Welcome ’16’ers!

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It’s the start of Orientation and the Class of 2016 is finally here! We are so fortunate to welcome this great group of talented, passionate, diverse, and experienced first-year law students to Northeastern and the entire Office of Admissions cannot wait to see what wonderful things they accomplish over the next three years.

Admissions Reminder – Tuition Deposit Deadline Tomorrow!

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Just a kind reminder for admitted students that the deposit deadline for the Class of 2016 is tomorrow, May 1st!

Here are the instructions for making your deposit:

  1.  Go to https://commerce.cashnet.com/NEUSAO
  2.  Select the “you know your NU ID Number but do not have the Password” option on the right. A sign-in screen will appear.
  3. Enter your NU ID number (you should have received this number in your admissions packet) and your last name.
  4. You will see many options for students making electronic payments at Northeastern University. Please select “Law School School Tuition Deposit – Non-Refundable.”
  5. There are two payment options: ELECTRONIC CHECK or CREDIT CARD (Mastercard/Visa/Discover & American Express). Choose your preferred payment option.
  6. Follow the check-out instructions to complete your transaction.

We can’t wait to welcome you to campus in the fall!

In need of further assistance? Just give us a call at (617) 373-2395 or send an e-mail to lawadmissions@neu.edu.

Admissions Update: Frequently Asked Questions

I hope everyone’s year is off to a great start! We have been busy reviewing your applications, planning exciting admitted student events, and looking forward to springtime in Boston! We have also been getting a lot of great questions lately, so I thought I’d share some FAQ’s with you today.

I took the February LSAT and won’t get my results until after your application deadline. What should I do?

You should absolutely apply! The February LSAT score is the last score we take for fall 2013 matriculation. Simply submit the rest of your application materials by March 1, 2013. We will then hold your file for review until we receive your February score from the LSAC (they will send it to us as soon as it is available). You will receive a decision from us by April 15, 2013.

Please note: if you have already submitted your application, but you are signed up for the February LSAT, your application status should still be “incomplete.” We automatically wait to review applications for students who have signed for a future LSAT until we receive their score. If you would like the Admissions Committee to review your application before receiving your February LSAT score, please send an e-mail to lawadmissions@neu.edu.

I was signed up to take the February LSAT, but it was postponed due to the recent blizzard. Will you still accept my score?
Yes, we will still accept your score. Please submit your application by March 1, 2013. Once we receive your LSAT score, the Admissions Committee will review your file, and issue a decision as soon as they can.

Earlier this year, I was notified that my application was deferred to the regular admission pool. What can I do to bolster my application?

We invite you to submit additional materials if you believe they will assist the Admissions Committee in better understanding your application. These could include, but certainly are not limited to, nor in any way required:

  • A letter indicating your continued interest in attending Northeastern,
  • Your most recently updated transcript (if you are in still in school),
  • And/or an updated resume which reflects a change in responsibilities, a new significant award, or other noteworthy accomplishments.

You may e-mail any additional materials to this lawadmissions@neu.edu.

My application status has been “Complete” for quite a while. What does this mean and when will I receive a decision?

A complete status means that we have received all of the required documents and your file is currently being reviewed. Please keep in mind that our Admissions Committee includes a variety of perspectives from our community, including current students, staff, faculty, administrators and deans, and alumni/ae. Because of the unique nature of our admissions process, thoughtfully reviewing applications and issuing decisions can take some time. We guarantee you will receive a decision between now and April 15, 2013.

I indicated that I would like to be considered for the Public Interest Law Scholarship. When will finalists be notified?

The Public Interest Law Scholarship is awarded by a special selection committee. The committee will notify finalists for the Public Interest Law Scholarship by the end of February.

What types of financial aid do you offer?

We offer both merit-based and need-based aid. Applicants are automatically considered for the majority of merit-based scholarships, which are awarded by the Admissions Committee. Students are typically notified of any merit-based awards they may have received by a letter included in the Admitted Student Packet.

