alrucker (2021-2022)

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Application Information

F - Fee Waiver A - Attending W - Withdrawn D - Deferred
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# Law School Status Type $$$ Sent Received Complete Interview Date Decision Updated
Harvard University Waitlisted W Type: RA Sent: 10/06/05 Rec: 11/09/05 Comp: 01/19/06 Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 16 years
Columbia University F Intend to Apply W Type: RA Sent: 10/06/05 Rec: 11/08/05 Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 16 years
#1 Duke University Accepted A Type: RA $75,000 Sent: 09/28/05 Rec: 11/08/05 Comp: 11/28/05 Inter: -- Dec: 01/13/06 Upd: 16 years
University of Pennsylvania Accepted W Type: RA $75,000 Sent: 10/06/05 Rec: 11/11/05 Comp: 11/16/05 Inter: -- Dec: 12/21/05 Upd: 16 years
#2 University of Virginia Accepted W Type: $66,000 Sent: 09/29/05 Rec: 11/04/05 Comp: 11/11/05 Inter: -- Dec: 12/06/05 Upd: 16 years
University of Chicago F Accepted W Type: RA $46,000 Sent: 11/14/05 Rec: 11/23/05 Comp: 12/01/05 Inter: -- Dec: 02/23/06 Upd: 16 years
Boston University Accepted W Type: RA $105,000 Sent: 09/29/05 Rec: 11/16/05 Comp: 12/09/05 Inter: -- Dec: 12/22/05 Upd: 16 years
New York University F Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 10/06/05 Rec: 11/16/05 Comp: 11/17/05 Inter: -- Dec: 12/08/05 Upd: 16 years
#3 University of Michigan Ann Arbor F Accepted W Type: $54,000 Sent: 09/10/05 Rec: 11/04/05 Comp: 10/04/05 Inter: -- Dec: 11/21/05 Upd: 16 years
University of California Berkeley Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 11/09/05 Rec: 11/10/05 Comp: 01/23/06 Inter: -- Dec: 02/07/06 Upd: 16 years
Northwestern University F Accepted W Type: RA $105,000 Sent: 10/13/05 Rec: 11/08/05 Comp: 11/12/05 Inter: -- Dec: 12/29/05 Upd: 16 years
Vanderbilt University F Accepted W Type: RA $66,000 Sent: 09/29/05 Rec: 11/04/05 Comp: 11/16/05 Inter: -- Dec: 01/05/06 Upd: 16 years
Georgetown University F Accepted W Type: Sent: 09/10/05 Rec: 11/08/05 Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 11/01/05 Upd: 16 years
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Accepted W Type: RA $79,800 Sent: 09/29/05 Rec: 11/04/05 Comp: 11/14/05 Inter: -- Dec: 12/15/05 Upd: 16 years
Emory University F Accepted W Type: RA $60,000 Sent: 10/03/05 Rec: 11/08/05 Comp: 11/29/05 Inter: -- Dec: 01/13/06 Upd: 16 years
George Washington University Accepted W Type: RA $60,000 Sent: 10/14/05 Rec: 10/18/05 Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 12/16/05 Upd: 16 years
Washington and Lee University F Accepted W Type: RA $91,500 Sent: 09/29/05 Rec: 11/04/05 Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 12/15/05 Upd: 16 years
Washington University in St Louis F Accepted W Type: $78,000 Sent: 10/11/05 Rec: 11/08/05 Comp: 10/20/05 Inter: -- Dec: 12/22/05 Upd: 16 years
College of William and Mary F Accepted W Type: RA $42,600 Sent: 09/29/05 Rec: 11/08/05 Comp: 11/16/05 Inter: -- Dec: 12/08/05 Upd: 16 years
Ohio State University Accepted W Type: RA $39,000 Sent: 12/08/05 Rec: 12/21/05 Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 01/09/06 Upd: 16 years
University of Texas Austin Accepted W Type: $60,000 Sent: 10/05/05 Rec: 11/16/05 Comp: 10/17/05 Inter: -- Dec: 11/08/05 Upd: 16 years
Wake Forest University Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 09/28/05 Rec: 11/04/05 Comp: 11/11/05 Inter: -- Dec: 12/05/05 Upd: 16 years
University of Georgia Accepted W Type: RA $15,000 Sent: 11/04/05 Rec: 12/01/05 Comp: 12/12/05 Inter: -- Dec: -- Upd: 16 years
Indiana University Bloomington F Accepted W Type: RA $42,000 Sent: 09/11/05 Rec: 11/16/05 Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 12/28/05 Upd: 16 years
University of Iowa Accepted W Type: RA $31,500 Sent: 11/05/05 Rec: 11/17/05 Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 12/21/05 Upd: 16 years
George Mason University F Accepted W Type: RA $30,000 Sent: 09/10/05 Rec: 11/04/05 Comp: 11/10/05 Inter: -- Dec: 01/20/06 Upd: 16 years
Baylor University F Accepted W Type: $75,000 Sent: 09/10/05 Rec: 11/16/05 Comp: 09/12/05 Inter: -- Dec: 09/30/05 Upd: 16 years
Cornell University F Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 10/26/05 Rec: 11/04/05 Comp: 11/17/05 Inter: -- Dec: 12/15/05 Upd: 16 years

