I am a Kentucky resident and am looking to stay in the region after graduation, so I am only applying to schools I would really like to attend.
10/23/08 - Visited NKU-Chase today, and I was very impressed! I found out that for scholarships, you only have to maintain good academic standing, so only a 2.0 GPA. What this means is that if I get the $12,000 a year Henry Clay scholarship, I can rest assured that I will keep it for all 3 years. The campus is merely ok, but the law school itself is very nice. There are projectors, wireless internet, and individual laptop outlets in every classroom. Also, the professors and students seemed very welcoming. I am definitely leaning more towards Northern now.
11/17/08 - At this point, it has been a little over a month since my applications were submitted. In the past few days I have gone complete at Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. I am hoping for a decision from both to be made within the next month or so.
This weekend I will be attending an open house at UK, so I am excited to see if that pushes me more towards attending there.
11/22/08 - I visited UK Law today. A new building is in the works, but the current facility is badly outdated. But UK has such a great reputation that it would be hard to turn down. The bar passage and career/employment statistics are just about the best in the region. I think I am realizing that UK is a much bigger deal than attending a less well known school.
Send me a message if you would like more info on my impression of UK Law or NKU-Chase Law.
11-24-08 - I AM IN at UK! It feels great to have the first acceptance, and to my first choice school at that! This proves that sometimes grades do matter more than a stellar LSAT. I will continue to think about the scholarship to Chase, but honestly this just about wraps things up for me. UK is among the best in this region in terms of reputation and job opportunities. The money I spend now on UK will surely pay off in the long run.
11-26-08 - I got a letter in the mail today from the law school dean at UK congratulating me on my acceptance and urging me to choose UK. A nice follow-up touch I thought : )
12-1-08 - December is here! I am still so excited about getting into UK. I have not heard back from the other schools, but I am mentally committed to moving to Lexington next fall. I know NKU is going to give me a scholarship, but my thinking at the moment is that even UK at full price would be a better option. I feel very confident about getting a desirable job in KY as a UK Law graduate, but not so much with NKU.
12-5-08 - Another acceptance to a great law school, the University of Cincinnati. I am really glad these schools are looking at my grades over my LSAT. I probably prefer UK because it is in-state and a bit cheaper than UC's metro rate, but I will wait and see about scholarships. It looks like I am going to be accepted to all 4 schools at this point! I had kind of written off UC, but if they could give me some money to make it cost the same as UK, I would really consider it. I plan on taking a personal visit in the spring.
12-8-08 - Phone call from Dean Casillano at the University of Dayton. I have been accepted, and the phone call was a nice touch. I would probably not attend since I have already been accepted to UK and UC, but it's nice to be wanted.
12-12-08 - My status checker at NKU has changed to "decision mailed." I assume it will be an acceptance, and with that, the admissions cycle will be over for me. Now I can wait for scholarships and weigh my options.
12-16-08 - Accepted at NKU. My cycle is over! I know I could apply to more schools, but I think it makes sense for me to stay in this region because that is where I want to work eventually. It says that I will be considered for scholarships in February.
12-23-08 - Every day I think about how great it would be to attend law school for free at NKU, but I always conclude that UK is the undisputed leader of law schools in this state. I love Lexington and I think it is a great fit. Still, I plan to schedule another visit to UK in the spring semester and sit in on a class just to be sure. I will probably withdraw from everywhere by at least March and send in my deposit to UK.
1-3-09 - The new year is here! Pending some unforeseen event, I will be a 1L at the University of Kentucky College of Law in the Fall of 2009!
1-16-09 - I received a $4,000 per year (for 3 years) scholarship offer from UC today. I am happy to get something from a school where I am below the median LSAT, but this won't be enough to change my mind. Even without a scholarship UK is more affordable. I will withdraw at some point.
2-21-09 - UK gave me $2,000 spread out over three years. It's not much, but UK is afforadable anyway and I really didn't expect anything, so I am actually pretty happy. I cannot wait to get to UK this fall!