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Re: Northwestern Law Class of 2014

Postby homestyle28 » Mon Feb 07, 2011 4:21 pm

awilson11 wrote:Does anyone know if the FinAid app is reviewed by the same people as the initial application? The first question is basically asking for a Why NU? essay, which I wrote. I think it is the best piece of law school related writing I have done (better than my personal statement), and I think it played a role in my admittance (especially considering that I sent no LOR's). I'd like to reuse it if I can. Also, if different people review the apps, would't I want to send them something like this that they haven't seen?


I think most people overlap the two topics, I know I did.

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Re: Northwestern Law Class of 2014

Postby awilson11 » Mon Feb 07, 2011 4:22 pm

homestyle28 wrote:
awilson11 wrote:Does anyone know if the FinAid app is reviewed by the same people as the initial application? The first question is basically asking for a Why NU? essay, which I wrote. I think it is the best piece of law school related writing I have done (better than my personal statement), and I think it played a role in my admittance (especially considering that I sent no LOR's). I'd like to reuse it if I can. Also, if different people review the apps, would't I want to send them something like this that they haven't seen?


I think most people overlap the two topics, I know I did.

Did you just resubmit the same essay? Or rewrite it?

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Re: Northwestern Law Class of 2014

Postby awilson11 » Mon Feb 07, 2011 4:24 pm

awilson11 wrote:
homestyle28 wrote:
awilson11 wrote:Does anyone know if the FinAid app is reviewed by the same people as the initial application? The first question is basically asking for a Why NU? essay, which I wrote. I think it is the best piece of law school related writing I have done (better than my personal statement), and I think it played a role in my admittance (especially considering that I sent no LOR's). I'd like to reuse it if I can. Also, if different people review the apps, would't I want to send them something like this that they haven't seen?


I think most people overlap the two topics, I know I did.

Did you just resubmit the same essay? Or rewrite it?

Also, would the second question be a good place to bring up the 80k I got from Texas? As support for my position for merit aid?

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Re: Northwestern Law Class of 2014

Postby homestyle28 » Mon Feb 07, 2011 4:37 pm

awilson11 wrote:
awilson11 wrote:
homestyle28 wrote:
awilson11 wrote:Does anyone know if the FinAid app is reviewed by the same people as the initial application? The first question is basically asking for a Why NU? essay, which I wrote. I think it is the best piece of law school related writing I have done (better than my personal statement), and I think it played a role in my admittance (especially considering that I sent no LOR's). I'd like to reuse it if I can. Also, if different people review the apps, would't I want to send them something like this that they haven't seen?


I think most people overlap the two topics, I know I did.

Did you just resubmit the same essay? Or rewrite it?

Also, would the second question be a good place to bring up the 80k I got from Texas? As support for my position for merit aid?


I did re-write it, but mostly to change some phrasing from my why NU essay. My why NU essay focused a bit more on the school instead of my career goals, but the points were all similar.

I would wait until you hear about $$ from NU to mention the other $$ you have out there.

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Re: Northwestern Law Class of 2014

Postby rinkrat19 » Mon Feb 07, 2011 4:50 pm

awilson11 wrote:
homestyle28 wrote:
awilson11 wrote:Does anyone know if the FinAid app is reviewed by the same people as the initial application? The first question is basically asking for a Why NU? essay, which I wrote. I think it is the best piece of law school related writing I have done (better than my personal statement), and I think it played a role in my admittance (especially considering that I sent no LOR's). I'd like to reuse it if I can. Also, if different people review the apps, would't I want to send them something like this that they haven't seen?


I think most people overlap the two topics, I know I did.

Did you just resubmit the same essay? Or rewrite it?


I wouldn't just re-use the same essay. The topics are going to be extremely similar and I'm sure you can get away with mentioning some of the same stuff, but I'd be willing to bet that whoever is deciding FinAid will have your whole app package in front of them, not just the supplemental essay questions.

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Re: Northwestern Law Class of 2014

Postby ArchRoark » Mon Feb 07, 2011 5:18 pm

I am using much of the same essay, but adding more. The scholarship has a 300-500word requirement, while the "Why NU?" essay submitted with the application was supposed to be limited to two paragraphs.

