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Programs and Statistics

Do you have any joint degree programs?
Yes. We have a JD-PhD program with The Graduate School and a JD-MBA program with the Kellogg School of Management. We also offer two JD-LLM programs: JD-LLM in International Human Rights and
JD-LLM in Taxation

Do you have a part-time or evening program?
No. We only offer full-time day classes.

Where can I find a copy of Northwestern's Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics?
As provided by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, you are entitled to request and receive a copy of Northwestern University's Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This Report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Northwestern University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from campus. The Report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies on drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this Report by contacting the Northwestern University Police Department Deputy Chief at (847) 491-3256. The Report can also be accessed and printed from the University Police website.

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LSAT

Do you accept the February LSAT for admission?
Yes; however, we cannot guarantee that seats in the incoming class will still be available.

If I take the LSAT more than once, will you take the highest score or the average of the scores?
Northwestern Pritzker Law’s policy is to review the highest score earned on the LSAT.

For how long is my LSAT score valid?
According to the Law School Admission Council, LSAT scores are valid for five (5) years.

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Applying

How can I obtain an application for admission?
Applications are available online through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). If you, for accessiblity purposes, require a pdf version of our application please contact us by email at admissions@law.northwestern.edu or by phone at 312.503.8465.

How do I request an application fee waiver?
We are offering application fee waivers to all JD applicants who submit an application from September 1, 2016 to December 1, 2016. More information may be found on our Apply page. After December 1, 2016, applicants may submit an application for a need-based application fee waiver. Each year we also offer fee waivers through LSAC's Credential Referral Service. In order to be considered, be sure to check the CRS box when registering your LSAC account. If LSAC has provided you with a fee waiver, please email us a copy of that letter with your request for a fee waiver specifically from Northwestern Pritzker Law.

Are deferrals granted?
One-year deferrals are granted on a case-by-case basis. Historically, the Committee has granted a deferral for compelling reasons, such as unforeseen hardships or extraordinary opportunities. The admitted student must (1) pay their initial $750 seat deposit that holds their seat in the entering class to which they have been admitted and (2) submit a written request stating the reasons a deferral is necessary. If the Admissions Committee grants the deferral, the admitted student will be required to pay two additional deposits on the dates outlined in their letter. All deposits are non-refundable and applied towards the first tuition bill. In the event that the deferred student withdraws, the deposits are forfeited.

Do you accept visiting students?
Yes, students currently enrolled in another law school that is part of the Association of American Law Schools may apply to be a visiting student at the Law School.

What if I have Character and Fitness questions?
Each state has character and fitness including other qualifications for admission to the bar. Prior to matriculation, all applicants should consult the bar admission authorities in the state in which they intend to practice law to determine these requirements. Information about the requirements for admission to the bars of various states is available from the American Bar Association.

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Interviewing

Can I interview before I’ve submitted my application?
On-campus and online video interviews may be completed before or after you have submitted an application. You must submit an application to request an off-campus interview.

I indicated that I did not intend to interview on my application, but have changed my mind. What should I do?
You must write to our office at admissions@law.northwestern.edu indicating that you want your application held until your interview occurs. 

I am thinking of applying in a year or two. Should I schedule an interview if I'm not applying this cycle?
You should interview only in the year you are submitting an application. Interviews are only valid for the application cycle in which the candidate has applied. 

Can I interview multiple times?
Applicants are not allowed to interview more than once per cycle unless otherwise indicated by the Admissions Office. 

I scheduled an on-campus interview. Can I get reimbursed for the travel expenses?
Unfortunately, we do not provide reimbursement for expenses associated with interviewing or visiting the campus. 

Can I interview over the weekend?
At this point in time, we can only offer interviews on Monday and Friday during business hours. 

What should I wear to the interview?
The interview is similiar to a job interview, so dress professionally and bring a copy of your resume.

I need to cancel my off-campus interview. Do I need to tell anyone?
Yes. If you have received your interview assignment, your interviewer is awaiting an email or phone call from you to set up a time to meet. If you need to cancel, you must email both the interviewer and the Admissions Office that we can relinquish your spot to another candidate.

I'm applying as a transfer student. Should I sign-up for an interview?
Transfer applicants are required to complete the online video interview portion of the application. Upon submitting your transfer application to Northwestern Pritzker Law, you will be invited to participate in the online video interview via email.

