Programs and Statistics

Do you have any joint degree programs?
Yes, Northwestern Law offers a variety of joint degree programs. Formally, we have both 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: A JD-LLM in International Human Rights and a 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 Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, now known as 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 3 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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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 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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How can I obtain an application for admission?
You may apply online. If you would like to request a pdf version of our application, please send an email to admissions@law.northwestern.edu.

How do I request an application fee waiver?
We are offering application fee waivers to all JD applicants who submit an application from September 15, 2015 to November 30, 2015. You can find more information about this process on our Apply page. After November 30, 2015, 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 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. 

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 and other qualifications for admission to the bar. Prior to matriculation, all applicants should consult the bar admission authorities in the state in which he or she intends 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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How do I request an interview? 
You can find more information about requesting an admissions interview here

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

I've indicated that I do 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. Failure to inform us in writing may result in an admissions decision prior to your interview. 

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. If you have questions about law school more generally, or have questions about applying, please contact the Admissions Office directly and we will respond to your questions.

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.

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

What should I wear to an interview?
You should consider this interview like 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 so 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 do not formally interview as part of the application process. Please do not schedule an on-campus or Skype interview. If the Admissions Committee has questions while reviewing your application over the summer, you will be contacted directly. 

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Financial Aid

If admitted, will scholarship information be included?
No. 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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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, and Law and Social Policy.

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

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Online Video Interviewing 

Why does Northwestern Law offer an Online Interview?
Interviews are an important part of the admissions process at Northwestern Law. It is our goal to interview as many applicants as possible. Video interviews provide an easy and convenient alternative to our on-campus and off-campus alumni interivew 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 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 Interviewing Portal.  Please be sure to log on to the portal 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.  Although there is no deadline for completing the interview, please note that your application will remain incomplete until you have finished the interview process.

How does the online interview work?
Once you log on to the portal, you will have the opportunity to practice recording yourself as many times as you want. Once you are comfortable with the portal and are ready to begin, you can begin your official interview that will be recorded and submitted to the Northwestern 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.

Are online videos considered less valuable than an in-person interview?
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 alumni interviews.  These questions are designed to give us more insight into your goals, motivations, experience, 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 give 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 Law Admissions Committee can view your video responses or read your interview the report.

How long is the interview?
Approximately 20-30 minutes once you move past practice and begin your formal interview, depending on how much time you take for practice and between questions.

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 interview as you would any other interview and dress professionally.  You can wear a suit if you want to, but business casual is acceptable, as well.  One benefit of the online interview is that we can only see your head and shoulders! 

Where should I record my video essay?
Wherever you like.  Just find a 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 is round the clock technical support.

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 it receives.  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.

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. Failure to inform us in writing can result in an admissions decision prior to your interview.

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