It is the second prompt that I am having trouble with. I got the need based part down, just how to talk about my position for merit aid is what is stumping me. Are you guys mentioning competing scholarship offers? Most of the schools (all but 1) have yet to release scholarship info, should I mention that I will keep NU apprised on future scholarship offers? I am not entirely sure what else to include. I don't really see the need of coming out and blatantly saying, blah blah my LSAT is in the top X percentile and above your 75%... I mean, they already know what my LSAT is and they know that it is scored on a curved. Another thing that I am unsure of is if I should mention the traditional minority scoring scoring gap on the LSAT (I am a URM). Any pointers/suggestions would be welcomed! :mrgreen:

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Re: Northwestern Law Class of 2014

Postby homestyle28 » Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:31 pm

ArchRoark wrote:I am using much of the same essay, but adding more. The scholarship has a 300-500word requirement, while the "Why NU?" essay submitted with the application was supposed to be limited to two paragraphs.

It is the second prompt that I am having trouble with. I got the need based part down, just how to talk about my position for merit aid is what is stumping me. Are you guys mentioning competing scholarship offers? Most of the schools (all but 1) have yet to release scholarship info, should I mention that I will keep NU apprised on future scholarship offers? I am not entirely sure what else to include. I don't really see the need of coming out and blatantly saying, blah blah my LSAT is in the top X percentile and above your 75%... I mean, they already know what my LSAT is and they know that it is scored on a curved. Another thing that I am unsure of is if I should mention the traditional minority scoring scoring gap on the LSAT (I am a URM). Any pointers/suggestions would be welcomed! :mrgreen:


My take on this was that they already have your LSAT, talk about something else. So I talked about the points on my resume that I am most proud of/think set me apart from the rest of you chumps ;) As most of us are straight from UG, we should have something on our resumes that's interesting, even from UG, you likely have clubs, honors theses, etc.

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Re: Northwestern Law Class of 2014

Postby homestyle28 » Wed Feb 09, 2011 3:17 pm

Have those of you that completed your finaid apps received a confirmation that your app is complete? I know last cycle I got an email saying they had all 3 parts, but haven't gotten anything yet (submitted last part late last week).

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Re: Northwestern Law Class of 2014

Postby rinkrat19 » Wed Feb 09, 2011 3:21 pm

homestyle28 wrote:Have those of you that completed your finaid apps received a confirmation that your app is complete? I know last cycle I got an email saying they had all 3 parts, but haven't gotten anything yet (submitted last part late last week).


Yeah, I got a confirmation email telling me they had all the pieces the day after I submitted, I think.

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Re: Northwestern Law Class of 2014

Postby homestyle28 » Wed Feb 09, 2011 3:25 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:
homestyle28 wrote:Have those of you that completed your finaid apps received a confirmation that your app is complete? I know last cycle I got an email saying they had all 3 parts, but haven't gotten anything yet (submitted last part late last week).


Yeah, I got a confirmation email telling me they had all the pieces the day after I submitted, I think.


Thanks, I will investigate

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Re: Northwestern Law Class of 2014

Postby adamdroog » Sun Feb 13, 2011 1:11 pm

The schedule for admitted students weekend is posted on the admitted students site. I am getting excited about NU and Chicago in general.

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Re: Northwestern Law Class of 2014

Postby dddhhh » Sun Feb 13, 2011 1:17 pm

adamdroog wrote:The schedule for admitted students weekend is posted on the admitted students site. I am getting excited about NU and Chicago in general.


The schedule looks awesome! Looks like its going to be a Thursday or really early Friday flight for me...

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Re: Northwestern Law Class of 2014

Postby rinkrat19 » Sun Feb 13, 2011 2:17 pm

dddhhh wrote:
adamdroog wrote:The schedule for admitted students weekend is posted on the admitted students site. I am getting excited about NU and Chicago in general.


The schedule looks awesome! Looks like its going to be a Thursday or really early Friday flight for me...


My only issue is with choosing 2 of the "Unique Educational Opportunities" info sessions. I want to go to all three!

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Re: Northwestern Law Class of 2014

Postby dddhhh » Sun Feb 13, 2011 4:05 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:
dddhhh wrote:
adamdroog wrote:The schedule for admitted students weekend is posted on the admitted students site. I am getting excited about NU and Chicago in general.


