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Application Information

F - Fee Waiver, A - Attending, W - Withdrawn, D - Deferred
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# Law School Status Type $$$ Sent Received Complete Interview Date Decision Updated
Temple University Accepted Type: RA $15,000 Sent: 11/27/07 Rec: 11/29/07 Comp: 12/03/07 Inter: -- Dec: 01/19/08 Upd: 13 years
Duke University Accepted A Type: RA $18,000 Sent: 10/26/07 Rec: 10/27/07 Comp: 11/06/07 Inter: -- Dec: 02/17/08 Upd: 13 years
Howard University Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 12/03/06 Rec: 12/10/07 Comp: 03/04/08 Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 13 years
University of Pennsylvania Rejected Type: RA Sent: 12/26/07 Rec: 01/02/08 Comp: 01/25/08 Inter: -- Dec: 03/30/08 Upd: 13 years
#2 Northwestern University Accepted Type: RA $25,000 Sent: 11/06/07 Rec: 11/12/07 Comp: 11/29/07 Inter: -- Dec: 01/31/08 Upd: 13 years
#1 University of California Berkeley Waitlisted Type: RA Sent: 10/01/07 Rec: 10/02/07 Comp: 10/28/07 Inter: -- Dec: 02/11/08 Upd: 13 years
University of Arizona Accepted Type: RA $17,000 Sent: 10/09/07 Rec: 10/14/07 Comp: 10/22/07 Inter: -- Dec: 01/10/08 Upd: 13 years
Indiana University Bloomington Accepted Type: RA $36,000 Sent: 10/23/07 Rec: 10/30/07 Comp: 11/05/07 Inter: -- Dec: 12/24/07 Upd: 13 years
University of Maryland Accepted Type: RA Sent: 10/05/07 Rec: 10/15/07 Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 12/06/07 Upd: 13 years
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Accepted Type: RA $25,000 Sent: 10/01/07 Rec: 10/02/07 Comp: 10/16/07 Inter: -- Dec: 12/06/07 Upd: 13 years
University of Wisconsin Madison Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 13 years
University of Minnesota Twin Cities Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 13 years
Vanderbilt University Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 13 years
George Washington University Intend to Apply W Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 13 years
University of Virginia Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 13 years
University of Michigan Ann Arbor Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 13 years
DePaul University Intend to Apply W Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 13 years
Georgetown University Intend to Apply Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 13 years
Brooklyn Law School Intend to Apply W Type: RA Sent: -- Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 13 years

Applicant Information

  • LSAT: 157
  • LSAT 2: -
  • LSAT 3: -
  • LSAC GPA: 3.9
  • Degree GPA: -
  • School Type: Top 50 Public
  • Major: History/Sociology

Demographic Information

  • City: College Park
  • State: Maryland
  • Race: Black
  • Gender: Woman
  • Under Represented Minority: Yes
  • Years out of Undergrad: Other

Extra Curricular Information

Almost 2 years WE, including a social justice fellowship. I am currently a community organizer based out of Denver, CO.

Tutoring and sporadic club involvement in UG. Its hard to stay involved and maintain a great GPA!

LORS from two professors and work supervisor.

Additional info & updates

really nervous this cycle..hoping my work experience can overcome my super low LSAT. Hope I have enough safeties.

My top choices are Berkeley and Northwestern since i want to practice public interest law..

Fee Waivers:
University of Arizona
University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
University of North Carolina
University of Pennsylvania
Washington and Lee
Florida Coastal University
Wayne State

Northwestern Interview--11/29. It went really well. Very impressed by NU Law Faculty and public interest clinics

12/6--25K per year for UIUC. Call from Dean of Admissions, YAY! my first acceptance!
12/6--snail mail letter from UMD. Very small, i thought it was a rejection!Two acceptances in one day! I am super bummed that they are not giving me money..this is my alma mater!
12/8--Admissions Packet from UMD arrived.
12/12--Email from Berkeley. my application has been deferred and will be reviewed later in the cycle.
12/24--Email from Indiana University-Bloomington. I am accepted with a full tuition scholarship! Very exicting!!Must go for a visit.
12/26--arrived home for the holidays and found out that Penn sent me a fee waiver back in September. I decided to apply just for the hell of out. Not really a top choice since I have issues with the East Coast..

1/8/08--I visited GWU Law today with a friend. To be honest, I wasnt that impressed. Its near downtown DC and law school building is pretty new. However, THE SCHOOL DID NOT SEEM VERY DIVERSE. I saw VERY FEW students of color. In fact, it was mostly white males. If diversity in the student body and faculty is something you value, then this might not be the school for you. I am happy with my decision not to apply to GWU Law.

