VANDERBILT LAW CLASS OF 2011
Impressions/thoughts on schools and my cycle:
Vanderbilt (visited 2x) - visited right after admitted and at ASW; perfect (read: small) class size, excellent facility, wonderfully helpful/friendly people everywhere; students were happy to be there and pleased with job prospects/professors/etc.; Nashville is a great city that will only get better; got an offer I couldn't refuse
UVA (didn't visit) - my initial number 1; great city, great rep, huge OCI, journals/clinics just what I wanted; too far away from home and too expensive to beat 45K from Vandy; if Vandy's offer would have been less, would have interviewed and rode WL, but alas, not to be
Texas (didn't visit) - previously visited UG and know people in Austin - great city and school; lots of journals/clinics to get involved with; they don't give hardly any merit aid, which broke the tie with Vandy
Emory (visited) - nice campus, ATL pretty cheap but Horrible traffic; people seemed friendly and happy; located in good legal market (which means alot, whatever anyone tells you); would have gone there but their focuses (Crim Law, Corp Law) not really what I want to do
GW (visited) - good area of DC; WAY big and lots of people always buzzing around; everyone seemed somewhat cramped; will always be second fiddle to GULC, fairly or not; too expensive if you don't get merit/need grants; plus is that everyone OCIs there
Michigan (didn't visit) - great admissions department; huge OCI and awesome reputation, but very cold and somewhat large class size; WL agony and 44K/yr tuition not worth it in the end
GULC (visited) - location not as nice as GW, actually somewhat sketchy; VERY big and expensive as well; BUT great clinics/journals and academics and OCI is huge; got WLed and didn't think paying full price was worth it over 45K from Vandy
W&M (didn't visit) - small, isolated; great history and focuses on Con Law and other interesting aspects of law; good rep in Mid-Atlantic, but not national; OCI rather small; need to be top 25% realistically for BigLaw; W'burg not for everyone
Here's how my cycle went, chronologically:
11/14 - In at W&M via priority mail!
11/20 - Deferred by UT via e-mail
11/23 - Phone interview with GULC alumna
11/24 - In at Vanderbilt via snail mail!
12/12 - Deferred by GULC via snail mail
12/18 - In at Emory via phone call!
12/20 - In at GW via e-mail!
1/10 - Deferred by Michigan via e-mail
1/28 - And the inevitable ding from Harvard via e-mail
2/9 - Preferred WL from GULC via snail mail
2/29 - WL from Michigan via e-mail
3/1 - Vandy scholarship offer arrives via snail mail
3/6 - Emory scholarship offer arrives via snail mail
3/7 - Withdrew from W&M and GULC
3/11 - In at UT via e-mail!
3/19 - Vandy increases scholarship offer via e-mail
Withdrew from Emory
3/24 - UT scholarship offer via e-mail
3/25 - Withdrew from UT and GW
4/3 - Priority non-resident WL at UVA
4/6 - Withdrew from Michigan WL
4/8 - Withdrew from UVA WL
Submitted Vanderbilt seat deposit