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Postby Lear22 » Fri Oct 14, 2011 12:40 pm

aperfectmap wrote:Had my interview yesterday with an Assistant Attorney General of my state. Wore a suit and felt overdressed, as he was wearing just a shirt and tie.

The interview itself was pretty relaxed, and some of the things that he told me about his time at NU - even the hell and death aspects of it - made me want to go there that much more.


I wonder if different interviewers are treated differently by the admissions committee. Does anyone know how much wight the school is putting on the interview (off-campus) in their decision?

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Postby Samara » Fri Oct 14, 2011 12:44 pm

Lear22 wrote:
aperfectmap wrote:Had my interview yesterday with an Assistant Attorney General of my state. Wore a suit and felt overdressed, as he was wearing just a shirt and tie.

The interview itself was pretty relaxed, and some of the things that he told me about his time at NU - even the hell and death aspects of it - made me want to go there that much more.


I wonder if different interviewers are treated differently by the admissions committee. Does anyone know how much wight the school is putting on the interview (off-campus) in their decision?

The interview is fairly important, but it's mostly a matter of completing the interview. The content of the interview doesn't seem to have a large impact, as long as you don't totally screw up. There is a slight benefit to interviewing with admissions staff, but that may be limited to ED applicants.

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Postby aperfectmap » Fri Oct 14, 2011 12:46 pm

Lear22 wrote:
aperfectmap wrote:Had my interview yesterday with an Assistant Attorney General of my state. Wore a suit and felt overdressed, as he was wearing just a shirt and tie.

The interview itself was pretty relaxed, and some of the things that he told me about his time at NU - even the hell and death aspects of it - made me want to go there that much more.


I wonder if different interviewers are treated differently by the admissions committee. Does anyone know how much wight the school is putting on the interview (off-campus) in their decision?



Good question. My assumption would be that the adcomms and others doing on-campus interviews would stick more to the formulaic questions, whereas the off-campus interviewers are more free to structure the interviews however they like. That said, the first part of my interview was largely based on some of the stock questions - why law school, why NU, describe a project where you were in charge of people. After about fifteen minutes of that, the conversation took on a much less formal tone.

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Re: NU '11-'12 Apps-Splitter Friends battle evil/rising medians

Postby Lear22 » Fri Oct 14, 2011 1:04 pm

Samara wrote:
Lear22 wrote:
aperfectmap wrote:Had my interview yesterday with an Assistant Attorney General of my state. Wore a suit and felt overdressed, as he was wearing just a shirt and tie.

The interview itself was pretty relaxed, and some of the things that he told me about his time at NU - even the hell and death aspects of it - made me want to go there that much more.


I wonder if different interviewers are treated differently by the admissions committee. Does anyone know how much wight the school is putting on the interview (off-campus) in their decision?

The interview is fairly important, but it's mostly a matter of completing the interview. The content of the interview doesn't seem to have a large impact, as long as you don't totally screw up. There is a slight benefit to interviewing with admissions staff, but that may be limited to ED applicants.


So you're saying that simply scheduling and coming to the interview gives you almost the same "points" as having a fairly good interview? That is, they just want to see you're taking the initiative and doing it?

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Postby Samara » Fri Oct 14, 2011 2:16 pm

Lear22 wrote:
Samara wrote:
Lear22 wrote:
aperfectmap wrote:Had my interview yesterday with an Assistant Attorney General of my state. Wore a suit and felt overdressed, as he was wearing just a shirt and tie.

The interview itself was pretty relaxed, and some of the things that he told me about his time at NU - even the hell and death aspects of it - made me want to go there that much more.


I wonder if different interviewers are treated differently by the admissions committee. Does anyone know how much wight the school is putting on the interview (off-campus) in their decision?

The interview is fairly important, but it's mostly a matter of completing the interview. The content of the interview doesn't seem to have a large impact, as long as you don't totally screw up. There is a slight benefit to interviewing with admissions staff, but that may be limited to ED applicants.


So you're saying that simply scheduling and coming to the interview gives you almost the same "points" as having a fairly good interview? That is, they just want to see you're taking the initiative and doing it?

That seems to essentially be the case. It could help more if you have a weakness in your app that you are able to directly address or something like that. It's basically to see if you're mature and all that. Reading Johann's twitter and G+ hilariously reveals that a disturbingly high number of applicants fail at basic social niceties. My favorite examples: use of the word "frickin'," creeping out the receptionist so much they quit their job, and telling their interviewer that "men who read are sexy."

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Postby tmon » Fri Oct 14, 2011 2:21 pm

Sometimes I worry that reading all the funny stuff people do while interviewing will subconsciously make me more likely to actually do those things. I have this scenario in my head where I use the word "frickin" and then immediately say "Wow I never use that word...sorry... :oops: " but the damage is already done.