1/19/08--In at Temple! Large envelope sent via snail mail. Scholarship amount is $15,000 per year. Not enough!

1/23--Found out I got into UofA through email! Apparently, the letter they sent to my place in Denver bounced back! $17,000 per year. Very decent since I love the Southwest. Depending on where I am in March, I might go down for a visit.

1/31--I GOT INTO NORTHWESTERN! WHOA! I found out their email update. Wow, I am SO GOING FOR A VISIT THIS MARCH! I am very exicted!

Feb Update: Planning my trip to Chicago for the 1st week of March. I will visit NU and UIUC in the same week. I am flying out to Indiana on March 28th for their Open House.

Unless I get into Boalt--which is looking unlikely, I will be deciding between NU(dream school for what I want to do) and Indiana University Bloomington(full ride). Thanks for all the support everyone!

2/11--Email from Dean Edward Tom of UC-Berkeley. I have been waitlisted, in other words rejected. Wow, this really hurts considering that I have wanted to go to Berkeley for awhile. I know I will never get off the waitlist so I am
going to erase Boalt from my mind as an option. Bummer! Best of luck to those who do end up at Boalt..

2/18--I just found out that I have been accepted at Duke. It came in an email from Bill Hoye? I really wish I would have found out back in December or even last month. It is unlikely I will be a Blue Devil next year--their Open Students Weekend is the same weekend as IU-Bloomington. Ugh!

3/5--Withdrew from UMD and Temple.
3/13--Scholarship offer from Nu. Going to ask for a little more--15K to 20k extra. If this happens, I will be in Chicago this fall. I didnt get a chance to post my review, but I really enjoyed visiting NU. It is a top notch law school in a great city!

Law School Decision Update 3.22: OK, my final decision is still down to NU and IU-Bloomington. For my career goals, NU makes more sense and Chicago is such a beautiful city--despite the cold weather. Even though they are offering me 25k a yr, NU is raising their tuition for next fall by $4400. My total costs for tuition and housing are looking to be around 44K per yr. I think this is really excessive! My loans will definitely be 120K plus! I am not budging until the school gives me at least 10K more per year.

The only reason I am considering IU is because of their substantial scholarship offer. Iwill be Bloomington next Friday, 3.28, as part of their Spring Law Day. I hope I like Bloomington. To be honest, if its wack or really white, I'll take the NU debt.

3/24--Scholarship offer from Duke. $15k per year!Trying to work with Duke to get at least 10k more per year. If this happens, I just might be in Durham this fall! Interesting new development..

3.30--Rejected at Penn. Don't really care.
I had the opportunity to visit Indiana University-Bloomington School of Law over the weekend. The city of Bloomington is so beautiful and everyone there is so friendly. The Law school also has alot going on in terms of academics and career opportunities. However, I just did not feel very comfortable at the school. I am looking for a more diverse school experience. 80% chance that I wont be atIU-B this fall. For what I am trying to accomplish with my law degree, I really need the name of a national university behind me.

I am now seriously looking at Duke University School of Law. They seem to have really dynamic students and a generous GPA median. DUke grads also have great placement in the DC area--which is where I am looking to work after law school. I will be visiting Durham in three days.
Even with this meager scholarship, Duke is now cheaper than NU. I am trying to increase by scholarship amount by 10k per year. Durham is also only three hours away from my hometown. It would be great to see my family more regularly.

To be honest, although it would be great to be in a big city,the debt of NU scares me. Plus, Duke Law has very interesting clinics and student research opportunities. I am really 50-50% about whether I will end up at Duke or NU.

4.6.08. I just visited Duke University School of Law and I loved it! The campus is state of the art--including a just remodeled library. DUKE students are VERY friendly and relaxed. I went to a 3L BLSA event and everyone was very welcoming and supportive.

The clinical programs are very strong--including one for AIDS patients. The professors seemed very relaxed. The admissonsfinancial aid office has been very helpful is actively working to increase my scholarship. I also had the chance to visit Tylers Tavern in Durham. The city of Durham is actually very cute with alot to do.

I loved Duke and really feel like I could reach my potiential there. Their PI program isnt as strong as NU, but there seems to be some support for it career services and a strong PI alumni network. I loved Duke's campus, the city of Durham, and the students currently at the school. It is small school with a vibrant student body. I will be at Duke this Fall.

4.10--Withdrawing from all schools in the next week. Go Blue Devils!

Thanks for taking this journey with me! For 2008-2009 law schools applicants, be sure to APPLY EARLY(Oct, Nov) and DREAM BIG(I Did!).

