mcelligott1 (2019-2020)

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Application Information

F - Fee Waiver, A - Attending, W - Withdrawn, D - Deferred
Law School Status Type $$$ Sent Received Complete Decision Updated
Harvard University graph Accepted W 01/22/07 01/29/07 02/28/07 03/05/07 13 years
Yale University graph Accepted A -- -- -- 04/07/07 13 years
Stanford University graph Accepted W -- -- -- -- 13 years
University of Pennsylvania graph Accepted W $60,000 -- -- -- 03/09/07 13 years
University of Virginia graph Accepted W $63,000 01/22/07 -- -- 02/05/07 13 years
Duke University graph Accepted W -- -- -- -- 13 years
Columbia University graph Accepted W -- -- -- 03/21/07 13 years
University of Michigan Ann Arbor graph Waitlisted W -- -- -- -- 13 years

Applicant Information

History and Political Science

Demographic Information

Iowa City

Extra Curricular Information

Student Body President of the University of Iowa

Member of Presidential Search Committee

Co-Chair of the United Way Students Campaign

Member of the Lecture Committee

Executive of University Democrats

Former intern for Senator Tom Harkin

Letters of Rec from:

The Provost

Faculty Senate President and constitutional law professor (and text book writer)


Love Yale. Love New Haven. Withdrawing from all other schools tomorrow! YLS 2010!

Visitor Comments

  • Index
  • Saturday, December 23 2006 at 10:51 AM

What is the "INDEX"? I am the least prepared person for applying to law school

- mcelligott1
  • Heya
  • Sunday, December 24 2006 at 05:54 AM

Just thought you should know that you're in the 05-06 cycle, might want to change that to 06-07.:)

- Anon
  • thanks
  • Sunday, December 24 2006 at 01:21 PM

I have no clue what im doing. obviously

- mcelligott1
  • Advice
  • Wednesday, December 27 2006 at 12:37 PM

Does anyone have advice to what schools I should be applying to? A couple of my schools may be out of reach I dont really know. I am trying to gauge things from looking at other user's information

- mcelligott1
  • just apply :)
  • Friday, December 29 2006 at 01:29 PM

your numbers and extracurriculars look great! aim high! good luck!

- waronerrorism
  • go for it
  • Friday, December 29 2006 at 06:57 PM

my statement was pretty good I thought, talked about what I wanted to do etc.

- indychamps
  • impressive
  • Monday, January 15 2007 at 11:03 AM

Even though you applied later in the cycle, I'm sure with your #'s and being student body prez you're a sure thing at most schools. Early congrats!

- kstoiatosomewhere
  • nothing
  • Tuesday, January 30 2007 at 05:13 PM

is out of reach for you! Good luck, though you definitely don't need it.

- sarahbell127
  • someone with MY numbers?
  • Wednesday, January 31 2007 at 02:21 PM

says the better-lsat score and better-gpa person. I am very jealous, by the way. I love checking for Iowans and Misourians; they are so underrepresented in law schools outside the midwest. I did inded go to Grinnell, and I gotta tell you...Vilsack gave our commencement address and WARNED US TO BE PREPARED TO KILL TERRORISTS IN THE NAME OF FREEDOM. It gets capitals because 1) he's a democract and 2) he was talking to one of the most left-wing, hippie, tree-hugging, pacifist schools in the country. So I'm glad you worked for Harkin and not for Vilsack. Way to go on that one :) So I'll wrap it up and just say this: 1) You are awesome 2) Iowa City is awesome 3) taking the lsat during the homecoming game in 10/05 was not the smarted idea I've ever had 4) Iowa is so cute. Fin.

- sarahbell127
  • ha
  • Wednesday, January 31 2007 at 02:23 PM

smarted = smartest wow.

- sarahbell127
  • yikes
  • Thursday, February 01 2007 at 05:43 AM

okay, you're cleared in my book. If it's not too invasive a question, I was wondering why you went to Iowa instead of Grinnell, if you like it so much?

- sarahbell127
  • sword fighting
  • Thursday, February 01 2007 at 08:30 AM

that would Dag. You probably visited on Field Day. That's hilarious! I didn't know anything about Grinnell before I went there. I went to a college counselor who said, "Go to Grinnell" and I said, "Okay." The end.