We strongly encourage you to apply for our need-based financial aid, which may include grants, through our Office of Financial Aid. The priority deadline for need-based financial aid is February 15, 2013. The application process requires the FAFSA and you can read more about it on the Office of Financial Aid webpage. Need-based financial aid packages are typically announced in March/April.

Additionally, keep in mind that as a Northeastern law student you will work full time on four co-ops, gaining unparalleled real-world experience, a network of potential post-graduate employers, and the opportunity to earn money that helps support law school costs.

How do I set up a campus visit?

You can schedule a tour and/or class visit by going to our Class Visits and Campus Tours webpage.  In addition to listing all of the visit options, this page also includes an Online Campus Visit Scheduler for your convenience. If there isn’t a tour or class available to accommodate your schedule, please feel free to come by for a self-guided tour. There are admissions representatives on hand to answer any questions you may have. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Additionally, please feel free to reach out to our Student Ambassadors or any of our faculty with any questions you may have about what it’s like to be a student at Northeastern. And please consider joining us for an online chat, where you can get the answers to any additional questions you may have.

We look forward to meeting you!

Does Northeastern provide academic support to students?

Yes, the Academic Success Program serves our students by providing study support, organizing weekly workshops on a variety different types of topics related to class and exam preparation, and offering courses to help students prepare for the bar exam.

If you have any questions that haven’t been answered in this post, please feel free to contact our office. You can give us a call at (617) 373-2395 or send us an email at lawadmissions@neu.edu. We look forward to hearing from you!

‘Genius’ NUSL alumna advocates for elder-​​abuse reform

Marie-Therese Connolly, a 1984 School of Law graduate who received a prestigious MacArthur Foundation grant in 2011, returned to campus this week as a Daynard Distinguished Visiting Fellow. Photo by Brooks Canaday.

Abuse is endemic among the nation’s senior pop­u­la­tion, with a large per­centage of older Amer­i­cans suf­fering from often-​​unreported cases of abuse, neglect, or exploita­tion, according to School of Law alumna Marie-​​Therese Con­nolly. And with the number of Amer­i­cans entering their golden years about to sky­rocket as the baby boom gen­er­a­tion ages, Con­nolly is leading the charge to pro­tect one of society’s most vul­ner­able cohorts.

“Elder abuse top­ples over oth­er­wise autonomous people’s lives,” said Con­nolly, a 1984 law grad­uate who in 2011 was awarded a Genius Grant by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foun­da­tion. “The trauma is so depleting that they often don’t have the ability or the time to recover the way younger people do.”

Con­nolly is back at North­eastern this week through the Day­nard Dis­tin­guished Vis­iting Fel­lows Pro­gram, which brings notable prac­ti­tioners of public-​​interest law to campus for a three-​​day visit. Con­nolly deliv­ered a lec­ture to stu­dents and fac­ulty on Monday and will par­tic­i­pate in a round­table dis­cus­sion on elder abuse on Wednesday at noon in 240 Dockser Hall.

Richard Day­nard, center, a Uni­ver­sity Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Law, and his wife, Carol Iskois Day­nard, sup­port the Day­nard Dis­tin­guished Vis­iting Fel­lows Pro­gram. Photo by Brooks Canaday.

The bian­nual series was estab­lished in 2004 and is sup­ported by Richard Day­nard, Uni­ver­sity Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Law, and his wife, Carol Iskois Day­nard. In October, the series fea­tured Leslye Orloff, director of the National Immi­grant Women’s Advo­cacy Project.

Con­nolly, who is director of the Life Long Jus­tice ini­tia­tive at the Apple­seed Foun­da­tion and a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Inter­na­tional Center for Scholars, said elder abuse is a growing problem that lacks a cohe­sive infra­struc­ture for advo­cacy. Without strong orga­ni­za­tions working to combat the issue, it is dif­fi­cult to frame a national con­ver­sa­tion, draw aca­d­emic atten­tion, or craft mean­ingful solu­tions, she explained.

