Northwestern Law c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

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Re: Northwestern Law c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby R3ject » Fri Mar 07, 2014 5:33 pm

I think that NU's process is pretty shitty. All of the waitlist hoops you jump through are incredibly painful, time consuming, and for many, fruitless.

I just want to warn everyone who got held, hold on to your seat for a very emotional ride. I am going to just go ahead and post the held-->waitlist timeline from last year.

2013 Waitlist Timeline:
January/February: Held email
February: Option to write essays for further review
Mid-May: Officially waitlisted
Early June: Waitlist interest survey #1 - promised 2-3 more rounds of waitlist admits
Early August: Waitlist interest survey #2 - promised 1-2 more rounds of waitlist admits
September 12: Official close of waitlist

I think that NU really puts a lot of pressure on people held/waitlisted and really tugs on you at an emotional level. What my post is meant to do is show you how difficult the next 8 months can be if you decide to pursue NU full bore. Good luck to all of you...just be careful how much of yourself you invest in this incredibly difficult process.

Edit: TMI

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Re: Northwestern Law c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby carmensandiego » Fri Mar 07, 2014 6:02 pm

ntnwiminthzn wrote:further held.

Yup me too. Guess were in it for the long haul!

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Re: Northwestern Law c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby workaholic82 » Fri Mar 07, 2014 6:08 pm

carmensandiego wrote:
ntnwiminthzn wrote:further held.

Yup me too. Guess were in it for the long haul!

+1

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Re: Northwestern Law c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby Luchi91 » Fri Mar 07, 2014 6:48 pm

February LSAT score sucked. Emailed Northwestern that I am still interested in their school but plan on doing City Year Chicago first.
Told them I hear back from CY Chicago March 17th.
I got placed on hold. That's crazy!!
I plan to do a video response to their hold response questions.
I'm guessing they won't make a final final decision on me until they hear back about what CY Chicago said.
Either way, I am stoked!!!!

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Re: Northwestern Law c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby whereskyle » Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:02 pm

Luchi91 wrote:February LSAT score sucked. Emailed Northwestern that I am still interested in their school but plan on doing City Year Chicago first.
Told them I hear back from CY Chicago March 17th.
I got placed on hold. That's crazy!!
I plan to do a video response to their hold response questions.
I'm guessing they won't make a final final decision on me until they hear back about what CY Chicago said.
Either way, I am stoked!!!!


It's a good idea to do City Year. Check out the Powerscore LG bible and the Manhattan LR book, and do some drills for another LSAT take. Maybe consult some of the LSAT preparation threads on this site, and aim for another take in October.

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Re: Northwestern Law c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby MnM22 » Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:03 pm

Still 12/4... I think they lost my file :(

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Re: Northwestern Law c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby kenwash » Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:11 pm

MnM22 wrote:Still 12/4... I think they lost my file :(

+1 with the lost file

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Re: Northwestern Law c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby whereskyle » Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:24 pm

MnM22 wrote:Still 12/4... I think they lost my file :(


I'd call to ask if there is anything that you can do to help them make a decision. Try to get forwarded to an adcomm. I don't have a GPA, so it's easy for me to say "I think the adcomms might be having trouble evaluating my app. Is there any way that I might help them make their decision." Cue the "maybe you should write a Why X essay," response.

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Re: Northwestern Law c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby lostg4ever » Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:33 pm

checking in!!

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Re: Northwestern Law c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby str8yolked » Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:50 pm

kenwash wrote:
MnM22 wrote:Still 12/4... I think they lost my file :(

+1 with the lost file


+2, glad I'm not alone.

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Re: Northwestern Law c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby xmbeckham » Sat Mar 08, 2014 4:44 am

Held and withdrew.

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Re: Northwestern Law c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby Luchi91 » Sat Mar 08, 2014 1:42 pm

xmbeckham wrote:Held and withdrew.


Aww!!!

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Re: Northwestern Law c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby magjag » Sat Mar 08, 2014 2:43 pm

whereskyle wrote:
magjag wrote:to those held at northwestern. Can we submit the continued interest form now and upload the optional essay later?
Also, do any additional recommendation letters need to be submitted via lsac directly?
and finally, I did not write a why NU letter, can I update now? and do I need to send it via LSAC?


I think at this point you can send why x statements directly to the school via e-mail. As for recommendations, I think that those must be processed by LSAC. I don't have a response to your first question.


thanks whereskyle. bump for question 1....anybody know? I am thinking of filling out the continued interest form right now (the one linked in Johann's letter) and then upload my video responses in a few days. Anybody already done something similar?

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Re: Northwestern Law c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby Luchi91 » Sun Mar 09, 2014 11:27 pm

magjag wrote:
whereskyle wrote:
magjag wrote:to those held at northwestern. Can we submit the continued interest form now and upload the optional essay later?
Also, do any additional recommendation letters need to be submitted via lsac directly?
and finally, I did not write a why NU letter, can I update now? and do I need to send it via LSAC?


