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!

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.

And that’s a wrap.

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Our busy fall recruitment/travel period will come to a close tomorrow with my colleague Natane’s visit to LSAC‘s Houston Law Forum. It’s been a busy few months – we’ve traveled from coast-to-coast meeting potential applicants – and it’s been great getting to know you all and to experience parts of the US.

 

My personal highlights:

 

  • Buying a quilt from an Amish woman in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania;
  • Eating delicious barbecue on a warm, fall afternoon amid the live oaks at the Salt Lick in Driftwood, Texas;
  • Unintentionally participating in the Halloween Parade in downtown Gettysburg, PA;
  • Eating some delicious perogies, handmade by a local Polish woman, at the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto;
  • Checking out the Gettysburg National Military Park;
  • Meeting wonderful folks who may be interested in law school at Northeastern!

Where We Are This Week (in other words: where you should come and say hello!)

This week, on our recruitment schedule:

Tuesday, September 13

-University of Alaska-Anchorage, 11 AM to 2 PM

Wednesday, September 14

Univ. of Alaska-Fairbanks

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-University of Alaska-Fairbanks, 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Vassar College

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-Vassar College, 3:00 to 6:00 PM

Thursday, September 15

-MINK Law Fair, 3:00 to 7:00 PM, Overland Park (Kansas) Convention Center

Friday, September 16

-Idealist Graduate Fair – Washington, D.C., 5:00 to 8:00 PM

Saturday, September 17

-Boston Forum! 10 AM to 4 PM at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront

Good seeing you, Toronto

I had a great time this past Friday getting to meet many potential law school students in the great Canadian city of Toronto. It was a busy time to be in town: the Toronto International Film Festival was taking place just blocks from the Law School Admissions Council host hotel, and I even spotted at least one movie star (my lips are sealed!).

One of the many questions I got talking with forum attendees was about co-op and our international opportunities. NUSL is working to expand our international reach through the co-op program and increasingly students are going abroad to pursue co-ops. You can find more information about our international co-ops on the Co-op Services Website. We also have placed a renewed emphasis on our international law courses and opportunities (learn more about that here).

While in Canada I also had a chance to explore the city’s Chinatown, Wellesley-Church neighborhood, the Distillery District, the area around Eaton Centre (especially the new Eaton Centre Urban Eatery – now that’s a fancy food court!), and St. Lawrence Market. What a lovely city that reminded me of the walk-ability and neighborhood feel of Boston.

On Friday, while looking for something to eat near Eaton Centre prior to the law school forum, I literally ran into a group of Canadian university students parading the start of the school year. What fun!