Low GPA is because I spent almost 3 years at college as a physics major before switching to linguistics. I have added an addendum to all applications explaining this, pointing to my high GPA in my major (Linguistics) and my high LSAT score.
Original GPA was 3.20 when I started applying.
Scholarships are in terms of total dollar amount for the entire three-year period offered.
2/16 - Decided to attend law school. Started doing research into law school admissions.
3/16/16 - Took my first practice LSAT, timed. Started self-studying.
4/11/16-5/19/16 - Studied regularly with 2-4 tests a week, every week. Practice problems during breaks at work. Full sections during breaks between classes. Three PowerScore Bibles.
5/20/16-6/5/16 - Studied full-time. Took 1-2 preptests a day, 6 days a week. All timed. Reviewed all of them same day.
6/6/16 - Took the LSAT.
6/28/16 - Got my LSAT score: 172.
9/14/16 - Spoke to one recommender. Finalized my list of schools to apply to.
9/23/16 - Got my second recommender. Requested my transcripts from Stony Brook.
9/24/16 - Had my digital interview with Northwestern. Let me just say: ten rounds of practice digital interviews wasn't nearly enough. It isn't always easy answering a law school interview question in exactly 60 seconds.
9/26/16 - Transcripts from Stony Brook received by LSAC. Submitted paperwork for Indiana Tech Law School to refund my LSAT and CAS fees ($350 total).
10/5/16 - Submitted my Indiana Tech application so they would pay me $350. (They refund the LSAT and CAS fees if you apply.)
10/7/16 - Indiana Tech called me and informed me I was accepted with a full ride and that they wanted to fly me out to visit the campus. Additionally, they informed me my reimbursement request for $350 was being processed and should be delivered in approximately 3 weeks.
10/11/16 - Submitted my application to American University.
10/15/16 - New York LSAC Law School Forum. Got to meet representatives from all schools on my list except Harvard, Columbia, and Chicago. No schools offered fee waivers other than those I had already received fee waivers from. Dean of Admissions from Yale Law, Asha Rangappa, reminded me that Yale's admissions decisions don't start until early 2017, so I am at no benefit to submit my application quickly if my grades will be higher after the fall semester. Will not be applying to Yale until January.
10/20/16 - Submitted my application to University of Minnesota.
10/24/16 - Submitted my applications to Cornell University and George Washington University.
10/25/16 - First recommender finally submitted his letter. Second one told me it might take a while longer.
10/26/16 - Submitted applications to UPenn, Chicago, Northwestern, Harvard, and Stanford.
10/27/16 - Interview with Vandy. Very relaxed, very informative, very easy.
10/30/16 - Second recommender finally submitted his letter.
11/1/16 - Submitted applications for Virginia, Michigan, Notre Dame, NYU, Vanderbilt, and Boston.
11/2/16 - Submitted application for Georgetown.
11/3/16 - Submitted applications for Duke and Columbia. Done with applications until the Fall semester grades come out.
11/7/16 - Under review at Duke and George Washington.
11/16/16 - Second "Under Review" at Duke.
11/17/16 - Second "Application Complete" at Notre Dame. In at UMN via status checker.
11/18/16 - Acceptance call from UMN director of admissions.
11/21/16 - Boston University status changed to "Hold for Fall Grades." Under Review at University of Chicago. Third "Application Complete" at Notre Dame.
11/28/16 - Fourth "Application Complete" at Notre Dame.
11/29/16 - In at George Washington with scholarship via email ($35k/year).
12/1/16 - Submitted a scholarship application for Notre Dame (due Decmeber 1). Northwestern updated to "Application Complete" again.
12/2/16 - Ready for Review at Cornell.
12/5/16 - Under Committee Review at Penn.
12/7/16 - Second "Application Complete" at American University.
12/8/16 - Decision Made at Notre Dame.
12/9/16 - Held at Georgetown via email.
12/12/16 - Accepted to Notre Dame via email.
12/15/16 - Under Review at NYU.
12/16/16 - In at Michigan via email.
12/20/16 - Second "Under Committee Review" at Penn.
12/27/16 - Fall 2016 grades are up. Moved my LSAC GPA up from 3.20 to 3.30. Presumably, any acceptances starting in January should be based on my new GPA.
12/30/16 - Minnesota status checker says they mailed out scholarship information.
1/3/17 - Minnesota scholarship info arrived via snail mail. Dean's Distinguished Scholarship ($40k/year).
1/4/17 - Vanderbilt status changed to "Decision Mailed." Email from Vandy later in the day with decision.
1/6/17 - LSAC sent out my new transcript information to all schools. I sent out an addendum updating my previous addendum regarding my GPA (and almost every school emailed me back within a few days to confirm the receipt of my new addendum).
1/9/17 - Boston University marked me Complete again (having received my fall grades). Rejected by Cornell.
1/23/17 - Penn waitlisted me via email.
1/30/17 - Waitlisted at Duke via email.
1/31/17 - Stanford says "A decision letter has been sent." on status checker.
2/2/17 - Second "Application Under Review" for University of Chicago. NYU's status checker changed to "Decision Letter Sent."
2/3/17 - Rejected from NYU via email. Scholarship email from Michigan ($15k/year).
2/6/17 - Received decision letter from Stanford.
2/8/17 - Waitlisted at Northwestern via email. Interview scheduled for UVA. Third "Under Review" for Chicago.
2/9/17 - Skype interview with UVA. Asked about specific aspects of my application like the gpa addendum as well as why law school and why UVA. Then I got to ask questions.
2/13/17 - Waitlisted at Chicago via email. Received scholarship from Notre Dame via snail mail ($30k/year). Rejected from Georgetown via email.
2/14/17 - Waitlisted at Columbia via email.
2/16/17 - Third "Application Complete" from American (after sending a LoCI).
2/17/17 - Rejected from UVA via email. Accepted to American via email.
2/21/17 - Finalized and submitted my Yale application.
2/24/17 - Scholarship offer from American via email ($35k/year).