What metropolitan locations for off-campus interviewing are currently available?
All interview locations listed within the application for admission when you apply and submit your application are available. 


Online Video Interviewing 

Why does Northwestern Pritzker Law offer an online video interview?
Interviews are an important part of the admissions process at Northwestern Law. It is our goal to interview as many applicants as possible. Online video interviews provide an easy and convenient alternative to our on-campus and off-campus alumni interview options and give you the flexibility to conduct the interview whenever and wherever you are able. 

How do I schedule an online interview? 
You may request a online video interview by completing the registration form on our website.  Once your form has been submitted, you will receive an email within 72 hours granting you access to the online video interview site.  Please log on to the site with the same email address you are using throughout the application process so we can match up your interview to the rest of your application.  Please note that your application will remain incomplete until you have completed the interview portion of the application. You will have two weeks to complete the online video interview from the date you are invited to the portal. If you do not complete your interview within the two week time frame, your application will move forward without an interview. 

How does the online video interview work?
Once you log onto the site, you will have the opportunity to practice recording yourself as many times as you want. Once you are comfortable with the site and are ready to start you can begin your official interview that will be recorded and submitted to the Northwestern Pritzker Law Admissions Committee.  You will only have one take to record your response to each question.  The interview will consist of six unique questions that will differ from those that you received during your practice session.

Is the online video interview option considered less valuable than an in-person interview?
No, not at all. The Admissions Committee gives all interview formats equal consideration and weight in the evaluation process.

What types of questions will you ask?
We ask the same type of questions as we do in our on-campus and off-campus interviews.  The questions are designed to give us more insight into your goals, motivations, experience, skills, problem solving and resilience. 

How much time will I have to think of a response and how long will I have to give my answer?
You will have 30 seconds to formulate your response and 60 seconds to provide your answer. We suggest you take advantage of the unlimited and unrecorded practice questions in order to become familiar with the process and be more relaxed. The more you practice the more comfortable you will feel during the interview itself.

Can I re-record my responses if I am not satisfied?
Unfortunately, no.  Once you begin your actual interview, you will have only one opportunity to answer each question.  This is why we strongly encourage you to take advantage of the practice session.

Will I have access to my interview after it is submitted?
No.  Just like the interview report that is generated in the other two interviewing options we offer, only members of the Northwestern Prtizker Law Admissions Committee can view your video responses.

How long is the interview?
Approximately 20-30 minutes once you move past practice round questions and begin your formal interview.

Do I need to complete the interview in one sitting?
No, you do not, but we highly recommend that you do.  You must complete a question once you start it, but you do not have to finish all 6 questions in one sitting.

What should I wear?
Treat the online video interview as you would for a job interview and dress professionally.  You can wear a suit if you want to, but business casual is acceptable, as well. 

Where should I record my online video interview?
We recommend finding place with a good internet connection that is free from distractions.  Before you get started with the practice questions, you will test the strength of your connection. If at any point you get stuck, there technical support available to assist you 24 hours/7 days a week. 

How does the online video interview factor into my decision?
The Admissions Committee prides itself on the holistic review it conducts on all the applications.  Interviews of all types are considered as additional information about you.  Interviews allow us to get more detailed information about the things that are important to us in the review process, including interpersonal skills.  Because the interview is optional, it also demonstrates your level of interest in Northwestern Pritzker Law.

I did not indicate that I wanted to conduct an interview on my application, but have now changed my mind. Is it possible to schedule an online interview?
Yes, but you must write to our office at admissions@law.northwestern.edu, indicating you want your application held until your interview occurs. 

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Financial Aid

If admitted, will scholarship information be included?
All financial aid determinations are made through a separate application process.

Do you have merit based scholarships?
All of our scholarships are awarded on a combined basis of merit and need. We use the terms "scholarship" and "grant" interchangably.

Tell me about your Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) for those pursuing a career in Public Interest?
Details concerning our Loan Repayment Assistance Program can be found here

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Academics

Do you have any clinical programs?
Yes. Further information regarding our clinical programs can be found on the Bluhm Legal Clinic website.

Do I have to specialize in any one area?
No. However, if you would like to tailor your schedule of classes following your first year we offer the following concentrations: Business Enterprise, Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution, International Law, Appellate Law, Environmental Law, Law and Social Policy and Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. 

What are your study abroad opportunities?
You can learn more about our international opportunities here

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