I'd love to hear from anyone going to Rutgers - Newark this fall, or moving to Hoboken/Jersey City, NJ.
If you're on thefacebook and heading to RU-N, check out http://washington.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2369757377
Unused fee waivers: W. New England, Marquette, Lewis & Clark, Valpo, Quinnipac, Ave Maria, Pacific, Idaho, S. Dakota, Hofstra, & Hamline....Loyola is free online for everyone, DO THE OPTIONAL ESSAY
Scholarship amounts are per year
I've spent extensive time on SU and Willamette's, as well as UW (obviously), campuses if anyone has any questions about them, or their surrounding area, feel free to ask. I also spent significant time on Lewis & Clark's campus 3-4 years ago. Its a great place, location/campus/law school, it just wasn't for me.
Lastly, before my quasi-blog, check out BlackCobra122 if you want to see, imho, the most interesting profile/debate on LSN. Its worth the time.
11/6/06 - E-mail from UW, I'm complete
11/17/06 - Called Depaul and they are currently reviewing my application
11/21/06 - E-mail from Loyola confirming my application is complete and informing me that they don't anticipate sending decisions until after Christmas Break.
11/27/06 - E-mail from DePaul saying they've ordered my report. I'm not certain if they're just behind, or if the person I spoke to 10 days ago was mistaken. LSAC shows Depaul having requested my report on 10/23. I expect to hear from them first either way.
11/29/06 - E-mail from Santa Clara notifying me that I'm complete....about freaking time.
12/04/06 - VICTORY!!!!! I got in to Rutgers via e-mail. Letters go out in the mail tomorrow according to the e-mail, nothing about aid but right now I'm just psyched to get in SOMEWHERE.
12/05/06 - Interesting stuff on Rutgers residency I thought I should post. I got this in an e-mail from the Dean of Admissions today after I thanked her for the e-mail and asked about residency
"Establishing residency is relatively easy. Since you are currently living in WA, there is no question you will have to cut your ties to your home state and move to NJ for law school. Therefore, as long as you have a year-long lease for an apartment, or purchase property, by the start of class, I can give you in-state residency beginning in the
fall 2007 semester. You will need to register to vote, change your driver's license, etc. But that can come later. The year-long commitment to live in NJ is the most important item.
If you choose to live in NY or any other surrounding state, then you cannot have in-state. You have to physically live in NJ. "
Anyway, it sure makes Rutgers an attractive option.
12/08/06 - Decided to change my numbers to the left of the schools from my preference rankings to Chiashu percentages. The Rutger's info reminded me that it really comes down to $ for me. Rutgers packet came today in a large white envelope.
12/11/06 - E-mail from Seton Hall notifying me that I'm complete. I'd thought I received something via snail mail a while back that said the same thing, but I'm not 100% certain so I'm changing the date to reflect the e-mail. Also, it said there wont be any decisions until the New Year.
12/12/06 - 2 for 2. Big envelope from Depaul with "Welcome to Depaul" on the cover. Dean's Merit Scholarship: 12k/year with a 3.3 GPA (about top 30%) at the end of each academic year. The fiance is pushing hard for Chi-town so the $ makes the tuition difference manageable. I'm psyched.
12/13/06 - Got a call from a faculty member at DePaul today. More or less a call to introduce himself and offer himself up to answer any questions I might have now or in the future. A very nice touch, having never been to Chicago I plan to take advantage of this.
12/16/06 - T-Shirt from DePaul
12/23/06 - More stuff from DePaul, most importantly dates for the admitted students weekends: 3/10 & 3/31. A weekend trip to Chicago in the Spring will be fun.
1/5/07 - I'm moving, unexpectedly, and I didn't want to wait for my mail to get forwarded so I e-mailed each of the schools that haven't sent me a decision yet. Seton Hall said I should receive a decision by the end of next week.
01/09/07 - Picked up my mail from the old place (why it wasn't forward is anyone's guess) and Seton Hall's letter, small white envelope, came with 9k. Fully renewable with a 3.0+, $4500 renewable between a 2.9 and 3.0.
1/16/07 - Status on the Seattle U status checker changed to decision mailed. This one is a big one, if only because it brings the home town in to play possibly. Should be tomorrow......
1/17/07 - Of course my mailbox was conspicuously empty.
1/18/07 - In at Seattle U, big white envelope, no mention of $. It DID end up going to the old address even though I changed it with them. No harm no foul I guess, other than my peace of mind
1/23/07 - E-mail from Rutgers about their open house. Its 3/28 @ 5pm, which sounds almost too good to be true. SHU's ASW is the next morning, and because RU-N's is in the evening I can fly out late the night before and not have to stay the extra day. Hopefully I can make it work with my job, I'd really like to make the trip.
1/24/07 - In at Willamette, in a small envelope, with 20k reknewable at a 2.9 cum. The letter was dated 1/9, but the postmark was 1/22....weird, but not important. It sure does make it cheap, between a tiny CoL and cheap tuition.....
1/25/07 - Soon to be ex-US Attorney of the Western District of Washington (my old, longtime boss) is joining the SU faculty. I still don't know if I can afford their tuition, but anyone who's interested in SU should be excited and intrigued by this. He's quite the guy, and also a great lecturer.
