Sorry to double post, but I am debating applying ED to Michigan, so I was hoping you all could advise me.
I have a 3.5 and a 177, so looking on law school numbers
(link excludes URMs, Non-Trad, and International, all RDs) it seems like I'd have a decent shot at getting in even applying RD. In fact, it looks like I could also potentially get some money, in the range of $60,000. I'm a little worried that if I do ED, I could miss out on that money, and it's a lot to just throw away. But, I am also concerned that there is always a possibility that I could just not get in RD, and that would make me sad.
I'm fairly certain right now that Michigan is my first choice, by kind of a large margin (although, I have not had a chance to visit, and will not before applying). Even if I applied Regular Decision, I would prefer to do the summer start, so that is not a factor. I LOVE winter (a good hockey team and nearby XC skiing? Count me in!), and would eventually want to work in New England but would be ok with the upper midwest (basically, somewhere cold and snowy).
I'm all for the college town thing -- I am specifically not applying to schools in NYC or Chicago because it's just not my scene. I went to undergrad at school that was big on community, so I sort of love how enthusiastic about the school Michigan Law students seem to be. I really like that so many live on campus (at least the first year) - it would be great for getting to know other students, and it seems like everyone who goes there feels a serious bond to the school. Doesn't hurt that it's really, really pretty.
The only negative thing I can think of is that it is quite far from my home, but I can deal with that for three years.
So what do you all think? Do you know of anyone who applied ED and got significant money, or would I basically be forfeiting whatever I could have gotten RD?
Should I just turn out a killer Why Michigan essay and take my chances? I think the latter is probably the wiser choice, but I figured I'd ask for opinions here.
Thanks all. Sorry for the novel.