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Tuesday, August 28 2007 at 12:05 PM

please leave words of encouragment/advice!

Sunday, September 02 2007 at 08:22 PM

just wanted to say hey...saw we have a couple schools in common. we sort of have opposite stats haha. i have zero work experience and a lowish GPA, so i guess we'll see what happens. personally i think your amazing GPA and experience will definitely come through for you. good luck with everything!

don't worry
Tuesday, September 04 2007 at 12:29 PM

you have a high gpa, and two years of work experience, i think you should be fine. We are applying to a few of the same schools. Good luck with everything!!!

I know!
Friday, September 07 2007 at 06:04 PM

Yes, I'm fresh out of college, and will be 20 years old in 1L. You actually have a good LSAT score...u're good!

Applying to Georgetown
Sunday, September 30 2007 at 01:54 PM

You're kicking my butt on GPA! Hopefully, I can add geographical diversity, haha. Best of luck this cycle. Have they requested your reports yet?

+10 pts?
Sunday, September 30 2007 at 01:57 PM

Also, I saw you wrote this: "a general rule of thumb for URMs(blacks) is that schools add 10 pts to the LSAT score." Where are you getting that info? I hope its true!

Thursday, October 11 2007 at 12:26 PM

hey your stats are impressive! good luck with everything. i'm applying to UW as well so cross your fingers!

Good Luck!
Thursday, October 11 2007 at 07:32 PM

We have similar numbers and are applying to the same schools and you're on my watchlist! I hope this is a good cycle for you!

Monday, October 15 2007 at 10:47 AM

I have my scores, I'm just not posting it for now. Maybe after the cycle! Once again, good luck!

Good Luck
Friday, October 19 2007 at 07:53 PM

With your apps. You def have a shot at getting into some really good schools. A friend of mine actually applied two years ago with your numbers (except his gpa was a 3.8) and actually got into three top 10 schools (one top 3 but I don't want to give out too much info). Anything is possible if you put together a great application packet.

Tuesday, October 23 2007 at 07:24 PM

Your GPA is amazing. It will def be enough to push you into some great schools. With that GPA I think you will be really competitive at UVA and G-Town. I would go ahead and apply to every school you would seriously consider attending because I know quite a few people in your numbers range at t10 schools. Good luck!!!

Check Out
Tuesday, October 23 2007 at 07:31 PM

This account from last cycle. <a href="http://www.lawschoolnumbers.com/display.php?user=MsRutgers" title="http://www.lawschoolnumbers.com/display.php?user=MsRutgers" class="data">http://www.lawschoolnumbers.com/display.php?user=MsRutgers</a>

Friday, October 26 2007 at 04:01 PM

Hey. I kinda agree with everyone else and I really, really, really, really think you are selling yourself short and you have an amazing GPA. I don't think that LSAT will be as much as a hindrance as you think. If I were you, I would apply to ANY Top 20 school that you want to attend (ESPECIALLY UVA, I see it on your list. I think you have an excellent shot there). If the money is a problem, apply for need-based fee waivers, but you definitely need to reach higher. Don't be so afraid of the rejection. It's better to be rejected than to be thinking what if for your entire career. Seriously, consider applying higher. I'm going to add you to my watch list. Best of luck to you.

It Depends
Friday, October 26 2007 at 06:38 PM

Some schools are so similarly ranked that going to one over the other wouldn't really make a difference so in that case I would prob take the money. But for the most part I'm not really thinking too much about fin aid packages....at least not yet.

Saturday, October 27 2007 at 07:54 PM

I want to go into public interest too. A new law was just passed saying that if you go into PI, for 10 yrs your loan payments are based off only 10% of your income and then after 10 years, your loans get cancelled. I think it's great. Are there any schools where you are really interested in their PI opportunities? You should think about UNC-Chapel Hill.

Monday, October 29 2007 at 10:58 AM

Yeah it's national. And I know some about loan repayment programs. They vary from school to school. For the most part, they are based off household income which is why this new law is good, it's only based on your personal income. And I just finished undergrad in May. Currently I work at one of my state political party headquarters and I investigate child abuse cases with my local court system.

Monday, October 29 2007 at 03:33 PM

I'm glad you thinking higher. Question: Did you get PT at Duke or just a regular fee waiver?

Monday, October 29 2007 at 04:25 PM

Yes, I'm coming straight from undergraduate. I won't be able to go to law school without serious scholarships though, so I'm crossing my fingers!

