birdie0001 (2022-2023)

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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F - Fee Waiver A - Attending W - Withdrawn D - Deferred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
#3 University of Notre Dame Waitlisted W Type: RA Sent: 10/06/06 Rec: 10/11/06 Comp: 10/25/07 Inter: -- Dec: 01/06/07 Upd: 16 years
#4 George Washington University WL, Rejected Type: RA Sent: 10/06/06 Rec: 10/11/06 Comp: 10/25/07 Inter: -- Dec: 07/18/07 Upd: 16 years
#2 University of Wisconsin Madison Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 10/06/06 Rec: 10/11/06 Comp: 10/25/06 Inter: -- Dec: 01/05/07 Upd: 16 years
#1 University of Minnesota Twin Cities WL, Accepted A Type: Sent: 10/06/06 Rec: 10/11/06 Comp: 10/25/06 Inter: -- Dec: 07/18/07 Upd: 17 years
#5 Vanderbilt University Waitlisted W Type: RA Sent: 10/06/06 Rec: 10/11/06 Comp: 10/25/06 Inter: -- Dec: 01/29/07 Upd: 17 years
#8 University of Washington Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 10/06/06 Rec: 10/11/06 Comp: 10/25/06 Inter: -- Dec: 02/06/07 Upd: 17 years
#6 William Mitchell College of Law F Accepted W Type: RA $30,000 Sent: 10/06/06 Rec: 10/11/06 Comp: 11/15/06 Inter: -- Dec: 01/03/07 Upd: 17 years
#10 University of Denver Accepted W Type: RA $30,360 Sent: 10/06/06 Rec: 10/11/06 Comp: 10/25/07 Inter: -- Dec: 01/09/07 Upd: 17 years
#9 American University Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 10/06/06 Rec: 10/11/06 Comp: 10/25/06 Inter: -- Dec: 11/30/06 Upd: 17 years
#7 Pepperdine University Accepted W Type: RA $23,000 Sent: 10/06/06 Rec: 10/11/06 Comp: 12/04/06 Inter: -- Dec: 01/23/07 Upd: 17 years
#11 University of Connecticut Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 10/06/06 Rec: 10/11/06 Comp: 10/25/06 Inter: -- Dec: 01/09/07 Upd: 17 years
Georgetown University PT Rejected Type: ED Sent: 10/06/06 Rec: 10/11/06 Comp: 11/10/06 Inter: -- Dec: 12/20/06 Upd: 17 years

Applicant Information

  • LSAT: 162
  • LSAT 2: -
  • LSAT 3: -
  • GRE : -
  • LSAC GPA: 3.75
  • Degree GPA: 3.76
  • School Type: Private
  • Major: Public Policy

Demographic Information

  • City: University of Denver
  • State: Minnesota
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Woman
  • Non-Traditional Applicant: Yes
  • Years out of Undergrad: -

Extra Curricular Information


11/30/06: American acceptance mailed on 11/22/06. Came in a large Fed-ex package. Some have said they got a phone call... not me.

12/7/06: Online status check went to "Decision" for Georgetown. Im pretty sure most everybody's went to decision today. Most acceptances seem to have been sent out... it dosent look good.

12/17/06- Defered from Minnesota today. Not too much of a surpirse there but I am still hoping for some good news lin a few months. They say they will make a decision by May 31st. Even though my mail is being forwarded from Denver I am surprised that my Georgetown rejection has not officially come yet... maybe on Monday?

12/19/06- Rejection e-mail from GULC today. Apparently my letter was returned as "undeliverable" so thats why it took so long. Not too much of a shock...

1/3/06- Accepted to William Mitchell today with a Trustees Scholarship of 75% of tuition (including extras like books etc...) Im not sure if I would consider going there or not but the scholarship really does make you feel wanted.. and If i get dinged at MN it would be a chance to come home. Right now I would just really like to hear from GW.

1/5/07- IN AT WISCONSIN TODAY! The more and more I think about that the more and more I want to go to UW. It is a fantastic school for the Minneapolis Big Law market and I can go to class with views of lakes. I have never been there but everyone says the campus is beautiful The letter came in a standard white envelope that said there woudl be more information to come. Unless MN pans out I think im going to end up in Wisconsin... Im pretty OK with that.

1/6/07- Waitlisted at Notre Dame. Im actually pretty happy with that because I feel like there was a good chance I could have been rejected, I will stay on the WL but Im still really thinking Madison is the place for me!

