*The scholarship amounts are per year and renewable.
Did M.A. in a foreign country.
Santa Clara, Berkeley, Davis, and UCLA are taking FOREVER! I applied to everything around Christmas time and heard back quickly from Cal Western, Hastings and San Diego, which was friggin' fantastic! I have not ruled out any schools yet and the decision will be based on $$, even if it means going to a lower ranked school.
Boalt Hall is breaking my heart by putting me off until later this month! Can anyone tell me if this is a good or bad thing?
3/6/06 Received acceptance from Loyola. Their beautifully organized folder is the nicest so far. Too bad it was folded in half to fit in my mailbox :-(
3/7/06 I called Santa Clara to ask about my application and the sweet woman on the phone said that the review might not be completed until the end of April. WHUH?!?!? What have I done to offend NorCal (UCB, SC, UCD)?
3/9/06 I wish my family would have told me about the fee waivers earlier.
3/12/06 Growing bitter towards Santa Clara. My numbers are on the high side for that school and I haven't heard a peep from them.
3/14/06 Hmmm...that full scholarship from Cal-Western is looking mighty fine right about now. No debt, no worries, no job? Last night I dreamt all night about receiving law school letters in the mail. I don't think they were good letters.
The Davis status-checker is a tease. It's only updated once every 3 or 4 days so I am constantly checking it. Finally comes that exciting moment when I see that there has been an update and alas! Nothing new in regard to my file.
In the time since I submitted my applications, I have read the entire Jane Austen collection. Sad.
Catholic U. has not offered 1cent of financial aid. Maybe because I'm a Jew? The Jesuits at USD don't seem to mind.
3/15/06 Woohoo! I'm not the last one on Berkeley's deferred list anymore!
3/16/06 DAVISSSSSS!!!!!! via online status check. No mention of $$$.
EARTH TO SANTA CLARA...I WILL ATTEND IF YOU LET ME IN AND GIVE ME SOME DOUGH
3/16/06 Ignore what I said about Catholic. They have offered an $18,000 scholarship. Said that the letter was posted over a week ago. I wonder what else has been lost in the mail. I love Catholics!
3/17/06 Why Davis is on my bad side: not only did it take a century for them to come up with an answer, I also cannot get into the "admitted students" site. I don't think they actually want me there.
3/20/06 Just 2 more days until my fate is decided by Berkeley. The tension is killing!
3/21/06 "No, no, no, no, don't funk with my heart...."
3/22/06 So far, it looks like only one person has made it off of the deferral list: http://lawschoolnumbers.com/display.php?user=mangogirl12
3/23/06 All I have to say in response to adam598's information posted below is, "Those bitches!" Do you enjoy inflicting pain, Boalt, do you? Put away those bongs and get a move-on!
3/24/06 Called Boalt and got my ding. I'll be sending my kids to Stanford, thank you very much. Suddenly, I'm not so interested in going to law school.
3/25/06 Am pretty sure I will withdraw from CalWestern. I don't mind that it is tier 4, but I do mind the GPA requirements on my scholarship in light of the attrition rate and curve. Too much risk is involved. If Santa Clara doesn't pony up some cash, then the choice will come down to San Diego and George Mason. I prefer GMU, but it is a continent away from my family (I haven't seen them in 2 yrs as it is) and I'm not so wild about the East coast. Decisions, decisions....
Random question: why do people set up accounts on LSN and input their personal information, but not list a single school?
4/3/06 Oops, I just noticed that McGeorge required notification of intent to enroll by April 1st or the scholarship would be lost. Drat, although I bet they are forcing many people to turn them down because of this early deadline.
4/4/06 cool, 1,000 people have viewed my page :-)
4/6/06 In at Santa Clara. Is it irrational to prefer Santa Clara over San Diego?