Similar Numbers
Thursday, November 01 2007 at 08:23 AM

We have really similar stats ,are both URMs, and are applying to some of the same schools. Did you take the LSAT just once in Sept? Good luck this cycle...

Thursday, November 01 2007 at 08:52 AM

Yeah, I do think that differentiate, but it's still a good sign to get one anyway.

Thursday, November 01 2007 at 09:57 AM

Took it once in Sept. Considering re-take, though. Scored in range of my practice tests, but don't like being under the 25%-75% range at many of my schools. I'm young, will be done w/ undergrad at 21--which may work against me. Your experience will surely be a plus, esp. at Northwestern...are you interviewing with them?

Thursday, November 01 2007 at 10:00 AM

Took it once in Sept. Considering re-take, though. Scored in range of my practice tests, but don't like being under the 25%-75% range at many of my schools. I'm young, will be done w/ undergrad at 21--which may work against me. Your experience will surely be a plus, esp. at Northwestern...are you interviewing with them?

Thursday, November 01 2007 at 10:09 AM

Took it once in Sept. Considering re-take, though. Scored in range of my practice tests, but don't like being under the 25%-75% range at many of my schools. I'm young, will be done w/ undergrad at 21--which may work against me. Your experience will surely be a plus, esp. at Northwestern...are you interviewing with them?

Early Apps
Wednesday, November 07 2007 at 07:56 AM

Best of luck to you as well! Hopefulyl I'll get some sort of edge with my early apps.

Thursday, November 08 2007 at 11:19 AM

I noticed you haven't gone complete at UMD yet. I'm in the same boat - 1st school I applied to and still no completion. Have you inquired at all?

Friday, November 09 2007 at 10:11 AM

Did you schedule an interview for Northwestern?

Not Stressed
Saturday, November 10 2007 at 06:28 PM

Maybe it's still a little early but I'm not really stressing this cycle that much (so I say now...LOL). I am very anxious to start getting some decisions though. Hopefully we'll hear back soon since we did apply early. Good luck to you with your interview.

Monday, November 19 2007 at 06:56 AM

Thanks for the congrats. It's $18,000 for all three years. It's not a lot, but its better than getting nothing. Do you have a first choice school yet?

Monday, November 19 2007 at 08:40 AM

Is a little too far for me. I'm not applying to any schools on the west coast. I plan to stay on the east coast even after I graduate. And W&M has their own version of the LRAP. It doesn't seem to be as helpful from the little I read on it. But I could be wrong. I plan on doing a little more research on it.

Monday, November 26 2007 at 05:56 PM

Thanks for the tip about Denver, I'll check it out!

Thursday, November 29 2007 at 01:04 PM

wow. our numbers are practically identical. let's hope we get lucky.

Friday, November 30 2007 at 06:56 AM

I'm glad your NU interview went well. Hopefully you'll be hearing good news soon. Don't worry so much that Boalt has already started accepting people. It's still early. It could just take them longer to make a decision about your app. Did you consider applying to Hastings?

answer to last question
Friday, November 30 2007 at 09:35 AM


Thursday, December 06 2007 at 12:57 PM

CONGRATS!!! Nice $$! I also applied but wasn't sure that I would be accepted! You have just given me so much hope!

UICU again
Thursday, December 06 2007 at 01:00 PM

Also, was your dicision via snail mail or e-mail?

Thursday, December 06 2007 at 01:24 PM

WOW! Congrats on your first acceptance and BIG MONEY w/ it! Can you sneak me up with your moving boxes so I can go to law school too?

Thursday, December 06 2007 at 03:31 PM

Congrats on UIUC and the rest of your cycle!!

Thursday, December 06 2007 at 03:37 PM

Wow, another already. Hey, maybe you will hear about scholarship money from UM later on. Is that your first choice since you're already in Maryland?

First Choice
Friday, December 07 2007 at 07:14 AM

Right now my first choice is U of San Diego. My dad lives in the San Diego area so I wouldn't have any living expenses, and I would love to work there.

Friday, December 07 2007 at 07:52 AM

On both of your acceptances!!!

Friday, December 07 2007 at 09:48 AM

Congrats!! Very exciting. Many more to come I'm sure. (Oh and don't take UMD $ personally - they're very very cheap when it comes to aid...but even so it could come a few weeks later. a lot of schools do that)

Friday, December 07 2007 at 11:05 AM

Thanks! Congrats to you as well on U of I...and all that $$$. That's one of my top choices b/c it's closer to home. I forgot to mark it down, but I think it was sometime around the 15th that I sent in my Boalt app. They requested my LSDAS report on the 20th.

