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Law School Admissions / Re: Northwestern Two-Year Program Admissions
« on: August 23, 2008, 09:33:12 PM »
While I'm by no means and expert on the 2-year program. I have already been in touch with an admissions officer and an NU Law alumni that does admissions interviews and recrutiting for the school. Here's what I do know:

You will NOT get into the accelerated (2-year) program with part time experience. NU law 3 yr prefers work experience and they will look at PT.the 2 year program requires that it be at least 2 years of full-time work POST graduation. It's not just to get you in and out faster. It's a redesigned course. They are teaching based on a new model. Of course all the regular law classes are the same but it is designed to be more like an executive MBA. They want people that have been managers and had increasing responsibility so they bring a certai perspective to the course on day 1.

There will be an opportunity for a summer internship. While it is true that you will be taking classes in the summer it's the summer prior to fall matriculation. So if you plan on starting in Fall 2009 (the first entering class) you will actually start classes in May. You will join the regular 1L's in August/Sept. whenever school starts.
You will have the opportunity to do OCI after only 1 semester of grades.

They have interviewed countless employers and have found that because of the courseload and the difficulty of the program there is no problem hiring accelerated students.

NU has no desire to set you up for failure. They understand there will be challenges. The payoff is that you go intot he work force 1 year earlier, and you are now prepared to be more business-minded and more practical than what they expect a traditional law student to be.

This course is not for everyone. If you're not into statistics, analytical reasoning, quantitative skill-building and learning about business associations this program is probably not right for you.

Law School Admissions / Re: Top Part Time Programs
« on: August 23, 2008, 09:02:37 PM »
Generally the schools with PT programs will let you apply to either the FT OR the PT.
However, if  you get into the PT then you are only accepted into the PT and you must follow the process to later be admitted into the FT(usually after 1L) if you so choose. At Fordham I understand it's a fairly straight forward deal.

However, if you apply to a FT program and are not admitted some schools will grant you admittance to their PT program. If you desperately want to attend the school this may not be a bad way to go. You generally just need to look into the ease of transferring between programs if your goal is to be FT.

Law School Admissions / Re: Resume
« on: August 23, 2008, 08:56:20 PM »
I agree that if you have substantial work experience and lot of awards or honors that would not otherwise be reflectedo on your transcripts you are going to want to highlight those.

There is nothing wrong with having a 2 page resume. But your resume should flow, and be extremely easy to read and navigate. All of your education should be together, all of your work experience, all of your awards and whatever else you have should all be separated and listed chronologically in the same manner. Any adcom should be able to glance at your two pages and know exactly what you want them to know about you. If they have to search around or if things are randomly placed or irrelevant items are added it will not go over well.

If you have things to show the adcom then by all means give them what you've got. This is your opportunity to showcase.

Well since virtually all ABA accredited schools (I say virtually because I know someone will reply that 1 or 2 schools are an exception to this) have online applications it's easy to determine. LSAC.ORG has all the schools online and if you login you will see that only about 10% or so of the applications are even available for the fall 2009. A few more if you are a transfer student. Of the ones that are available most of them have a 1 Sept date for when they will begin to accept. But you can go to any school and see if the application is available, and if it is it will tell you when the application dates are.

If there's a school that does not have an available app you can go to the website and usually find out when admissions open up for the new cycle.

If you're not already registered on you definitely should be!

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