1) Leading practitioners throughout the world who participated in focus groups for Northwestern Law’s “Plan 2008: Preparing Great Leaders for the Changing World” frequently highlighted the importance of strong project management skills for career success. Please describe the most significant project you have managed and any lessons you learned from that experience. (300-500 words)
2) Northwestern Law administers an extensive program of scholarships and grants, all of which are awarded on a combined basis of merit and financial need. Please assess your position for merit aid and discuss your financial need for aid. (300-500 words)
For 1) I haven't really "managed" any projects - I've had some leadership roles but nothing that sounds like what they're describing. I have experience teaching, which seems the most relevant, but that doesn't seem "significant" in the sense they want. I've had some experiences related to leadership (giving talks, conferences on the subject) but they weren't "projects".
For 2) I'm not really sure what tone to take - should it be like "I'm really great and deserve money" or "I'm gonna do awesome things when I graduate" or what? Also, should I mention scholarships I've gotten from other schools?
Finally - does it really make a big difference to the chance or amount of aid you get?