USD and $$
Friday, December 07 2007 at 11:41 AM

I've looked at past LSN accounts and URM's with similar numbers to me have been getting just around half tuition in scholarships.

Tuesday, December 11 2007 at 05:22 AM

Nope I'm white. LGBT applicant which I know for some schools holds a little extra weight but not quite the same as other URMs (and understandably so) I'm excited to see how the rest of your chips fall :)

Wednesday, December 12 2007 at 08:22 AM

on UIUC. Im jealous. I have not heard from them yet.

Friday, December 14 2007 at 09:54 AM

I really think you should add some more T14s. Unless you're totally set on Berkeley/NU because you're going to get into one if not both. But I think you have a great shot at any T14.

Sunday, December 16 2007 at 07:37 PM

I've visited my Chicago schools (Kent, Loyola, Depaul, NU) and will likely visit Georgetown and GWU sometime in early 2008. I'm also still really interested in W&M (affordability) so will likely go to their ASW and Berkeley's as well. I think I want to wait until I get a couple more acceptances in and then prioritize more/ withdraw apps, etc...have you made any visits?

Oh and by the way...
Sunday, December 16 2007 at 07:45 PM

Thanks for the kind words!

Monday, December 17 2007 at 01:09 AM

For the encouragement, you look like you're well on the way to a great cycle yourself!

Monday, December 17 2007 at 05:43 AM

You should go for it! UCLA has great concentrations in critical race studies and public interest law.

Thank you!!
Monday, December 17 2007 at 06:19 AM

Honestly, I'm still waiting for it to sink in. And I don't know if that will happen until the first day of classes! This is such a gift and such a dream come true that I am still in shock. As for visiting, the Dean said "see you in a few weeks" - so I'm assuming I need to be somewhere in a few weeks? haha. Can't wait! Thank you for all of your support! I know Berkeley will come through for you. I just know it :)

Monday, December 17 2007 at 03:20 PM

Thanks. They have their preview days on March 7 and 28. I'll probably go to one of those. I'm hearing that Urbana-Champaign isn't that bad, but I'm not sold yet. We'll see.

UIUC visit
Wednesday, December 19 2007 at 12:51 PM

I would love to visit but I'm not sure how I would get there--I don't have a car. My current school isn't far from UIUC so I might be able to find a way.

Wednesday, December 19 2007 at 04:55 PM

I lived in Champaign for a summer so I am pretty familiar with the area and campus. I plan to attend one of their preview days though. Hope to see you there.

Thursday, December 20 2007 at 11:12 AM

From either airport in Chicago, probably three hours. From the champaign airport, I'm not sure, but there are probably buses.

Thursday, December 20 2007 at 02:46 PM

Thanks. WashU gives out scholarshis much later. Probably in February/March. I'm definitely going to visit UIUC, not sure when though. Hopefully, I'll see you at one of the days. And apply to those schools that I suggested earlier. ESPECIALLY UVA!

public interest
Friday, December 21 2007 at 02:06 PM

hey there. We have very similar #'s. What is your #1 choice? I'm wanting to do PI as well. Good luck this cycle and congrats on the acceptances.

Sunday, December 23 2007 at 11:05 AM

Happy Holidays to you too. UVa isn't my dream school, but it's a great school. I figured since you applied to Duke you might as well apply to UVa. They are very similar (both in small towns), but UVa is clearly the better school. I think you would get in with a nice scholarship.

Hello there
Monday, December 24 2007 at 09:20 AM

Congratulations.... More greats news will come to you I wish you good luck and merry holiday.

Hello Again
Monday, December 24 2007 at 06:24 PM

I am currently in New Jersey. You know what? Since I came to America, I have been residing in NJ...so, I am ready to explore this country right now by moving to new state, and I don't mind trying Indiana at all. Nonetheless, the location might change, depends on my receiving of any $$$ from other schools.

Congrats You Lucky Bum!
Wednesday, December 26 2007 at 01:42 PM

Way to go on IUB! I hope to hear from them soon. I hear the campus is beautiful and the people are friendly. I bet the scholly makes it tempting...good luck on the Bezerkeley deferral!

Thursday, December 27 2007 at 06:52 AM

For the holiday wishes. Congrats on another acceptance. Are you going to send anymore materials to Berkely?

Friday, December 28 2007 at 12:20 PM

Thanks..congrats too! Your circle looks great so far!