Applicant Information

  • LSAT: 173
  • LSAT 2: -
  • LSAT 3: -
  • GRE : -
  • LSAC GPA: 3.75
  • Degree GPA: 3.75
  • School Type: U. of Kentucky
  • Major: Biotech & Biology

Demographic Information

  • City: Small town
  • State: West Virginia
  • Race: not quite albino
  • Gender: Man
  • Non-Traditional Applicant: Yes
  • Years out of Undergrad: -

Extra Curricular Information

Double-major in Biotechnology & Biology with a Psychology minor

MS Neuorscience - University of Wisconsin - Madison

National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health

NIH Trainee (3 yrs) & NIH Predoctoral Fellow (1yr)

Additional info & updates

Sent = Transmitted
Received = Final report sent (one rec letter was delayed in arriving)

Notable Fee Waivers:
Columbia, NYU, Chicago, Michigan, Northwestern, Cornell, Georgetown, Vanderbilt, Washington & Lee, Wash U, William & Mary, Emory, Indiana

Scholarship:
Duke - Dean's Scholarship $54,000 (2/8)
Duke - Invited to interview for Mordecai (3/9)
Duke - Declined for Mordecai (3/31)
Duke - Increased scholarship to $75,000 (3/31)

Other offers:
Baylor - full tuition for 3 years (9/30)
Boalt - Invite to apply for aid matching program (2/17)
Boston - $75,000 (2/23)
Boston - Dean Scholar $105,000 (3/14)
Chicago - $46,000 (3/9)
Cornell - Invited to apply for $30,000/yr Dean's Scholarship (12/15)
Emory - Dean's Honor Scholar $60,000 (1/13)
Emory - Woodruff finalist (2/24)
GW - Presidential Merit $60,000 (1/16)
Illinois - full tuition (12/18)
Indiana - Dean's Scholarship $42,000 (1/6)
Iowa - Merit Scholarship $38,700 (1/9)
Michigan - Dean's Scholarship $54,000 (2/10)
Michigan - Grant $10,582/yr (3/12)
Northwestern - Wigmore Scholar $105,000 (2/2)
OSU - Dean's Scholarship $39,000 + invite for Moritz (1/21)
Penn - Levy Scholar $75,000 (2/14)
Texas - 21,000 + waived out-of-state tuition (11/14)
UVA - Dean's Scholarship for undisclosed amount (12/7)
UVA - Finalist for Dillard/Jefferson Scholarships (3/3)
UVA - Declined for Dillard/Jefferson (3/29)
UVA - Foundation Scholar $66,000 (3/29)
Vandy - Chancellor's Scholar $66,000 (3/3)
Washington & Lee - full tuition Honor Scholarship (2/23)
WashU - $78,000 (1/27)
William & Mary - Waived out-of-state + 4,000/yr (1/4)

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All of you future Blue Devils feel free to drop me a line - we can talk about housing, recreation, or just rant about the whole admissions process!

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Baylor
Wednesday, September 28 2005 at 08:00 PM

Hey al, I just got the full ride to Baylor too...sure takes the edge of the waiting game off, huh? I doubt I'll go there (they were my safety) but we can be Baylor buddies for the time being!!

