I heard back from Minnesota 2 weeks after I sent my application through LSAC. They accepted me by phone and on a Friday morning.
I don't think they're being THAT selective... my numbers aren't great, after all. In fact I think Minnesota may end up being the highest ranked school to accept me.
If I had to choose between Minnesota and William & Mary I think I'd choose William & Mary. If you don't mind me asking, what do you all find appealing about Minnesota?
Using LSN as a rough guide I would say that you are auto-admit for Minnesota. Their 75% LSAT is 167 and you're close to the median for GPA (don't recall it off the top of my head). I would assume that you're applying at a few t14, and would also assume that you'd go to any of them over Minnesota? Yeah? So Minnesota is a backup for you.
I think you'll get into higher ranked schools than Minnesota, you've got real solid numbers.
Minnesota isn't much of a backup for the T14 in terms of national private firm placement, though I think they are pretty good with clerkships. I think places like UIUC and other such regional schools closer to big markets and good enough to get the BIGLAW leftovers (in UIUC's case, those leftover from NU and Chicago) are more likely to be T14 backups.
Agreed, as far as national placement. Minnesota places best in the Midwest, esp the upper Midwest. And I should have qualified my statement that "Minnesota is a t14 backup" with "primarily for applicants from the upper Midwest" (Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, maybe Illinois to a certain extent). It serves a similar function as say GWU; you'd rather go to GULC but GWU will give you access to the same market.