im_blue wrote:The Career Progress Evaluation form -- aka CPE -- is an evaluation of your professional work-related performance, which elaborates on topics such as project management and career focus.
Yeah, I'm pretty confused overall. It's clear they don't want college kids. That much is fair enough. But who do
they want? Following are those questions on the CPRE:
c. Career focus (e.g. clarity of post-degree plans, active participation in career development)
You've been working with someone doing XYZ for a given amount of time. Now you're applying to law school. Unless you're a paralegal, what are they supposed to say about your career focus? "Seemed great, until I got this ridiculous form."
d. Project Management skills (e.g. ability to follow, lead, and direct projects in a professional capacity)
You're someone who's in a position to lead and direct projects. While this may help you at more senior levels within (large) law firms, how applicable is this to the practice of law really? And furthermore, how crazy are you to be career changing at this point? If you're doing project management work at an engineering firm and you're now trying to become a lawyer, I'd probably question your judgment.
Basically it all reads like a business school application. Which is the model they're moving towards, particularly with the AJD, and the general "make our grads employable" ethos that seems to be their current MO. I'm not terribly familiar with Northwestern's approach, but what I've been reading is that they seem hellbent on getting people jobs here in Chicago, and if that's working, great. Part of why I'm surprised more schools don't just auto-reject kids straight out of school anyhow.
And realistically, LORs only count for so much with any school. It just seems particularly boneheaded of them to assume that standard LORs won't address these attributes. Pretty much all my employer reference is going to address is points A, B, C, D, E and F. I'm just not positive I want to annoy him to fill out an entirely separate form for one school out of the dozen I'm applying to. He will continue to be an important contact well after this whole affair is done and over with - not sure how hard I want to lean on him in order to get into Northwestern.