You know, I really don't think there is any harm to putting up all this info. To any admissions official who may see this: The twelve schools to which I have applied were selected from an original list of 30, maybe more. These schools are the ones with the selection of courses and opportunities most in line with my academic and professional interests. I would be so honored to attend any one of these institutions.
For anyone else that looks at this, whether you have already applied, are in the process of applying, or are thinking about applying, I hope this info is of some use to you. I don't see why anyone would be afraid of sharing their experiences and accomplishments with others going through the difficult law school application process. If nothing else, LSN has done two things for me:
1) it has provided me with some basic info on which to base my application strategy
2) it has gotten me even more excited about studying law with all of these really talented people.
Good luck everyone.
money is over all three years
December 2nd: William and Mary
Acceptance came on Dec 2, dated Nov 30. Offered graduate fellowship (in state tuition plus $4000/ year to work in library and then do paid research). On my app I wrote the additional essay Q34 on one of my research projects. Also, I visited there and met a dean over the summer.
Holy F I am going to law school!
December 18th: Boston College
Acceptance at my home in Rochester ... not going to see the packet for a few days but I guess it is fairly large. I spent my first semester of college at Northeastern University, and though I hated the school, I love Boston, and over the last few days I have been thinking about just how happy I would be to move back there ... snow and all.
December 24th: I had been wishing I had applied to Vandy for a few weeks now so I just decided to do it. I know it is kind of late for my middle of the road numbers but we shall see...
December 27th: Indiana University
Went back to school for a day to grade papers and found Indiana University-Bloomington acceptance package on my doorstep. $25,500 merit scholarship (over three years, have to stay in top half of class). Nice handwritten note from one of the deans. Actual package was not so good though ... there was a magazine about living in Bloomington but no prospectus or anything about the school. A bunch of open house stuff too.
Pushing on into the new year.
January 3rd: Along with the rest of LSD, got an invitation to apply from Harvard. HA
January 21st: George Washington University
I notice that I have moved into 47th place for most viewed profile. This good news boosts my spirits and gives me high hopes for a good week to come.
EDIT: Literally 20 minutes after writing this I got a call from Dean Richard from GWU letting me know I was IN! On a Sunday! How random!! Anyways she said there would be stuff sent out by Wednesday. Also, she is a Patriots fan.
So not that this matters but I had visited GW over the summer and met Dean Richard early in her tenure at GW. She gave me a personal tour even though I just showed up in the admissions office without calling or anything. Also one of my Rec'ers is friends with a well known prof. at GDub and said he would put in a good word for me. Still waitin' on that scholarship letter, though. No way I'm going to GW without some money.
Week Later Edit: Got acceptance package (no fin aid letter yet) a week after phone call. Had course catalog, fliers on Fin Aid, law building tech, ASWs, and a letter from the dean with a short handwritten note. PS estimated total cost for 1L: 59k. Ouch.
January 24th: Washington University
Got an email from Washington University telling me I was in, and that I would hear from the scholarship committee in early Feb, so I am hoping this means good things. I would really like to visit WUSL and want more info on their placement in Chicago and NY, as their website is not very revealing.
Also, tonight I withdrew from IU-B.
January 25th: University of Washington
Got acceptance letter, regular sized envelope (with "priority mail" handwritten on the outside) ... just letter, deposit/ withdrawl form and scholarship application. Fitting that is was on a Greys Thursday though!
January 29th: Boston University
Large white folder with acceptance letter ... had handwritten note that referenced my PS in a kind of funny way. Also fin aid forms, deposit slip, letter from SGA reps, viewbook and campus map. I am going to try and visit in Feb. I still think I like BC more but I have some desire to maybe someday find my way into academia (obviously not right away as I am not going to HYS) and feel that BU might be a better option in that respect ... but I could just be misinformed. Anyways, again I love Boston ad the fact that BU is closer to downtown is a plus.
And so ends my targets/ safeties for this cycle. I guess I have a top three acceptances: BC, BU and GW. All pending some money, of course. In the end I think the only schools that could overtake one of these three are going to be Vandy, UCLA or Duke. As it stands now I will go to Duke if I get in, no matter what. I will, however, only wait until the end of June on any waitlist. I am not that impulsive of a person and I do really like the schools I have been admitted to right now.
Feb 12 ... quiet past week. Don't expect a whole lot this week either. Keeping an eye on that Vandy status checker but other than that I don't expect any more decision letters until March.
Computer blew up last week so I was forced to buy a new one before I had made my school decision. Despite the high probability that I am going to BC I went with a Mac for the first time. I'm hoping that they will upgrade their exam software so that I can use the mac.
Speaking of BC I am headed to Boston for a Model UN trip (well, model European Court of Justice, really) and am going to sit in on CrimLaw on Thursday. Pretty psyched.
Yeah thats all I've got. Really hoping some scholarships start to roll in soon...
February 19th: $10,000/year scholarship from BU. Pretty happy about this. Just got back from a conference in Boston. I had time to visit BC but I didn't visit BU. I'm hoping this will be mirrored by BC but if not I may have to take another trip to check out BU. In my mind they are tied with GW for second place of my current acceptances so this is a really great thing.
February 26th: Rejected from Duke last friday (just got it today because I was away for the weekend. Small white envelope. Bummed but not surprised. "Provisional List" at Notre Dame today, small white envelope. Only applied because I got a FW, won't stay on.
March 18th: Nothing new to report. Got fin. aid package from GW: all loans. There is no chance I will go there without any money. It is just plain not worth it. I got a complete notice from USC at some point. I still have not gone to decision at Vandy.
March 26th: Finally got the BC aid pckage. $10,000/ year. Pretty psyched. Frankly I love BC and ths just makes it more of a lock. Call it 95% right now. I'll withdraw UW, BU, and W&M tomorrow.
April 1st: OK new rankings threw me for a loop ... BU's big jump erased my plans to withdraw ... going to run the question by some other people. Also sent a request to GW to reevaluate my aid ... if they can dig up some money for me I might consider going there. But after a weekend of ultimate allowed me to forget about law school for a few days I think I am back on the BC train.
Apr 4th: Vanderbilt status checker finally changed on the second ... no word yet but expecting a WL. I don't know if I would stay on or not ... probably not. Withdrew from W&M tonight ... would have been the cheepest school by far, but I like the career options from my main three choices right now far better. I'll probably send my BC deposit in this weekend. I might consider a second deposit going to GW because the Dean sent a general email saying merit money was on hold until late April.
April 8th: My mind wasn't entirely made up, but then Boss made her chart of where all te LSDers are going, and put me under BC, so in a way she made it for me. Vandy is gonna be a waitlist, which I will stay on just for fun. I'm not moving to LA for USC, and I have little hope for UCLA, so hey ... there you have it! Go Eagles!!!
Mid-April update: WL at Vandy and UCLA. I'm going to stay on until the end of june. Never really withdrew from WUSL, GW or BU, which kind of makes me an asshole but I really was considering them to the end. But BC is where I want to be.
BOSTON COLLEGE Law School Class of 2010