1/9/07- In at Denver and U Conn. I didnt get any scholarship information from either one so I hope that means it is coming later... I am expecting at least something from DU.... Madison is still the number one choice right now.

1/17/07- Scholarship letter from DU today. Full tuition.... nice.

1/19/07- E-mail from MN today saying that most deferral decisions would not be made until April....bummer. I sent in a letter of continued interest around 12/15, and a second update on 1/15, it would be so amazing to get into MN.....

1/23/07- So I think everyone who applied to Pepperdine got an e-mail today either saying congrats on the acceptance or that the committee is still reviewing your file. I never got a letter officially accepting me to pepperdine, but my e-mail opened with, "Congratulations on your acceptance" so Im guessing ill get a letter in the mail tomorrow......

1/25/07- Deans scholarship from pepperdine today. $23,000 per year. Very flattering although pretty sure its not for me.

1/27/07- Withdrew from University of CT today. Under some circumstances I could see myself attending a lot of these schools, but I just dont see a situation where I would go to CT. Hopefully my spot goes to someone who really wants it (And good Karma will let someone withdraw from MN to give me a slot??)

1/29/07- Wait list from Vandy today. Thats pretty much what I expected. I also got a call from the Dean of University Wisconsin today, that was very flattering. He called to congratulate me on my acceptance, but so far still no $$$$

2/06/07- E-mail from University of Washington today congratulating me "again" on my acceptance.... what is with these schools sending e-mails before sending letters? Anyway, its very flattering, the best school i have gotten into thus far, but im still thinking Madison...

2/09/07- Packed from Washington arrived at my home address in Minnesota. It was pretty standards, no scholarships or anything, but that was to be expected.

2/21/07- Withdrew from Pepperdine today. I just have too many other offers from better schools, and I dont think I could handle being in CA for 3 years. Hopefully someone who really wants the spot will get it!!!!

2/27/07- MN sent an e-mail saying I am still on hold and don't expect to hear until May.... that sucks. I wonder if I shoudl have told them I needed a decision earlier?

3/6/07- Waitlist from GW today, no surprise there....

5/8/07- So thats it, Ive withdrawn everywhere that I got into but Wisconsin. Im really hoping for a yes on one of my waitlists or ESPECIALLY on Minnesota. If not Im OK with Madison and it will be a fine school. I did get an email from Notre Dame the other day that I dont think everyone on their WL got. It said they were starting to make some WL decisions and wanted updated contact info, so maybe thats a good sign?

5/29/07- Got the big WAITLIST from MN today, to be honest I expected it but it does not mean I am any less bummed. Its time to put up the big A next to wisconsin...sigh.....

7-18-07: I AM IN AT MINNESOTA!!! I was thrilled today to get a message on my voicemail from Julie Tiggs telling me that I was accepted. A packet is supposed to be coming in the mail shortly. The whole cycle worked out perfectly, even if it did take a staggering NINE MONTHS.

7-22-07: Rejection from GW today, which is just fine and expected since I never followed up with them or anything. Notre Dame sent another letter asking if I wanted to stay on the WL... why not but I dont think it would make me give up MINNESOTA! = )

Additional info & updates

Student Body Vice Presient
Sorority President
Student Newspaper Editor
Greek Council VP

Various other awards and activities

Graduate Degree: Public Policy (MPP)

ChiaShu numbers:-

American University 60.7496 % (accepted)
Georgetown University Law Center 13.5678 % (rejected)
Notre Dame Law School 18.5222 % (waitlisted)
Pepperdine University 89.4676 % (accepted, $)
George Washington University 31.4386 % (Waitlisted)
University of Connecticut 47.677 % (accepted)
University of Denver 71.3511 % (Accepted, )
University of Minnesota 44.532 % (Deferred)
University of Washington 41.1207 % ( Accepted)
University of Wisconsin Law School 60.9651 % (Accepted)
Vanderbilt University Law School 31.2059 % (Waitlisted)
William Mitchell College of Law 96.1267 % (Accepted, $)

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If you like Georgetown and American
Sunday, October 29 2006 at 07:00 PM

With your numbers, you should consider applying P/T to GW as well. It's only five slots lower than Georgetown in the USNWR rankings - we have pretty similar numbers and I was told I'd have a good shot at the evening program (and to switch between them after.)

Sunday, October 29 2006 at 07:00 PM

I think it's less that we're out of the range entirely, than it is being more of a sure thing. I probably won't attend myself unless I can get some degree of assurance that I'll be able to switch programs after a semester, so I'll head out to the admissions office and ask them (presuming I get in of course.) I guess we'll see - good luck on Minnesota though! And congrats on American.