Wednesday, January 09 2008 at 06:00 AM

Thanks for the info. I actually have not visited GW and def plan to. The only DC school I have visited is Howard. I actually don't have any preferences right now. I have heard that GW doesn't have great diversity though. I can't believe how long it's taking to hear from some of these schools. I'm still rooting for you and Berkeley :)

I have no idea
Thursday, January 24 2008 at 07:45 AM

Im still trying to decide. Just got into UGA today so that just makes everything that much harder. Have you decided?

Thursday, January 24 2008 at 09:53 AM

on the recent acceptances! I hope Penn comes through :)

Silence from Duke?
Friday, January 25 2008 at 03:46 AM

Curious...have you heard anything from Duke? I applied early, as well, and have received little correspondence from them. congrats on the new acceptances.

Saturday, January 26 2008 at 02:07 PM

Im very interested in living in GA because my twin sister lives in ATL. I am tired of this Chicago weather and ATL is so fun.

Monday, January 28 2008 at 05:41 AM

I'm not sure what my first choice is at this point but I'm def happy to have Vandy as an option. I have to wait and see what kind of aid I'll be getting and/or if I'll get any money before I start picking a school. Congrats on UofA. I wonder why Duke is so slow...I'm still waiting to hear from them as well.

Thursday, January 31 2008 at 10:36 PM


Friday, February 01 2008 at 05:07 AM

on all of your acceptances so far! I also come from a social justice background (and went to school in DC). Good luck on the rest of your cycle.

Saturday, February 02 2008 at 05:07 AM

Congrats on Northwestern!!

Saturday, February 02 2008 at 08:33 AM

Congrats girl!!!

Sunday, February 03 2008 at 07:05 PM

On Northwestern!!! I'm really excited for you. I can only imagine how excited you are.

Monday, February 04 2008 at 03:04 AM

Congrats on NU! It's a great place in an even better area of Chicago. I think you'll like it!

Monday, February 04 2008 at 06:22 AM

is a great town. I really love it here. Yes, it does get cold, but the people are nice, transit is good, and it's got the benefits of a big city with more of a Midwest feeling. I'm not certain what type of public interest I want to do, but I am very interested in Education Policy and issues relating to poverty eradication.

first pick
Monday, February 04 2008 at 03:15 PM

My first pick is probably UW. So we will see?!? Good luck to you!

Thursday, February 07 2008 at 01:57 PM

I haven't made my mind up yet about anything and I feel pretty good about my cycle so far. You def have 2 great options. Let me know how your visit goes.

Friday, February 08 2008 at 03:28 PM

on all your great acceptances. I was reading your comments and I laughed because I had to pay my mailcarrier for the Univ. of AZ failing to put on enough postage!

Monday, February 11 2008 at 06:17 AM

On U of I and all the other schools. What are you leaning towards?

Don't Count Penn Out!
Monday, February 11 2008 at 11:18 AM

You have to at least consider Penn! Especially for Public Interest. Penn's the 1st law school to establish a mandatory pro bono requirement for graduation. There's also the PI scholarships and loan repayments for grads going into PI law. Enough trolling for now ;)

Monday, February 11 2008 at 12:34 PM

Sucks about Boalt but you have too many other great options to dwell on it too long. Are going to consider UIUC?

Monday, February 11 2008 at 03:49 PM

Don't worry about Boalt. NU and Indiana are amazing schools and a full ride is nothing to scoff at. I'm leaning towards U of I but havn't heard from Indiana yet.

Wednesday, February 13 2008 at 07:14 AM

Sorry about the waitlist. There's always a chance you could get off. But you still have two great options especially Northwestern when you want to do public interest work.

Friday, February 15 2008 at 02:44 AM

Yes, I will be at NU at the end of the month, so we'll likely meet. Are you staying w/ a current student and going to the Bulls game and all that jazz? I'll be visiting Berk during their ASW April 3-5. Sorry about the waitlist, I was pulling for you.

Friday, February 15 2008 at 11:31 AM

I love Champaign but I think U of I is a bit too close to Chicago for me. I need warmer weather

Sunday, February 17 2008 at 11:34 AM

On Duke!

Monday, February 18 2008 at 12:24 PM

On the Duke e-mail! Good cycle so far!

Saturday, February 23 2008 at 10:43 AM

On the congrats for G-Town! I'm probably going to apply to their business school as well, which means I need to start studying for the GMAT. I have until April 20th. Is NW your number one choice of the schools you're into so far? I hope your last two pending schools bring good news!!!

Saturday, February 23 2008 at 05:11 PM

Hey again congats on the great news of Northwestern and all your othe acceptances. Thats so cool that you're a community organizer. I'm in my sr year as a social work major. I'd love to do some org work after law school. How do you like it?

