Best of luck to the new applicants!
Read my blog (co-authored with a friend who is at HLS) here: http://similarlysituated.blogspot.com/
5/2: Yale it is.
In the end, after visiting to get a feel for each place and soaking up as much information as I could, I had my own reasons for choosing Yale (with Stanford a *very* close second over Harvard), and I feel blessed to have been given 13 wonderful options during the cycle.
4/15: Withdrew from UVA, Michigan. Down to three.
4/14: Columbia scholarship offer by mail; withdrew.
4/1: NYU financial aid offer by e-mail. Dean's Scholarship (breakdown: $25k/$25k/$12.5K with extra $12.5k if public interest 2L summer). Withdrew.
3/27: Accepted at Columbia via e-mail, after having been deferred back on 2/14.
3/24: Stanford financial aid award by e-mail (a few thousand better than both Yale and Harvard, because Stanford has a lower base loan amount; also they take less of your summer earnings).
3/19: Withdrew from Chicago, Duke, Georgetown, Northwestern, Penn.
3/18: Denied USC's Rothman at permanent address. Withdrew.
3/17: UVA Dillard scholarship phone call - full tuition & fees for three years.
3/12: Northwestern scholarship offer by e-mail. Also, Harvard financial aid award by e-mail (within a few hundred dollars of Yale's).
3/11: Full tuition (I'll estimate to $120k) Dean's Scholarship offer from GULC by e-mail, after responding to their "How much would we have to give you to have you come?" e-mail, telling them (nicely) they'd have to offer full tuition. Also, Yale financial aid award by e-mail.
3/10: Duke and UChicago scholarship offers in the mail.
2/29: E-mail notification of receiving the Levy at Penn.
2/27: Wrote Columbia LOCI.
2/19: In at Stanford via voice mail message and e-mail from Dean Diehl.
2/18: Scholarship offer from USC. Still to be considered for the Rothman (notified by 3/18), but this is a preliminary offer.
2/14: "On hold" at Columbia.
2/11: Invite from Penn to apply for the Levy Scholars program.
2/7: Phone call acceptance at Chicago.
1/29: BEST DAY EVER?!?
Got a full Darrow! 12:49 pm. Whoa!
Also, in at Yale! 3:38 pm. Whoa!!
1/25: In at USC via packet in the mail, dated 1/22.
1/23: In at Penn via phone call from the Dean.
1/21: In at Northwestern via status checker letter.
1/19: In at UVA with Dean's Scholarship (regular mail); switched to Decision on 1/17.
1/9: Darrow invite from Michigan via e-mail.
12/21: HLS binder on the steps when I got home.
12/17: Michigan acceptance packet; status checker changed on 12/15.
12/13: Toby Stock says, "Welcome to Harvard!"
* Note: didn't go complete until 12/14.
12/11: Harvard (phone) and Northwestern (in-person alumni) interviews.
12/10: Received snail mail acceptance package from NYU - stamped 12/7 but letter says 12/5.
12/07: Got Harvard phone call e-mail.
12/06: Good thing I called the UG's pre-professional advising office about Stanford's Dean Cert...it hadn't been sent yet. Note: this probably delayed my going-complete date at Stanford.
12/05: Duke admitted student packet in the mail.
12/04: Admitted to MA part of JD/MA at Duke (e-mailed).
- Also, received snail mail admit from Georgetown after flipping to "Decision" on 12/3.
11/27: Admitted to Duke's JD part of the JD/MA (e-mail).
11/05/07: Michigan e-mail offers $22k/year if admitted, apply by Dec 15th.