31 years old. Married, two children. US Army veteran. 12 years corporate experience as System Administrator.
11/2/2010 - Accepted to Richmond. 20K Scholarship. Dean Rahman called and gave me the news. An amazing feeling.
11/7/2010 - Denied at UT via the status checker. I logged on this morning and there it was "application denied 11/4/10". Ugh.
11/11/2010 - Accepted at Washington and Lee via status checker. Nice!! Was really hoping for a "Yes" from this school.
11/15/2010 - Accepted at American University via status checker.
11/22/2010 - Accepted at University of Baltimore via regular mail.
11/23/2010 - Accepted at Penn State via email. A great local school option for me.
12/6/2010 - Accepted to George Mason via phone call. Really excited about this DC school.
12/10/2010 - Accepted to Wake Forest via email. Really excited, awaiting news on Illinois later today.
12/10/2010 - Accepted to Illinois via email. $15,000 per year scholarship. It's all crazy, I really didn't expect to be admitted to this school.
12/13/2010 - Accepted to Pitt via status checker. Waiting for official letter for scholarship information.
Halfway through my cycle and things have gone well so far. I have been accepted to 9 out of 10 schools. The only rejection came from Texas, which was unfortunately far and away the school I most wanted to attend. on the other hand getting accepted to Illinois with a 15k a year scholarship was completely unexpected and seriously appreciated. Right now, Illinois is probably the school I most want to attend with Richmond a close second.
I don't expect these next ten schools to go anywhere near as well. If I could get five acceptances I would be truly ecstatic. Anything more than five means I'm the luckiest person alive or my file got mixed up with someone else.
12/17/2010 - Accepted to Villanova via status checker. On 12/23 I received scholarship information through the mail. $20,000 a year for all three years. This is a great deal for me since I am in state. I have no idea how I am ever going to choose one of these schools.
12/23/2010 - Accepted to University of Maryland via regular mail. Letter said I had been selected as a finalist and was offered to interview for Leadership Scholars Program.
12/23/2010 - Accepted to Minnesota via phone call. Mailed letter to come next week.
12/24/2010 - Waitlisted at Indiana, on Christmas Eve no less via regular mail.
12/28/2010 - Waitlisted at George Washington via email. Oh well, I guess the good times in this cycle are over. Just five schools remain and I could easily be rejected by all of them. Still a great run though.
1/18/2011 - Received $25,000 a year, for all three years, scholarship from Penn. State. Scholarship came with official offer letter via regular mail.
1/22/2011 - Received $5,00 for three years from Washington & Lee. Offer cam via regular mail. W&L tuition reached $40,000 this year. Doesn't look great for me attending W&L. Rumors of Wake Forrest scholarship letters to be emailed next Monday. We shall see.
1/23/2011 - Waitlisted at Virginia. At least I was rejected (I'm looking at you Texas). However, I'm still probably not getting in.
1/24/2011 - Received $15,000 a year for three years from Wake Forrest. Offer cam via email.
1/27/2011 - Held for later decision at Northwestern. Seems like a fancy way of saying waitlist. Additionally, NU said they would not be re-visiting held applications until May, after several schools have already required one or two seat deposits. No thanks NU. I do appreciate the non-rejection though, Texas remains the only school to reject me. I type this wearing a Texas Longhorns sweatshirt and thinking about the Longhorns game versus Missouri tomorrow night. Just three schools left...
2/4/2011 - The carnage of the last few schools continues. Waitlisted at Boston today. Followed by a rejection at UPenn a few hours later. Just one school left. A William and Mary acceptance would be a nice way to round this process out.
3/15/2011 - I was Waitlisted at William and Mary today. A word of advice to anyone who may read this. If a school holds your application for four months its not because they can't figure out the wording on your acceptance letter.
My cycle is officially over. I am waiting for a scholarship interview day with Maryland and if I get good money from them that is where I plan to attend. New law school rankings came out today and Maryland moved up six spots to number 42. I am also considering Penn State (who moved up 12 spots to number 60) and Richmond (who moved up 20 spots to number 67). And finally, I haven't ruled out University of Baltimore who offered a full scholarship (checked in at number 117, better than I would have thought). I will be back to post my final decision in early April.
4/1/2011 - I attended the University of Maryland Scholarship Interview Day. Everything was first class and I really enjoyed the mock classes. I was offered $17,500 which 50% of cost for out of state students.
4/2/2011 - I attended the University of Baltimore Law preview day and really enjoyed it. I have decided to attend Univ. of Baltimore because of full scholarship offer and their focus on and ability to get graduates jobs in the city of Baltimore. I would encourage any applicant considering Baltimore to visit. The school is opening a new law building in 2012. I also thought the school was in a better part of town compared to the University of Maryland. The Dean spoke at the Law Preview Day and took questions as well. I thought he was sensational and his remarks about the school and their focus on finding jobs for graduates made a large impact on me. Finally, and maybe most importantly, University of Baltimore School of Law has way cooler jackets and shirts than the University of Maryland.
I hope this is useful to anyone that might read it, I know during my application process I was on this site extensively looking at other people's numbers and seeing where they where admitted, where they choose to go, and why. Good luck to all future applicants.