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Re: Wisconsin 2010 Application Cycle

Postby MoS » Mon Dec 28, 2009 9:47 am

robin600 wrote:
beebs wrote:Anyone get scholarship info yet?


No but if you're out of state your chances of getting a scholly is slim to none.

Really? That's not cool

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Re: Wisconsin 2010 Application Cycle

Postby Chiglaw » Mon Dec 28, 2009 6:03 pm

I'm finishing up my app for Wisconsin right now but have a few questions.

First, what are my chances with a 3.51/162 early honors grad at UIUC as an Illinois resident? I have some pretty solid softs but nothing over the top. I'm hoping to end up practicing in Chicago so UW and UIUC are my focuses, but I'm pretty sure UW is more in line with my numbers.

Second, I saw someone mention a "Why Wisconsin" addendum. I didn't see any mention of such an addition on the application but I could be wrong. Should I add that with my stats and since I'm pretty set on Wisconsin?

Lastly, the personal statement is a bit odd. A lot of other schools have a pretty open ended "tell us about yourself" prompt but Wisconsin seems to be focused on "how do you meet our stated criteria" so I was planning on starting from scratch with this one. How have some of you admitted students approached this?

Thank you so much for any help!

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Re: Wisconsin 2010 Application Cycle

Postby superflush » Mon Dec 28, 2009 6:11 pm

Chiglaw wrote:Second, I saw someone mention a "Why Wisconsin" addendum. I didn't see any mention of such an addition on the application but I could be wrong. Should I add that with my stats and since I'm pretty set on Wisconsin?


Maybe they just added in anyway.

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Re: Wisconsin 2010 Application Cycle

Postby beebs » Tue Dec 29, 2009 3:43 pm

Just got my acceptance packet, and no scholarship info.

My GPA is above median, LSAT well above the 75th, WI resident, UW for undergrad. Packer fan since birth.

Maybe it comes later, or just not at all. Who knows?

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Re: Wisconsin 2010 Application Cycle

Postby Panther7 » Tue Dec 29, 2009 6:47 pm

beebs wrote:Just got my acceptance packet, and no scholarship info.

My GPA is above median, LSAT well above the 75th, WI resident, UW for undergrad. Packer fan since birth.

Maybe it comes later, or just not at all. Who knows?


I agree, wtf, where is the scholarship?

BTW, filling out app as we speak!

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Re: Wisconsin 2010 Application Cycle

Postby JCougar » Tue Dec 29, 2009 7:12 pm

I'll be applying here in a couple of days. I'm probably borderline, but I would qualify for in-state, so this would be a great opportunity for me.

Stats are 162/2.95 (3.15 degree). I was born, went to high school, and went to undergrad in Wisconsin. Haven't lived there for 6 years, but my parents still do, so I qualify for in-state. I have a graduate degree plus three years of work experience at two pretty big-name companies. I've also been elected treasurer of the county Democratic party where I live, which is an unpaid position I take care of on top of my job. Hopefully, that will add to my volunteer cred. I did a lot of political volunteering in 2004 and especially 2008.

I'm hoping that being at median for the LSAT will give me a reasonable chance, because that GPA is obviously horrible. Given my WE and MS degree, I'm hoping that Wisconsin's increased focus on LSAT median will help me out here. I'm also probably retaking the LSAT in February, because my ultimate target is to work in Chicago Biglaw. My goal was to get into WUSTL or UIUC, but I'm thinking that even if I got in to either of those schools, my cost will be significantly lower at Wisconsin, and my prospects for Chicago Biglaw would not be incredibly higher ITE. Probably going to have to finish top 10% or so at Wisconsin or top 30% at either WUSTL or UIUC to have a shot. All three are not good bets, so I might as well hedge and take in-state tuition while I can, espeially knowing that I can fall back on diploma privilege and the Milwaukee market if necessary. Anyway, I've been to Madison many times, and it's about as perfect a city as you can get. So here's to hoping that I can get in even with a 162 worst case scenario.

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Re: Wisconsin 2010 Application Cycle

Postby lewis louis » Tue Dec 29, 2009 10:12 pm

Yeah, im out of state, so no scholly, but my stats are 153, 3.31 URM AAmale. What do you all percieve my chances to be?

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Re: Wisconsin 2010 Application Cycle

Postby coolkatz321 » Tue Dec 29, 2009 11:39 pm

lewis louis wrote:Yeah, im out of state, so no scholly, but my stats are 153, 3.31 URM AAmale. What do you all percieve my chances to be?


You'll get a full scholarship. Count on it.

Edit: Deleted for my poor choice of words.
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Re: Wisconsin 2010 Application Cycle

Postby tamlyric » Wed Dec 30, 2009 12:48 am

coolkatz321 wrote:
lewis louis wrote:Yeah, im out of state, so no scholly, but my stats are 153, 3.31 URM AAmale. What do you all percieve my chances to be?


You'll get a full scholarship. Count on it.

