« on: January 09, 2008, 06:47:32 PM »
I think that NW is telling the truth when they say they want students with work experience. I don't think that they are asking candidates to jump through an additional hoop-- they are choosing people who have experience post-UG because that is the student body they want. For them a candidate without WE is not "near-perfect." I actually really respect that about NW. I would hope that people get most WE not to impress NW or any other school, but to gain valuable experience and help them focus.
Well said. From the student perspective, I can say without hesitation that the school's emphasis on WE in admissions makes a big, positive difference inside and outside the classroom. People here have significant accomplishments outside of law school, and thus *considerably* less to "prove" in law school (to themselves or to others), or at least that seems to be the mindset. As a result, my experience thus far has been overwhelmingly supportive, collaborative, and most of all: fun. When you've had a life outside of law school, it may well be easier to have a life IN law school. Not to say that the straight out of UG folks can't do the same (they can, and do), but that certain trends start to show when you build up a group of 200+ people . Just my $0.02.
Thanks for the info! This is one of the main reasons that puts Northwestern as one of my top choices, and it is good to hear that the school's mission statement seems to be being lived out among its students.
I was very excited to receive ny NU acceptance, and perhaps even more so given it seems that the adcom saw more to me than my ok-but-certainly-not-slam-dunk (less than median LSAT, higher than median GPA) numbers...