Well, if they accept the premise that the LSAT measures anything, my LSAT is not typical of someone who does poorly at a TTT state school. I feel like my burden is more to convince them that I'm not crazy, that I'm not a risk for hurting their statistics in some way even as my LSAT helps them.There's probably a huge pile of people with GPA<25th and LSAT>75th who want to go to NU. My guess is that they rank these candidates in order of desirability and then pluck them off the waitlist as need arises. With all the money being thrown around at high LSATs this year from GW, WUSTL and the like, I can hope high LSATs will be scarce. I can also hope that NU is trying to bump up their 75th a point or something, forcing them to take people like me. (Although isn't it already 170 or so? Do you think they can really have a 75th of 171-172?)My LSAT is significantly above their 75th, whatever they want it to be this year. Maybe that will count for something, but maybe it won't. They would probably prefer a 3.0/172 over me, and because of this year's generous LSAT scales, there are plenty of those to go around.
You mention that NU has a strog focus on law/sociology. How so as this interests me because I am a soc major and I love my field and love studying it
[T]he school has re-emerged with a quite distinctive intellectual identity: it may well be the legal academic center in the United States for social scientific study of law (though Berkeley, Cornell, and Michigan, among others, also have strong presences in these areas). "Social scientific" here means psychology, sociology, and political science. Northwestern's investment in these areas of research has, in recent years, exceeded that of any other law school, so much so that the school's future prospects are probably identical with the future prospects of these research programs. Right now, interest in the legal academy in this kind of work is high, though it is striking that none of "the top five" law schools (Yale, Harvard, Chicago, Stanford, Columbia, NYU) have yet made extensive investments in these areas. Law and economics remains, as it were, the coin of prestige in the realm (though a growing number of trained economist/lawyers are certainly doing empirical work as well).
Hey,I was surprised by a one year deferall 135k scholarship from NU. I suppose they want me to get a year of professional work experience. Essentially, I am deciding between NYU and NU barring HLS(doubtful) or CLS acceptances. Looking into big law not academia not clerkship, and as such, it seems like NU is such a more practical choice. You have kind of addressed some of my concerns. The students are not much older I see. Furthermore, I presume you go out and enjoy yourselves on the weekends as much as the other law students do. Lastly, I know your a 1L, but what are the employment prospects for 1L and 2L summers and eventual Big Law employment? Also, I think I'm going to the ASW in early April. Do you recommend going up on a non-ASW day? What hotels do you recommend in terms of price and conveinance?