Her pro­posed Elder Jus­tice Act—which was con­sid­ered by Con­gress five times before a lim­ited ver­sion was enacted in 2010—is mod­eled after 1974’s Child Abuse Pre­ven­tion and Treat­ment Act and 1994’s Vio­lence Against Women Act, both pieces of leg­is­la­tion whose impact still res­onates strongly today.

Con­nolly said law stu­dents can approach the issue of elder abuse from myriad angles, working any­where from within grass­roots orga­ni­za­tions to posts at the highest level of fed­eral gov­ern­ment. Because most Amer­i­cans do not con­sider elder abuse to be a per­sonal issue, the cause needs legal pro­fes­sionals to serve as advo­cates who can influ­ence change.

“The target audi­ence is not just old people—we have to reach everyone,” Con­nolly said. “These are issues that impact your par­ents or your grand­par­ents or some­body else that you know and care about.”

Con­nolly said North­eastern was the per­fect place for her to hone her skills and foster an advocacy-​​focused mindset.

“The way North­eastern went about edu­ca­tion was the best—and maybe the only—way I could learn about the law,” Con­nolly said. “North­eastern is full of people like us who want to use the law to make real change … and it helps us to buff out those rough edges and get to work.”

Article from news@Northeastern by Matt Collette

Attention prospective law students! Boston forum this weekend!

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Come and meet us this Saturday from 11 AM to 4 pm at the Law School Admissions Council
Boston Forum at the Renaissance Waterfront Hotel!

NUSL alumnae, administrators, and admissions staff will be on hand to talk with you about what makes NUSL unique. Learn more about our innovative and distinctive Cooperative Legal Education Program, our warm and diverse community, our talented faculty, and our accomplished graduates. Ask a question about our admissions process, pick up some materials, and join our mailing list.

You can just show up, though you can also register in advance.

To recap:

WHEN: Saturday, November 17, 2012, from 11 AM to 4 PM


Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel
606 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210

WHY: Get your questions answered and learn more about NUSL (and many other law schools)


Coming Soon: Faculty Blog Posts!

An old joke about lawyers is that they always have three points to make. At Northeastern, our faculty fit that mold in some ways, and defy it in others. They do indeed have a lot of points to make, but those points go well beyond the law-bound musings typical of traditional academics. Sure, they publish in leading journals and write scholarly books, but here in our faculty blog, they’re more likely to talk about their pro bono representation and advocacy litigation, ground-breaking research, and engagement with the community in Boston and beyond, and, of course, their hopes and dreams for the future of the Red Sox. In these posts, our faculty share with you their interests and passions. They discuss research projects they’re knee-deep in, current events impacting people here in the US and across the globe, or might even share a fond memory from their own law school days. It is our hope that these posts will provide a window for you into the fascinating conversations happening in our halls every day, the legal questions that seemingly have no absolute answers, and power of law to shape your professional future and the clients’ lives you will impact.

So, enjoy our blogs, and don’t forget that the Early Action Application deadline is November 26! Students applying Early Action will receive a decision from the Admissions Committee by January 15. Click here to apply now.

If you’ve already submitted your application, please visit the Application Status Check to ensure that all of the required application materials have been received. For more information on applying, feel free to contact us at 617.373.2395 or lawadmissions@neu.edu.

We’re looking forward to receiving your application!

Admissions Counselor Intro & Some Frequently Asked Questions


Hello! My name is Caitlin and I’m the new Admissions Counselor at NUSL.

If you have contacted our office or come in for a visit recently, you may have already met me. If not, I am looking forward to helping you learn more about everything NUSL has to offer!

A little about me…Originally from Maine, I moved to Boston to attend school at Northeastern University where I majored in International Business and Marketing. During my time at Northeastern, I studied abroad in France and completed a co-op in Paris. After graduation I worked in the international transportation industry and for the Maine State Legislature before joining the Admissions Team here at NUSL. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, downhill skiing, and traveling.

