tanegeel (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F - Fee Waiver A - Attending W - Withdrawn D - Deferred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
#4 University of Wisconsin Madison WL, Rejected Type: RA Sent: 12/04/07 Rec: 12/05/07 Comp: 12/21/07 Inter: -- Dec: 02/22/08 Upd: 16 years
#3 Loyola University Chicago Accepted W Type: RA $17,500 Sent: 01/01/08 Rec: 01/03/08 Comp: 01/14/08 Inter: -- Dec: 01/24/08 Upd: 16 years
#2 DePaul University Accepted W Type: RA $18,000 Sent: 11/21/07 Rec: 12/07/07 Comp: 12/07/07 Inter: -- Dec: 12/18/07 Upd: 16 years
#1 University of Iowa Accepted A Type: RA Sent: 11/26/07 Rec: 12/06/07 Comp: 12/19/07 Inter: -- Dec: 02/09/08 Upd: 16 years
St. Louis University F Accepted W Type: RA $18,000 Sent: 11/18/07 Rec: 12/03/07 Comp: 12/07/07 Inter: -- Dec: 01/07/08 Upd: 16 years
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Pending D W Type: RA Sent: 11/26/07 Rec: 11/26/07 Comp: 12/04/07 Inter: -- Dec: 01/28/08 Upd: 16 years
Northern Illinois University Accepted W Type: RA Sent: 11/27/07 Rec: 11/30/07 Comp: 12/21/07 Inter: -- Dec: 01/30/08 Upd: 16 years
George Mason University F Rejected Type: RA Sent: 11/28/07 Rec: 11/30/07 Comp: 12/04/07 Inter: -- Dec: 01/12/08 Upd: 16 years

Applicant Information

  • LSAT: 163
  • LSAT 2: -
  • LSAT 3: -
  • GRE : -
  • LSAC GPA: 3.22
  • Degree GPA: 3.59
  • School Type: Public
  • Major: Journalism

Demographic Information

  • City: -
  • State: Illinois
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Man
  • Non-Traditional Applicant: Yes
  • Years out of Undergrad: -

Extra Curricular Information

Print journalist for eight years.
Worked full-time jobs since age 14.
Single father. Age 31.
3rd Place, Public service reporting, Illinois Associated Press Editors Association
3rd Place, Business reporting, Illinois Press Association

Additional info & updates

04-09-08: Withdrew from Loyola. Only Wisconsin remains and I think I'll just let my name float on the waiting list. But I'm going to Iowa.

04-01-08: I'm first runner up for the half tuition scholarship, but the women who control the funds decided to give me $6,500 a year anyway. That, plus my honors-at-entrance money would be half my tuition bill.
Also, withdrew from DePaul.

03-10-08: Loyola admit dean called to tell me I'm a finalist for a half tuition scholarship. Have an interview end of the month. Guess they're still in the running.

03-08-08: Visited Iowa's admitted students' day. I'm going to attend there.

02-29-08: Visited Loyola's admitted students' day. Just didn't do it for me. I don't think I'll be going there.

02-22-08: Waitlisted by UW. Eh. Not going to wait around for that answer. It's between Iowa and DePaul at this point.

02-13-08: Withdrew from SLU. Doing that was tough; their health law program is the best. But St. Louis is too far away.

02-11-08: Scholarship info from St. Louis arrived in the mail. I'm going to have to take a pass on it. It looks like it's between the Chicago schools and Iowa right at the moment.

02-10-08: I'm withdrawing my apps from University of Illinois and Northern Illinois University.

02-09-08: I GOT IN TO IOWA!!! I GOT IN!! I cannot believe it. I am so pumped.

01-30-08: In at Northern. Not a big surprise, but this is my alma mater, so it's got sentimental value.

01-28-08: Got deferred by Illinois. Email says they'll decide later whether to admit, deny or waitlist me. Feels like a long shot.

01-26-08: Visited DePaul open house. Impressed with school's culture and diversity. Loyola's got a tough act to follow.

