I think my recs were pretty good, including one writing professor who said I was the best student he had taught during the last four years.
I am so nervous. I was not emotionally ready to submit before Christmas; I submitted everything in mid-January. I know that many of my schools are reaches, but you never know if you would have gotten in if you didn't apply!
01/21: Got my first "under review" today, from Berkeley! That was a fast turn around time, although I feel like Berkeley is known for this? I'm just excited to have applications and LSAC Credentials completed!
01/24: I'm now "complete" or "complete/ready for review" or "under review" at all my schools! That was fast. The online status checkers have taken over my life.
02/09: Just got my first acceptance and I am thrilled! I have been getting so tired of waiting, so it was nice to hear back from someone. This gives me hope.
02/10: Got into Brooklyn today via status checker. This was nice because from what I hear, Brooklyn has been taking forever on people (like three or four months). I figure this means they must really want me because I'm super special. I don't care if I'm being delusional. :) A good way to get the weekend started for sure.
02/23: Just got rejected from Berkeley; completely expected given my numbers, so I wasn't shocked or anything, but I had been holding out that Berkeley might really be as holistic as they say they are, and I really do believe it might have been a good fit if I had gotten in. Very disappointed. :(
02/25: Just got my rejection letter (in PDF format through status checker, in case anyone wants to know; they email you when it's there) from Northwestern. I didn't realize until AFTER I applied that they take almost exclusively applicants with work experience. Oops. :/
03/03: Finally went under review at Chicago yesterday. I am still sitting at complete at a few places. It seems like it has been a long time, no? A month and a half since I submitted. Also got updated to 2/22 at Fordham last week.
03/08: Just got rejected from NYU via email. To be expected. At least it was a very kind email and it wasn't hostile or anything. I checked my status checker immediately afterward and it said "Decision Letter Sent." I got updated at Fordham yesterday, which was my third update, so hopefully I get a [good] decision from them soon!
03/11: Just got my scholly offer from Brooklyn, and I'll admit that it is pretty tempting. It made me feel happy and wanted and loved. And rainbows and kittens. Includes the highest endowed scholarship.
03/11: I sent out a lot of LOCIs this past week and plan to send out a few more this weekend. I really wish to convey my serious interest to law schools. I may not have the best numbers they have ever seen, but I am passionate, dedicated, and curious. I can do this.
03/15: Waitlisted at William and Mary. I am EXTREMELY disappointed. My numbers aren't high enough for it to be YP, but I am at LSAT median and just under GPA median. Come on? I even sent you a special letter a few weeks ago saying how interested I am. Sad face. Very sad face. I think every other person on LSN with my numbers got in. :(
03/18 Just got waitlisted today at Michigan (I think most of the waitlist decisions came out today -- check out TLS). I am so unbelievably excited about this. I know waitlist does not equal acceptance, but I am excited and will work hard to show the admissions office my continued, enthusiastic interest. Also, in case anyone was wondering: I am in-state, so that may just be what pushed my application from the rejection to the waitlist pool.
03/24: Just rejected at Chicago. I got admitted for undergrad there and loved it when I visited, so this is a little heartbreaking, although not unexpected. This rejection cemented my realization that, sadly it is such a numbers game. I am a good person. I am intelligent and creative and could bring great things to any school. But they don't want people who are intelligent and creative and unique. They want people with good numbers. Sorry if that sounds really emo, I'm just frustrated right now, especially since I have only heard back from one of my target schools and it was a waitlist.
03/28: Just rejected at BU via snail mail. Pretty sad. I feel like schools are just not looking beyond my GPA. Except Michigan. I love you Michigan.
03/28: Decision rendered at BC late this afternoon. Praying and hoping for good news!
03/28: IN AT FORDHAM via email! Yes yes yes!!!!!!!
04/01: Rejected at BC via snail mail. I knew I didn't get in when I never got an email after getting "decision rendered" on Monday. But damn, not even a wait list. Very upset by this. Just sent in an extra LOCI to Michigan today. Keeping my fingers crossed.
04/01: Just wait listed at UC Davis via status checker/PDF of letter. The wait list offer was definitely not as nice as Michigan's -- it felt like a rejection. Pretty disappointed by this. Rough day overall. I know that I can retake and reapply next year, but after having spent so much time and energy on the whole process, I think that I have had, on the whole, a rather disappointing cycle. I predicted acceptances at BC, William and Mary, and UC Davis; instead, one has been an outright ding and two have been wait lists. At the same time though, never in a million years did I think I would make it onto the Michigan wait lists. Law school admissions are so complex and nuanced. I have some big decisions to be thinking about over the coming weeks!
04/21: Rejected from Columbia via snail mail. The letter was quite nice, actually. I am not surprised, nor am I really upset even, since I knew it was coming. I have now received decisions from all of my schools, but as you can see, many of those decisions are wait lists. I will talk more about my plans once I hear from wait lists. Michigan is my top choice and I am very enthusiastically (and frequently) communicating with them. Wish me luck! I will talk more in detail about my cycle once it is completely over (i.e., mid to late summer). Good luck to everyone else on waitlists!