really nervous this cycle..hoping my work experience can overcome my super low LSAT. Hope I have enough safeties.
My top choices are Berkeley and Northwestern since i want to practice public interest law..
University of Arizona
University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
University of North Carolina
University of Pennsylvania
Washington and Lee
Florida Coastal University
Northwestern Interview--11/29. It went really well. Very impressed by NU Law Faculty and public interest clinics
12/6--25K per year for UIUC. Call from Dean of Admissions, YAY! my first acceptance!
12/6--snail mail letter from UMD. Very small, i thought it was a rejection!Two acceptances in one day! I am super bummed that they are not giving me money..this is my alma mater!
12/8--Admissions Packet from UMD arrived.
12/12--Email from Berkeley. my application has been deferred and will be reviewed later in the cycle.
12/24--Email from Indiana University-Bloomington. I am accepted with a full tuition scholarship! Very exicting!!Must go for a visit.
12/26--arrived home for the holidays and found out that Penn sent me a fee waiver back in September. I decided to apply just for the hell of out. Not really a top choice since I have issues with the East Coast..
1/8/08--I visited GWU Law today with a friend. To be honest, I wasnt that impressed. Its near downtown DC and law school building is pretty new. However, THE SCHOOL DID NOT SEEM VERY DIVERSE. I saw VERY FEW students of color. In fact, it was mostly white males. If diversity in the student body and faculty is something you value, then this might not be the school for you. I am happy with my decision not to apply to GWU Law.
1/19/08--In at Temple! Large envelope sent via snail mail. Scholarship amount is $15,000 per year. Not enough!
1/23--Found out I got into UofA through email! Apparently, the letter they sent to my place in Denver bounced back! $17,000 per year. Very decent since I love the Southwest. Depending on where I am in March, I might go down for a visit.
1/31--I GOT INTO NORTHWESTERN! WHOA! I found out their email update. Wow, I am SO GOING FOR A VISIT THIS MARCH! I am very exicted!
Feb Update: Planning my trip to Chicago for the 1st week of March. I will visit NU and UIUC in the same week. I am flying out to Indiana on March 28th for their Open House.
Unless I get into Boalt--which is looking unlikely, I will be deciding between NU(dream school for what I want to do) and Indiana University Bloomington(full ride). Thanks for all the support everyone!
2/11--Email from Dean Edward Tom of UC-Berkeley. I have been waitlisted, in other words rejected. Wow, this really hurts considering that I have wanted to go to Berkeley for awhile. I know I will never get off the waitlist so I am
going to erase Boalt from my mind as an option. Bummer! Best of luck to those who do end up at Boalt..
2/18--I just found out that I have been accepted at Duke. It came in an email from Bill Hoye? I really wish I would have found out back in December or even last month. It is unlikely I will be a Blue Devil next year--their Open Students Weekend is the same weekend as IU-Bloomington. Ugh!
3/5--Withdrew from UMD and Temple.
3/13--Scholarship offer from Nu. Going to ask for a little more--15K to 20k extra. If this happens, I will be in Chicago this fall. I didnt get a chance to post my review, but I really enjoyed visiting NU. It is a top notch law school in a great city!
Law School Decision Update 3.22: OK, my final decision is still down to NU and IU-Bloomington. For my career goals, NU makes more sense and Chicago is such a beautiful city--despite the cold weather. Even though they are offering me 25k a yr, NU is raising their tuition for next fall by $4400. My total costs for tuition and housing are looking to be around 44K per yr. I think this is really excessive! My loans will definitely be 120K plus! I am not budging until the school gives me at least 10K more per year.
The only reason I am considering IU is because of their substantial scholarship offer. Iwill be Bloomington next Friday, 3.28, as part of their Spring Law Day. I hope I like Bloomington. To be honest, if its wack or really white, I'll take the NU debt.
3/24--Scholarship offer from Duke. $15k per year!Trying to work with Duke to get at least 10k more per year. If this happens, I just might be in Durham this fall! Interesting new development..
3.30--Rejected at Penn. Don't really care.
I had the opportunity to visit Indiana University-Bloomington School of Law over the weekend. The city of Bloomington is so beautiful and everyone there is so friendly. The Law school also has alot going on in terms of academics and career opportunities. However, I just did not feel very comfortable at the school. I am looking for a more diverse school experience. 80% chance that I wont be atIU-B this fall. For what I am trying to accomplish with my law degree, I really need the name of a national university behind me.
I am now seriously looking at Duke University School of Law. They seem to have really dynamic students and a generous GPA median. DUke grads also have great placement in the DC area--which is where I am looking to work after law school. I will be visiting Durham in three days.
Even with this meager scholarship, Duke is now cheaper than NU. I am trying to increase by scholarship amount by 10k per year. Durham is also only three hours away from my hometown. It would be great to see my family more regularly.
To be honest, although it would be great to be in a big city,the debt of NU scares me. Plus, Duke Law has very interesting clinics and student research opportunities. I am really 50-50% about whether I will end up at Duke or NU.
4.6.08. I just visited Duke University School of Law and I loved it! The campus is state of the art--including a just remodeled library. DUKE students are VERY friendly and relaxed. I went to a 3L BLSA event and everyone was very welcoming and supportive.
The clinical programs are very strong--including one for AIDS patients. The professors seemed very relaxed. The admissonsfinancial aid office has been very helpful is actively working to increase my scholarship. I also had the chance to visit Tylers Tavern in Durham. The city of Durham is actually very cute with alot to do.
I loved Duke and really feel like I could reach my potiential there. Their PI program isnt as strong as NU, but there seems to be some support for it career services and a strong PI alumni network. I loved Duke's campus, the city of Durham, and the students currently at the school. It is small school with a vibrant student body. I will be at Duke this Fall.
4.10--Withdrawing from all schools in the next week. Go Blue Devils!
Thanks for taking this journey with me! For 2008-2009 law schools applicants, be sure to APPLY EARLY(Oct, Nov) and DREAM BIG(I Did!).