AiLe (2020-2021)

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Application Information

F - Fee Waiver, A - Attending, W - Withdrawn, D - Deferred
Law School Status Type $$$ Sent Received Complete Decision Updated
University of Minnesota Twin Cities graph Accepted W $30,000 -- -- -- -- 12 years
Northwestern University graph WL, Accepted A -- -- -- -- 12 years
Chicago-Kent College of Law (IIT) graph Accepted W $120,000 -- -- -- -- 12 years
University of Chicago graph Pending D W -- -- -- -- 12 years
DePaul University graph Accepted W $105,000 -- -- -- -- 12 years
Loyola University Chicago graph Accepted W $73,000 -- -- -- -- 12 years

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I'll fill out some of this to be helpful to future applicants, though I'm still leaving several things out.

8 years WE, mainly teaching in inner-city schools with a lot of awards
Run a soup kitchen
Skills in 5 languages (really only fluent in 2-3)
Have lived abroad in several countries (worked at UN, taught English, volunteered lots of places)
A lot of undergrad awards and activities, though they seem like they were a really long time ago!

Anyway, what I learned is that everyone has great soft factors. It's tempting to think that soft factors make you special, but the truth is that there are a lot of special people out there! Mine are really small in the grand scheme. I am amazed at some of the people I have met. I'm not sure how much soft factors truly matter, but I'm really honored by the great offers I got (including in MPP programs) and am really happy to be going to NU.


I'm hoping for the best and very excited about the whole process. I like all of the schools I'm applying to, and I would like to be in either Illinois or Minnesota. Also, I'm super nervous!

1/15/08-- accepted to UMN! Yay! What an awesome Human Rights Center. Money is total over three years.

1/23/08-- the waiting game is killing me.

1/30/08-- I got in to Depaul. My first Chicago school! The scholarship is contigent on maintaining a 3.3, so it's not that great. Still, any money is good money. Let's hope some other schools come through with money (and not grade dependent).

2/4/08-- Call from Loyola offering admission! The dean was really nice. She said the letters should arrive soon (though with the local mail, soon is relative). I could be nearing the end of my good news, but it's been nice thus far.

2/6/08-- Official letter from Loyola. They offered a conditional renewable scholarship and a community service scholarship. Yay!

2/8/08-- Officially accepted at Kent.

2/24/08-- The long wait with no news is leading me to believe this will not be good news. Sigh.

2/28/08-- I knew my shot at Northwestern was minimal, but I was still really hoping. I feel so disappointed. I didn't want to have a first choice, but...

3/22/08-- I'm a bit surprised at the hold from UofC. I thought I would be rejected. I am very honored by it.

So the summer has been very exciting. I got a lot of great offers and scholarships. I love Chicago-Kent and think the faculty there is amazing. I did get in to Northwestern very last minute (8/19), and it has been my first choice all along. It's really hard to turn that down, and so I'm saying yes!

Visitor Comments

  • re: surprised
  • Saturday, December 22 2007 at 08:42 AM

No work experience :( Is NW your first choice?

- jimbofisher
  • Thanks
  • Thursday, December 27 2007 at 12:46 PM

and the same to you! Best of luck at NW and Chicago - I'm hoping for the best at Chicago, but fearing the worst.....

- STLCardinals
  • Best of luck...
  • Friday, December 28 2007 at 04:19 AM

and thanks for the comment! I can't figure out how to delete the repeat posts, but no worries...makes me feel important to have so many comments! Hope your good news starts rolling in soon!

- mysterymeat
  • Thanks
  • Monday, January 07 2008 at 11:13 AM

for the comment. I'm more so in their range rather than above their average so I was expecting the deferral. I just hope they ultimately take me! Best of luck to you, I'm sure you will have some great options with your numbers.

- lnj22
  • NW
  • Monday, January 07 2008 at 04:16 PM

Yes, I have 1 yr WE. I suspect the reason I was deferred was that I didn't express a huge interest in NW during my interview. I think they are looking for students who really, really want to go there, and it just wasnt one of my top 3 choices let alone my top choice. I think you should have a good chance of getting in if you make it clear you would *love* to go to NW (provided you have some WE). Seriously, remind them at every chance (interview, LOCI, etc.)

- canttell
  • Thanks...
  • Monday, January 07 2008 at 05:46 PM

for the kind words! Tell me if there's any info I can give you to help you out.

- schoolshmull
  • good luck on NU!!
  • Sunday, January 13 2008 at 11:26 AM

I have similar #'s to yours and received my acceptance recently... hang in there, from everything i've heard so far from current/former students, NU is worth waiting for! Good luck with the rest of your schools - I am sure you'll have some good choices.