UT/Georgetown/Baylor buddies ;-)
Wednesday, September 28 2005 at 08:00 PM

Hey Al! Things are turning out pretty well for us, huh? (I think you'll start beating me out once the big boys start sending things out!) Anyways, I am pretty set on UT unless HY come through, which i'm not really expecting to happen. GL!

WV
Wednesday, October 19 2005 at 08:00 PM

What part of WV are you from? I'm from the Mountain state as well

Where in WV?
Saturday, September 10 2005 at 08:00 PM

I'm originally from Nitro, a small town outside of Charleston.

WV
Wednesday, October 19 2005 at 08:00 PM

Then we were close... I'm originally from Hurricane. Congrats on all of your acceptances thus far and gl w/ the rest

Adding Mich to our buddy list
Wednesday, September 28 2005 at 08:00 PM

And the trend continues ;-)

Texas?
Wednesday, August 31 2005 at 08:00 PM

In your description of the awards from Texas, you mentioned they waived the out of state tuition. Do you mean that they are going to charge you in state rates and give you $7k/year? I have never heard of the waiving out of state rates. Thats Sweet. Conrgats.

That's correct
Saturday, September 10 2005 at 08:00 PM

It is a very good deal. UT also has that whole benefit package matching program you can apply to once you get all of your other offers in. Overall, they seem to be courting potential students very well. Thanks, Hobert, and good luck.

On a roll...
Wednesday, September 28 2005 at 08:00 PM

5 for 5, baby! I'm liking this streak we're on! (Of course, you ARE getting more $$ offers than me!) Who do you think'll be next?

Looks like our paths must split...
Wednesday, September 28 2005 at 08:00 PM

I got a deferral from NYU this week and a flat out rejection from Harv. Good luck, I'm hoping you'll sweep!

Withdrawing applications
Saturday, September 10 2005 at 08:00 PM

I'm fairly broke at this point in life, so I applied to a lot schools to hedge my bets with regards to scholarship money. I'll be crunching numbers and withdrawing apps to lower-ranked schools as $ offers from my top choices roll in.

W.Va.
Sunday, October 30 2005 at 07:00 PM

Hey, I'm also from W.Va. -- Huntington. You are kicking butt this cycle. Congrats

Withdrawing...
Saturday, September 10 2005 at 08:00 PM

Oh, absolutely! As the father of a toddler (with no family money), I was rather paranoid about financial aid... or lack thereof. I was really just trying to increase my chances of getting a full-ride somewhere, so I'll be withdrawing from most schools within the next week or so.

No word from Harvard
Saturday, September 10 2005 at 08:00 PM

The hold up was my silly Dean's Certification from UW's grad school. It apparently got lost in crack of the dean's desk, so I ended up having to resubmit it.

hey
Friday, November 04 2005 at 07:00 PM

Good luck on Harvard. I'm amazed at what you're getting as far as $$ offers. I've gotten *NOTHING* so far, except an invitation to apply for GULC's Dean's Scholarship. :-(

Dillard & Jefferson
Saturday, September 10 2005 at 08:00 PM

They emailed both my permanent and local email addresses - they asked that I let them know by Tuesday if I was coming for the scholarship competition.

re: leaning yet?
Wednesday, October 19 2005 at 08:00 PM

I really enjoyed my visits to Columbia and Penn. I've still got to check out UVA and Duke. I'm pretty sure I'll end up at 1 of those 4. What about you?? U've got some amazing offers

UVA is out
Saturday, September 10 2005 at 08:00 PM

They spent 3 days and a lot of $ smoozing us, so I figured it was a recruiting interview. Apparently I had toilet paper hanging off of my shoe all weekend! They ended up giving my about half what I was hoping for, so it's pretty much over for them. If Duke comes thru with the Mordecai, I'll be a Blue Devil in the fall.

re:
Wednesday, October 19 2005 at 08:00 PM

sorry to hear about UVa, though $66K is still a nice offer. Is Duke out if you don't get the Mordecai? I guess that would only leave Penn. As for me, I really liked Duke's admitted student weekend; that's where I'm leaning at this point, but I too am waiting for news regarding scholarships (though not the Mordecai unfortunately)

Duke here we come...
Saturday, September 10 2005 at 08:00 PM

With the increase in my scholarship, Duke definitely pulls ahead of Penn (that whole cost of living in Philly really hurts them). Unless Harvard decides to pour some money into my lap between now and the time my official letter arrives from Duke, I will be in Durham in the fall.

