Joined the Army before I went to school. So I'll be above the average age when law school starts. I also have a masters degree.
1/6 Got my first acceptance (Washington and Lee via status checker then email) top thirty here I am.
1/10 just received a priority invite to apply from Duke. Turned the app in the same day I got the invite. Never really thought about Duke but a quick decision from a great law school can change my mind.
1/11 Don't know whats going on. Maybe schools are just trying to get their rejection numbers up but Penn and Virginia just sent me fee waivers. Had no plan to apply to either but hey it's free (ok it's actually 24 dollars but you know what I mean).
1/18 Got a full ride at Washington and Lee via snail mail.
1/14-18 I got into a fewer of the lower ranked schools that I applied to (Pitt, Miami, and Temple) I basically applied because they gave me fee waivers but it is still nice to get acceptance emails :). I haven't really thought about them too much. I'll be in Miami on Friday so I might just stop by to check it out.
1/19 Emailed Michigan since I still haven't got a status checker email yet. They said I should have it in the next 2 days. C'mon on Michigan you're one of my top choices, show me a little love.
2/1/2011 I just returned from Puerto Rico and I didn't check my status checkers at all the whole time or my email account that my decisions go to. I didn't think about law school for 11 glorious days so now back to reality. I have a lot to report those last 11 days have been super busy. I'm actually at the airport in Miami now writing this so I'll fill you guys in on the details like cash and dates when i get back to Chicago. With the way the snow is coming down there I'm not sure if I want to get back.
But I came back and the first thing I saw was a congrats from Kansas followed by one from Hastings so at least I got Cali then I saw my duke priority track my first t-14 decision...... and waitlisted I was crushed. then I look on here and see an idiot who said I wasn't going to get into a t-14 school and I was thinking he was right. That was followed up by an Iowa acceptance and a Georgia acceptance. Two very good regional schools and I was happy to be in the mid 20's area. But then things got interesting. There was a Freshlaw invite. Hmmm. I clicked on it it was a congrats from the University of Texas!!!! Now we're talking . My first top 15 acceptance. I'm not going to lie I was getting worried for a little bit. But the email reading wasn't finished I had one more to click on. It said UC Berkeley and before I could read anything else I saw the words congratulation. Top 10 finally :D. Of all the top ten (sans the holy trinity) Berkely was my top choice. Still have to check out cash from other schools but I'm really feeling Berkeley can't wait for ASW. Hmmm still snowing in Chicago. Berkeley seems even better :).
Also got in to Bama. and I'm complete at Harvard. I threw in a late hail mary app. ( My last one for sure).
2/3 Got into UNC today via status checker NU is supposed to be having another rounds of acceptances today. Keep your fingers crossed for the hometown kid. On a side note I actually showed up 2 minutes late for my NU interview. I could have sworn my interview was at 1130 but it was actually at 1115 but the military always tells you be 10 minutes early so I stroll in at 1117 and the guy told me that I was running late, hopefully it didn't impact me that bad.
2/4 Finally made it to my moms house and I had a ton of admit packages waiting for me. Texas, Berkeley (nice books), Alabama (a ton of stuff and a letter explaining my full ride), Georgia (nice bumper sticker and 78000), also acceptance to Pepperdine (if it was higher in the ranking this would be a serious choice).
2/5 picked up mail from moms house again 84,000 at Texas. Thanks Longhorns can't wait for ASW.
2/6 Started the process of withdrawing hopefully I can free up some of the scholarship money for others!
2/7 ok so it's snowing in Chicago again but I got an email that made me a little warmer. A Chancellors Scholarship invite from UNC. UNC is still an option for me. It'll be hard to turn down Berkeley or some other choices but I think I'm going to compete for this scholarship and then see all my choices and weigh everything from prestige, COA, location and where I'd be happy at.... looks like I'll have some thinking to do. Also finally got my status checker from UVA apparently they didn't send it or it was a mix up but the good thing is I didn't check it all over the last month and today I'm already file complete pending review/decision 2/3
2/8 Ok so I'm in this board meeting about something rather mundane but I have my phone silent. I look down and see I missed a call from a wierd area code, no big deal. Then I check my email on the phone and see a message from the Director of Admission at UVA asking me to call him as soon as possible. hmmm very interesting. I waited for like an hour and then I had to call him back.... In at UVA with 90,000. That is un "wait for it" believable. I'm so freaking psyched I have some serious thinking to do. But first I have to withdraw from Washington and Lee (my first acceptance), and Georgia (sorry no bulldog for me). Also before they render a decision I'm going to withdraw from UC Davis and Fordham. It's a four horse race so far. Lets see who else can get in on the action. I need more acceptances.