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Postby Samara » Fri Oct 14, 2011 2:37 pm

tmon wrote:Sometimes I worry that reading all the funny stuff people do while interviewing will subconsciously make me more likely to actually do those things. I have this scenario in my head where I use the word "frickin" and then immediately say "Wow I never use that word...sorry... :oops: " but the damage is already done.

:lol: :lol: :lol:

You can always save it by following it with "...is what I would say if I was joking with Johann. Isn't his twitter feed great?"

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Postby Lear22 » Fri Oct 14, 2011 2:55 pm

Samara wrote:
tmon wrote:Sometimes I worry that reading all the funny stuff people do while interviewing will subconsciously make me more likely to actually do those things. I have this scenario in my head where I use the word "frickin" and then immediately say "Wow I never use that word...sorry... :oops: " but the damage is already done.

:lol: :lol: :lol:

You can always save it by following it with "...is what I would say if I was joking with Johann. Isn't his twitter feed great?"



can you send me a link to that? also - what is the G+?

thanks :)

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Postby Samara » Fri Oct 14, 2011 3:22 pm

Lear22 wrote:
Samara wrote:
tmon wrote:Sometimes I worry that reading all the funny stuff people do while interviewing will subconsciously make me more likely to actually do those things. I have this scenario in my head where I use the word "frickin" and then immediately say "Wow I never use that word...sorry... :oops: " but the damage is already done.

:lol: :lol: :lol:

You can always save it by following it with "...is what I would say if I was joking with Johann. Isn't his twitter feed great?"



can you send me a link to that? also - what is the G+?

thanks :)

Here's his twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/tweetsbyjohann

G+ is Google+, Google's version of Facebook. His G+ profile is here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/10255200913 ... osts?hl=en

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Postby Lear22 » Fri Oct 14, 2011 3:57 pm

Samara wrote:
Lear22 wrote:
Samara wrote:
tmon wrote:Sometimes I worry that reading all the funny stuff people do while interviewing will subconsciously make me more likely to actually do those things. I have this scenario in my head where I use the word "frickin" and then immediately say "Wow I never use that word...sorry... :oops: " but the damage is already done.

:lol: :lol: :lol:

You can always save it by following it with "...is what I would say if I was joking with Johann. Isn't his twitter feed great?"



can you send me a link to that? also - what is the G+?

thanks :)

Here's his twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/tweetsbyjohann

G+ is Google+, Google's version of Facebook. His G+ profile is here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/10255200913 ... osts?hl=en


Thanks!

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Postby thelawschoolproject » Fri Oct 14, 2011 6:54 pm

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Postby Eugenie Danglars » Fri Oct 14, 2011 9:45 pm

Hi y'all! It was nice to meet some of the young'uns today. Hope your interviews go/went well. :-)

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Postby Lear22 » Sat Oct 15, 2011 2:04 pm

anyone here has experience with law fairs? There is a big one here next month (NU is attending). What are yes and no there?
Also - how much does a good law fair encounter help with your application to that school later? and will the NU law fair attendants know or have a list of the people in that region that had an off-campus interview? I think a law fair is great opportunity and I would like to make the most of it.

thanks!

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Postby JamMasterJ » Sun Oct 16, 2011 3:57 pm

Eugenie Danglars wrote:Hi y'all! It was nice to meet some of the young'uns today. Hope your interviews go/went well. :-)

Thanks Eugenie, you were really cool too. They didn't ask me the "hardest decision" question.

The school is amazing BTW. I saw the ivy on the building and swooned

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Postby Opie » Sun Oct 16, 2011 7:59 pm

JamMasterJ wrote:
Eugenie Danglars wrote:Hi y'all! It was nice to meet some of the young'uns today. Hope your interviews go/went well. :-)

Thanks Eugenie, you were really cool too. They didn't ask me the "hardest decision" question.

The school is amazing BTW. I saw the ivy on the building and swooned


I've been gawking at the ivy and those wooden benches in Crumpets' pictures all week. Just a few more days until I'll know if this could be a reality or not.

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Postby Opie » Sun Oct 16, 2011 9:21 pm

Here's a question for everyone. The money thing confuses the heck out of me. Assuming someone took out the maximum amount of loans allowed AND got the $150k ED scholarship, what would be left for books, R&B, travel, money to send back to the wife for the mortgage?

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Postby bdubs » Sun Oct 16, 2011 9:27 pm

Opie wrote:Here's a question for everyone. The money thing confuses the heck out of me. Assuming someone took out the maximum amount of loans allowed AND got the $150k ED scholarship, what would be left for books, R&B, travel, money to send back to the wife for the mortgage?