I think at this point you can send why x statements directly to the school via e-mail. As for recommendations, I think that those must be processed by LSAC. I don't have a response to your first question.


thanks whereskyle. bump for question 1....anybody know? I am thinking of filling out the continued interest form right now (the one linked in Johann's letter) and then upload my video responses in a few days. Anybody already done something similar?



Do everything via email. Including recs

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Re: Northwestern Law c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby BaberhamLincoln » Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:28 am

Have they ever done decisions on a Monday?
I can't stand this wait anymore!

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Re: Northwestern Law c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby renorunner » Mon Mar 10, 2014 3:17 pm

leigh912198972 wrote:Have they ever done decisions on a Monday?
I can't stand this wait anymore!


Doesn't seem like it - not this year at least. I was wondering the same thing a couple weeks back so I looked through Johann's twitter, and it looks like Wednesday is usually the day, with some Thursdays and Fridays thrown in as well.

I keep telling myself that NU is too expensive anyway, but it doesn't work. I'm just hoping they give me the the chance to pay them all that sweet sweet tuition money.

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Re: Northwestern Law c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby life2323 » Mon Mar 10, 2014 3:26 pm

when should these hold essays be turned in?

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Re: Northwestern Law c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby BaberhamLincoln » Mon Mar 10, 2014 3:33 pm

renorunner wrote: I keep telling myself that NU is too expensive anyway, but it doesn't work. I'm just hoping they give me the the chance to pay them all that sweet sweet tuition money.


I'm doing the same thing! Going crazy. :shock:

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Re: Northwestern Law c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby showcasec6 » Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:43 pm

Checking in. Been lurking for a while, but needed to vent with people like me.
Complete since Mid Feb.
Love the program and direction of the school so much, but @ this point, JUST SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY.

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Re: Northwestern Law c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby njdevils2626 » Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:29 pm

I swear I want to punch someone every time I get one of those stupid spam emails from Northeastern. Worst feeling

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Re: Northwestern Law c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby rion91 » Mon Mar 10, 2014 11:12 pm

showcasec6 wrote:Checking in. Been lurking for a while, but needed to vent with people like me.
Complete since Mid Feb.
Love the program and direction of the school so much, but @ this point, JUST SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY.

I think we're like best buds here.

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Re: Northwestern Law c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby bfc2013 » Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:29 am

Need some TLS wisdom. I was held last week, and am wondering what exactly that means. Is a hold like saying the applicant is somewhere between an acceptance & WL? Or is it more WL/ding territory? Thanks in advance comrades.

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Re: Northwestern Law c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby yossarian » Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:39 am

bfc2013 wrote:Need some TLS wisdom. I was held last week, and am wondering what exactly that means. Is a hold like saying the applicant is somewhere between an acceptance & WL? Or is it more WL/ding territory? Thanks in advance comrades.


Consensus is its more acceptance/WL territory. I would add the caveat that this late in the game, it is really hard to know what that means. There are not many spaces left. So, nothing is really predictable at this point.

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Re: Northwestern Law c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby fivestarfolds » Tue Mar 11, 2014 11:14 am

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Re: Northwestern Law c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby yossarian » Tue Mar 11, 2014 12:31 pm

fivestarfolds wrote:
yossarian71 wrote:
bfc2013 wrote:Need some TLS wisdom. I was held last week, and am wondering what exactly that means. Is a hold like saying the applicant is somewhere between an acceptance & WL? Or is it more WL/ding territory? Thanks in advance comrades.

Consensus is its more acceptance/WL territory. I would add the caveat that this late in the game, it is really hard to know what that means. There are not many spaces left. So, nothing is really predictable at this point.

I don't feel like this is accurate. NU holds a ton of people and a hold is just another word for "wait list" in the law school world. I'd say that being held is more WL/ding
Schools wait list hundreds/thousands of people (according to Spivey). I think that it's fair to say that if you are on several wait lists (4-10) then you will probably get off one or two of them. But if you're banking on getting off a single wait list, you're gonna have a bad time.


I think think you are definitely right generally. I think NU views holds a little bit differently. It is a fancy waitlist. But it's designed to do two things. (1) It weeds out people non-committed to NU because of all the requirements for the hold list. and (2) It provides the school with a good deal of information about the applicant. Information that they wouldn't want to sort through if they weren't seriously considering the applicant for admission or waitlisting.

I agree at this point in the cycle, I believe there will be a lot more disappointed helds than happy helds, but I think NU views held students as closer to admit/WL than WL/ding. Otherwise they would WL w/out holding or ding and not waste their own time.

Also, per Scoobers on p98:
scoobers wrote:Posted this during the last big hold wave, but this is how the holds was explained to me before:

Accept: they want you
Hold: they think they want you, but they want to take a look at the applicant pool.
WL: they might want you, but there is for sure an entire class, that they will fill, whom they would rather have (unless YP)
Deny: they just plain don't want you :(

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