- sarahbell127
  • um
  • Friday, February 02 2007 at 07:29 AM

I am on here all the time. literally. even when I'm not technically on right now. I graduated last May--what else do I have to do?!

- sarah
  • Duke Scholarship
  • Saturday, February 24 2007 at 12:49 PM

Nah, the scholarship offer was a few weeks after the acceptance letter. Good luck with that and with your other schools! I'm sure you'll get in everywhere with those numbers and soft factors.

- bosco1386
  • re: midwesterner party
  • Sunday, February 25 2007 at 02:08 PM

that sounds awesome. I vote for having it at the India cafe in IC. I googled you. Is that weird?

- sarahbell127
  • nope
  • Sunday, February 25 2007 at 04:18 PM

I live in St. Louis but heart IC and would be more than willing to make the drive :)

- sarahbell
  • There is nothing more productive...
  • Monday, February 26 2007 at 09:19 AM

...than the last minute. As a Duke alum who lived off campus senior year, do yourself a favor and live halfway down 15-501 toward Chapel Hill in any of those developments behind the Chili's area.

- BlueDevilSarah
  • don't freak out!
  • Monday, February 26 2007 at 05:56 PM

Yes, my interview with TStock was preceded by an email that said something like that. You really shouldn't worry - especially with your numbers! Just try to be personable, and stay relaxed (I know, easier said than done).

- annieg
  • you're welcome~
  • Monday, February 26 2007 at 06:54 PM

I'm sure you have many acceptances coming your way, too. Good luck with T-STock!

- annieg
  • re: wildly
  • Monday, February 26 2007 at 08:31 PM

Thanks for the note! I'm sure you'll cycle will be just a positive if not more so. Congrats on Duke, UVa, and many more to come.

- Senator
  • no worries
  • Monday, February 26 2007 at 09:34 PM

its literally a phone call to just chat, he asks about a thesis if you have one, and he talks about your jobs etc.

- indychamps
  • yes to the party
  • Tuesday, February 27 2007 at 04:33 PM

There should most definately be a midwest party! In Iowa City, perhaps? Congrats on Virginia and Duke. I'm sure you'll have more acceptances soon.

- kstoiatosomewhere
  • phone call
  • Thursday, March 01 2007 at 06:15 PM

there are definitely a few people on here who got the phone call and were deferred (this cycle). I haven't checked too much into last year's cycle, so I don't know how many people get the phone call but don't get in. In general, it seems that you can't get in unless you get the phone call, so you are a step ahead of most everybody :) Even the waitlisted-accepted people from last year got a phone interview prior to being offered admission. I can't think of names right off the bat, but I definitely found them. I'll have to get back to you on that one.

- sarahbell127
  • BTW
  • Friday, March 02 2007 at 03:50 PM

mucho congratulations on getting the phone call! And how do you have people that don't like you? I also had a question for you regarding iowa student debt--does that include Iowa residents who study elsewhere, students from everywhere who come to Iowa to study, or iowa residents who stay in Iowa for school? Also, is it only public school attendees, or does it include private schools students as well?

- sarahbell127
  • re: public
  • Sunday, March 04 2007 at 04:38 AM

that is such an interesting quandary, one I never would have imagined, but seems entirely logical now that you mention it. I'd be very curious to know how that discussion turns out. It could be remedied by taking land out of the picture, and yet, it would seem to be unfair to people without farms, whose money is tied up in, say, the stock market. While far more liquid than land, the value of stock one year is liable to change dramatically, and is also used as a basis for determining financial aid. The overall problem of student debt is certainly an interesting and difficult problem... What to do, what to do?

- sarah
  • Response
  • Sunday, March 04 2007 at 07:24 AM

Yep, I did have the phone convo with Toby Stock before the HLS acceptance. It was short, casual and very low stress. Way back in November though so I don't remember everything we talked about.

- robeigh
  • phone call
  • Tuesday, March 06 2007 at 07:01 AM

yep, I had one on ~ 2/18 I can't remember exactly.

