lmcplatte (2020-2021)

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Application Information

F - Fee Waiver, A - Attending, W - Withdrawn, D - Deferred
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# Law School Status Type $$$ Sent Received Complete Interview Date Decision Updated
Harvard University Pending D W Type: RA Sent: 09/20/07 Rec: 10/11/07 Comp: 10/31/07 Inter: -- Dec: 02/06/08 Upd: 13 years
University of Chicago Accepted W Type: RA $64,000 Sent: 09/01/07 Rec: 09/05/07 Comp: 09/21/07 Inter: -- Dec: 01/24/08 Upd: 13 years
Northwestern University F Accepted W Type: RA $120,000 Sent: 10/12/07 Rec: 10/12/07 Comp: 10/22/07 Inter: -- Dec: 12/18/07 Upd: 13 years
University of Notre Dame Accepted W Type: RA $75,000 Sent: 10/02/07 Rec: 10/12/07 Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 11/27/07 Upd: 13 years
Indiana University Bloomington Accepted A Type: RA $109,500 Sent: 09/03/07 Rec: 09/15/07 Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 01/12/08 Upd: 13 years
University of Michigan Ann Arbor F Accepted W Type: RA $60,000 Sent: 09/26/07 Rec: 10/02/07 Comp: 10/12/07 Inter: -- Dec: 11/13/07 Upd: 13 years
Washington University in St Louis F Accepted W Type: RA $119,100 Sent: 09/07/07 Rec: 10/01/07 Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 11/15/07 Upd: 13 years
University of California Los Angeles F Accepted W Type: RA $113,500 Sent: 09/13/07 Rec: -- Comp: -- Inter: -- Dec: 12/19/07 Upd: 13 years
Duke University F Accepted W Type: Sent: 09/06/07 Rec: 09/15/07 Comp: 09/19/07 Inter: -- Dec: 09/20/07 Upd: 13 years
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign F Accepted W Type: RA $78,000 Sent: 08/26/07 Rec: -- Comp: 10/05/07 Inter: -- Dec: 11/29/07 Upd: 13 years
University of Pennsylvania F Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 10/01/07 Rec: 10/01/07 Comp: 10/12/07 Inter: -- Dec: 12/17/07 Upd: 13 years
University of Minnesota Twin Cities Accepted W Type: $45,000 Sent: 10/15/07 Rec: 10/22/07 Comp: 10/30/07 Inter: -- Dec: 11/09/07 Upd: 13 years

Applicant Information

  • LSAT: 176
  • LSAT 2: -
  • LSAT 3: -
  • LSAC GPA: 3.86
  • Degree GPA: 3.82
  • School Type: Indiana University
  • Major: Computer Science

Demographic Information

  • City: Chicago
  • State: Illinois
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Man
  • Years out of Undergrad: Other

Extra Curricular Information

3 years work experience at a major credit card company, working on call center software.
Phi Beta Kappa
No undergrad scholarships except a $500 departmental award
Involved with/leader of campus religious organization
Began college training to be a jazz drummer
1 year of graduate school in Computer Science, not terribly successful

About prepping for the law school admissions game:
I waited a year longer than I probably would have, just so my wife could finish her undergrad. So I had a lot of time to prepare everything.
I took practice LSATs on my own for 3 or 4 months before taking the test in December 2006.
I was able to personally meet with my recommenders and have all letters and transcripts ready prior to September 1st. This helped me get off the ground running. Added bonus: since I graduated, my professor from Indiana accepted a position at a top-5 university, which probably strengthened the letter.
I'd be happy to chat with anyone about prepping for admissions; I'm no expert but I must have read at least 10 books, many of them several times over. (I'm a bit obsessive.) I have a few favorite books I'd recommend.