4/8/06 I was looking at the information that Davis sent and it includes an ethnic breakdown of the university. It had about 10 different categories for Asians, 3 for Hispanics, only one for "caucasians" and one for African-American/Black (so whether you are from Somalia or Oakland, it makes no difference). I find it interesting that Davis cares so much in making sure we understand that there is an ethnic difference between Chicanos, Latinos and Hispanics, but doesn't blink twice about forcing Arabs, Jews and every other slightly lighter-skinned group into the "caucasian/white" or the forgetable "other" category. I check "decline to state" whenever possible.
4/9/06 Boalt was too cheap to splurge on the $0.84 it takes to send a rejection letter overseas and sent it to my parents' house instead. Does my family really need to know that I didn't get in somewhere? NO!
4/12/06 Experiencing serious anxiety over returning to America (this is NOT an anti-America rant). For 2 years I've felt completely safe and never worried about my personal safety. The idea of going back to a place where shootings, rapes, murders and assaults of all types are daily news even in smaller towns, is making me very nervous. I've been a little too close to a few shootings and there was a serial rapist in my neighborhood, and I never realized before just how much looking over my shoulder was a part of life.
4/15/06 Dooood, I just got a letter from Santa Clara saying that my scholarship is not renewable unless I place in the top 10-15% of the class. WTF? Every other school that has offered money has only required to place in the top 25%. I can't project how well I will do in law school because I've never been there. It is a riskier choice than CalWestern (which gave me a deposit extension, btw). Bummer, I really would have liked to attend SCU.
4/17/06 Another deadline missed: Hastings. Oh, well. Every Hastings student I ever encountered looked haggard and cross. I'm still debating between USD and GMU and SCU (if SCU comes up with more $).
4/18/06 I got an email from SCU saying they will not increase the scholarship. I guess I'm back to the USD/GMU conundrum.
4/23/06 Received letter from Hastings dated April 3rd (!) offering $.
4/28/06 (sigh), I feel so poor. Santa Clara, thy name is STINGY.
5/7/06 I had some weird dealings with Santa Clara 2 days ago. I received an increased scholarship award letter which was enough to tip my choice in their favor and I wanted to send in a deposit. The problem is, I had let the deposit deadline pass because I had been told by them that the scholarship would NOT be increased. So I called them and emailed them and they told me they could not reserve a seat for me, but they would place me on a preferred waitlist. Oy. My fingers are crossed!
5/8/06 Well, I've decided that family togetherness and sunshine are over-rated and so I will go to GMU unless Santa Clara lets me off the hook. USD makes more sense, but I just get a good feeling from GMU....what can I say?
5/15/06 Santa Clara rubs salt in the wound by sending my yet another letter telling me of the new finaid award.
Also, received a book about the historical George Mason and a book light from GMU. It's a nice touch.
5/27/06 I'm sending in the deposit to GMU tomorrow. Unless UCLA or SCU let me off the waitlist, I will be on the East coast for the first time in my life. I'm very worried about the costs of the first year before I attain residency. If anybody knows of a decent one bedroom apartment for rent in or around the Arlington area, please let me know. Thanks.
5/29/06 Well, that didn't take long. This morning I totally flipped out thinking I had made the wrong decision or that maybe law school itself was the wrong choice. Perhaps I'm too old to begin another 3 years of schooling (27). I think my boyfriend is more excited about me going to law school than I am.
5/31/06 Dear Mr. David Waldham, please take note of the "A" next to George Mason. I'm going to DC, baby!
6/6/06 Readmitted to Santa Clara with the same crappy scholarship. Rude email from them. What should I do? California beckons...
6/12/06 Following their consistent pattern of behavior, Santa Clara has not responded to my queries and I am stuck moving to the nasty, smelly and cold East coast.
6/19/06 I'm getting married!
7/5/06 Starting to hate DC. Finding housing is impossible from afar. CNN said the weather there today was 96 degrees with chance of thunderstorms. eeew! I am a total moron for leaving California.
7/20/06 Life is pretty interesting here in Israel right now. I feel terrible leaving at this time. All of my prior concerns suddenly seem very petty. Let's hope Israel takes care of this business once and for all. I'm outta here. Yalla Bye!