Sunday, October 01 2006 at 08:00 PM

I actually changed my mind about ND and Minn. Just looking at past acceptances, I don't think I'll have the greatest shot at ND, and there are other places I'd rather go than Minn. I would like GW, though, as I've heard they have a great IP program, which is what I'm looking to do.

MN Deferral
Tuesday, October 10 2006 at 08:00 PM

Thanks for the encouragement. The MN letter just said the committee was placing my application on hold and would defer my decision until later in the application cycle. The latest I'll hear back is May 31 (woah!), but they said the decision may come earlier. Best of luck with your apps and the GULC decision.

UW Email
Friday, December 30 2005 at 07:00 PM

Hi there! Yep, I definitely asked around when I got the email from UW. The general consensus was this was not an official "on hold" or deferral letter like UMN's was. I do have a feeling, though, that we're in the middle ground of students that aren't auto-admits but are certainly also by no means auto-rejections. I truly think they want to spend the time looking over our application materials and getting to know us as the people we've presented ourselves as before they make a final decision. I think we'll probably hear back in late January to early February but this, of course, is just a guess on my part. Maybe our acceptance letters are in the mail already. Who knows for sure? :) Congrats on American, by the way! I'll probably keep an eye out on your profile throughout the cycle. Our GPAs are identical, but you did really much better than I did on the LSAT. I think you'll have a good cycle! Good luck to you. :)

Thursday, November 30 2006 at 07:00 PM

for the kind words. I didn't apply p/t for George Washington, just because I want to concentrate on school, get it done in 3 years, and get out. I don't want it dragging on longer than necessary. As far as chances at GW, I looked at people over the last year or so, and for numbers in our range they accepted 6, waitlisted 5, and rejected 2. I am cautiously optimistic, but I feel really good about getting a legal education at W&M for a steal, so I can always go to Washington from Virginia, and save some money in the process. Good luck on your other apps. Yale... way to aim high.

Re: Hi
Tuesday, December 05 2006 at 07:00 PM

Hey, Thanks for the note. I think Minnesota is probably a reach for us, although not a complete impossibility. I figured I would be deferred when they let me know that my application would be considered for Early Action (I didn't realize at the time I applied that I was going to be considered for early admission). It seems to me that with our numbers, particularly our LSAT, if a place like Minnesota takes us it will be later in the cycle, when they've already accepted as many applicants as possible that scored in the high 160s or low 170s and they're looking to round out the class. At this point I'm just hoping it is all resolved as early as possible (as opposed to hoping for some sort of waiting list miracle in August). As far as top choices I would probably say it's between George Washington and Vanderbilt, although both of those are obviously a little bit of a stretch for me as well. Best of luck with the process and Happy New Year!

Re: Wisconsin
Tuesday, December 05 2006 at 07:00 PM

Thanks so much - I'm definitely excited (and a bit surprised) by BC working out so early. Although I will probably prefer BC over UW in the long run, my brother is currently a 3L at UW and he really likes it there. If you haven't been to Madison, I'd recommend visiting - it's a really down-to-earth place with a lot of great bars and a fun college atmosphere. The law school is also quite good, although employment opportunities from there are significantly better if you're hoping to end up in Chicago, the Twin Cities, or Madison/Milwaukee than they are for coastal cities. I applied FT to GWU - I know I'd probably have a better chance of getting in PT, but I'd much rather be FT at a slightly less prestigious law school. Congrats on UW, and best of luck!

Congrats on Madison!
Wednesday, December 13 2006 at 07:00 PM

Plus, you probably got the really fat scholarship from DU anyway. It comes a few days least it did for me. Yeah, I really feel like I'm in the same boat...if MN or UC-Boulder (in my case) is interested, I might change my mind, but I sure do like that school. Have you had the chance to visit?

Re: DU
Wednesday, December 13 2006 at 07:00 PM

It came via email. I haven't even gotten my packet yet since the snowstorms and all. It did come as something of a surprise. Let me email you to tell you more. Look for something from a "James" peace,

UMinn and UWisc
Wednesday, September 06 2006 at 08:00 PM

They are both pretty awesome options, congrats on your UWisc acceptance. I think I prefer UMinn because it has a more developed joint degree program in the field I am most intersted (public health). However, Madison is a great school as well. Either one sounds like a great option to me.

