Monthly Archives: November 2014

JD-MBA Program

The tagline says it all: “An accelerated, fully integrated dual-degree program for students of business and law.” Maybe not all, but it does get at the heart of our JD-MBA program. Students receive both a JD and an MBA in three years (instead of the five it would take to do each program separately), and our JD-MBA students are fully integrated into both the Law School and Kellogg communities. What does that mean exactly? You get the both of best worlds – courses with law and business students, world-class faculty members, access to both Kellogg’s and the Law School’s career strategy offices, and a global alumni network of Northwestern lawyers and MBAs.

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December Live Chats

This December, the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid is hosting a number of live chat information sessions. We will be spotlighting the following academic programs: Accelerated JD program, our LLM programs, and our JD-MBA program. Finally, Dean Rodriguez will have a virtual town hall meeting on Tuesday, December 16 at 5:00 PM CST.

If you’d like to learn more about any of these academic options, or take your Northwestern Law questions straight to the dean, make sure to bookmark our chat page. During the chat, you can submit any questions you may have. If you can’ t make the chat at its scheduled time, no problem! Simply email us your questions ahead of time and we will ask them on your behalf. You can then read through the chat transcript whenever you get a moment later on.

December Live Chats

Deadline Reminders

As we approach our first application deadline of the season (December 1 — Early Decision JD program applications), now seems like a good time to remind you about some interview and application deadlines, particularly because they can change based on type of interview or specific degree program.

LSAT Deadlines: The September LSAT is the latest we will accept with an Early Decision application. For the traditional JD program, we recommend the December LSAT as the latest exam date. However, we will technically accept late applications with February LSAT scores, but due to the rolling admissions process, we do not recommend it.

Early Decision Candidates: Deadline to complete the ED application in its entirety (application, LSAT score, transcripts, LORs, and interview) is December 1. If you are applying Early Decision, you only have 10 more days to ensure that your application is complete and has been processed by our office.

More Important Dates to Keep in Mind

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Women’s Leadership Coalition

The Women’s Leadership Coalition (WLC) is a Northwestern Law student organization aimed at promoting women’s professional development. The WLC is one of the largest organizations at Northwestern Law, and hosts many events throughout the school year, including Networking 101, which teaches first year students how to approach and talk to attorneys at events, as well as a week-long Symposium each February aimed at addressing topics involving women in the law.

The organization’s largest and most popular programs focus on mentorship. In the fall, first year students have the opportunity to be paired with second and third year mentors who help answer questions about succeeding in law school classes and managing life in law school. During the spring term, the WLC works with law firms in the Chicago area to pair students with practicing attorney mentors who provide guidance about searching for jobs in the legal field.

In addition to professional development events, the WLC also organizes opportunities for current students to interact with alumni, volunteer in the Chicago community and participate in membership activities. Past outings have included yoga classes, trips to the Art Institute of Chicago and a visit to Zoo Lights at Lincoln Park Zoo.

Outside Scholarship Update

Here are some of the outside scholarship notifications our office has received in the past two weeks. As always, find more information and scholarship opportunities on our website.


DRK Attorneys Scholarship: DRK Attorneys, a criminal defense firm in Pittsburgh, is offering a $1000 scholarship to someone who has suffered from mental illness. The attorneys at DRK have seen too many people that, when faced with the struggle and stigma of mental illness, feel that they have no option but to turn to crime to survive. They want to show as many people as possible that there is another way.

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago’s Academic Scholarship Program: Educational scholarship funds from grants administered by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago are available for Jewish college and graduate students. More than $500,000 each year is available for full-time students, predominantly those legally domiciled in the metropolitan Chicago area, who are identified as having promise for significant contributions in their chosen careers. Assistance is available primarily for those in need who are pursuing careers in the helping professions, including law.

Katz & Phillips Single-Parent Scholarship: Katz & Phillips is proud to support future lawyers with the launch of their first-ever Single-Parent Scholarship, awarded to one high-achieving, bright student intending to pursue a career in law who is also a single parent.

Meinhart Smith & Manning PLLC Scholarship: To support the pursuit of excellence in malpractice and personal injury law, a local law firm created the Meinhart Smith & Manning PLLC Scholarship. This scholarship will help a student who encountered malpractice, injury, or accident, either personally or through the aftermath of death or injury suffered by a family member or friend, as she or he pursues a higher education. The $1,000 scholarship will partially defray first-year expenses for a student who has been accepted into an accredited four year university or law school in Kentucky or anywhere in the United States for enrollment in the fall of 2015.

The Tix Team 2014 Law Scholarship for Veterans: The Tix Team is proud to support future lawyers with the launch of their first-ever Law Scholarship for Veterans, awarded to one high-achieving, bright student intending to pursue a career in law within the United States.

How to Prepare for a Skype Interview

This year, in an effort to reach even more candidates here in the United States and all around the globe, Northwestern Law has greatly expanded its option for applicants to take part in a Skype interview. Using Skype allows students who may be far away, unable to meet with an alumnus, or can’t make it in to Chicago the opportunity to speak with one of us in the Admissions Office.

However, many applicants have never used Skype or used it in a professional setting before. As an admissions officer who has done a fair share of interviews over Skype, I’m here to give you some tips and tricks to help prepare you for a Skype interview and make sure that despite the fact that we aren’t in the same room, you are still giving us your best impression.

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