Additional info & updates

3/26 - Withdrew from Harvard. I guess I dragged my feet because of that curiosity that I'm sure we all have, but there are too many people waiting who are dying to get in-- they don't need me clogging the process.
3/9 - Indiana it is! I loved Notre Dame too, but IU is in the middle of a much more familiar nowhere. Not an easy decision to make, to say the least, but I'm sure it's the right one for me. I wish everyone luck with your decisions as well!
3/8 - Scholarship from Chicago. I'm very grateful for a (now effectively complete) cycle far beyond what I hoped for.
3/6 - Withdrew from Michigan/coughed up a kidney.
3/2 - Ridiculously close to a decision. Calling management companies, setting up appointments to look at housing.
2/26 - Instead of looking simply at per-year cost, I computed cost over 3 years, at 5% cost hike per year. Wow. Very enlightening.
2/24 - Withdrew from Wash U. I'm now confident that I like a couple other offers better. Seemed like a pretty decent school, though.
2/16 - Full tuition scholarship offer from UCLA. Particularly interesting because I withdrew nearly a month and a half ago.
2/16 - Sent withdrawal to Duke. I'm not enjoying this at all!
2/14 - Withdrew from Illinois. One by one they go.
2/13 - Withdrew from Penn. Levy invitation forced my hand. I guess we all have to withdraw from every school but one, right?
2/12 - Invitation to apply for the Levy from Penn.
2/9 - Decided to post more detail about myself for the benefit of others. I don't think anonymity (if I ever had any to begin with) is necessary anymore.
2/6 - Wigmore scholarship award from Northwestern.
2/6 - Held at Harvard via email.
1/27 - Decided to withdraw from Minnesota. I'm sure it's a good school, but I didn't have plans to spend the $$ to visit, and I feel I have better options. I don't like making things final!
1/24 - Sweet heavens I'm in at Chicago.
1/23 - Dean's Scholarship award from Michigan.
1/23 - Scholar in Law award from Washington St. Louis.
1/12 - Acceptance and full scholarship offer from IU. Very pleased.
1/5 - Withdrew from UCLA. Very good school, but my wife and I can't imagine moving to L.A., and I wanted to free up the spot for others.
12/19 - Acceptance call from UCLA. Am enjoying daily news.
12/18 - Acceptance email from Northwestern.
12/17 - Acceptance call from Penn.
12/3 - Acceptance and full scholarship offer from Illinois.
12/1 - Acceptance and fellowship offer from Notre Dame.
11/30 - Acceptance letter from Washington St. Louis.
11/29 - Status checker email from Illinois. Status says "Decision, Letter Mailed."
11/15 - Acceptance letter from Michigan and scholarship offer from Minnesota.
11/13 - Roll out of bed to see "Decision" as my status at UMich.
11/9 - Acceptance call from Minnesota.

Good luck to everybody!

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Sunday, October 21 2007 at 07:04 PM

On Duke! :)

similar numbers
Friday, October 26 2007 at 07:03 AM

hey, we have pretty similar numbers. good luck everywhere you're applying. hope we both are successful at harvard :)

similar numbers
Saturday, October 27 2007 at 01:32 PM

Though your LSAT is higher :) Thanks for your good wishes on my page and I'd like to also offer you good luck! I can't believe the cycle is now really getting started. I submitted my first apps just today. And yep, Harvard was one of them.

Tuesday, October 30 2007 at 07:03 AM

hls interview yet?--not me:)

stay in touch
Friday, November 02 2007 at 03:53 PM

us early applicants must stay close together in support--let me know when you hear from HLS regarding a phone interview

don't be surprised...
Monday, November 05 2007 at 05:24 AM

if you get a Uminn acceptance in the mail soon. The Dean said she had ten or so in front of her of their most highly qualified applicants but I was the only one she was calling as she has a connection to my UG.

Friday, November 09 2007 at 12:26 PM

Congrats to you also! I am excited to start hearing so early, especially with my LSAT! You are off to a great start, best wishes for the rest of the cycle!

Saturday, November 10 2007 at 07:18 PM

...on Duke. Good luck this cycle! As a former midwesterner myself, I sort of wish I was applying to more midwestern/friendly schools - I kind of miss the snow!

