I was just visiting with Dean Walton (yes they were open last week)!!! So for future reference you don't get off any extra days around Easter. Although all classes do let out early on Fridays.
There are probably 20 or so stacks of about 20-30 application sitting on the dean's office floor. And they all have sticky notes with completion dates. I saw some mid-late March completion dates and some April completion dates. She said they received 1200 applications in the 2 weeks leading up to the deadline----so they're swamped!!!! she is most certainly actively looking through everyone's files (even yours zeph)
So don't give up hope they are still admitting students. They take a lot of time and care into admitting a great, well rounded group. They don't just skim through the files. The Dean personally reads the personal statements. maybe not every single one of them, but probably 75% or more. So just know if you haven't seen any action you're still in the running.
As far as residency the board of Regents in New Jersey says that anyone that has a domicile in NJ is considered a resident for the purpose of school. If you have a 12 month or more lease in NJ before the first day of classes (Aug 24) either on or off campus you will get in-state residency. She said the assumption is that you will do all the other things that go along with being a NJ resident like registering to vote, car registration, drivers lisence but there will not be anyone checking to make sure you do those things. Obviously if you can get your NJ address/lease agreement to her before the first term bill comes out it makes it eaiser. That way they don't have to mail it to one address and then mail it to your new address. But that's just for ease sake. The big thing is that by the first day of class you need to make it happen.
If you move after school starts (say you're commuting from PA or NY) then you can get in-state the next semsester. It's pretty 1-2-3.
If you have completed a FAFSA then you've done all you need to do for financial aid purposes. If you didn't get a scholly w/ your acceptance packet you probably don't have one coming. PROBABLY!!! There could always be a little surprise later down the road. The Rutgers University Board has not come out with tuition/fees for 2009-10 so the law school fin-aid does not yet have next years numbers and therefore can not produce the official student budget. However, this info is supposed to come out at the end of this month. That means that around the first week in May you should get a more specific student budget from the school stating tuition, fees, and estimated Cost of Attendance. This should also include the amount of Federal Loans you have been approved for, and any other scholarship you received. Nikki Fonoratto the fin-aid director will be sending this out to everyone and as long as your FAFSA is done and you included Rutgers as one of the schools to receive the info you're good to go!
Side note: a very good friend of mine graduated from St. John's in 2007. He currently works for a fairly decent firm doing IP stuff. He went to undergrad at NYU and decided on law school rather late. He only applied to St. J, Brooklyn and NYLS. He said that around his 2L year it was apparent that employers thought mor highly of Brooklyn than St J. but obviously he still got a job. Different times different issues. but his biggest complaints were the student body seemed disgruntled because most wanted to attend some other school in NY but didn't get in (and I'm not saying this these were his words based on the impression of his classmates). Many tried to transfer to other schools. But his overall experience was not that great. Everyone is a different individual and most things are what you make them. So if everyone goes in with a positive attitude that it'll be the best 3 years of your life then it'll be what you make it. If you initial intent is to walk around with a sour face because you got rejected from CLS or NYU and St J (or whatever school) is your backup and you hate it from day 1 then that vibe is going to rub off on everyone there. Eventually it will become a self fulfilling prophecy.
good luck to everyone still waiting. I can't wait to meet you guys in the fall