1/27/07 - Probably should have written the optional essay for Loyola. Waitlisted, small white envelope. I'll probably write the essay now and see what happens. Pure laziness at the time probably. No way I can know for sure, but I feel kind of dumb at the moment.
1/29/07 - Let the decision process begin. Its not looking like SCU is offering any $ to numbers like mine, if they were to admit me. My fiance and I don't even discuss UW and GWU, its such a remote possibility, so we really can start paring things down now. DePaul and living in Chicago sure would be fun, the Newark schools' proximity to NYC is enticing, and Willamette both keeps my debt WAY down and lets me maximize my network in the PNW legal community. Decisions, decisions.....
1/30/07 - Trip to Chicago is booked. March 9 - 11 with the fiance. We'll be attending the DePaul ASW on the 10th, and probably taking a look at Loyola if we can. I do plan on staying on their waitlist, at least for the time being. Anyone attending the ASW should feel free to contact me, I'd love to meet up with some other people seriously considering DePaul.
01/31/07 - SU e-mail about mini-open houses upcoming. Not that I need to attend, I literally work 4 blocks from Sullivan Hall, but you'd think they wouldn't schedule all of them for Friday afternoons. Working stiffs like me might like something more flexible. Oh well, I'm just bitter I didn't get any $....not that I deserved it.
- Phone call around 6pm from a 1L at Seattle U. Asked if I had any questions/concerns, a nice touch. If I didn't work so close and with countless SU Law grads I'd probably appreciate it a lot more.
2/3/07 - DING! (Think ESPN radio's Dan Patrick show). UW, one page, small white envelope. First UW ding, yet strangely inspiring. We're ready to move away for a while, and now it becomes that much more likely that we will.
2/7/07 - I e-mailed SHU about possible hotel deals or fin. aid for travelling to NJ and they promptly got back to me with a number of items: $250 towards airfare, a dinner in NYC with current students after the ASW(because I'm a merit scholar), and they're working on a group rate at the Hilton across the street from the school. We're DEFINITELY going to look at the Newark schools now. The $ for travel was completely unexpected.
2/8/07 - Late Temple fee waiver won me over. Its a reach probably, I'm down at the 25% at best, but I work with a Temple JD who I respect a great deal and she speaks VERY highly of the school. What's 12$ at this point right?
2/10/07 - Booked a trip to see SHU and RU-N for their respective events at the end of March.
2/12/07 - It appears GWU finally started dinging people. I'd appreciate it if the mailman would hurry up and deliver mine so my pipedream can be summarily dismissed.
2/14/07 - GWU finally got around to mailing my rejection. 2 left, and now I'm lamenting the fact the Temple probably wont let me know until the very last minute. My own fault, but a bummer regardless.
2/17/07 - Mailer from DePaul about RSVPing for the ASW and other events.
2/20/07 - Phone call from a 3L at DePaul. I couldn't chat, I was just getting to work, but I have to say its nice being recruited...despite my less than stellar numbers.
- Also, an invitation from SHU to RSVP for their events as well, including a dinner in NYC with some current students. I'm feeling really lucky we're able to afford to go see these schools before we pick.
2/22/07 - Complete e-mail from Temple.
2/27/07 - Withdrew from LUC waitlist. I'm just not willing to wait, I'm happy with my other options as they stand.
03/10/07 - Attended the DePaul ASW. I was neither disappointed nor overly impressed. Still the frontrunner, but Rutgers and SHU still have a chance to change my mind in 3 weeks. Chicago definitely felt like a city we could spend the next 3 years.
03/13/07 - Someone on LSN with a complete date after me has received a decision from Temple. THey're an auto-admit, but I guess it's time to obsess about the mail again....SCU waiting this long to dole out decisions is ridiculous imho.
03/27/07 - Withdrew from Willamette and SU. I fly out to NJ tomorrow night, and I can't wait. The idea of a new city really has me excited. Still nothing from SCU. Almost no chance I'll go there, but after all this waiting I'd just like to know if I got in.
04/01/07 - Got back from RU-N and SHU last night. It was a good trip, helped clear things up a lot. I think I'll be at RU next fall. Its just a gut feeling, but it feels more like the right place for me. Turned in my RU-N deposit, deadline was the 1st, but 2/3rds of it is refundable if things change.
04/02/07 - Withdrew from DePaul
04/08/07 - Waitlisted at Temple, not sure what I'll do.
04/09/07 - E-mailed the Dean who signed my waitlist letter to ask some questions. Basically I'd be coming from out west, what timeframe would I expect to hear from them IF I were to get an offer?...how long to decide once admitted?...that sort of thing. I'm trying to gauge if its worth staying on the waitlist.
04/12/07 - Withdrew from SHU. My response from Temple was a song and dance show, so I'm going to withdraw tomorrow.
04/24/07 - WAY after the fact, but I ran across someone on LSN who said Rutgers (C & N) have a status checker at http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/statusnotes.shtml
They NEVER mentioned it anywhere in my RU-N paperwork, but it reflects everything that it should for me now. Just an FYI for anyone who has read this far.
05/11/07 - In at SCU, so my cycle is officially complete. 6-2-2, but my decision is long since made and I'll be withdrawing on Monday.