Received many fee waivers, did not apply to all of them.
11-07-07 - ALL APPS ARE IN!!! what a relief! just waiting to go complete now!
12-07: All Apps complete
12-07: In at Washington and Lee via email! First one
12-18: In at Emory via Phone Call!!! I was in the doctors office and missed it, but much to my surprise, I received a voicemail from the dean of admission saying she just signed my letter of acceptance!!!!!I didn't think they were going to start making decisions before January!
12-19: In at UIUC! I called them because my status checker said letter mailed on the 13th and I still didn't have it. I talked to suzanne, and she said I was in with a15k a year scholarship! I can't believe how well this cycle is going!!
12-20: I called UGA, and they said they weren't makin any more decisions before the holiday break :-( I am perplexed as to why I haven't gotten in yet, Ive been in review for weeks!! I don't really expect anymore before Christmas, except for maybe Ohio State, because I went to decision there a few days ago, but I am really excited about the 3 T25 acceptances so early in the game! I am a lucky man!!! :-)
12-23: I didn't think there were any more acceptances comin my way, but my mom called on Sunday and said a big package from Ga. State arrived on Saturday. She opened it, and sure enough, it was an acceptance!! I am really hopin for a full scholly there, coming out of law school with zero debt is very attractive to me!
01-04: Went and picked up mail, and much to my dismay, my first ding appeared from Ohio State dated 12/21. I was kind of surprised, but I will guess that I was a yield protect, or dissed by a in-state quota system. I really thought I would get in there! To quote from Bad Santa: "well they all can't be winners now can they"
01-15: Received two letters yesterday, one from Michigan and one from Wisconsin. As I was expecting, I was rejected at Michigan, and rightly so, as I was far below their numbers. Hey, at the only reason I even took a shot was because I received a fee waiver, so its only 12 bucks down the drain. However, I was accepted at Wisconsin, which is very nice! I needed this to counter the fluke rejection at Ohio State! The people from Wisconsin have been very nice ever since the LSAC forum!!! Also, I emailed UGA today to see about my file. It has been in review for a month and a half, and I am becoming VERY anxious!!
01-18: Emailed UGA a few days ago and asked what was up with my app bc it had been a month and a half in review. Checked today on Friday and I was WAITLISTED!!! I am 99% sure this has to do with my criminal record and the fact that I did poorly at UGA while at undergrad there for my first year at college. I am going to try to have a sitdown with someone and write a LOCI. I really want to show them that I am an excellent candidate and that my past does not reflect who I am today! :-(
01-19: Picked up the mail and received an envelope from vanderbilt. It was more than one page, so I knew then that it was a waitlist. I am pretty happy with a waitlist from Vandy. I thought I was going to get outright rejected. This is a good waitlist, yesterdays depressing news with the Georgia waitlist was not a good waitlist. I guess I will ride that Vandy waitlist out with a bunch of my other 166ers ;-)
- Interesting sidenote, I went out with some buddies to Virginia highlands to go barhopping, and I ran into a girl I was arrested with in Athens. Small world story, but she actually is going to law school next year too, and her wanting to be an attorney was started with the bad treatment we recieved in court. That is also when i really started to want to be an attorney. It really is a small world!!
-Also, while I was writing this, there was about an inch of snow on the ground in Georgia. What the heck?
01-22: Thin white envelope arrived from Notre Dame. I knew that was bad news. Surely enough, it was a rejection letter. Oh well, you can't win them all. Also, talked to Georgia Law, and I am going up to Athens in a few weeks to talk with the admissions committee about my file. I am going to try to show them the real me, and convince them that accepting me would be the best thing they ever did.
01-25: Received an email from Baylor Law saying I was accepted with a half tuition scholarship!! I am pretty excited, because I have had a string of bad news letters for a little while now, but hopefully I am back on track.
01-26: Received a thin white envelope from GULC and knew it was a rejection. I am totally cool w/ that as I was expecting it. I am way below the numbers there. Also recieved a letter from Washington and Lee stating some of their schools objective. W & L has been very nice, and I hope to go to ASW up there soon!
01-30: Received an email from Washington and Lee saying I have received a scholarship in the amount of $15,800 per year! That is big news and I am really excited :-)
02-05: Withdrew application from UGA along with a lengthy letter explaining how rude and indifferent the admissions committee has been. Georgia Law wins the award for the rudest and most unorganized admissions committee. I am completely fed up with their rediculousness, and cannot imagine attending a school that treats prosepective students how they have treated me.