COA changes every year. This year you would take out an additional $27,344 to hit full COA, although they probably adjust the "loan fees" line item because of the size of your scholarship (not positive about that though).

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Postby Opie » Sun Oct 16, 2011 9:39 pm

bdubs wrote:
Opie wrote:Here's a question for everyone. The money thing confuses the heck out of me. Assuming someone took out the maximum amount of loans allowed AND got the $150k ED scholarship, what would be left for books, R&B, travel, money to send back to the wife for the mortgage?


COA changes every year. This year you would take out an additional $27,344 to hit full COA, although they probably adjust the "loan fees" line item because of the size of your scholarship (not positive about that though).


One could expect at least $25k in "cash" though? My primary concern is $900ish a month for an apartment and my $900 a month mortgage. Oh yeah, and food.

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Postby bdubs » Sun Oct 16, 2011 9:41 pm

Opie wrote:
bdubs wrote:
Opie wrote:Here's a question for everyone. The money thing confuses the heck out of me. Assuming someone took out the maximum amount of loans allowed AND got the $150k ED scholarship, what would be left for books, R&B, travel, money to send back to the wife for the mortgage?


COA changes every year. This year you would take out an additional $27,344 to hit full COA, although they probably adjust the "loan fees" line item because of the size of your scholarship (not positive about that though).


One could expect at least $25k in "cash" though? My primary concern is $900ish a month for an apartment and my $900 a month mortgage. Oh yeah, and food.


You won't have that much cash unless you request a budget increase.

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Postby citykitty » Sun Oct 16, 2011 9:48 pm

I'm interested to hear what all the splitter friends thought about the interviews this weekend. I've got my off-campus interview with an adcom in a few weeks. I really can't afford NU even if they let me in though. Ugh, I sometimes I wish I were less responsible and could stand to be in debt 20ft over my eyeballs, but I think I can't sadly.

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Postby Opie » Sun Oct 16, 2011 10:17 pm

bdubs wrote:
Opie wrote:
bdubs wrote:
Opie wrote:Here's a question for everyone. The money thing confuses the heck out of me. Assuming someone took out the maximum amount of loans allowed AND got the $150k ED scholarship, what would be left for books, R&B, travel, money to send back to the wife for the mortgage?


COA changes every year. This year you would take out an additional $27,344 to hit full COA, although they probably adjust the "loan fees" line item because of the size of your scholarship (not positive about that though).


One could expect at least $25k in "cash" though? My primary concern is $900ish a month for an apartment and my $900 a month mortgage. Oh yeah, and food.


You won't have that much cash unless you request a budget increase.


I've never heard of requesting a budget increase? How is that done? I need to be able to pay for my own living expenses in Chicago and still supply some money to help with the bills back home.

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Postby homestyle28 » Sun Oct 16, 2011 10:26 pm

Opie wrote:
I've never heard of requesting a budget increase? How is that done? I need to be able to pay for my own living expenses in Chicago and still supply some money to help with the bills back home.


Depending on the nature of those bills, you can apply for increases for dependants and child care. I got an additional 6500 for child care.

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Postby Opie » Sun Oct 16, 2011 10:35 pm

homestyle28 wrote:
Opie wrote:
I've never heard of requesting a budget increase? How is that done? I need to be able to pay for my own living expenses in Chicago and still supply some money to help with the bills back home.


Depending on the nature of those bills, you can apply for increases for dependants and child care. I got an additional 6500 for child care.


Wow, that's great! I have a house, complete with payment, wife, and two kids.

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Postby homestyle28 » Sun Oct 16, 2011 10:41 pm

Opie wrote:
homestyle28 wrote:
Opie wrote:
I've never heard of requesting a budget increase? How is that done? I need to be able to pay for my own living expenses in Chicago and still supply some money to help with the bills back home.


Depending on the nature of those bills, you can apply for increases for dependants and child care. I got an additional 6500 for child care.


Wow, that's great! I have a house, complete with payment, wife, and two kids.


Here's the form you use:
http://chicagofinancialaid.northwestern.edu/forms/PDFs/2011-12%20DSUPP.pdf

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Postby Opie » Sun Oct 16, 2011 11:05 pm

homestyle28 wrote:
Opie wrote:
homestyle28 wrote:
Opie wrote:
I've never heard of requesting a budget increase? How is that done? I need to be able to pay for my own living expenses in Chicago and still supply some money to help with the bills back home.


Depending on the nature of those bills, you can apply for increases for dependants and child care. I got an additional 6500 for child care.


Wow, that's great! I have a house, complete with payment, wife, and two kids.


Here's the form you use:
http://chicagofinancialaid.northwestern.edu/forms/PDFs/2011-12%20DSUPP.pdf


That's a big help! Thanks!




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