Category Archives: JD Programs

Online Video Do’s and Don’ts

With on-and off-campus interview slots becoming increasingly scarce, more  of our applicants are opting to conduct an online video interview.  That’s smart; it’s a quick, easy and convenient way to supplement your application.

But, after reviewing more than 1,500 online video interviews last year, the Admissions Committee has some advice for those of you who are planning use this platform.


Treat this as a professional interview and dress accordingly.  Remember, even though you can’t see us, we can still see you (and your pajamas and Budweiser t-shirt).

Practice.  This will be the first online video interview experience for many of you.  It’s a little different.  Do as many practice questions as necessary in order to feel comfortable.  The “deer in headlights” look is not good in this situation.

Make your bed.  If you are conducting the interview from your dorm room, or bedroom, tidy up a bit.  Seems basic, but we saw a lot of poor housekeeping last year.

Find a stable wifi connection.  You’ll have approximately 90 seconds to answer your questions.  Make sure we get to view your entire response.

Find a nice, quiet spot in which to conduct your interview.  You don’t want any cameo appearances by your roommate or cat.


Put your laptop on your actual lap.  Very unstable.  Trust me.

Avoid eye contact with the camera.  It’s weird.

Twirl your hair, swivel in your seat, rock back and forth… get the picture.  Just be conscious of your body movement, because we have no choice but to be.

Panic – relax, smile and enjoy the experience.  You got this.

Now that you are fully informed and prepared, you can request an online video interview on our website.

Good luck!

Off-Campus Interview location update

The following locations are now closed:

Ann Arbor    MI
Birmingham    AL
Boston    MA
Bridgewater    NJ
Buffalo     NY
Charlottesville,    VA
Englewood Cliffs    NJ
Jcksonville    FL
Lehi    UT
Long Beach    CA
Madison    WI
Nashville    TN
Orlando    FL
Portland    ME
Richmond     VA
Sacramento    CA
Tyson’s Corner    VA

Meet a Student: Marie Salter, JD ’15

Technolutions SlateName: Marie Salter

Program: JD ’15

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Undergraduate Institution and Degree Program(s): Washington University in St. Louis, History and Creative Writing

Pre-Law School Professional Experience: Teach for America — 10th grade English Teacher

Chicago Neighborhood You Live In: Lakeview

Law School Activities: Wigmore Follies, Journal of International Law and Business, Latino Law Students Association

Why You Chose Northwestern Law: Northwestern Law won me over because of the people here! My fellow students are not only smart and talented, but are also from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Everyone has a different story and we benefit from sharing those experiences! I also loved the idea of going to school in the city. It’s an amazing place to be a student with all the city has to offer — art, music, nightlife, and public transit to get to all of it! It’s also a great boon for your career, since law firms and legal organizations are easily accessible for networking.

Favorite Thing About Northwestern Law: Northwestern Law truly allows you to carve your own path. My class schedules have reflected my personal interests from year one. I’ve taken real estate and environmental classes every year, and when I finally ran out I was able to craft my own senior research project working with my favorite professor on a topic I’m really passionate about!

One Piece of Advice for Incoming Law Students: Don’t forget to be a person as well as a law student. There are tons of ways to explore your personal passions while still focusing on school. I love music, so I’ve been involved with Wigmore Follies since my 1L year and it’s an amazing outlet for those things. I would be a worse student if I didn’t get to sing and dance a little too! No matter where you go to school, don’t ignore the things that matter to you.

Summer Plans or Post-Graduation Plans I’ll be joining the Real Estate Department at Katten Muchin Rosenman in Chicago. Before starting at my firm, I’ll also be doing a fellowship at Alliance for the Great Lakes, an environmental organization.

Meet a Student: Paloma Naderi, AJD ’16

Paloma Naderi” After working in a big law firm as a Legal Assistant, I was already sure about my career goals before I entered law school and knew that the AJD program would allow me to start achieving those goals as soon as possible. While the three-year students were engaged in their 1L summer jobs after a full year of classes, I was entering the classroom for the first time, completing a full schedule of courses in just three months, and was ready to interview for summer associateships right alongside them in the Fall On-Campus Interviewing Program.

Aside from the great benefit of being able to quickly transfer my passion for working in law into the legal job search, the employers I interviewed with responded with enthusiasm to the program’s rigorous pace and our cohort’s ambition and drive in completing it.  While the first summer of the program was challenging, I was able to start the fall semester with courses that truly interested me, taking electives and immersing myself in clinic experiences just four months after beginning law school.

For the hard-working student with clear career goals, the AJD program is a smart and rewarding choice that will allow them to hit the ground running on their legal careers the moment they walk through the door.”

You can learn more about the AJD program on the Northwestern Law website.