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Last Tuesday, we had a great virtual town hall meeting with Dean Rodriguez. If you weren’t able to join us, you can find a transcript of the chat on our website. During the chat we received a number of admissions-specific questions. Because Dean Rodriguez is not involved in the minutiae of processing applications (that’s why he has our office!), we decided to set those questions aside and answer them on the blog. Find answers to our leftover but no less important questions below.
Earlier in the year we talked about the fee waiver we were offering to anyone who applied by November 30, 2014. That date has come and gone, and we are now no longer offering a blanket waiver. However, it is still possible to have your application fee waived.
We’ve been getting questions about admissions decisions lately, so here’s an overview of the way our admissions cycle works!
Each summer, the Admissions Office reviews our policies and procedures from the past year. We discuss what worked well and what didn’t, and any new ideas we’d like to incorporate into the next admissions cycle. This past summer, more Skype interviews were at the forefront of that discussion.
We’ve made this abundantly clear the past few weeks, but to reiterate: While optional, we consider interviews to be an incredibly important part of our application. That said we also understand that many of our applicants are busy with school or at work. They may not have the time or means to travel to Chicago for an interview. In years past, that has been where our off-campus interview program comes in. But we only have a certain number of alumni interviewers in each location. While our off-campus interview program has an incredibly large base, we still weren’t able to accommodate everyone.
This year we’ve revamped our interview program to include an extensive number of Skype interviews for our JD program applicants who just can’t come to campus and who don’t live near one of our alumni interview locations. Offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, we have Skype interviews from morning until mid-afternoon on Central Standard Time. Staff and student interviewers conduct Skype interviews, and you can interview through Skype before or after you’ve submitted an application.
We’ve tried to make our admissions interviews even more accessible to prospective students. So take advantage! We can’t wait to meet you.
Admissions interviews? For law school? We know what you’re thinking: why on earth would I add another step to this already onerous and time-consuming process? Three words: because you can.
- Are you having trouble articulating what a charming and funny person you are? Tell your interviewer!
- Not sure how to explain that economics grade? Tell your interviewer!
- Can’t narrow down which experience to write about in your personal statement? Tell your interviewer!
- Didn’t do well on the LSAT because the dude next to you was drumming on his desk throughout the test? That’s right, you can tell your interviewer all about it!
In short, interviews are a great way to give us more information about your background, experience, goals, and motivations.
We’ve already outlined the off-campus interview process in an earlier post. But, you also have the option of coming on-campus to meet with a student or staff interviewer. On-campus interviews are beneficial because you also have the opportunity to take a student-led tour, sit in on a class, and get a sense of student life at Northwestern.
On-campus interviews are available on Mondays and Fridays through March 13, and can be scheduled on our website. These interviews are not intended to be stressful or panic-inducing, but they should be treated the same way as you would a job interview: dress and act professionally.
You may also want to prepare a few questions that you might have about the admissions process, the curriculum, the faculty, student life, or anything else related to Northwestern Law. Your interview is a great opportunity to gain a different perspective from what you’ve read on our website or in our viewbook.
We hope to see you in Chicago in near future. Good luck!
We’ll be posting more detailed information about our interview options throughout the next two weeks, but for now, find an overview of our admissions interview programs below!