RTK scholarship interview

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chw
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RTK scholarship interview

Postby chw » Tue Mar 16, 2010 10:55 pm

I haven't seen anything from people who interviewed for the Root at NYU yet, so:

Does anyone know what to expect at the interview? Experiences? Horror stories?

Also, does anyone have a clue whether you can accept an RTK plus another scholarship (to cover living expenses)?

Any help would be appreciated :)

chw
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Re: RTK scholarship interview

Postby chw » Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:53 pm

Ok, well, for posterity, here's what I learned:

I was told (by the asst. dean...) that you can accept another scholarship on top of a root, but that they will not give you more than full tuition so it makes no financial difference. The other scholarship I'm up for has some cool academic components, though, and it looks good, of course.

The interview is intimidating, but apparently basically all the panel members are really nice (there were whisperings about one snarky panel). A bunch of really impressive people (including, for me, a circuit court judge) sit around a conference room table with you at the head and ask you questions about yourself. They had all clearly very carefully read everything I had submitted. Mostly the Judge and the current root scholars asked questions. The questions ranged from the irrelevant (my first question was about studying martial arts, which I never even mentioned in my essays or resume but which apparently made it into one of the LORs) to the difficult (I had a couple of tough questions about commitment and diversity). The half hour was gone before I knew it. I felt pretty good about how I did, but probably should have taken the lawyers I work with up on their offer to moot me...

And, for the curious, I haven't gotten offered an RTK yet so probably won't (they interviewed 65 for 20 spots). C'est la vie...

Best of luck!




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