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Northwestern University Law School

Northwestern University
357 E. Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611
Admissions Phone: (312) 503-8465
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Admissions Information

Fall 2010 Admissions Information
Director of admissions Johann Lee
Application deadline 02/15
Full-time program application fee $100
Part-time program application fee $100
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A
Fall 2008 Admissions and Enrollment Statistics
Total number of full- and part-time applicants 4,868
Total number of full- and part-time acceptances 873
Overall acceptance rate 17.9%
Total number of full- and part-time first-year students enrolled 242
Number of full-time program applicants 4,868
Number of full-time program acceptances 873
Full-time acceptance rate 17.9%
Number of first-year full-time students enrolled 242
Number of part-time program applicants 0
Number of part-time program acceptances 0
Part-time acceptance rate N/A
Number of first-year part-time students enrolled 0
Fall 2008 GPA and LSAT Scores
25th-75th percentile GPA scores for all students 3.4-3.81
25th-75th percentile LSAT scores for all students 166-172
25th-75th percentile undergraduate GPA for full-time students 3.4-3.81
25th-75th percentile LSAT scores for full-time students 166-172
25th-75th percentile undergraduate GPA for part-time students N/A
25th-75th percentile LSAT scores for part-time students N/A

Career Information

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2007 administrations)
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar IL
School's bar passage rate for first-time test takers 96.0%
Statewide bar passage rate for first-time test takers 88.6%
Class of 2007 Graduates
Total graduates 255
Graduates employed at graduation 97.6%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 99.6%
Starting Salaries of 2007 Graduates Employed Full-time
25th percentile private sector starting salary $160,000
Median private sector starting salary $160,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $160,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 94%
Median public service starting salary $56,000
Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2007)
Percent employed in academia 0.0%
Percent employed in business and industry 8.0%
Percent employed in government 2.0%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 9.0%
Percent employed in law firms 78.0%
Percent employed in public interest 3.0%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.0%
Percent employed in a judicial clerkship by an Article III federal judge 6.8%
2007 Graduates Employment Location
Graduates employed in-state 46%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 1%
Number of states where graduates are employed 26
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 2.8%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 20.8%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 48.0%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.8%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 8.8%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.8%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 1.2%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 12.4%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 3.2%
Employment location unknown 0.0%
Career Services
Career services operations: The Center for Career Strategy and Advancement assists students in focusing their goals and developing career strategies, and proactively cultivates relationships with potential employers. In 2008, more than 800 national employers recruited our students. Nearly 80 percent of the recruiters were based in regions outside the Midwest.
Job Type
Bar admission required or anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 93.0%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 4.0%
Professional/other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 3.0%
Nonprofessional/other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 0.0%


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