Saturday, November 10 2007 at 07:48 PM

On Minnesota! I'm sure you'll get lots more acceptances too!

Tuesday, November 13 2007 at 01:23 PM

thanks on the congrats for MN! I'm glad it was a voicemail - other people have confirmed that I really heard what I thought I heard.

Thursday, November 15 2007 at 06:23 PM

I'm sure you will be pleased with your package from Michigan. The video is great! Congrats!

Friday, November 16 2007 at 09:56 AM

Thanks for the congrats and congratulations in advance on what I'm sure is an acceptance from Michigan, too!

re: Numbers Twin
Friday, November 16 2007 at 10:27 AM

I actually think your chances are much better than mine since I had a hiccup on my first LSAT. Best of luck to you -- I'm sure we'll be exchanging congrats soon ;)

Friday, November 16 2007 at 10:27 AM

On both UMinn and the impending UMich. I wish the post office was faster

Friday, November 16 2007 at 11:59 AM

On Michigan!

Wednesday, November 21 2007 at 07:02 AM

I have no doubt your call will come quite soon!!:)

Wednesday, November 21 2007 at 09:25 AM

and Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 21 2007 at 11:43 AM

Appreciate the nice words.... hopefully you'll end up in Ann Arbor too; best of luck on your apps

Monday, November 26 2007 at 10:51 AM

Thanks for the well-wishes!

Sunday, December 09 2007 at 01:53 PM

6 acceptances, jeez. Have you gotten a Toby Stock email yet?

Monday, December 17 2007 at 01:38 PM

On Penn!

Tuesday, December 18 2007 at 08:25 AM

It was a phone call. :)

Tuesday, December 18 2007 at 09:35 AM

Congratulations to you too! - on all your acceptances! I'm sure there are many more on the way soon!

near number twin
Tuesday, December 18 2007 at 01:36 PM

congrats on nw! :)

re: near number twin
Tuesday, December 18 2007 at 01:37 PM

and on the rest of the sweep so far, of course.

Looks like you got yours too!
Wednesday, December 19 2007 at 01:50 PM

Congrats on UCLA!

Wednesday, December 19 2007 at 04:54 PM

Probably, I think it is all the fee waivers that make most people apply to so many.

Thursday, December 20 2007 at 06:51 AM

haha thanks! And congrats on all of your acceptances as well!

Friday, December 21 2007 at 01:56 PM

Thanks for the congrats! You are obviously in great shape

Thursday, January 24 2008 at 06:32 AM

On Chicago!

Thursday, January 24 2008 at 07:04 AM

on chicago... I just got the phone call too...

Thursday, January 24 2008 at 07:05 AM

on chicago... I just got the phone call too...

Monday, January 28 2008 at 05:48 AM

Wow, seeing everything on LSN just emphasizes how much ass you're kicking this cycle. Definitely let me know how you're leaning on your decision. WUSTL was definitely impressive.

Thursday, February 07 2008 at 03:25 AM

congrats on the Wigmore - I got it yesterday too!

Sunday, March 09 2008 at 06:09 PM

Congrats on deciding on IU - Bloomington; it seems like such a great school and I love the town. Must be a great feeling to have this cycle wrapped up!

school choice
Wednesday, March 26 2008 at 03:17 PM

Hey there - if you don't mind my asking, why did you pick IU over Northwestern's Wigmore? Is it because you still would be paying $25k or so over three years? I'm debating some similar options now and was just curious.

Friday, April 18 2008 at 10:35 PM

Bold move on passing up on virtually every other major law school. Thanks for bumping up next year's mean LSAT. I'm hopeful they'll squeeze into the top 30 by the time you're out. They just received a 25 mil gift -- were you aware?

Saturday, June 07 2008 at 07:44 AM

And congrats on your cycle too, I\'m sure you\'re going to do great things at IU. Keep in touch!