RAB wrote: zla2014 wrote:
RAB wrote:Does everyone who gets accepted receive the e-mail to interview for SCALE? I did not put it down as one of my choices, but received the e-mail today. Also, does SW offer any need-based aid?
I haven't been accepted yet and had my SCALE interview on Friday. I'm pretty sure they interview most applicants, everyone I know who applied received an invite. You should do it though, a Southwestern rep. at the West Coast Consortium last weekend told me that after you interview for SCALE, your app. process goes faster.
I was accepted to the full-time program last week, and think that would be a better fit for me. I still may interview for it though and see what they say. What kind of questions do they ask you?
I definitely recommend interviewing. I wouldn't exactly call it an interview. It was more of a one on one informational session about the program. The director did however ask questions about me personally, as she had read my application file and had it with her during the interview. At first I wasn't even considering the SCALE program at all because I thought 2 years was nuts to complete law school. I did it though, because I wanted to hear them out and get to know the vibe of the school. Initially, my biggest concern was not being able to network and not being able to gain in-field experience through externships. Through the interview I found out that is not the case at all. The first summer you get the opportunity to intern and then the 2nd year classes end in mid March and you get to extern from March-May and then you graduate!
She definitely won me over and I switched my first choice to SCALE. It seems like the SCALE students are more friendly with each other, hang outside of class together, study together, basically they are more tight knit than the regular day students was my impression. I also got the impression that the SCALE students were more advanced than the traditional day, that's why they interview you, to see if they think you can handle the accelerated curriculum. It didn't seem that bad though, she broke down the schedule and classes you take, and they are on a kind of quarter system, 3 classes in the first quarter, 4 in the second, etc.
The problem is, classes start like in June or July. Considering the fact I'm waitlisted at 5 different T1 schools and there is a possibility I may be admitted to one of them in August and the fact that I have 10 more schools to hear back from I probably will switch back to traditional day as my 1st choice. But if Southwestern was my top choice, without a doubt I'd go with SCALE.