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Northwestern Law + Work Exp.

brand_182brand_182 Registered User Posts: 7,589 Senior Member
edited July 2007 in Law School
Is it basically pointless to apply to NU Law without any work experience?
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Replies to: Northwestern Law + Work Exp.

  • Insane_MembraneInsane_Membrane Registered User Posts: 509 Member
    uh no. The work experiance is something that NU is trying to make integral thier cirriculum, so it really helps in your application. If you don't have any but have real good gpa/lsat scores chances are you aren't gonna be denied.
  • brand_182brand_182 Registered User Posts: 7,589 Senior Member
    Sweet. It's just I recall reading somewhere that like over 75% of accepted students had a year of work experience, which really makes me wonder if I'm seriously disadvantaged by not having any significant, full-time work exp.
  • sybbie719sybbie719 Super Moderator Posts: 22,068 Super Moderator
    Northwestern states:
    More than 90 percent of entering students have had one or more years of full-time work experience, and nearly 75 percent have had at least two years

    from their viewbook the state:
    In 2006 the Admissions Committee selected the 240 members of the first-year class from
    approximately 5,000 applicants. Decisions were based on a number of factors, including academic records, application information, letters of recommendation, Law School Admission Test (LSAT) results, interviews, work experience, extracurricular activities, leadership, personal circumstances, and
    other pertinent information.

    http://www.law.northwestern.edu/admissions/applying/JD_instructions.pdf

    Northwestern is one of those schools where you may be disadvantage with out work experience. While they would like everyone to interview, I remember meeting with one of their admissions people who said that an interview is a must for anyone who does not have at least 1 year of work experience has to interview.
  • lilybbloomlilybbloom Registered User Posts: 986 Member
    how would they view 1 year of part-time experience at NU's legal clinic + a recommendation from the director of one of the centers at the legal clinic?

    + a summer internship at a small law firm?
  • stacystacy Registered User Posts: 1,100 Senior Member
    i'm sure they'd like it (maybe not as much as they'd like a full year of experience), but LSAT and GPA are still going to be the biggest factors.
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