Duke
Wednesday, October 19 2005 at 08:00 PM

Well, Duke up'd my offer, so I'm heading to Durham next year. hope to see you there

Thanks for the congrats
Tuesday, October 04 2005 at 08:00 PM

Sorry to hear about the Mordecai but it looks like they're still offering you some hefty funds. Did we meet at Duke? I'm not sure I remember anyone there from U Kentucky. Anyway, just curious about your reasons for choosing Duke, especially over schools like NU, Penn and U Chicago (where you still got significant $$). I'm likely going to choose Duke as well but am having a hard time letting go of U Chicago.

Why Duke?
Saturday, September 10 2005 at 08:00 PM

The biggest reason for choosing Duke is lifestyle. With a wife and toddler, I don't really want to live in a big city. I did get more $ at some other places, but when you factor in cost of living, Duke is as cheap as anywhere else. I also asked around... emailed lawyers at the big firms and asked them what they thought about the IP strength of the various schools - the consensus is that as long as you go to a Top 10-15 school, it really doesn't make a difference which one. If you go to any of them and do well, you're set. So, when faced with big city living or a smaller, more family-friendly town, Duke won hands-down.

re: ip post
Wednesday, October 19 2005 at 08:00 PM

geez, you must have pissed somebody off! Don't worry about him though... Definitely jealous he doesn't have the same opportunities. Sounds like you've done your homework on the IP anyways.

I swear I'm not the UK hater
Tuesday, October 04 2005 at 08:00 PM

Why would anyone write that?? Crazy...

Cheers to quality of life!
Wednesday, September 28 2005 at 08:00 PM

Well, Al, we started off this admissions season almost exactly the same way, and we're finishing it in a very similar fashion as well--both of us turning down higher ranked schools for better quality of life. Duke is a great school, I know you (and your family) will be happy there. Best of luck!

WVU-OSU
Sunday, October 30 2005 at 07:00 PM

Congrats on Duke. Great school. My dilemia came down to a lot of factors that weren't all related to rankings and money. But OSU would've cost me upwards of $120,000 over 3 years. WVU's max will be $60,000. And a firm I hope to get a job at pays $20,000 more than the starting salary for a WVU grad and the same starting salary for an OSU grad. I've worked there for several years so I hope to have a decent shot since I know many of them and they know my background. Anyways, congrats and good luck.

Duke!
Friday, January 20 2006 at 07:00 PM

Congrats on your scholarship as well! I think Duke will be great...but very difficult. Have you heard any helpful advice about being a 1L?

Congrats to you as well!
Thursday, September 08 2005 at 08:00 PM

Thanks for the WV congratulations! Congrats to you as well on your awesome scholarship at Duke...

science nerd
Saturday, February 25 2006 at 07:00 PM

i see that you had great numbers overall. i was wondering if the you thought your advanced science degree help with finacial aid or if that was all from GPA and LSAT. i\\\'m finishing up my PhD in pharmacology and plan on applying to law school for 2007 but my numbers are quite as good.

Science background...
Saturday, September 10 2005 at 08:00 PM

It definitely helped me! In several ways, I think: the NRSA fellowship looks nice my resume and legitimizes my time in grad school; it parlayed well into essays about why I want to pursue IP law; the close relationship with my research professor lent itself to a very good rec letter.

Re: Got Kids
Friday, December 16 2005 at 07:00 PM

Sorry for the delayed response. I hadn't checked on here in a while. I have a 2 y.o. boy (definite play date possibilities). We are moving out to Durham in about 4 weeks. BTW - Congrats on the schollie.

congratulations!
Thursday, April 20 2006 at 08:00 PM

It's nice to know that other parents of toddlers (ie crazy people) are starting law school. Good luck and congratulations on all your acceptances and the $.

duke ($) over columbia
Sunday, October 14 2007 at 08:00 PM

hi, i'm a recent admit and am deciding between columbia and duke. how did you choose duke over other higher-ranked schools? did you or do you feel you there were trade-offs between schools like columbia and duke, and how did you reconcile them? do you have any regrets about choosing duke? thanks!!