Tuesday, March 04 2008 at 03:52 PM

It was really nice meeting you at NU! Best of luck w/ your decision.

Saturday, March 15 2008 at 10:44 AM

Hey Herogirl! Congrats on all of your acceptances! I saw that you got into IU-B with a full scholarship. They've offered that to me too, and I was wondering what you think about the school and/or if you've visited. Feel free to post back on my wall or to email me. Thanks so much and take care!

Hey again!
Saturday, March 15 2008 at 09:40 PM

Yeah, I'll be at the Admitted Students weekend. I look forward to meeting you! I have a quick question. Did IU-B make the travel arrangements for you or did you have to book your own hotel and flight?

Hey, again!
Sunday, March 16 2008 at 11:55 AM

I really like UT Austin, Wash U, Cornell, and SMU (since it's in Dallas). Indiana has definitely moved way up, though. I'm strongly considering going there. Are you considering any other schools besides NU and IU-B?

Re: IU-B and other stuff
Sunday, March 16 2008 at 07:58 PM

Hey Herogirl! I'll be going to law school right from undergrad. I've technically visited Wash U, but its b/c I go there. I still have to visit IU-B, Cornell and SLU (they have the #1 health care law program and I received a good scholarship from them). I really have no idea of where I'll end up, but its nice to have the option of not paying for tuition at IU-B.

Almost forgot
Sunday, March 16 2008 at 07:59 PM

IU-B said I had until April 1st to accept. When's your deadline?

Monday, March 17 2008 at 07:25 AM

Long time no talk...LOL. I am slighlty leaning towards Vandy bc of the money but GW and Texas are also still really big options for me. I'm kind of upset I couldn't make it to any of their ASDs bc of work but I'll be doing a mass school visit the first weekend in April (way to way til the last minute). How is your decision going? Did you get NU to raise your offer?

I understand!
Monday, March 17 2008 at 02:52 PM

Girl, I understand completely! I guess you would have to think about where you would be happiest. Is it worth taking out more in loans to go to the law school you really like? Should I go to a less prestigious school if you got into a "better one"? I'm asking myself that same questions and I don't have an answer right now. I will admit one thing that's heavily influencing my decision is how much money will have I have to pay to go to a certain school b/c I do have undergrad debt. Is that a factor in your decision?

Monday, March 17 2008 at 06:37 PM

Girl, that's real. I will be doing the same thing when I go visit b/c I would like to go back to Texas eventually.

Thursday, March 20 2008 at 09:49 AM

Thanks for letting me know! That's makes a BIG difference! Is a 2.3 GPA each year?

Thursday, March 20 2008 at 09:52 AM

I asked IU for an extension. I'm not sure if you need one, but I wanted to let you know that that's an option.

Hey, again!
Thursday, March 20 2008 at 11:04 PM

Yeah, it actually said that in my letter, but Dani Weatherford say that it was a 2.3 when I called. I don't know why it said that, but I think you're right.

Saturday, March 22 2008 at 05:19 PM

Lol, they offered me admission for the 2010 class if I work for two years prior to entering. I am going to turn down that offer. I spoke to the Dean himself and told him how I felt about the situation, which was a bit more than perturbed considering my current level of work experience. Regardless, I am more than excited for my other options. I am most likely going to attend Wisconsin because of the good job options, the significant scholarship, my wife loved UW for her PhD program and Madison is an awesome place. I too wrestle with the idea of debt. If Chicago comes through, it would be a tough choice. I feel that graduating with no debt gives me the option of working any kind of job I want from PI to Biglaw, especially coming from Wisconsin. IUB is a great school that many people are very excited about. Many hiring partners feel that IUB grads are well prepared for legal practice. I would say that if you want to stay where you graduate, pick IUB but if you want a more portable degree, go with NU.

Sunday, March 23 2008 at 03:33 PM

Hey HeroGirl, Good luck with your decision, I have heard only great things about IUB, especially for diversity students. I have looked at your profile and it seems like you are really interested in Public Interest law and it really makes no difference where you get your JD from if you want to go into that after graduation. Regardless of what you want to practice, I know that IUB has great employment prospects both in the midwest and elsewhere. they even have interview programs for students interested in working in the D.C. area and elsewhere. I dont think it really matters where you want to go. the quality of education at IUB is going to be great. i hope you enjoy their ASD. It will make so much difference when you wont have any debt out of law school!!! trust me!