- anj
  • NU
  • Monday, January 14 2008 at 07:19 AM

Haha, I keep telling myself "Maybe this week!" When did you apply? With those numbers and WE, you might be hearing sooner than I do. :o)

- paulsimon
  • re: Just Curious
  • Monday, January 14 2008 at 09:04 AM

Thanks for your comment. My mother went to Harvard and my father went to Yale, so yeah, I'd say I have some good soft factors. I'm not too worried.

- stroochly
  • Honestly
  • Monday, January 21 2008 at 10:47 AM

Honestly I don't actually believe I have a safety school. It is kind of crazy but I figure worst case scenario I work for a while then reapply

- bboypk
  • thanks
  • Wednesday, January 23 2008 at 02:45 PM

good luck to yourself as well! hopefully the WE will pay off at NU?

- hipcathobbes
  • Penn
  • Wednesday, January 23 2008 at 03:38 PM

Thank you!!!! I'm super-excited! Here's hoping there's good news coming to both of us from NU!

- paulsimon
  • Good Luck
  • Friday, January 25 2008 at 04:44 AM

Hey, congrats on Twin CIties. Good luck with the rest of the cycle!

- Dlc5949
  • The waiting game
  • Friday, January 25 2008 at 04:59 AM

Stay strong, you will make it through. And thanks for the CLS congrats! Certainly takes the sting out of waiting for NU...but I would definitely consider taking them over CLS, especially with $$! Keeping my fingers crossed, but I'm in a happy place now :o)

- paulsimon
  • re NW
  • Friday, January 25 2008 at 04:19 PM

I have 3 yrs WE as paralegal. Hope you get a better result from NW

- emanon
  • .....
  • Friday, January 25 2008 at 09:46 PM


- normalien
  • waiting..
  • Saturday, January 26 2008 at 12:36 PM

- ohgov2020
  • NU
  • Tuesday, January 29 2008 at 06:30 AM

Thanks - I went complete in early November and have about 3 yrs of WE. Good luck!

- friday8322
  • Good luck with NU!
  • Thursday, January 31 2008 at 06:11 AM

I'm currently a senior in the College, originally from the north suburbs of Chicago, which it looks like you might be as well? Good luck with NU, I just got put on hold by them yesterday

- spsteadman
  • Chicago
  • Thursday, January 31 2008 at 09:37 AM

UMich is my first choice, with NU and WUSTL after that. I've already had a very good cycle, so anything else at this point is just gravy. Good luck to you!

- spsteadman
  • Thanks for the congrats!
  • Friday, February 01 2008 at 04:57 AM

Best of luck to you!

- digs07
  • Thanks!
  • Saturday, February 02 2008 at 10:09 AM

Hey, thanks for the words of encouragement.what type of public interest are you looking to get into?also, is chicago a fun city? I have never been..

- herogirl
  • thanks
  • Monday, February 04 2008 at 12:54 PM

Yea, I kind of thought I was going to get in. I did apply for honors scholars btw. Keep me updated!

- pamphilia1
  • When did you apply?
  • Monday, February 04 2008 at 02:27 PM

When did you submit your apps?

- woeisme
  • Thanks!
  • Thursday, February 07 2008 at 06:52 AM

I appreciate your comment. I figured I'd get some rejections. UCLA, Boalt, and NW were expected. UCLA and Boalt are big on GPA, and NW is with work experience. Everywhere else I'm not quite sure what went wrong. Hit and miss I guess. I hope you get into U Chicago!

- Gizmo212
  • Thanks
  • Thursday, February 07 2008 at 08:44 AM

Thanks for the note, and congrats to you too on your admits and awards. As for how I'm leaning, I'm holding off until I hear from all the schools I applied to before I start to lean too far.

- jfreeman
  • The Big Schoolz
  • Monday, February 18 2008 at 09:05 AM

Why is it that thie big schools take the longest to decide! It's driving me nutz!

- Dlc5949
  • northwestern
  • Friday, March 14 2008 at 07:22 PM

how did they inform you of decision? I am expecting a rejection here soon enough

- rigmastft
  • Northwestern Acceptance! Sick! :)
  • Tuesday, August 19 2008 at 05:16 PM

Heya number-twin, congrats on NU! That\'s pretty impressive, ... from the other offers it seemed like their main criterion was 170+ LSAT regardless of GPA. It was a sad day indeed when I received my rejection. Anyway, out of curiosity, what do you think opened the door for you? Letters of interest and the like? Well, again, congratulations, that\'s awesome. And a very wise decision to attend NU over Kent, imo. Best of luck to you! :)

- woeisme

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