12-28-06: Call from Loyola Chicago, left a voicemail, acceptance with $11,000 recurring scholarship.
01-29-07: Large white envelope from Illinois in the mail. $20,000 recurring scholarship as long as I have good academic standing.
01-30-07: Email from NU. After 20 clicks, I found out I was put on hold. I haven't finished the vast array of financial aid materials, and now I have to write more letters and get more recs.
02-08-07: Email from Michigan. " Because you went to great lengths to apply early in our season, we understand that you may feel some disappointment at not having received your answer yet. We appreciate the anxiety that the law school admissions procedure can cause, and are therefore writing to update you on the status of your file... Please be assured that receiving this email does not mean you will not get an answer until then! It simply indicates that we recognize you have been waiting patiently, and we appreciate that."
What a nice school and a well written email. Cheers!
02-13-07 GW let me in via email! That feels superb.
02-15-07 GULC made a decision. I'm not at home, but fortunately my roommates are there to let me know the news.
02-20-07 Rejected by GULC. I feel like I should care, but I do not. I think I've gone through the five stages of law school applications: excited, nervous, OCD/manic, depressed, and elated. Thankfully, I was elated (UIUC/GW) before depressed, so I don't think I have to go through that one.
02-21-07 The Vanderbilt status checker shows I went complete yesterday. I'm not sure how I feel about my chances there. Meh.
02-22-07 Sent NU a letter of continuing interest. I tried to emphasize succinctly my career goals, and show how NU made it the school of choice. Also mentioned further letter of recommendation is coming.
02-23-07 Sent Michigan a similar letter of continuing interest.
02-24-07 Vanderbilt letter in the mail today. Waitlisted. Oh well. Popped letters in the mail to Vandy and LUC asking my applications to be withdrawn. Good luck to everyone who is waiting on them!
02-28-07 Sent out additional letters of recommendation to NU & Michigan. Recommender is the head of marketing department, who my boss reports to.
03-02-07 Waitlisted at Michigan. In the words of a good friend of mine, le sigh. I will wait for them.
Several hours later... I confirmed that the managing partner at my firm is writing me a recommendation. And then Penn waitlists me. Well, looks like it is all about waiting right now. Maybe this rec will sway someone. Hopeful.
Long day. LORs from the managing partner went to Michigan and NU.
03-05-07 Chicago rejection! Huzzah! Only one school left to hear from and then I will have the general lay of the land.
03-08-07 Solidified plans to visit Michigan, GW (for the ASW) and WashU over the coming weeks. Thankfully, I have personal reasons to go to each city, so worse comes to worse, I have fun.
03-14-07 Went to the GW reception. Fellow admitted students were interesting, school representatives were awesome, and alumni were friendly & approachable. I got a very good vibe from everything about it, but that could've been the vodka. Definitely leaning toward GW.
03-18-07 Just got back from Ann Arbor. Loved it! I shouldn't get my hopes up, but it was well worth the trip.
03-26-07 I just withdrew from UIUC via email. I feel like I just threw $60k out the window. Ugh.
04-01-07 I'm in DC for the GW ASW. The school was very welcoming. I can easily see myself here for three years. The students were very engaging, and there are so many things about the school that intrigue me.
04-05-07 After a lot of deliberation, I decided to write Northwestern a letter that states, if admitted, I will enroll there. In a perfect world, they will let me know before I have to put a seat deposit down at GW.
04-06-07 I toured WashU today. I got a really good impression of the school. Unfortunately, when I sat down with the admissions person afterward and told her that I hadn't received my decision yet, she said all the decisions have been made. Based upon data so far, there have been two acceptances since March 30. As I haven't received an email yet today (and all of their acceptances, and I believe all of their waitlists, have been sent via email), I am guessing a rejection will be in my mail next week. It stings quite a bit.
04-10-07 Waitlisted via email at WashU. Not staying on it, even though I love the school.
04-13-07 Sent a seat deposit into GW today.
05-16-07 Rejected by Northwestern today. I've been so excited about GW for so long, I've decided to go there. While Penn and Michigan have always been at the top of my list, I think I will have just as good an experience at GW (albeit for different reasons). Therefore, I also chose to withdraw from both waitlists. Good luck to everyone else.