And no, I'm not kidding. I just hope you're better-suited for law school than the 148/3.1 AA they gave a full ride to last year. Believe me, she's doing very, very poorly.


Did you seriously just say this? :roll:

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Re: Wisconsin 2010 Application Cycle

Postby coolkatz321 » Wed Dec 30, 2009 1:10 am

tamlyric wrote:
coolkatz321 wrote:
lewis louis wrote:Yeah, im out of state, so no scholly, but my stats are 153, 3.31 URM AAmale. What do you all percieve my chances to be?


You'll get a full scholarship. Count on it.

And no, I'm not kidding. I just hope you're better-suited for law school than the 148/3.1 AA they gave a full ride to last year. Believe me, she's doing very, very poorly.


Did you seriously just say this? :roll:


What's with the eye roll? Wisconsin gives out full scholarships to URMs and ignores other applicants. This is a pretty well-documented fact.

I have no problem with affirmative action, but I do have a problem when they give a full ride to someone who shouldn't even get in, and then they perform like total crap in law school.

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Re: Wisconsin 2010 Application Cycle

Postby Slimpee » Wed Dec 30, 2009 1:22 am

coolkatz321 wrote:
tamlyric wrote:
coolkatz321 wrote:
lewis louis wrote:Yeah, im out of state, so no scholly, but my stats are 153, 3.31 URM AAmale. What do you all percieve my chances to be?


You'll get a full scholarship. Count on it.

And no, I'm not kidding. I just hope you're better-suited for law school than the 148/3.1 AA they gave a full ride to last year. Believe me, she's doing very, very poorly.


Did you seriously just say this? :roll:


What's with the eye roll? Wisconsin gives out full scholarships to URMs and ignores other applicants. This is a pretty well-documented fact.

I have no problem with affirmative action, but I do have a problem when they give a full ride to someone who shouldn't even get in, and then they perform like total crap in law school.


You're either currently in, or just out of, undergrad, aren't you?

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Re: Wisconsin 2010 Application Cycle

Postby lewis louis » Wed Dec 30, 2009 4:13 am

lol

Also: I hope you're better suited for law school than the other kid who got in off the waitlist. He is doing very, very poorly.

Makes sense, right?

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Re: Wisconsin 2010 Application Cycle

Postby Panther7 » Wed Dec 30, 2009 4:36 am

Wisconsin is a huge Affirmative Action whore. I think most residents know this. The population of the state is 91% white, yet UW claims one of the most diverse student bodies anywhere.

Although I don't see the point of calling specific individuals out on this...

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Re: Wisconsin 2010 Application Cycle

Postby lewis louis » Wed Dec 30, 2009 4:49 am

Panther7 wrote:Wisconsin is a huge Affirmative Action whore. I think most residents know this. The population of the state is 91% white, yet UW claims one of the most diverse student bodies anywhere.

Although I don't see the point of calling specific individuals out on this...


So. What are my chances? I can't tell if i should take any of the posts so far with any validity. Scholly? No scholl?

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Re: Wisconsin 2010 Application Cycle

Postby brickman » Wed Dec 30, 2009 6:22 am

I do not think you should deprecate the anecdotal comments of coolkatz321; from everything that I have read about the UW admissions process, it seems that they are a "gamey" school that tries to play a lot of angles ultimately resulting in a rather insincere feeling. Personally, I do not know one way or another your chances of getting in, but I would not reject the advice to pursue an application.

UW loves their games, their numbers, and their waitlists, you might as well see if you can work your way in.

Best of luck.

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Re: Wisconsin 2010 Application Cycle

Postby Panther7 » Wed Dec 30, 2009 7:23 am

lewis louis wrote:
Panther7 wrote:Wisconsin is a huge Affirmative Action whore. I think most residents know this. The population of the state is 91% white, yet UW claims one of the most diverse student bodies anywhere.

Although I don't see the point of calling specific individuals out on this...


So. What are my chances? I can't tell if i should take any of the posts so far with any validity. Scholly? No scholl?


Was referring to the other person, but I have no idea about you. Only advice I could give is to apply and see.

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Re: Wisconsin 2010 Application Cycle

Postby coolkatz321 » Wed Dec 30, 2009 9:19 am

lewis louis wrote:lol

Also: I hope you're better suited for law school than the other kid who got in off the waitlist. He is doing very, very poorly.

Makes sense, right?


I hope so, too. But hey, I guess I won't know until school starts next fall! Granted, I didn't get a free ride, but I got the gist of what you're saying.

And despite what others are saying, you'll get in AND you'll get significant $$$. It's the way the UW admissions cycle runs. Good luck.

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Re: Wisconsin 2010 Application Cycle

Postby tamlyric » Wed Dec 30, 2009 10:33 am

coolkatz321 wrote:
tamlyric wrote:
coolkatz321 wrote:
lewis louis wrote:Yeah, im out of state, so no scholly, but my stats are 153, 3.31 URM AAmale. What do you all percieve my chances to be?