99J. Murray
Monday, March 24 2008 at 11:43 AM

I appreciate the kind words. IUB does place a little over half their students outside of Indiana but a majority do stay in the midwest. They do have a OCI at DC but I don't know how fruitful that is. Here is an interesting link if you haven't seen it: <a href="http://www.law.indiana.edu/careers/where/wherearethey.shtml" title="http://www.law.indiana.edu/careers/where/wherearethey.shtml" class="data">http://www.law.indiana.edu/careers/where/wherearethey.shtml</a> There are some IUB grads in the past two years that have made it in various fields in DC. But if you are really interested in working there, NU is probably your best bet. Why no GTown or GW? No debt is a very nice option though and considering the pay levels in public interest, it might be your best bet. Though LRAP is an option, I've heard horror stories to say the least and the last thing you want to do is go belly up trying to do something you love. Might damper your spirit. Something else to consider: <a href="http://vault.com/lawschool/top25" title="http://vault.com/lawschool/top25" class="data">http://vault.com/lawschool/top25</a>/ IUB is very highly liked by hiring patners which might work well for you. Either way, you are going to do great! You seem like a really level headed person who has the drive and determination to succeed. Too bad we won't be able to go to class together! Oh, I am only 21 and straight out of undergrad. I worked full time during my last two years but NU doesn't count that for some reason. I wish you all the best!

Your work experience can overcome your L
Friday, March 28 2008 at 05:24 AM

Is that really what you said? The only reason you were accepted was the color of your skin. Trust me, nobody is going to look at you and think you got in on merit - and they'd be right, wouldn't they?

Sunday, March 30 2008 at 02:31 PM

How was IUB? It's a great school and they have an interest in diversity, more so than Duke (which is going to be way more competitive and "really white"). Plus you have a full ride to IUB! No debt means that you can do whatever you want when you graduate. The sky is the limits for you.

99J. Murray
Go to NU :)
Wednesday, April 02 2008 at 11:44 AM

Best of luck with your decision. You have incredible choices. If you don't mind my saying, I think you should go to NU. If you look at Duke's Class of 2007 Employment data zero grads were employed in public interest law. Take it for what it's worth, but i think that speaks to the school's commitment to PI and probably their PI loan forgiveness/repayment program. I would look into this policy for both schools and see what they will repay toward your loans each year and for how many years if you take the PI route. I know at Penn it's up to $12,000 a year for 10 years so I imagine it could/should be something similar to that. Either way you can't go wrong. Congrats on a great cycle!!

Congrats on making...
Monday, April 07 2008 at 08:57 AM

... your decision! Duke's such a great school. Keep in touch; I know you'll do great!

Hey Girl!
Monday, April 07 2008 at 02:00 PM

Duke's a great choice! I'm so proud! Yep, I think I'll be at Cornell next year! I loved it and I felt so comfortable there! Everyone was so nice and so supportive! Winter's will suck, but I think that a Cornell JD is well worth it. Take care and give me a call sometime!

Tuesday, April 08 2008 at 08:55 AM

Congrats on making a decision! Duke is an excellent choice. If you'd like, I know a very nice 2L there who i'm sure would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have or tell you about her experience there as a young african-american woman. Best of luck!

Tuesday, April 08 2008 at 06:59 PM

I just created a Facebook group for Duke Law 2011! <a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=10831334033&ref=mf" title="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=10831334033&ref=mf" class="data">http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=10831334033&ref=mf</a>

Monday, April 14 2008 at 08:23 AM

For the congrats and good luck at Duke. It's a great school. Since I'm from the area let me know if you have any questions about finding affordable places to live.

Final Decision!!!!
Monday, April 14 2008 at 03:20 PM

I love reading your updates from "it is unlikely that I will be a Blue Devil next year" to your current stance. I'm happy for you! Enjoy Durham, I hope it takes you where you want to go!!! Also do you plan on working in DC during the summers? I'll more than likely be there myself.

soo exciting
Tuesday, April 15 2008 at 07:39 PM

reading your updates and apps status was a journey.. i am so happy and excited for you.. I am taking the lsat in june, am hispanic and have a 3.57 gpa.. is that whole lsat 10 points thing really true? any advice on the process?

Monday, April 21 2008 at 07:46 AM

I'm headed to Columbia, but you were right; Boalt was amazing! It came down to location for me. I've always loved the idea of living in NYC and thought law school would be the perfect time to do it. Thanks for all of your encouragement!

What's your secret?
Thursday, November 12 2009 at 07:16 AM

Congratulations on NU and Duke! Gives me hope that I still have a chance:) I love NU and really want to go. I have a similar LSAT and GPA to yours and would appreciate any info or advice that you may have? Thanks for sharing