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Re: Northwestern Law C/O 2016 (2012-2013 Applicants)

Postby CatFacts » Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:42 pm

testaker wrote:bumping this...other thoughts?

Sorry if this has already been covered, but for the financial aid essays (and more specifically, the request to "assess your position for merit aid"), are you guys including specific amounts of merit aid you've been offered elsewhere? I'm late in starting these essays and am basically wondering whether a debate akin to the GULC one (to divulge numbers or not to?), has been launched with regard to these NU ones, or whether people think dropping numbers is too crass for the prompt put forth by NU. Thanks.


I included specific amounts of merit aid I was offered elsewhere. Regretting it after reading rinkrat's and others' posts though.

It's just that I don't have much in the way of leverage at all with my numbers and am looking at sticker for the few T-14s that have accepted me. Also, I don't like discussing my work experience either because it's not substantive.

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Re: Northwestern Law C/O 2016 (2012-2013 Applicants)

Postby Kikero » Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:47 pm

testaker wrote:bumping this...other thoughts?

Sorry if this has already been covered, but for the financial aid essays (and more specifically, the request to "assess your position for merit aid"), are you guys including specific amounts of merit aid you've been offered elsewhere? I'm late in starting these essays and am basically wondering whether a debate akin to the GULC one (to divulge numbers or not to?), has been launched with regard to these NU ones, or whether people think dropping numbers is too crass for the prompt put forth by NU. Thanks.


I know a few of my classmates (1Ls) mentioned it last year, although I don't go around asking people how much $ they got, so I can't tell you how well it works or doesn't.

Also, here is a link to the FAQ:

https://www.law.northwestern.edu/newstu ... id/jd/#q12

From that page:

Do you offer a matching program? I received a scholarship offer from another school and it is a school with a very strong reputation.
No, in most cases, we will not, but there is a recommended way to handle this. If you would like to respectfully submit a request to change or modify a scholarship decision on the basis of another school's offer, you should submit that request to us in writing with a copy of the scholarship letter you received from the other school. We will take your request under advisement.

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Re: Northwestern Law C/O 2016 (2012-2013 Applicants)

Postby Merylian » Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:59 pm

Just submitted my scholarship application and Need Access. Need access can go straight to hell. Straight. To. Hell.

Also, my "assess your position for merit aid" essay sucked hard. I didn't really know what to say so I wound up writing about my work experience, since I hadn't discussed it at all in my application for admission. That may have been the wrong way to go, but I just figured there's not much to say about my numbers other than "Hey, my stats are pretty mediocre for your school! Thanks for accepting me!"

Probably should have just written that and called it good. They're probably gonna read my essay and rescind my acceptance. If they do, I hope they realize I'm not sending back this nice leather folder I got in the mail from them today. They can pry it from my cold dead fingers.

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Postby TripTrip » Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:27 pm

Merylian wrote:They're probably gonna read my essay and rescind my acceptance. If they do, I hope they realize I'm not sending back this nice leather folder I got in the mail from them today. They can pry it from my cold dead fingers.

+1

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Re: Northwestern Law C/O 2016 (2012-2013 Applicants)

Postby oaken » Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:28 pm

finally submitted my financial aid stuff. and i keep telling myself how once i get into law school i won't keep putting things off until the last minute...

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Postby sinfiery » Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:38 am

Sorry chad and rama. Held is better than WL though. Once they see what they need once people start committing, good news could come.



Gratz Az, but you're HYS bound.

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Re: Northwestern Law C/O 2016 (2012-2013 Applicants)

Postby rinkrat19 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 2:39 am

mrizza wrote:
testaker wrote:bumping this...other thoughts?

Sorry if this has already been covered, but for the financial aid essays (and more specifically, the request to "assess your position for merit aid"), are you guys including specific amounts of merit aid you've been offered elsewhere? I'm late in starting these essays and am basically wondering whether a debate akin to the GULC one (to divulge numbers or not to?), has been launched with regard to these NU ones, or whether people think dropping numbers is too crass for the prompt put forth by NU. Thanks.


rinkrat19 wrote:I personally wouldn't (and didn't). My feeling, while totally unconfirmed, is that they want something a little more thoughtful than a comparison of numbers. I certainly mentioned "other substantial scholarship offers," but spent more time on how a scholarship would open up more career paths, how while I wasn't a Rhodes Scholar, I'd always performed well at every stage of my education (not in those exact words), and how having a mortgage at home and leaving a solid career made law school a bigger risk for me.


Rink is a 1L at NU that got $ without stellar numbers. I'd do what she says.
3.56/171, engineering degree and 8yrs WE, if anyone wants context on me. I got $20k/yr and was pretty tickled.

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Re: Northwestern Law C/O 2016 (2012-2013 Applicants)

Postby VeeD101 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:27 am

Held this morning.

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Postby mosquito » Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:31 am

Hi, has any one heard back about 2-year JD program from NU? I went complete on 28 November and my status has not changed since then.

