Chances at NW?

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Chances at NW?

Postby JDrat » Mon Sep 19, 2016 2:21 am

I am an Indian lawyer, looking to apply to US law schools this year. I have about 4 years experience practising law here, and also graduated top 10 of my law school here in India.

I am primarily looking at Chicago based colleges so I can be closer to my husband.

Realistically, what are my chances at NW with a 162 LSAT?

Any help would be much appreciated!

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Re: Chances at NW?

Postby KunAgnis » Mon Sep 19, 2016 2:42 am

Nayanthika wrote:I am an Indian lawyer, looking to apply to US law schools this year. I have about 4 years experience practising law here, and also graduated top 10 of my law school here in India.

I am primarily looking at Chicago based colleges so I can be closer to my husband.

Realistically, what are my chances at NW with a 162 LSAT?

Any help would be much appreciated!


I'm confused - you state that you've practiced in US which should mean you have a JD here already. Yet, if you're applying for an LLM with NU, they don't require an LSAT score (http://www.law.northwestern.edu/admissi ... cklist.pdf), just a TOEFL or IELTS. If for some reason you need a JD, I do think that LSAT is quite low and so your chances would be bad unless you had a really high GPA. I think if you're going for a JD, you may want a higher LSAT score.

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Re: Chances at NW?

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Mon Sep 19, 2016 2:49 am

Here = in India.

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Re: Chances at NW?

Postby cavalier1138 » Mon Sep 19, 2016 5:14 am

Are you planning on staying in the US to practice?

Also, have you talked with any admissions departments to see whether already having a legal degree is going to be an issue with applying to a non-LLM program?

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Re: Chances at NW?

Postby freekick » Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:06 am

cavalier1138 wrote:Are you planning on staying in the US to practice?

Also, have you talked with any admissions departments to see whether already having a legal degree is going to be an issue with applying to a non-LLM program?


Having a foreign law degree is not an issue for JD admission. There are plenty of foreign/Indian lawyers who have gone on to do the JD (and are working in the US). In fact, NW has a 2-year JD program (not the accelerated option) specifically meant for foreign lawyers. It comes down to 2 years through credit transfer for prior legal education. USC and WUSTL also have such programs. Several other schools allow credit transfer on a case-to-case basis and only after admission but they don't have a dedicated program. UChi allows LLMs to transfer to the JD without an LSAT score, but that is understandably difficult to pull off and is rare as a matter of fact.



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