Chicago Kent Deny---> Deferred--->Accept
DePaul Consider---> Rejected
John Marshall Strong Consider--->Accept
12/16: Got my acceptance email from Associate Dean at JMLS!!!! Waiting on package in the mail. Email says to call the admissions office after I receive the packet in the mail. I need to get started sending thank you letters to recommenders...
12/20: Since I've 'let the cat out the bag', everyone at work has been very supportive of my endeavor. When I first began my law school adventures in August 2010 (preparing for LSAT, picking schools, deciding on recommenders - basically shaping my application package), I was mum about my excursion. Although I do not regret keeping silent until I knew for sure I was attending law school, I know my secret would have been safe with my manager had I told her when this all began. My manager, along with my own hard work, has been one of the biggest reasons why I have advanced within the company. Now, she remains a driving force as to why the company is willing to offer a flexible schedule while I pursue my degree. I have to work on a "thank-you" gift for her. Nothing I come up with, however, will equate with the amount of appreciation I have for her and her efforts.
12/22: SIU updated status tracker with results. Another acceptance letter! Still waiting on the magic to come from Kent...
1/9: Received a flyer about Kent's open house on Jan 28th. Called the office to RSVP
1/23: I have a confession to make: I have called Kent's admissions office twice asking for the status of my application. I'm so nervous! The first time, the woman who answered the phone briefly stated, "your application is in review." The second time, I got the same woman on the phone. She said, "your application is in ongoing review." The 'ongoing' part helps me keep my hope alive.
1/23 (5 mins later): Another confession: Before they admitted me, I called JMLS for a status update too. The lady who helped me seemed like she was eager to rush my file through the review process. Like magic, though, that same week I called, I got an answer.
1/26: Saw that my status changed to final review. I'm getting closer to a decision here!
1/28: went to Kent's open house and got re-energized. It really is refreshing to mingle with people who share similar goals. The mini-classes also reassured me that Kent's still my number one choice.
2/10: Received a package from DePaul encouraging me to apply. App fee was waived. I'm really considering sending in an app this weekend...
2/24: Deferred at Kent. What should I do? Should I withdraw my application? I'm thinking I should apply to DePaul now...
3/17: Take a lesson from me: do not wait until the last minute to apply. The longer you wait, the more competition you have in the applicant pool and in the pool of admitted students. Rejected at DePaul. Oh well...still no word from Kent. I didn't update with this information: I called Kent after receiving my Waitlist notice. The admissions counselor said that in MOST cases (not all), acceptance is denied for waitlisted applicants because the school does not hear from the applicant. That being said, I send a Letter of Continued Interest within that same week. The admissions counselor also said that I may receive a notice at the end of March or Mid-April.
4/1: Attended John Marhsall's Admitted Students Reception on Friday and the Diversity Office event on Saturday. Had a blast, met some new contacts, sent in an application to participate in the Mock Trial Competition (chance to earn more scholarship money). Prepared the envelope to send in the first half of tuition deposit to JMLS today. 9/3/12 Update - I won scholly money from that Mock Trial Competition.
9/3/12: This will be my last post, as I have completed my cycle as of my August 20 start date at JMLS. Kent sent me an acceptance email August 15, but by then I had fully committed myself to JMLS. I admit, I took the delayed acceptance personally at first, but I do not regret my decision to stay at JMLS. My primary reason for wanting to attend Kent was to take the early-start summer classes, but since the acceptance came after those classes ended, it really made no difference to me whether I attended Kent or JMLS. I am truly happy with my decision, thus far. I will admit that it's tough trying to balance work with classes, studying, and my life outside of those three things, but I keep reminding myself that this is only temporary and will be well worth the sacrifices I am now making. Regardless of where I land in my career, I know that I will truly be enriched! Good luck all.