that his weak numbers would hold him back, but his strong essays and work experience made him a good candidate for a part-time program. UConn was close enough to "the City" and "the Girlfriend" to be worth a shot, and a very last-minute call off the wait list made Kevin, Ros (a/k/a/ Mom) and other concerned parties very happy.
Kevin took my Intro to Law School class in hopes of doing well enough to transfer. We're waiting on second term grades, but his top 20% first semester has our hope up.
Dante was the stubbornest client I've had in several years, and also the loudest. Employee Erika got so tired of hearing us shout at each other I feared she'd quit. Fortunately he was admitted to New York Law School, so he could stay home, and we agreed to stop screaming at each other and go our separate ways with no ill will.