Friday, June 30 2006 at 08:00 PM

Saw your note re: Minnesota. I was happy and surprised to say the least -- I thought I'd be waiting a while to hear a second decision, but hey... I'll take it! At any rate, on your question of what I did to get their attention, I did not do a letter of continued interest or any of that. I do happen to know a very recent UM-TC law school alum who I spoke with and who I believe contacted her dean on my behalf. No clue if that had any impact at all on my acceptance, but I'll put it out there FWIW. Good luck with the rest of the cycle!!

Friday, November 24 2006 at 07:00 PM

Congrats on a full scholarship at DU. I'm still waiting to hear back from them. Just out of curiousity, but did you receive the Chancellor's Scholarship?

Full Tuition at DU?
Wednesday, December 13 2006 at 07:00 PM

Way to go! But you still need to go to Madison with me :-( Just playin, congrats.

no package here
Wednesday, December 13 2006 at 07:00 PM

but you got in a week before I did. I'm sure I'll get it. Right now, yeah, it is the top choice, but I want to wait until my other top schools come in. What else was in the packet?

Friday, December 22 2006 at 07:00 PM

Have you been to Pepperdine yet? It is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen! Congrats on getting in....I hope I can join you!

Friday, December 22 2006 at 07:00 PM

If it is at all possible, you should absolutely come visit Pepperdine. You need to judge how you feel while you're are actually there before you can absolutely say that it's not for you. My girlfriend and I live in Santa Barbara - only about an hour or so from Malibu - and we'd be happy to let you crash here to help take away some of the $$$ of traveling. If you don't mind me asking, why do you want to practice back in Minnesota? I grew up and went to college in Michigan, but Cali has ruined me....I'll probably stay here forever....I love it. Top choice, for me, would probably be Berkeley, but that's a reach. Hastings is feasible, and would be no. 2. Then San Diego and Pepperdine tied for #3. P.S. I will take your scholarship $$$ to Pepperdine, if you don't want it, haha, just tell them to transfer it to me.

Sunday, September 03 2006 at 08:00 PM

Hey thanks! I applied to the full-time program and extremely early. I am sure more acceptances are on their way. I did take the lsat twice, and my second score was the 162 (much higher than my first score). GW takes the higher score though, and in my case, I feel like they stand by this. Good luck this cycle!

Re: $
Wednesday, December 13 2006 at 07:00 PM

I'm not sure. I've heard that since theyre a state school that they can be a bit stingy with the scholarship funds, but that they give good loans like everyone else. I got that FAFSA out, so I feel ok either way I suppose.

Sunday, September 03 2006 at 08:00 PM

I applied in early september, and GW is rolling, which I figured helped a little bit. I participate in a sport in college and have a lot of tutoring experience with a local community, so that may have helped as well. I think you have a good shot of getting in, because you have solid numbers and involved on your campus. Hopefully I'll cya at school next yr :)

Don't mind at all
Wednesday, September 06 2006 at 08:00 PM

I didn't get any scholarship info in the packet so I guess not. It kind of surprises me, but oh well. In regards to MN I am from the state, but I went to school in Chicago, and now I am back working in the Twin Cities. And I agree that it would be nice to hear back from UMN, but I just hope they come to the correct conclusion. :) Cheers!

But then again
Wednesday, September 06 2006 at 08:00 PM

At least they have kept me in the loop, George Mason has been MIA for more than 2 months now. I hope that means I am at the margin and that I will make it in eventually, but the waiting is killer.

Good times.
Sunday, December 24 2006 at 07:00 PM

At least I can use my veteran status to my advantage. Hope it was a good read. I'll also send you my PS and see if you think it's a true-ism. I'm wearing them right now and I know it is.

By the way...
Sunday, December 24 2006 at 07:00 PM

I fabricate...uh, create fantastic resumes, too.

Saturday, January 20 2007 at 07:00 PM

I'd definitely consider it if I got in. I doubt it though. Right now I am leaning towards re-taking the lsat in june and working for another year. That will probably change every week for the next couple of months.

Saturday, January 27 2007 at 07:00 PM

our numbers are near same hope i get wisconsin too have a good one

Thursday, November 30 2006 at 07:00 PM

It seems like UW is high on your list--I go there for undergrad right now, so if you have any questions about it, feel free to e-mail me.

