1/6/08: Just finished my first batch of applications, and man does my list look small compared to some others on here. Then again, what can I say? I am poor. I can only afford to apply to so many schools, and while a 164 LSAT is solid I have some specific regional biases. As of now, I'd be happy to go to any of the schools I've applied to...it sure beats teaching. May still apply to UGA, W&M, and GM.
1/8/08: Another excitingly mundane update. Applied to Temple and GM and received twice as many fee waivers as I expected. I love (those kind of) surprises!
1/11/08: Decided to apply to GW even if I'm not confident in my ability to get in. Also applied to American. Looks like the SO has some nice job leads in the DC area, so I better broaden my search there.
1/18/08: I'm finally going complete at a few places, and have already received one acceptance email. Unfortunately, it was from Florida Coastal (which I wasn't even considering), and unfortunately their email read like a standard "fill in the blank" advertisement. Oh well, I'll get some good news in a month or so.
1/23/08: My dates are a little off because the mail ran a bit slow, but great news! Got my first acceptance today to Wake Forest. Hooray! I finally have a ticket out of teaching!
1/25/08: Wow, I feel like I'm having a fast cycle. Accepted at UMD.
2/2/08 Received an acceptance package from Temple's Beasley School of Law today. While I applied there more for the fee waiver, getting a $15,000 a year scholarship is both nice and worth considering.
2/4/08 Some big news: I just got accepted to GW's law school. I wasn't expecting to get into the full time program, so I applied part time. I was already going to visit the DC area schools this weekend, so call this another place to stop and say hello.
2/25/08 The news pipeline has been quite dry. That being said, I was accepted to American University today, but I am going to go ahead and withdraw my acceptance (if that's what it's called). American was my backup option in DC, and obvious was an option that I did not need.
2/27/08 Adjusted my rankings based on information about the school, location, and my own personal preferences. I have never really been one to go with the crowd, and it would appear that choosing which law school to attend is no exception.
2/28/08 A flat out rejection from GM! I'm a little surprised that it was a straight-up ding, but I don't feel bad about it. The school was starting to really slip off my radar.
3/26/08: Just when I was expecting to not know anything else until April, I get a small envelope from Emory saying I'm on their waitlist. I'm not terribly surprised, considering that it took them so long to get back to me. However, I've had them ranked in my "2nd tier" for how long? No tears here.
4/2/08: My cycle is over...hooray! I guess I did okay. Just got an acceptance email from UNC. While I would rather go to Wake if I decide to stay in state because that would mean that I wouldn't have to relocate, it does bring up what's going to be a deciding factor: financial aid. So far I've only heard from Temple (when I got my acceptance) and American (after I withdrew...ironically). That's going to play a big role for who I'll be mailing my check to on April 15th. I'll post those updates as they come, but for now it's nice to hear from everyone.
4/7/08: Surprising news! Got a half tuition scholarship from Wake. Hooray! Have to stay within the top 2/3 of the class to get full benefit, which could be stressful. But I'm confident! And if I don't make that cut, I still get quarter tuition...so it's not like I lose it. Can I get a sigh of relief?
4/12/08: And now all there is left to do is wait for law school to start. I've visited so many places and have thought long and hard, but Wake, especially with the scholarship, is the best fit. I love UMD's clinical opportunities and GW's campus, but it's Wake for me.