During this time of year, my colleagues and I receive quite a few inquiries about visiting campus and the application process. Here are a few Frequently Asked Questions and their answers:

Q:  How can I learn more about Northeastern University School of Law?

A:  There are quite a few ways to get to know NUSL better through law school class visits, student led tours of the facilities, and online chats.

The best way to schedule a campus visit is to go to our web page at Visiting Campus and look under the Class Visits and Campus Tours. In addition to listing all of the visit options, this page also includes an Online Campus Visit Scheduler for your convenience. You can also come by for a self-guided tour should you be unable to attend at a time when tours are offered. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Additionally, you are welcome to directly contact any of our faculty and can find contact information here. We also have a number of current students available to answer your questions and they can be reached here. Our web site also offers a wealth of information on our JD program, Cooperative Education Program and our application process.

Lastly, if you send your mailing address to lawadmissions@neu.edu, we will be happy to send you a copy of our viewbook.

Q:  If I take the LSAT in December, can I still submit my application for Early Action admission?

A:  You can definitely apply Early Action if you are taking the December LSAT. To do this, please submit your application by the Early Action deadline on November 15, 2012. On your application you should note that you will be taking the December LSAT. Once you take the LSAT, your score will be sent to us automatically.

Q:  How does your Admissions Committee take into account multiple LSAT scores?

A:  The Admissions Committee uses the highest LSAT score, although they can see all of scores if an applicant has taken the test more than once. They do no use any formulas when reviewing applications.

Q:  How heavily does your Admissions Committee weigh undergraduate GPA?

A:  The Admissions Committee reads every file in its entirety – we have a very holistic file review process. In general, we are looking at two main areas – the first is your academic profile, which includes your LSAT, GPA, any graduate coursework, academic projects, and any academic letters of recommendation. We do not have a cut-off for LSAT or GPA, however the median LSAT for this year’s class was a 161 and the median GPA a 3.52. The second area we look at is the “who you are piece” – your background, work and life experience, community involvement, extracurricular activities, etc. Overall, the Admissions Committee is looking for a well-rounded applicant.

Q:  How do I apply for the Public Interest Law Scholarship (PILS)?

A:  All prospective students who submit their applications by January 7, 2013, will automatically be considered for the Public Interest Law Scholarship. No additional application is required; however, applicants are encouraged to submit supplemental, optional materials. For more information about the Public Interest Law Scholarship and its selection process, please explore the PILS Website.

I hope you have found this information useful. Should you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. You can give me a call at (617) 373-2395 or send me an email at lawadmissions@neu.edu. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!


Info session tomorrow night!

Northeastern University School of Law


Join us for an information session for prospective students!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 6:00-7:30 pm

Optional tours begin at 5 pm from the Office of Admissions (101 Knowles Building)

Northeastern University School of Law

250 Dockser Hall

400 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

See our website for more information or contact us at (617) 373-2395.

Kaplan Insider Event Today at NUSL





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Kaplan is hosting a “Learn About Law School” event today (7/31/2012) at NUSL in our Dockser Hall (400 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA).This is an opportunity for anyone to come and  learn more about law schools, the LSAT, and the law school admissions process. Representatives from several law schools (including Northeastern, obviously :)) will be on hand to meet-n-greet during a mini law fair. There will also be a panel where you can get your questions answered and learn what admissions offices are looking for. The event is from 7:00-9:00 PM.

You can register here in advance or just show up and join us.


Friendly Reminder – Deposit Deadline for the Class of 2015 is TOMORROW!

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Just a friendly reminder for admitted students that the deposit deadline (we have one) for the Class of 2015 is tomorrow, May 1st!

Instructions are posted on the admitted student website and came in your admitted student packet.

Questions or need any help? Contact our office and we’ll help you in any way possible.