« on: November 05, 2007, 03:41:50 PM »
Just got this email:
Earlier this fall, you should have received a letter, application viewbook, and application fee waiver encouraging you to apply to Michigan Law. The number of people who get such letters from me is quite small when compared to the national applicant pool: about 3%. But the email you're receiving now is being sent to a truly tiny portion of the potential pool--more like one-tenth of a percent.
Granted, I know a limited amount about you as a candidate at this stage, but having carefully considered the available data, I have ample reason to think that you are the kind of applicant we most like to see. Your numerical credentials are unassailable, your academic preparation makes you well-suited for law school, and there are some indications that you might be a good fit here based on the information we can see about your legal interests and your background.
We know that financial aid considerations play a huge role in decisions about where to apply, and because we are a public institution, people sometimes wrongly presume that Michigan Law has little in the way of financial aid resources. We have, therefore, launched a pilot program designed to take some of the uncertainty out of the process for a select portion of our potential applicants; we hope this program will encourage you to apply, and to apply soon. If you submit your application materials to us on or before December 15, 2007, and if we choose to admit you after we have the opportunity to review the considerable additional information we ask for as part of the application process, we will provide you with a scholarship in the amount of at least $22,000 per year if you then enroll, for each of your three years here at Michigan Law. It may well turn out that you are eligible for an even larger scholarship; fifteen or so members of the entering class every year qualify to be Darrow scholars following an exhaustive faculty review, and receive a full-tuition scholarship in addition to a stipend. But in view of your potential demonstrated by the information we see now, we commit that if we admit you, you will be offered at least $66,000 for three years at Michigan Law. A scholarship of this size would mean that your remaining tuition obligation would be covered by federal Stafford loans.
As I am sure you understand (but it bears some emphasis), this offer does not amount to a guarantee of admission. Michigan Law is rather famously interested in what are sometimes called "soft factors"--your non-data-friendly experiences, and the way you present those experiences. So please take enough care with your application that we will be able to ascertain more about you than we know already. That care will make a difference in the admissions outcome, and could well make a difference for potential additional scholarship funds. (For some context, last year, about 90% of the people who applied after getting this email were admitted; 10% of them later received an offer of a Darrow.)
At the outset of this email, I told you that only a handful of people in the country will be receiving an email like this. The vast majority of people we admit to Michigan Law this year, and even the majority of admitted students who receive generous merit aid awards, will not have received this email. I hope you will recognize how very interested we are in you as a candidate, and that you will apply to Michigan Law before December 15. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me or a member of my staff and we will be happy to address them.
All the best --
Sarah C. Zearfoss
I actually just got their packet on Thursday, but I guess that counts as "earlier this fall"...anyone else get this and now seriously considering Michigan moreso than before?