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Re: Northwestern Law C/O 2016 (2012-2013 Applicants)

Postby leo2013 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:36 am

rinkrat19 wrote:
testaker wrote:Sorry if this has already been covered, but for the financial aid essays (and more specifically, the request to "assess your position for merit aid"), are you guys including specific amounts of merit aid you've been offered elsewhere? I'm late in starting these essays and am basically wondering whether a debate akin to the GULC one (to divulge numbers or not to?), has been launched with regard to these NU ones, or whether people think dropping numbers is too crass for the prompt put forth by NU. Thanks.

I personally wouldn't (and didn't). My feeling, while totally unconfirmed, is that they want something a little more thoughtful than a comparison of numbers. I certainly mentioned "other substantial scholarship offers," but spent more time on how a scholarship would open up more career paths, how while I wasn't a Rhodes Scholar, I'd always performed well at every stage of my education (not in those exact words), and how having a mortgage at home and leaving a solid career made law school a bigger risk for me.


Very helpful tips! I just get acceptance by email and it doesn't help the March 1st deadline is only hours away! Oh this FA essay really sux...

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Re: Northwestern Law C/O 2016 (2012-2013 Applicants)

Postby teiswei » Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:45 am

mosquito wrote:Hi, has any one heard back about 2-year JD program from NU? I went complete on 28 November and my status has not changed since then.

According to the delivery system site, you'll be waiting a while... Sorry, bud

(3) The Admissions Committee begins reviewing Two-Year JD applications in early February. Two-Year JD applicants will receive decisions beginning in April.

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Postby mosquito » Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:50 am

teiswei wrote:
mosquito wrote:Hi, has any one heard back about 2-year JD program from NU? I went complete on 28 November and my status has not changed since then.

According to the delivery system site, you'll be waiting a while... Sorry, bud

(3) The Admissions Committee begins reviewing Two-Year JD applications in early February. Two-Year JD applicants will receive decisions beginning in April.

Thank you for your response! Could you tell what the “delivery system site" is?

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Postby leo2013 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:54 am

Merylian wrote:J
Probably should have just written that and called it good. They're probably gonna read my essay and rescind my acceptance. If they do, I hope they realize I'm not sending back this nice leather folder I got in the mail from them today. They can pry it from my cold dead fingers.


LOL! You should quote this to them. I am sure they will give you a full ride after reading it.

Ok, I am writing my essay as of right now. So, "assess your position for merit aid" does mean "look at my Numbers I am so good"? And "discuss your financial need for aid" means "my father has mortgage and I lost all my life savings in 2008 fall stock market so plz give me some $$$"?

BTW, I get a full ride from other school(ranking around #20). Good idea or bad idea to mention this in the essay?

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Re: Northwestern Law C/O 2016 (2012-2013 Applicants)

Postby teiswei » Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:58 am

mosquito wrote:Thank you for your response! Could you tell what the “delivery system site" is?

It's the site you are directed to to retrieve your decision letter. You don't have access until you have a decision. It's weird that the same information isn't posted on a public facing site. I'll quote the entire thing though:

Information on when to expect your decision:
(1) The Admissions Committee begins reviewing completed applications in early December (with the exception of Two-Year JD applications – see #3 below).
(2) Once your application status is complete, please allow 8 weeks to receive a decision. If your application is complete before December, the 8-week period will begin on December 1.
(3) The Admissions Committee begins reviewing Two-Year JD applications in early February. Two-Year JD applicants will receive decisions beginning in April.
(4) Applications that are first received after the application deadline may not receive a decision until mid-June.

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Postby mosquito » Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:12 pm

teiswei wrote:
mosquito wrote:Thank you for your response! Could you tell what the “delivery system site" is?

It's the site you are directed to to retrieve your decision letter. You don't have access until you have a decision. It's weird that the same information isn't posted on a public facing site. I'll quote the entire thing though:

Information on when to expect your decision:
(1) The Admissions Committee begins reviewing completed applications in early December (with the exception of Two-Year JD applications – see #3 below).
(2) Once your application status is complete, please allow 8 weeks to receive a decision. If your application is complete before December, the 8-week period will begin on December 1.
(3) The Admissions Committee begins reviewing Two-Year JD applications in early February. Two-Year JD applicants will receive decisions beginning in April.
(4) Applications that are first received after the application deadline may not receive a decision until mid-June.

I really appreciate your help! I have to wait one more month to get my decision. From late November to April.. Such a long time :(

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Postby T20hopeful89 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:20 pm

mosquito wrote:
teiswei wrote:
mosquito wrote:Thank you for your response! Could you tell what the “delivery system site" is?

It's the site you are directed to to retrieve your decision letter. You don't have access until you have a decision. It's weird that the same information isn't posted on a public facing site. I'll quote the entire thing though:

Information on when to expect your decision:
(1) The Admissions Committee begins reviewing completed applications in early December (with the exception of Two-Year JD applications – see #3 below).
(2) Once your application status is complete, please allow 8 weeks to receive a decision. If your application is complete before December, the 8-week period will begin on December 1.
(3) The Admissions Committee begins reviewing Two-Year JD applications in early February. Two-Year JD applicants will receive decisions beginning in April.
(4) Applications that are first received after the application deadline may not receive a decision until mid-June.

