** Scholarship amounts are per year. **
Took the LSAT twice: 162, 169.
Other application details:
Michigan - Why Michigan, LSAT score addendum (to explain the large-ish difference between my first and second score)
Cornell - Did NOT submit an additional Why Cornell (filled out a few sentences where required on the application).
Vanderbilt - Did NOT request an interview.
GULC - Applied for FT only.
7/2: Received rejection by e-mail from Michigan today. Cycle is over, but then again, I wasn't expecting to get into Michigan anyway.
5/2: Withdrew from UCLA, Vanderbilt, GULC, and Cornell today.
4/13: Withdrew today from GWU Law. Their deposit deadline was very soon, so I decided to just withdraw. The reasons are still mostly the same as in the second paragraph of my 3/29 update.
3/29: Withdrew from WashU and SMU today. Their deposit deadlines were coming up (April 1) so I decided to just withdraw since it was already unlikely I would attend either, and very unlikely I could make a final decision by Sunday. At this point, I have lost most hope for the schools at which I'm waitlisted. I sent LOCIs to all of them. Emory U is looking pretty likely right now. I'll probably keep holding on for MIchigan, but at this point, Emory seems like the likely contender.
GWU was #1 (out of the schools to which I've already been admitted), but after reviewing their CoA as researched by me (that is, looking at apartments in the area online) compared to Emory's (plus my scholarship), I just don't know if GWU is worth it. GWU also seems to underestimate their rent board estimates on their estimated budget for their CoA for 2012-2013. CoA total for 2012-2013 is $77,300 per year, even with the underestimation. Over 12 months, one has only $1575/mo with which to work. A small studio near the school will cost you around $1800/mo for just rent. That $1575/mo is supposed to include rent AND other living expenses.
Perhaps I have an unrealistic preference with respect to my desired living arrangement. I suppose if you're willing to room with someone in a studio it could work out. I've also read that apparently some students live together in a house basement or similar, but I just feel like I'd have to basically live like a rat (no offense to current GWUers) just to attend GWU. Either that, or I'd have to live across the river and look at one way commute times of 25 - 40 minutes everyday via public transport. I'm not so sure that is worth it. I am taking an increased risk going to Emory with respect to job prospects (maybe, anyway - a lot of this sort of info seems to be speculation), but I think in sum it may be better for me.
3/19: Put on "reserve" at Cornell via e-mail. According to the e-mail, this isn't quite the actual waitlist, but I listed "waitlist" up above anyway.
2/24: It happened. I was waitlisted via e-mail from Michigan today. Really, though, I'm impressed I wasn't outright rejected, but still, I really did want an acceptance from Michigan. With my stats, though, I should be grateful with a waitlist. At this point, I'm on the waitlist at a few schools. I'm not sure what to do. I think GW's first seat deposit is due sometime in early April, so that doesn't provide too much more time to see if I can get off any of these waitlists. I can't afford to pay a seat deposit to a school where I won't ultimately attend if, say, I get admitted from the WL at a school after paying a seat deposit to another school.
2/16: Waitlisted via snail mail from Vanderbilt. Damn. At least I wasn't rejected. I find myself saying that quite a bit this cycle...
Also, today I got another packet from Emory with a scholarship offer. $69,000 over three years. The only stipulation is that I remain in "good standing." I think the fact that I got fairly similar scholarship offers from schools of disparate rankings is interesting. Of course, however, cost of living has to be taken into account as well - i.e., raw scholarship amounts don't tell the whole story. But I'm definitely not complaining!
2/14: Checked my Vanderbilt status checker to see a "decision mailed" date of 2/13. Uh oh. I wonder what they sent. Gulp. The waiting begins...
2/10: Received $75k over three years from WashU via e-mail and I didn't really see any stipulations. Wow. Money! I wish other law schools would be more like WashU.
2/10: Checked the mail to find a letter from Emory offering me admission! There was a nice, handwritten note from Dean Rosenzweig telling me I'd be a great fit for their TI:GER program (which I believe is a program specifically for IP people), which sounds great.
2/9: Checked my mail and found a SMU admit packet. I was offered $26k/yr, with the only stipulation being that I remain "in good standing."
2/8: Accepted to WashU via e-mail! Woohoo! My status checker hadn't moved since December. I was starting to get worried, but I'm happy I got in! My status checker updated again on 2/7. The checker still says "application complete."
2/3: Waitlisted at GULC today by e-mail. A real bummer, but wow to not getting outright rejected! I'll probably be sending in a LOCI in the next couple of months. I'd really love to get into GULC.
1/31: Admitted to SMU today by status checker!
1/17: Withdrew from W&L today.
1/9: Received an e-mail from MLS. I think it is some sort of soft waitlist type thing. I am not sure, but I hope this does not sink me at Michigan. They are still my #1 choice. Being admitted to MLS would be something of a dream come true.
1/6: Rejected at Harvard via e-mail. Status checker also changed to "decision rendered." This result was pretty much completely expected. I know my numbers simply aren't anywhere near HLS levels.
1/5: Waitlisted at UCLA via e-mail. Well, at least it isn't a flat-out reject.
12/19: Deferred via status checker and e-mail at Cornell today (deferred to the RD pool). Disappointed, but definitely glad to see that I was not outright rejected (given my sub-stellar stats and that I didn't submit an additional Why Cornell).
12/15: Received $20k/yr from W&L today via postal letter. The letter states there is a 3.15 GPA stipulation, and that 70% of the class is above this figure after 1L. Thank you for that information. Some schools conveniently leave out that kind of information! Anyway, nice to have a scholarship offer.
11/30: UT rejection via e-mail. This one kind of hurts, but then again, I knew it was a longshot. I was hoping that I might have a chance this year because of the predicted drop in applicants. According to the email, "Our selection process this year was even more difficult, as the overall competitiveness of our applicant pool has increased." I guess UT hasn't had a drop in applicants? I don't know how they could make such a determination so relatively early in the admissions cycle, but.. I'm no admissions dean. Status checker still shows "being considered for early decision."
11/26: Acceptance letter to GW! RD, FT. Online status checker still shows an "application complete" with a date of 11/7. Awesome to have a T20 acceptance!
11/10: W&L acceptance via e-mail! My compliments to Director Twitty and the W&L admissions team for being what seems to be one of the most efficient and "keep you informed" adcomms out there.