The schedule looks awesome! Looks like its going to be a Thursday or really early Friday flight for me...


My only issue is with choosing 2 of the "Unique Educational Opportunities" info sessions. I want to go to all three!


I was thinking the same...!!!

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Re: Northwestern Law Class of 2014

Postby homestyle28 » Sun Feb 13, 2011 9:16 pm

adamdroog wrote:The schedule for admitted students weekend is posted on the admitted students site. I am getting excited about NU and Chicago in general.


Good catch. Can't wait to start meeting folks!

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Re: Northwestern Law Class of 2014

Postby SMA22 » Sun Feb 13, 2011 9:18 pm

Can't wait to meet all of you at ASW--trying to finish up my financial aid essays tonight, so I can afford to attend :D

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Re: Northwestern Law Class of 2014

Postby rinkrat19 » Thu Feb 17, 2011 4:51 pm

My deferral request was granted today!!! (FINALLY.) I guess I no longer belong in this thread since I'll be class of 2015, but I'll be coming to ASW this year anyway. I've never been to Chicago and want to see the campus before it's too late to panic and back out.

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Re: Northwestern Law Class of 2014

Postby bdubs » Thu Feb 17, 2011 4:56 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:My deferral request was granted today!!! (FINALLY.) I guess I no longer belong in this thread since I'll be class of 2015, but I'll be coming to ASW this year anyway. I've never been to Chicago and want to see the campus before it's too late to panic and back out.


Glad it worked out for you. I visited the campus last weekend and the location is amazing. The views of the lake from the library are spectacular. Also, the buildings felt less locked down than most urban campuses I have visited.

Hope you enjoy it too.

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Re: Northwestern Law Class of 2014

Postby homestyle28 » Thu Feb 17, 2011 4:58 pm

bdubs wrote:
rinkrat19 wrote:My deferral request was granted today!!! (FINALLY.) I guess I no longer belong in this thread since I'll be class of 2015, but I'll be coming to ASW this year anyway. I've never been to Chicago and want to see the campus before it's too late to panic and back out.


Glad it worked out for you. I visited the campus last weekend and the location is amazing. The views of the lake from the library are spectacular. Also, the buildings felt less locked down than most urban campuses I have visited.

Hope you enjoy it too.


I concur.

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Re: Northwestern Law Class of 2014

Postby gatorgirl4life » Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:02 pm

in via e-mail! i'm really shocked given that i'm 21 years old, have no real work experience, and didn't respond to the interview request.

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Re: Northwestern Law Class of 2014

Postby homestyle28 » Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:05 pm

gatorgirl4life wrote:in via e-mail! i'm really shocked given that i'm 21 years old, have no real work experience, and didn't respond to the interview request.


Congrats! I'm surprised that would let someone in with such bad tastes in schools to root for ;)

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Re: Northwestern Law Class of 2014

Postby casterfield » Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:07 pm

gatorgirl4life wrote:in via e-mail! i'm really shocked given that i'm 21 years old, have no real work experience, and didn't respond to the interview request.


Just got in as well! 22 and no work experience either! I really hope I got into the JD-LLM in Human Rights program. If I did, then this is my first choice!!

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Re: Northwestern Law Class of 2014

Postby rinkrat19 » Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:07 pm

gatorgirl4life wrote:in via e-mail! i'm really shocked given that i'm 21 years old, have no real work experience, and didn't respond to the interview request.


Congrats! They must've seen something they really liked in your app.

Are you seriously considering NU? You certainly have a nice selection of acceptances to choose from!

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Re: Northwestern Law Class of 2014

Postby gatorgirl4life » Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:09 pm

thanks, everyone! but i'll probably withdraw soon.
edited: no need to wish luck to those already admitted haha

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Re: Northwestern Law Class of 2014

Postby bdubs » Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:14 pm

casterfield wrote:
gatorgirl4life wrote:in via e-mail! i'm really shocked given that i'm 21 years old, have no real work experience, and didn't respond to the interview request.


Just got in as well! 22 and no work experience either! I really hope I got into the JD-LLM in Human Rights program. If I did, then this is my first choice!!


Seems like they are low on URMs since they usually don't accept people without WE without stipulations (i.e. defer and work for a year to get a big scholarship)




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