I just read the original post after reading the last few pages of this thread. That email was definitely obnoxious, no question.
U of Illinois and the people who go there have a serious identity complex. They think that they're at a gigantic version of Harvard because their engineering program is in the top 3 behind MIT and Stanford. The truth of the matter is that their liberal arts college (which overshadows the size of any other college in the university by at least 10,000 students) is fairly mediocre. I took TestMasters with a smear of Liberal Arts/Sciences and Business students from U of I, and when they came off their mediocre pedestal and realized they weren't getting it, they still refused to ask meaningful questions because they're too cool for school; I guess they figured that since they went to Mega-Harvard there is no conceivable way they needed help. All the while I was asking questions like hotcakes, and utilizing our instructor (who had scored a 179) and probably ended up with a score 5 or 6 points higher than any other person in the class. (I talked to two people from the class after the test and they both scored sub 150, even after TM--all the others weren't cracking 160 after 2 months of TM to my knowledge). I know the mean LSAT for UIUC grads is only like 151, according to one of their grad's LSDAS report.
I had a congressional scholarship to go to any Illinois-state funded school, and even though U of Illinois is the "best" academically, their haughty attitude and frat-life environment made me want to wretch immediately. I was on the first bus to the next highest program after experiencing their arrant hubris.
So to reiterate, U of Illinois has an identity complex, and because of this that email surprises me not one bit.
say what u will about u of i, but ur opinions can not over shadow the facts. U of I is highly ranked law school with a national reputation. they are a famous school and simply b/c some people on this board and their parents, friends, cousins, whatever are so narrow minded that they think any school not a T14 is crap and not worth their consideration doesn't mean those schools are not excellent schools.
and basing ur arguments on the few u of i students in ur prep class is just crazy. in no way shape or form can those few students reflect the entire u of i campus. that is like me trying to say u represent everyone in southern/central illinois. i find ur arguments weak and question the validity of ur "data"
and no i did not go to u of i and i am not applying there.