01-24-08: Got call while at work from dean of admissions at Loyola! I'm in with a $11,000/yr scholarship. Could barely contain my excitement while at the office.

01-22-08: Wisconsin sent me an email encouraging me to apply for a scholarship. I thought this was a good sign for my application chances until a friend pointed out that he'd got the same form-letter email too.

01-14-08: Loyola emailed to tell me my file is complete. Now all my apps are under review. And all I can do is wait...

01-12-08: Be careful what you wish for. Got my first rejection letter today. From George Mason. Ouch. I know I was close.

01-09-08: I'm getting antsy. When are the Big 10 schools gonna tell me whether I'm accepted or rejected?

01-07-08: Today is my 31st birthday and I got a nice present -- a fat envelope from Saint Louis! Scholarship offers are sent out separately, so I've got another 3-4 weeks to wait and see. But the admissions packet came with a shiny silver pen, so that's a nice consolation while I wait.

01-01-08: Holidays are over so I finally got off my butt and sent in my Loyola application. Now I just have to 10 more pages of essays to apply for scholarships there...

12-18-07: Fat envelope from DePaul! I'm in with a $18K/yr scholarship. I' M GOING TO LAW SCHOOL!!

12-07-07: Both DePaul and St. Louis say my apps are in committee and under review. DePaul expects a decision in the next couple weeks. Dang, that's fast.

12-04-07: Got emails today from both University of Illinois and George Mason telling me my file was complete. Wow, that was fast. Wrapping up Wisconsin tonight.

12-01-07: Only three more apps to go. But I'm hitting the wall.

11-27-07: Decided to apply to both Alabama and George Mason, even though it's unlikely I'll attend either school. But they waived my fee and are both good schools.

9-17-07: Visited UW-Madison. Loved it. Top contender.

Fee waivers:
- Northern Kentucky University (1/10/08, email)
- Golden Gate University (12/31/07, mail)
- Regent University (12/8/07, email)
- Valparaiso University (11/26/07, mail)
- University of Alabama (11/1/07, mail, personal letter from faculty chair - dang! I'm gonna apply)
- Oklahoma City University (10/31/07, email)
- Widener University (10/26/07, mail)
- Hofstra University (10/23/07, mail)
- Temple University (10/23/07, email)
- University of Alabama (10/22/07, email, $20 iTunes card)
- University of Miami (10/15/07, mail)
- George Mason University (10/12/07, mail)
- University of Dayton (10/11/07, email, qual for scholarship)
- Chapman University (10/1/07, mail)
- Cardozo Law, Yeshiva University (9/24/07, email)
- Ave Maria (9/22/07, snail mail)
- St. Louis University (8/16/07, snail mail)
- Mercer University (8/8/07, snail mail)
- Washburn University, again (7/30/07, email, would "likely qualify" for schol)
- Florida Coastal School of Law (7/24/07, email, $8K scholar)
- Seton Hall University (7/14/07, snail mail)

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lucky you!
Wednesday, July 25 2007 at 08:00 PM

invitations to apply!! lucky you, I wonder when I'll get something like that. How how how?

Thursday, August 02 2007 at 08:00 PM

i'm shooting for a 166 on the sept. lsat, more than half my wrong answers came from RC on the june test, so bit of a lop-sided performance, are you retaking? best of luck to you this cycle

re:complete @DePaul
Tuesday, September 18 2007 at 08:00 PM

I just called them and they said it was in committee

loyola scholarship
Thursday, March 22 2007 at 08:00 PM

Yep, scholarship offer was just based on merit... I haven't even seen the actual letter yet (mailed to my school address which I'm not at till mid-Jan), but the dean called me and informed me of the scholarship over the phone when she offered the acceptance. Good luck with your cycle!