2/10 Waitlisted at Chicago. Not really sad at all. I didn't want to go to Chicago but if accepted I probably couldn't turn it down. So in reality they made a decision for me that I was too afraid to make myself. This prestige thing is really getting to me. It makes me feel like I have to go to the highest rated school but I think I have to be happy for the next three years, so I want a mix a great school where I'll be happy studying. I just didn't get that vibe from Chicago even though it's my hometown and I live close to the school. I also decided to call it at Fordham. I've been waiting for them to make up their mind but the truth is I don't want to go there esp when I have better offers on the table.
2/11 excited got my first 170 on a practice exam the day before I take the LSAT. I hope it goes good guys. Will update tomorrow.
2/13 LSAT day. I retook mainly for scholarship negotiation, Harvard and myself. I always felt I could have done better than that 165. The test went ok. I normally sweep the games but I know I didn't this time. The last test was crazy and I couldn't really crack it. I know I got three of the questions right but the other three.... I'm semi-confident about one of them but to be honest the other 2 were educated guesses at best. I just eliminated some of the choices but I'm guessing I probably got those two wrong. That actually scares me a bit. Even if I improve I don't think I'll be getting that 170 I was shooting for.
2/25 It's been a while since I updated this thing. Let me see what has changed. I got into Northwestern today and will be sending in my withdrawal tomorrow. Northwestern just turned me off through this whole cycle. It looks like I won't be staying in Chicago. Also I shot an App to Yale, I figured y not. I didn't put it up because I'm superstitious. Yale and Harvard are not going up until I find out a decision. Whatever the outcome I'll post it. By this time next week I should know my new LSAT score. I can't wait. I really hope I did better. I just can't call it. Half the time I think I got a 160 the other half I think I got a 170. so we will see. I also had my SEO interview today! I killed it. It was a great interview if anybody needs any info just message me. Well guys I'm going to actually put some work into my thesis (I so just want my masters degree over with). I have a nice bottle of Gran Patron Platinum waiting for me when I finish. To all you tequila drinkers out there if you get a chance (and have an extra 2 hundred dollars) I highly recommend it.
3/3 Ok bad day and good day. The results of the LSAT came back yesterday earlier than anyone thought. I was out eating with friends and just happened to check my email and saw one from LSAC. My score was a very, very, disappointing 169. I should have had a 170, that last game killed me I hardly ever get anything wrong on games and I know I at least got 3 wrong on the last game alone. But it's over and I have to move on. On the good side I have my JR1 today. I can't believe it I just submitted on the 1st of February. I'm excited, hopefully everything goes well.
3/4 Just got some great news, I got an email from Berkeley saying I was awarded 100,000, it is 34 the first year 33 the other two years. I just have to stay in good academic standing. It also said that they make summer funding available to students working in public interest. Berkeley looks so much better now :). I have to decide by April 15th. Got some thinking to do.
3/5 Great news guys I got my second SEO interview. I'm that much closer to an Internship with a V20 firm, before I even start law school.
3/9 Got more great news! I have my JR1 in a couple of hours but I just found out I got the SEO internship!!!! This is just amazing. Thinking back on how bad my cycle started... I was actually close to withdrawing this cycle and maybe just getting a PH.d because I didn't think I'd get into any good schools after being waitlisted at UCLA and Duke and now I have multiple top 10 acceptances and a possible Harvard acceptance, plus great scholarship money! I want to thank all the people on TLS and LSN who told me to keep my head up when I was freaking out. I hope the community is as good as this in law school. Oh and even better news I picked up the new Lupe Fiasco CD (Lasers) it's amazing.
3/14 Just got into Harvard!!! Will be withdrawing form many more schools soon.
3/18 Just got the call in at Penn. I will probably be withdrawing shortly. I just want to make sure Harvard is the place for me. It's my top choice. I have to be in NY next week anyway so I'm going to stop by for a visit just to solidify things.
3/21 Can't believe it I got into YALE!!!! #1 law school in the country! I'll be in New York in a couple of days and will definitely make the trip up to New Haven to see the school. It'll be hard to Turn down Harvard but I have to check out Yale to be sure.
3/30 So after checking out Yale I figured it wasn't for me. It's a great school and it is truly amazing but for my career goals Harvard is the best place for me. Hopefully I opened up a spot for someone deserving.
4/3 Heading to Germany. I can't wait to get there. I finished my thesis and I'm just waiting to graduate with my masters and start my internship. I can't wait to get to Boston.
4/8 The Harvard name rocks. I just dropped the "I'm a Harvard law student line." You'd be surprised how many find that cool even in Europe. I hope I didn't sound too douchey. lol.
4/11 On my way home back to the US sad to leave Europe but I'll be back soon. I plan on traveling a lot before law school. Got a really good scholarship to Harvard so I'm going to use some of the money I had saved up to see some of the countries I haven't seen yet. China, Korea, and Australia I'm looking at you.
4/24 A beautiful day here in Chicago. Hopefully everybody's cycle is wrapping up. I've decided where I'm going, now comes the hard part.... It seems like the stressing never stops. First it was the LSAT, then the applications, then the decisions, now we actually have do great in school. I know the class of 2014 is going to do great!