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!

 

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