Student Post: Benjamin Joins the 1L Blogging Team!

by C. Benjamin ’16

Last October I decided to go to law school. I didn’t know the first thing about law, the LSAT, or even really why I thought this was a good idea. I just knew I wanted to go. Fast-forward: I’m sitting in the library, just having finished reading for class tomorrow. It is the beginning of my 7th week of my first year at NUSL, and I have answered all the questions I had a year ago:

  1. Law is a tool which can be wielded with skill.
  2. The LSAT is a 4 hour test for which I should have studied.
  3. NUSL is (I’m pretty sure) not like other law schools.

I can’t really speak for other law schools, but as of today I have written a memo to amend a complaint, clerked in a mock summary judgement about the above complaint, written another memo reviewing statutes governing Massachusetts pharmacies, conducted a mock a client interview, and actually met the client I will be working with for the next year.

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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!

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!

 

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.

 

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.