****UPDATE - about 20 minutes after I sent the long email explaining my withdrawal and how offended I was by the treatment I recieved from the UGA admissions office, I received a call from the assistant director of admissions (who I guess is the de facto head of admissions while the spot is empty) Gregory Roseboro. He was very nice and apologetic about the rude behavior of the admissions office, and explained that I was not waitlisted, but rather administratively flagged for question 24 about criminal history. He wanted me to go up there and to talk with the admissions committee. I decided to go ahead and still withdraw from the school, because the treatment that I received from the admissions office was unacceptable to me. Director Roseboro's phone call was the first bit of attention I have received from Georgia, and although he was nice, I cannot get over the many bad-faith actions I witnessed throughout the months of waiting for a decision.
02-13: All seems quiet on the homefront. I have recieve emails from both Ga. State and Emory inviting me to attend various speakers. I really wanted to see Sandra Day O'Connor at Ga. State, but I RSVPed too late :-( Scholarships should be coming out anytime now, and I can't wait to find out the (hopefully) good news.
02-24: Still earily quiet. Scholarship offers from Emory and Ga. State should be comin any time now. The wait is KILLING me!!
03-12: Pretty much today was one of the best days of my life. I received a scholarship letter from Emory Law informing me that I was awarded 90,000 dollars over the course of 3 years if I decide to enroll there; this has been my dream...actually, come to think of it, actually attending Emory Law is beyond my dreams. So I really have no choice but to enroll there. I never thought Emory would have been a remote possibility because of fiscal constraints. Emory is a great school, but if I would have have to take out 60,000 (that is if I got the familiar 60,000 dollar scholarship they have given out the most in the past) plus another 30,000+ for living expenses and my previous undergraduate debt of...we will say around 15k, Emory would have been impossible for someone who wants to become a prosecutor. I told myself over and over that I loved Emory, I loved the prestige of it, the campus, the whole atmosphere, but that I could not attend unless they were able to offer 90,000 dollars out of the 120,000 or so total tuition. Sure enough, that exact amount was awarded to me. I feel lucky to be applying the same year they have given out the most they have ever given, and I also am very excited that I scored a 166 on the LSAT, because apparently Emory is trying very hard to attract this range of applicants. This must be fate. People like me aren't supposed to do things like this. The whole process being ended so abruptly yet so beautifully has made me become very reflective since it happened. I can not believe that 5 years ago I was gettin in trouble all the time with the law and simply not giving a..well you know the words. At one point in my life, I really did not care at all about what I was going to do with the rest of my life or what happened to me. I lived from day to day, making stupidly terrible life decisions and screwing up anything I touched. God, and I just got a letter in the mail the Emory freakin law school is giving me 90,000 dollars to go to law school. Me now and that person I was before could not be any more polar opposites. I told a couple buddies I used to hang with back in the day when I was at my worst, and they were just floored that the piece of crap person that they knew before had transformed and gone from the bottom to the top(Emory is top enough for me ;-)) I can't get over the fact that Emory is shelling out so much dough right now and that somehow it is the year I applied. Its just downright fate for me. I was pretty much expecting to get 60,000 from Emory, but having to turn it down and go to Georgia State for affordability. Don't get me wrong, I love Georgia State, but the opportunity to go to Emory Law for State Law prices is the opportunity of a lifetime. Plus, it is pretty much impossible to lose the Emory Scholarship as well, so that makes it even sweeter. I guess I am kind of rambling, but I guess I should because this will probably be the last substantive post I will make on my LSN account. This journey to law school has been a long one. I guess it was around last March or April that I first took the free Kaplan timed LSAT and scored a 151. Boy, that seems so long ago. From the part-time job that studying for the LSAT really was, to the killer 3 week wait for the scores, to the elation of receiving a score that I feel was a good score that I truly earned, to the volumes of application paperwork (computer documents I guess), to the even more waiting that was done while expecting acceptances, to the first acceptance (W&L - I remember the joy that the email you wrote me saying I was accepted to a T-25 schools right off the bat! - that felt incredible), to the even more waiting, to the completely unexpected call in December from Dean Cadray at Emory saying I was accepted, to the painful waiting until even more acceptances came, to the MORE waiting for important scholarships to come out, to now - now I don't have to worry about this stuff any more....it has been one hell of a rollercoaster. I would have never thought I would have gotten so dedicated and borderline compulsive about the law school admissions process. This has been one crazy year, and I would like to thank all of you on here for riding along this crazy experience with me. Emory Law, here I come, and the rest of you, best of luck with your upcoming tough decisions. I support you fully. Thank you once again.
03-14: ATTENTION ALL THOSE WHO HAVE DECIDED ON EMORY AS YOUR SCHOOL CHOICE AND YOU WILL BE ATTENDING THERE: There is the Emory School of Law Class of 2011 on facebook, so join up!