11/05/09 - So after doing some research on TLS, I got the bright idea to check the mailings area of W&M status checker (it takes a scroll down to see-which I hadn't done), and I read "Congratulations! Admit Packet Mailed 11/04/09." It feels great to get my first acceptance. I'm headed to law school! (And my fears of having some fatal flaw in my application have been quenched.)
11/06/09 - In at UVA! Email from Jason Dugas to give him a phone call, and he delivered the good news over the phone. He was very personable and easy to talk with.
11/09/09 - Received W&M acceptance letter and scholarship offer: $22,200 per year. Equates to in-state tuition and then some. Graduate Fellow program. (Gotta keep a "B" average)
11/10/09 - Under review date changed at Duke from 10/6/09 to today. Dunno why the date update but I think a decision should be forthcoming. GULC under review date is 10/28/09. Hoping to get UVa acceptance letter in the mail tomorrow.
11/12/09 - Duke status and GULC status were both updated to today's date, both remaining "Under Review." Complete at Penn. From the sound of it, their ED decisions aren't due until 12/31, and since I'm regular cycle, I expect a decision no sooner. Received UVa acceptance packet in the mail with nice note from Jason Dugas and a small one from Dean Trujillo as well.
11/15/09 - Email acceptance from Duke (admissions packet received 11/21/09)
11/16/09 - Decision rendered at Georgetown. Acceptance via snail mail received on 11/21/09. Nice handwritten note about PS too.
11/17/09 - Call from Dean Schwartz with acceptance and merit scholarship! With the tuition hikes, I'm not sure what the end result of the scholly is, but honored nonetheless. :) Admissions packet received 11/23/09.
11/28/09 - Noticed that I went decision at Cornell on 11/24/09. Said to wait 10 - 14 days for decision via snail mail.
11/30/09 - Held over to regular applicant pool at Cornell. Gave me the option of being considered in that pool--I don't think I'm going to take it. If I'm not someone they want to accept in their EA process, then I won't likely get the scholarship that I'm looking for. And with $48,000/yr tuition, that's the only way I'd go. Anyways, not too sure how to read this, as I was figuring that I was in for sure. But two things that might have resulted in the partial ding: 1) I still hadn't submitted an addendum explaining my point increase from 1st to 2nd LSAT--was planning on doing it, but hadn't got to it; and 2) No why Cornell essay. Kind of a bummer, but I'm interested in seeing who gets in through this EA process now. Good luck to everyone hanging in there. :)
12/1/09 - Under review at BYU as of yesterday. Also, withdrew app from Cornell. As stated above, with the deferral, I just don't think my chances of a scholly (or even an acceptance!) are that good now, and I don't want to waste my time or anyone else's.
12/3/09 - Under review at Penn.
12/9/09 - Withdrew from W&M today. Grateful for the offer, but have realized with current acceptances, there's no way I'd go.
12/11/09 - Status checker dates changed both at BYU and U of U.
12/14/09 - Dry spell approaching a month. Hope to hear some more good news soon. :) Hope you do as well.
12/16/09 - Under review at Chicago today. :)
12/30/09 - Invite for phone/in-person interview with BYU. Scheduled for 1/5/10.
1/5/10 - Call from Dean at U of Idaho. Full ride. :)
In at BYU today as well after conversation with Dean Hernandez. Asked about one of my addenda and why I'm considering BYU and then accepted me. Said I've been awarded a "sizeable" scholarship and the amount would be coming in a couple weeks with the admissions packet. Also requested that I do my due diligence in choosing a school, pay attention to how I feel on campus visits, and make choosing a law school a matter of prayer. All great advice.
(Edit: changed dates to 2010 - still getting used to new year!)
Also noticed that Penn status checker UR date changed to 1/4/10.
1/7/10 - Dinged by Harvard via email. Not fun by any means, but we'll roll with it and be glad that the decision of choosing the right law school for us will be one school easier to make. :)
1/12/10 - In by phone call at Penn! Info coming in mail in a couple of weeks.
Also received admissions packet from GW with acceptance letter and scholarship offer. The packet was well organized too. The scholarship amount includes first year housing expenses at a campus single housing unit, but since I'm married, I don't qualify. So the offer is really $90,000 or $30,000 per year if I keep a 3.0 GPA. Posted the 105 amount because that was the original offer.
1/13/10 - Invitation to apply for James Wilson Scholarship at Penn. Brief essay required.
1/18/10 - Sent the Penn essay.
1/22/10 - Full tuition scholarship offer received from BYU. Dean Hernandez's personalized letter was a nice touch.
1/29/10 - Waitlist email from Chicago today. Not preferable, but it could be worse! :) They said I could send in a Why Chicago? essay and updated grades, and I will be doing that in the next few days.
2/2/10 - Received the Yale rejection today via snail mail. Another, "Oh well."
2/11/10 - In at U of U via phone call from Dean Aguilar.
2/18/10 - Berkeley rejection via email. If nothing else, through this process I've learned how to spell Berkeley.
2/19/10 - Duke scholly in the mail today--$60K. Nice.
2/25/10 - Sweet scholarship from UVa today. Call from Jason Dugas with the good news. Will update when know exact amount (way better than Duke's). They're still adding in financial need.
3/1/10 - UVa scholarship came in the mail today. 30 K a year, and this doesn't include need based aid yet. Pretty excited!
3/4/10 - Received the James Wilson scholarship from Penn!
3/21/10 - UCLA upped the ante in response to UVa's recent scholarship. With cost of living taken into account, they are almost identical in three year cost now. Decisions....
4/13/10 - Just returned from a visit to UVA, BYU, and Penn. Loved Penn and their cross-disciplinary approach, but Philadelphia is just too much for me and my family. BYU has got a lot going for them, and full tuition would be nice, but I would be an underdog all over again. Absolutely loved UVA and will likely attend barring a miracle acceptance from Stanford.
4/15/10 - Got the waitlist letter from Stanford today. Dated 4/12/10. My gut told me it was coming (and that fact that I hadn't heard back in 6 months contributed). Will ride it out as long as necessary.
4/21/10 - Withdrew BYU application - deadline had come and gone already.
4/29/10 - Tried to bargain a little bit more $ out of UVA this week to no avail. They are getting more seat deposits than they planned on. (I wonder what this will do to the class size?) Nevertheless, I submitted my seat deposit to attend UVA, and passed on the six figure scholly from UCLA.