- rpritchie
  • just saw
  • Tuesday, March 06 2007 at 11:59 AM

the big news. Congratulation!!!!

- sarahbell
  • !
  • Tuesday, March 06 2007 at 01:45 PM

Congrats on Harvard!

- kstoiatosomewhere
  • re: which school
  • Wednesday, March 07 2007 at 06:26 PM

Leaning toward HLS right now, although CLS is still in the running (the Hamilton makes the decision more difficult). Congrats on the H-bomb!

- Senator
  • nice
  • Wednesday, March 07 2007 at 07:36 PM

Congrats on Harvard! (I guess you survived the T-Stock phone interview!)

- annieg
  • hls, etc.
  • Thursday, March 08 2007 at 03:24 AM

As far as I can tell, almost everyone had a "bad" Harvard phone interview. Mine certainly seemed pretty disastrous at the time. Didn't make a difference. Or maybe it wasn't as bad as I thought. Anyway, the important thing is, now I get to consider HLS. And I am. Quite seriously. Will be visiting in the next month. Also visiting SLS and YLS. Waiting to hear about money from Chi and UVA. SLS and YLS are the ones I'm feeling best about this week, though.

- annieg
  • Harvard
  • Thursday, March 08 2007 at 09:32 AM

Do you recall whether you received the phone interview email before or after you went complete? Thanks

- WildCardz
  • re: grades
  • Thursday, March 08 2007 at 08:21 PM

Ya, I know what you meen. I am still in undergrad, but I guess I don't have much to complain about b/c I'm only taking 3 hours this semester (ya, 1 class, I know, my roomates give me quite a bit of slack). It's tough to get motivated my job or the 1 class. Next fall will be a reality check, I think.

- Senator
  • Harvard
  • Friday, March 09 2007 at 02:30 PM

I may not be a farm boy, but it would be cool to have another midwesterner at HLS. You should be hearing from UMich and Columbia soon, they just got back to me within the week.

- freeradical82
  • nah
  • Saturday, March 10 2007 at 01:37 PM

second semester grades are only important if you fail to graduate. Cheers!

- know-it-all
  • Nahh....
  • Sunday, April 01 2007 at 01:33 PM

You need lawyers in order to maintain property rights. No one would own anything if it weren't for lawyers. We are noble!

- reardenmetal
  • fabulous!
  • Sunday, April 08 2007 at 04:36 AM

congrats on YLS! My advice: visit both schools.

- annieg
  • Surprised about Michigan
  • Tuesday, April 10 2007 at 10:06 AM

Hey, Even though I love and adore Michigan, I'm shocked that they waitlisted you! I'd say that even though I've heard New Haven kinda sucks, you should go to Yale.

- kstoiatosomewhere
  • Congrats!
  • Sunday, April 22 2007 at 04:17 PM

Congrats on making a decision!

- kstoiatosomewhere
  • Mich
  • Wednesday, May 02 2007 at 08:16 PM

Not that this matters at all, since you got in to Yale (which is quite possibly the hardest school to gain admission to in the world), but don't about your UMich decision. Your application blows the average mission admit out of the water. They understand people like you will most likely end up and HYS and by putting you on a waitlist for statisical reasons. It's called "yield protection," where yield=the amount of people accepted that plan to attend. The larger number of graduates that are accepted that choose to go to Mich, the higher the yield. Yield is a factor in law school rankings, so obviously they want this number to be as high as possible. So if anything, consider the waitlist a compliment. Hope that helps.

- fellow hawkeye
  • typos
  • Wednesday, May 02 2007 at 08:20 PM

sorry about those typos, I typed that up fast. *don't WORRY about it *mission admit= michigan admit *putting you on a waitlist= put you on a waitlist for statiscal reasons (they know you probably won't go there)

- fellow hawkeye
  • totally not too late
  • Tuesday, June 12 2007 at 10:12 AM

to have a wee party. Are you still in IC? We should have a celebratory drink. I'll be passing through on July 2, if you're up for it! Oh yeah, and if I haven't said it already WAY TO GO!!!

- sarahbell127
  • :P
  • Sunday, November 04 2007 at 03:57 PM

See: Email

- dadric

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