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.

Application Deadline Extended!

Due to technical issues with the Law School Admissions Council website (www.lsac.org), which have also impacted our access to applicant information, we have decided to extend our application deadline until Wednesday, March 6, 2013.

If you encounter problems accessing our electronic application, the LSAC website, or submitting your application, please first contact LSAC Technical Support at (215) 968-1393. You may also contact us at (617) 373-2395 or lawadmissions@neu.edu and we will work with you.

We appreciate your patience and look forward to receiving your applications!

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!

Decisions are (mostly) done.

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With the exception of a handful of applicants who have yet to complete (or just completed) their applications, all of our initial admissions decisions for fall 2012 have been issued as of Friday. (This does not include any waitlist admissions that we may engage in as the spring/summer progresses. Waitlisted applicants who indicated they would like to remain on the waitlist will be getting more information from us in thenext few weeks about the process moving forward.)All applicants should have received an email telling them to check their online status checker when decisions were issued. Those candidates who were admitted also should receive a welcome packet in the mail including a hard (paper) copy of their acceptance letter and other information, including how to deposit. As a reminder our deposit deadline is May 1.

Waitlisted applicants or applicants who were denied will not receive a paper copy of their admissions decision letter in the mail unless specifically requested. If you have a need for paper copy of a waitlist or deny decision letter, please contact the Office of Admissions at 617-373-2395.

That said, it was a difficult year this year. (And yes, I know that is cliche and many folks will dismiss what I have to say, but I am going to say it nevertheless, because it’s true). There were some absolutely great candidates in our pool, including some wonderful, impressive people who we were unable to admit at this time. Using a holistic admissions process — you know, one where we don’t use an index and read every word of every sentence of each applicant’s entire application, whether they scored a 120 on the LSAT or a 180– means that (hopefully) we get to know you well. We very much care about your lives: your professional accomplishments, personal stories, adversity you’ve overcome, your inspirations and passions. We’re very fortunate to have such an interesting, engaging, fascinating, and diverse applicant pool who span the world, more than six decades in age, endless different academic interests and professional experiences, and thousands of perspectives, ideas, and opinions. You made us laugh (usually it was a good thing), cry, and run into each other’s offices saying, “You HAVE to read this essay!”So to all of our applicants, as we conclude the main application evaluation period, I just wanted to thank you for applying.

What to do when you’re waitlisted.

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Over the past few weeks I’ve been promising to provide some guidance for folks who have been waitlisted.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • We maintain a waitlist information page on our website (http://www.northeastern.edu/law/admission/faqs/wait-list.html). This is where we will make any updates about what is happening with our waitlist throughout the summer.
  • If and when we are able to extend an offer of admission to a waitlisted candidate, an admissions staff member contacts the admitted student directly. Those who are admitted from the waitlist typically have 24 hours to respond to an offer of admission.
  • We are generally unable to offer institutional scholarship grant money to students admitted from the waitlist. Students admitted from the waitlist usually rely on loans.
  • We do not allow students admitted from the waitlist to defer entrance to the law school.
  • We do not rank our waitlist. Should we activate the waitlist, we will give every file consideration.
  • We do not interview or formally meet with waitlisted applicants.

Unfortunately the waitlist is one of the hardest things to predict; we do not yet know, nor will we know until further into the summer, whether we will be able to admit students from the waitlist at all or how many we will be able to admit. In previous years we have had experiences where we have only admitted one or two students from the waitlist and not able to admit them until Opening Day of Orientation. In other years we have been able to admit a few more students earlier in the summer. It’s just fairly unpredictable.

So what can a waitlisted applicant do?

  • If you’re still in college, keep your grades up.
  • If there have been substantive changes in your application since you’ve applied (or been waitlisted), let us know. This could include an improved  GPA; a significant award or career change; or something else that you believe is substantial enough to merit notifying the admissions committee. There is no need to send this material hard-copy; you can email it to us at lawadmissions@neu.edu.
  • Let us know you’re interested. At the beginning of the summer we will give you the opportunity to let us know if you’d like to stay on the waitlist. If so, be sure to fill out this online form. In addition, you can send us one letter of continued interest if you’d like.

Other questions? Let me know in the comments and I will see if I can address them.