Thursday, January 11 2007 at 07:00 PM

In response to your question, I actually haven't applied to GW, and I'm not sure if I will, although I wanted to, but I couldn't finish my GW essay, so I don't know. But good luck with everything. ~4cat100

U of MN
Tuesday, February 06 2007 at 07:00 PM

I have been wrestling with whether or not to apply to the U for a while, I know my GPA and LSAT are both way low, and given how late I took my LSAT I think I'm going to save the app fee money. I have thought about going to one of the other twin cities schools and trying to transfer, but I think that would be pretty tough to do, so I'll have to wait and see if my 1L GPA is any good...but if it is, it's definitely worth a shot. I see you have a lot of options, good luck with your choice, and congrats on all the acceptances!

U of MN
Tuesday, February 06 2007 at 07:00 PM

PS, I just checked ChiaShu, my probability for the U is 4.568%. :( Doesn't look very promising.

Saturday, January 27 2007 at 07:00 PM

We applied to 4 of the same schools. I hope I get American too like you have. And yes, let's hope for some GW love!!! lol

Wednesday, September 06 2006 at 08:00 PM

Yeah, I am totally stoked about it. The first sign that I had was a strange email received yesterday afternoon about an accepted students event in Seattle (strange given that I live in the Twin Cities). But when I got home I checked my voicemail, and thats when I got confirmation. The message said they would be sending out a packet today, and I assume if there is ay financial aid info it would be in that. I thought there was a decent chance to get in because I was on their deferral list last year, and then their waitlist all summer, so I knew I was kind of close. Plus I did a better job of staying connected with letters of continued interest, etc. Best of luck, I hope this is the beginning of a lot of people getting off of the deferral list, I know how tense that can be.

Sunday, February 04 2007 at 07:00 PM

I got a phone call from Julie Tigges (I think that's her name) yesterday evening. I had written a letter giving personal reasons why I had to receive a decision before May (as those generic deferral emails said), and apparently my reasoning was convincing! Good luck with MN, it seems like a great school and I'm definitely excited!

Sunday, December 03 2006 at 07:00 PM

for the congrats and I hope you get in as well! Check your email.

You were right
Sunday, December 03 2006 at 07:00 PM

You were absolutely right about UMN. It's a fantastic school. I swear I am not trying to rub it in, but I just got back from ASW and they were phenomenal. They made UW look like backwards villiage people. Whatever you can do to get in, do it. Send them letters. Postcards. Flowers. Go for it. I hope you get in and wish you all the best. Btw, did you ever get my email from awhile back?

you hated madison?
Wednesday, December 13 2006 at 07:00 PM

May I ask why?

Thursday, December 21 2006 at 07:00 PM

Hey there :) I'm a MN resident too and actually just got in there with similar numbers. My average LSAT would be a 161.5, though I do think they probably considered the higher of the two. In any case, I think you have a good shot. I am going up there for ASW April 20-21, so we'll see what I think of it. I saw that someone posted on your wall about a tuition deposit due there on the 15th, but I have heard absolutely nothing about that. I am guessing maybe they have two different deposit due dates depending on when you got accepted and when you had your ASW... In any case, I am excited about MN but feel strongly about staying in Chicago, so this will be a tough decision. Any idea how possible it is to get a job in Chi after going to MN? Good luck!

doesnt bother me
Wednesday, December 13 2006 at 07:00 PM

You should go to the school thats right for you. I've got no stake in it.

UW Madison
Tuesday, April 03 2007 at 08:00 PM

I saw your post on laconicplatypus' page about Madison. I graduated there in 04 but don't know too much about the law school. I am out of the country right now and will be unable to visit before I have to decide. Is there anything else you can tell me about UW law school? Thank you and congratulations on a great cycle.

Sunday, December 03 2006 at 07:00 PM

Don't give up hope yet on getting into MN. People are still withdrawing and making decisions. I may be holding up your spot... I sent in my UW paperwork but they are being very, very difficult with their financial aid (I am on additional form #239420384 for FinAid office!!!), and I am not withdrawing from MN until I am certain everything at UW is kosher. Who knows, maybe you'll get that spot after people drop off the admitted lists by July 13th 2nd deposit deadline. If not, we'll be classmates at UW. That's not such a bad thing, is it?

Wednesday, September 06 2006 at 08:00 PM


Wednesday, September 06 2006 at 08:00 PM

Pretty much a sure thing. I think it is a little late now to even find an apt in DC.

Friday, August 31 2007 at 08:00 PM

Hey, Congratulations on Minnesota!! We are number twins so I am hoping they will show me the same love as they are my #1 choice. Pretty rough waiting until the end of July to find out though but I'm sure it's worth it. Did you send any follow-up letters/phone calls while you were on their wait list?