Sure. Northwestern Law is obscenely expensive. Most law schools are, but this doesn't do a thing to make any of it ok. The market is still showing lag in recovery. As such, jobs are still tough to get. Chicago is still lagging behind New York in terms of rebounding from the crash. There are fewer jobs here, thus a lot more competition for those jobs (yeah, I know, maybe fewer people are competing for those jobs than NYC. Still, competition is stout, and Chicago was rough for a lot of people.)
You aren't likely to get aid. And by not likely, I mean you won't get a scholly. So, expect to pay full boat. It's a risky proposition.
I enjoy most of my classmates. This year's 1L's are a bit neurotic generally, but there aren't a ton of objectively bad people here. Except maybe the profs. God, there are so many dickheads in their ranks.
Curious if you think things might pick up in 2-3 more years though? Also, how bad are the profs? Bad as in willing to screw you over?
I am pretty interested in NU, but seeing that what I saved will barely cover a year (instead of 1.5 like I had hoped for), is pretty daunting.
EDIT: I also realize I have no chance at Fin Aid, so doing these essays on a weekend is pretty annoying. I'm kind of at the point...I wrote a personal statement, I wrote a pretty detailed "Why NW", and I'm a splitter.....exactly how much more info are they looking for?
It's hard to tell how/when things will pick up. I don't think we will ever
see things as playboy-ish in large law firms as it was pre-bust. Will they pick up? Yeah, I think so. Will it be a big increase? I doubt it. At least in Chicago.
Profs won't fuck you over, it's just that a lot of them are pompous douches who are actually insulted that a student would approach them outside office hours, disagree with them in anyway, or do anything that slightly inconveniences them. This is the culture budding lawyers are raised in, man. (Full disclosure: I would say the prof split is about 50/50 with douches v. cool people. Some of the profs are cool as shit here. Some of them are Ron Allen, aka anything but cool.)
I think the additional financial aid essay is more about eliminating scholly money for those who aren't even willing to put in the effort to try for it. You should do it, but I think your chances of getting anything are minuscule.