Crack & UIUC
Thursday, January 24 2008 at 07:00 PM

I wish I never discovered this site, I spend so much time trying to dissect "why x got in and I didn't" and so forth that it's not even funny. Not that I'm capable of reading the minds of admissions staff (wouldn't THAT be nice), but I've come to the conclusion that UIUC places a lot of emphasis on the LSAT. This is actually my second go-round with the application cycle; I applied last year and decided to stick around another year in my new job. I applied to UIUC last year, first with a 163 LSAT. Flat-out rejection. I took the Feb. LSAT, scored my current score, and e-mailed the Dean of Admissions, asking if he could re-evaluate my application in light of my new LSAT. Three days later, I got an acceptance letter and a scholarship. If you *really* want to go to UIUC, would you consider taking a year off, retaking the LSAT, and trying again? In any case, it wouldn't hurt to send them a letter of continued interest, saying something along the lines of "i know you have a lot of applicants to choose from, but you're my top choice, i know my lsat/grades could be better, but standardized scores haven't accurately predicted my performance in the past/those grades occurred a long time ago, I've grown a lot in the past several years, etc. It's all about standing out from the pack of 22 y/o's who have a bunch of good grades in classes unrelated to the law who want to go to law school because what else can they do with a history major and mom & dad's college fund? Best of luck, and congrats on the great acceptances you already have in the bag!

UIUC et. al.
Thursday, January 24 2008 at 07:00 PM

Well, I wouldn't say that UIUC *only* wants a high LSAT to the exclusion of everything else, but they do give a lot of weight to the LSAT, particularly it seems when it comes to older splitter folks like me. They've been making a concerted effort to move up in the rankings over the past few years, and raising the median LSAT of the entering class is a good way to go about doing that. IU-B is another good example; last year they admitted pretty much anyone with an LSAT over 164. Wisconsin seems to go for the folks with interesting stories, UIUC and IU-B seems to emphasize LSAT, and Iowa...well, who knows what's going on over there. Out of curiosity, what was it about UIUC that you didn't like? I haven't had the opportunity to visit, and would appreciate any insight I can get. As far as where I'm leaning, it really is a toss-up that'll more than likely be settled by the financial aid package. Of the three, W&L is the most prestigious, UIUC is the cheapest, and Wisconsin seems the nicest. I'm not planning on practicing in the Midwest or the southeast, so it's gonna be an issue of bang for the buck, and so far that's UIUC, but the other schools haven't made offers yet. Good luck on the rest of your applications, and I'm sure you'll wind up where you were supposed to wind up all along (hokey, i know, but i'm a firm believer in that).

Thursday, January 24 2008 at 07:00 PM

Hey hey! Congrats! If financial aid pans out for me, maybe I'll see you there :)

Sunday, September 09 2007 at 08:00 PM

just wanted to say congrats on Iowa, that's great you got your first choice!

Iowa or WI
Friday, February 02 2007 at 07:00 PM

Will you choose Iowa over Wisconsin? I have been accepted to both and am leaning towards WI. I love Madison!

Thursday, January 24 2008 at 07:00 PM

Yeah, I'm not sure about financial aid awards. Just from looking at other admitted students, it seems like they send it at some point after they make their admission decision -- I, for one, haven't heard a peep. Unfortunately for me, it looks like they're the type that either gives you a whole ton of aid, or none. I've seen a whole lot of those "full tuition" awards go out to folks, but none of those "here's $5,000 to help you out even if you did only get a 2.7 GPA as an undergrad" awards. Which I guess makes sense from their end, but might wind up making it difficult for me. But regardless, doesn't it feel pretty damn good? :-)

Monday, April 16 2007 at 08:00 PM

Hey, I'm seriously considering Loyola, but I don't know if I'll be able to make it there for an ASD, so could you tell me what you thought about it and what in particular you disliked? Thanks. PS - CONGRATS on Iowa!

Monday, April 16 2007 at 08:00 PM

Hey, I just wanted to say thanks for your opinion of Loyola, it was really helpful. I was actually admitted to Iowa after I asked you for that, so now I think it's definitely going to be Iowa for me. See you in the fall!