You'll get a full scholarship. Count on it.

And no, I'm not kidding. I just hope you're better-suited for law school than the 148/3.1 AA they gave a full ride to last year. Believe me, she's doing very, very poorly.


Did you seriously just say this? :roll:


What's with the eye roll? Wisconsin gives out full scholarships to URMs and ignores other applicants. This is a pretty well-documented fact.

I have no problem with affirmative action, but I do have a problem when they give a full ride to someone who shouldn't even get in, and then they perform like total crap in law school.


Sorry, I should I have been more clear. The eye roll -- which really didn't capture the emotion I wanted to convey but was the closest thing I could find -- was for pointing at a particular person and denigrating her. Even if the more general point you're making is well-taken, did you really need to throw a specific person under the bus in order to make it? Why not just make the statement in bold and stop while you're ahead?

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Re: Wisconsin 2010 Application Cycle

Postby superflush » Wed Dec 30, 2009 2:23 pm

tamlyric wrote:Sorry, I should I have been more clear. The eye roll -- which really didn't capture the emotion I wanted to convey but was the closest thing I could find -- was for pointing at a particular person and denigrating her. Even if the more general point you're making is well-taken, did you really need to throw a specific person under the bus in order to make it? Why not just make the statement in bold and stop while you're ahead?


Eh, I don't think he is lashing out at this particular woman, rather the seemingly crazy way that Madison deals with their applicants (particularly their URM grab).

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Re: Wisconsin 2010 Application Cycle

Postby lewis louis » Wed Dec 30, 2009 2:40 pm

I think we can all agree that none of us are upset with coolkatz, but rather the way he approached it/the system itself. As for "Apply and see", I applied back in early december, so im one step ahead of you. I'll let you all know if coolkatz was right. Hope he is :lol:

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Re: Wisconsin 2010 Application Cycle

Postby BearDownChicago » Wed Dec 30, 2009 2:49 pm

Chiglaw wrote:I'm finishing up my app for Wisconsin right now but have a few questions.

First, what are my chances with a 3.51/162 early honors grad at UIUC as an Illinois resident? I have some pretty solid softs but nothing over the top. I'm hoping to end up practicing in Chicago so UW and UIUC are my focuses, but I'm pretty sure UW is more in line with my numbers.

Second, I saw someone mention a "Why Wisconsin" addendum. I didn't see any mention of such an addition on the application but I could be wrong. Should I add that with my stats and since I'm pretty set on Wisconsin?

Lastly, the personal statement is a bit odd. A lot of other schools have a pretty open ended "tell us about yourself" prompt but Wisconsin seems to be focused on "how do you meet our stated criteria" so I was planning on starting from scratch with this one. How have some of you admitted students approached this?

Thank you so much for any help!


Personal Statement

The application asks that you prepare a double-spaced, two to three page personal statement on separate pages or electronic attachments. Through the personal statement, the Admissions Committee looks for things about you that distinguish you from our other applicants. Don't be afraid to talk to us about an unusual experience. It is often these experiences, and your recounting of them, that can speak volumes to us about you, your level of self-reflection, your imagination, how you understand and engage the world around you, and what you could bring to the Law School. You are encouraged to write your personal statement in a narrative tone so that more of your personality and who you are comes through in the writing. You should envision the personal statement as your opportunity to have a "conversation" with the Admissions Committee, highlighting what you think is important. You may also want to use the statement to describe any special factors, problems, plans, or additional information you think might be useful to the Admissions Committee.



That's right from Wisconsin's application instructions. I don't see anything about meeting a certain criteria. Seems like you can submit whatever your standard PS is to meet their criteria.

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Re: Wisconsin 2010 Application Cycle

Postby tamlyric » Wed Dec 30, 2009 3:05 pm

superflush wrote:
tamlyric wrote:Sorry, I should I have been more clear. The eye roll -- which really didn't capture the emotion I wanted to convey but was the closest thing I could find -- was for pointing at a particular person and denigrating her. Even if the more general point you're making is well-taken, did you really need to throw a specific person under the bus in order to make it? Why not just make the statement in bold and stop while you're ahead?


Eh, I don't think he is lashing out at this particular woman, rather the seemingly crazy way that Madison deals with their applicants (particularly their URM grab).


Yeah you're right, superflush; I stand corrected. Coolkatz's original post is a paradigm of compassionate and clear thinking.

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Re: Wisconsin 2010 Application Cycle

Postby Veritas » Wed Dec 30, 2009 3:08 pm

I concur with TL, because he is teh hawts.

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Re: Wisconsin 2010 Application Cycle

Postby shanemahsa » Wed Dec 30, 2009 3:09 pm

tamlyric wrote:Yeah you're right, superflush; I stand corrected. Coolkatz's original post is a paradigm of compassionate and clear thinking.


This is what I love about TLS......

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Re: Wisconsin 2010 Application Cycle

Postby bouakedojo » Wed Dec 30, 2009 3:13 pm

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