5/8 - Letter from IU-Bloomington with wait list notification. I'm planning on attending UW-Madison unless something changes drastically in the next few months. Woohoo, I'm a Badger!
4/9 - Phone call with acceptance at KU. No word yet on financial aid, but it looks unlikely. Boy this is tempting...3 years of KU basketball! Wow, that would be unbelievable!
4/5 - Wait list at Wash U. Wow, better than I expected at two top 20 schools. I guess we'll have to wait and see how deep they dig into the wait list.
4/2 - Wait list at UT-Austin. Well, that is very cool to have not been rejected, but I'm not sure if I can wait that long for a decision. I'll have to think about whether or not to withdraw.
3/31 - Wow, it is now nearly April and I still have not heard a thing from four schools. Did they forget me? Shouldn't I have at least been rejected or waitlisted at some of these schools? At any rate, I'm up against a wall: I have to accept an offer at UW-Madison by April 15. I already withdrew from Loyola Chicago and Iowa since they did not offer funding of any kind. What a disappointment this cycle has been.
2/8 - Though it isn't a law school acceptance, I figured I'd mention that I was accepted to the PhD program in political science at UW-Madison as well with full funding for the JD/PhD program. A tempting offer indeed...
2/4 - Letter in a thin white envelope informing me of my acceptance at Wisconsin-Madison! Super happy that this one worked out for me...looks like I am going to have quite a few options in the region I really want to be in.
1/28 - Email from Dean of Admissions at UIUC informing me that my application has been deferred. I'm considering this a moral victory given my LSAT score well below the average at that school. Later that day, letter in the mail from Georgetown with an entirely expected "ding." Glad I spent that money.
1/23 - Call from Dean of Admissions at Loyola informing me that my acceptance letter is in the mail! Nice to know I have the option of living in Chicago next year!
1/17 - Rejection letter from Northwestern as a pdf file on the status checker. No big surprise here.
1/14 - Rejected by Michigan. Why did I apply there again?
1/13 - Starting to get a bit worried about some of these applications. I've had them out for nearly a month and a half and haven't heard a thing. My guess: they are hung up on the LSAT score and are hesitant to pull the trigger. Meanwhile I spend every day checking my email every five minutes. Guh.
1/11 - Status changed to "decision" for Michigan. Well, that's not good, but I don't regret applying. Life is all about maintaining unreasonable hopes in the face of certain disappointment.
1/3 - Acceptance e-mail from the University of Iowa! This really bodes well for the rest of the cycle!
I will be getting an MA from the University of Southern California in the spring in political science (emphasis in public law) with a GPA in grad school of 3.95 (in addition to my undergraduate GPA which was 3.94). I think I have pretty top notch letters from Howard Gillman and Jeb Barnes among others. Hopefully all of this will help make up for my LSAT. Damn you logic games!
Research papers and presentations:
Bureaucratic Politics: Explaining the Changing Role of the Courts in Modern Inter-Branch Policymaking (2008--Masters Thesis)
Before the Law, With the Law: Towards a New Progressive Politics of Law (2007)
The Bureaucratic Dimension: Explaining the Role of the Courts in Modern Inter-Branch Policymaking (2007)
Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, the Military Commissions Act, and the Political Dynamics of Constitutional Change (2007) *Presentation Delivered at the Institute for Constitutional Studies at George Washington University
Reforming Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards: An Analysis and a Precaution (2007)
Marxs Romanticism (2007)
Filling in the Blanks: Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, the Military Commissions Act, and the Delicate Balance of Power During Wartime (2006)
Duty, Virtue, and Politics: Thoughts from Ancient Greece (2006)
The Rehnquist Court and Federalism: Shedding Light on the Supreme Courts Capacity for Social and Political Reform (2005)
Graduate School Fellowship, University of Southern California, 2006-2007
Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northern Illinois University
Deans Award, Northern Illinois University, May 2006, presented to the top undergraduate student in the Political Science Department
James R. Shirley Essay Award, Northern Illinois University, April 2006, presented for best undergraduate paper in History
Academic Finalist Scholarship, Northern Illinois University, 2003-2006, full tuition and stipend retained all three years of undergraduate studies