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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.

Why Early Decision?

“Northwestern Law is my first choice.” “Northwestern Law is my dream school.” “If admitted, I would accept immediately.”

We hear things like this all the time, yet, to our surprise, many of the applicants who say them do not take advantage of our Early Decision program. We’re not sure whether applicants are unfamiliar with the option entirely or decide that Regular Decision feels safer than the binding commitment that comes with Early Decision, but if you’re an applicant who would confidently make one of these remarks, you should apply Early Decision!

Don’t get us wrong, Early Decision is not for everyone. Many applicants, for good reason, want to weigh all of their law school options before committing to a particular school. That being said, if you have thoroughly researched all of your options and decided that Northwestern Law is the best fit for you, there is high upside to applying Early Decision and virtually no downside.

What is the upside? The biggest upside is the guaranteed $50,000 per year scholarship that comes with Early Decision admission. Not only that, but to maintain the scholarship for all three years of law school, you must simply stay enrolled as a Northwestern Law student. This means no GPA requirements, no class rank requirements, just registering for classes each semester and showing up. Our Early Decision scholarship is also the only scholarship we award exclusively on the basis of merit.

You’re probably thinking this all sounds great but the process must be extremely competitive. True. Strong academics, work experience, and interpersonal skills are even more important when we’re handing out acceptance letters and $150,000 scholarships. However, this should not discourage you from throwing your application in the Early Decision bucket. Here’s why.

Even if you are not admitted through Early Decision, there is a good chance you’ll be placed in the Regular Decision pool for further review. At this point, applying Early Decision can only help you. First, you may receive an expedited decision, as the Admissions Committee has already reviewed your application ahead of most others in the pool. Second, interest in Northwestern Law is one of many factors we consider in the Regular Decision admissions process, and having applied Early Decision signals a level of commitment that can be a difference-maker. We want applicants who want us!

Finally, if you noticed we said virtually no downside above, let us explain. It is technically possible that you could be part of a small percentage of applicants who apply Regular Decision and receive a scholarship that exceeds $50,000 per year. In that case, there would be a downside. However, it is also possible that you could receive a smaller scholarship offer (remember, it is a separate process in which we look at both need and merit). Nothing is a guarantee, except the Early Decision scholarship.

If you decide the Early Decision option is for you, remember that an interview is required (pay attention to the deadlines, and a completed application is due by December 1. For more information, visit our website or email.

Outside Scholarship Update

We consistently receive notifications about outside scholarships available to prospective or current law students. We post them all to our website, but the amount of information there can at times be unwieldy. So we’ll be posting the most recent outside scholarship information we receive on the blog as well!

FASPE: FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics), in collaboration with The Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, is now accepting applications for a fellowship that uses the conduct of lawyers and judges during the Holocaust and in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive two-week summer program on contemporary legal ethics.  Fellowships include an all-expenses-paid trip from New York to Berlin, Krakow, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz) where students work with leading faculty to explore both legal history and the ethical issues facing practicing attorneys today.  All program costs, including international and European travel, lodging, and food, are covered.

Mark T. Banner Scholarship: This scholarship is part of The Richard Linn American Inn of Court’s commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers of high ethics, civility and professionalism, and especially those from diverse backgrounds.

The recipient of the scholarship receives $5,000 to be applied to their legal education.  This scholarship is available to law students who have entered into a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States and who will continue in that program through the Fall semester 2015. Continue reading