I really appreciate your help! I have to wait one more month to get my decision. From late November to April.. Such a long time :(


If it makes you feel better, I applied in October and still haven't heard =( bad news coming soon for me? seems like it...

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Postby ks2499 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:23 pm

T20hopeful89 wrote:If it makes you feel better, I applied in October and still haven't heard =( bad news coming soon for me? seems like it...


I applied early Nov. and am in the same boat. I honestly don't know what to think since they've dinged plenty of people up to this point. I wonder if it'd be a good idea to send a LOCI?

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Postby T20hopeful89 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:25 pm

ks2499 wrote:
T20hopeful89 wrote:If it makes you feel better, I applied in October and still haven't heard =( bad news coming soon for me? seems like it...


I applied early Nov. and am in the same boat. I honestly don't know what to think since they've dinged plenty of people up to this point. I wonder if it'd be a good idea to send a LOCI?


I'm not sure. I feel very mixed on sending LOCIs before even hearing a decision. I feel like they get annoyed, unless it's a school like uva who is expecting it to begin with. I wrote a why NU in my original app, so writing a loci now would mean i have nothing further to say if they WL me later in the cycle. I feel like we might both be headed for the WL (to my knowledge, they have not fully wl anyone yet, only held applicants).

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Postby ks2499 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:28 pm

T20hopeful89 wrote:
ks2499 wrote:
T20hopeful89 wrote:If it makes you feel better, I applied in October and still haven't heard =( bad news coming soon for me? seems like it...


I applied early Nov. and am in the same boat. I honestly don't know what to think since they've dinged plenty of people up to this point. I wonder if it'd be a good idea to send a LOCI?


I'm not sure. I feel very mixed on sending LOCIs before even hearing a decision. I feel like they get annoyed, unless it's a school like uva who is expecting it to begin with. I wrote a why NU in my original app, so writing a loci now would mean i have nothing further to say if they WL me later in the cycle. I feel like we might both be headed for the WL (to my knowledge, they have not fully wl anyone yet, only held applicants).


That makes sense. And yeah, I don't really have any updates for them, so I guess a LOCI would be wasted effort (I also submitted a Why NU?). Good luck!

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Postby amf728 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:30 pm

T20hopeful89 wrote:
ks2499 wrote:
T20hopeful89 wrote:If it makes you feel better, I applied in October and still haven't heard =( bad news coming soon for me? seems like it...


I applied early Nov. and am in the same boat. I honestly don't know what to think since they've dinged plenty of people up to this point. I wonder if it'd be a good idea to send a LOCI?


I'm not sure. I feel very mixed on sending LOCIs before even hearing a decision. I feel like they get annoyed, unless it's a school like uva who is expecting it to begin with. I wrote a why NU in my original app, so writing a loci now would mean i have nothing further to say if they WL me later in the cycle. I feel like we might both be headed for the WL (to my knowledge, they have not fully wl anyone yet, only held applicants).



I'm in the same boat - applied mid-november, included a "why NU," and flew to interview on campus. My status hasn't changed since 11/21. I also want to send a LOCI, but I don't want to be overbearing. It's my #1, so every time there's a tweet, I get palpitations and cry.

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Postby risa » Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:33 pm

VeeD101 wrote:Held this morning.

I'm sorry :(
Do you mind letting us know if you went DLS yesterday or this morning? Or did you get an email this morning? I'm not sure how holds come out.

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Postby T20hopeful89 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:34 pm

I'm in the same boat - applied mid-november, included a "why NU," and flew to interview on campus. My status hasn't changed since 11/21. I also want to send a LOCI, but I don't want to be overbearing. It's my #1, so every time there's a tweet, I get palpitations and cry.[/quote]


ha I feel you. I interviewed with an admissions director, as well, back in October. oh well. I am feeling wl because why else wait this long?

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Postby snapdragon25 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:34 pm

Just for a data point, I applied in November and included a Why NU. I wrote a pre-decision LOCI at the beginning of February and got a "hold" decision a week later. Of course this is pure speculation, but I think my LOCI expedited my decision and might have saved me from a straight-up WL/ding.

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Postby bananapudding88 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:36 pm

esperanza11 wrote:How long after an on-campus interview did people hear back re: decisions? My last update was 2/11 (complete) and I had an interview the week prior but radio silence since so I don't know if I should be panicking yet (though let's be honest, this entire process is a prolonged state of panic)


Fiance and I both had our interviews 2/8 and went complete 2/11. He had an update on 2/19 and got a decision yesterday, I had an update 2/21 and havent heard anything back yet (I applied for JD LLM HR though, so hoping that's the reason for the delay)....

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Re: Northwestern Law C/O 2016 (2012-2013 Applicants)

Postby VeeD101 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:36 pm

risa wrote:
VeeD101 wrote:Held this morning.

I'm sorry :(
Do you mind letting us know if you went DLS yesterday or this morning? Or did you get an email this morning? I'm not sure how holds come out.


My status hadn't changed when I checked it yesterday, around the time everyone else was getting held / accepted ...but I got the email this morning and my status had changed to 'DLS' on 2/28. So I guess it got updated after the time I last checked.

Where is everyone on hold getting the prompts for the hold essays? What am I missing? :?




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