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Northwestern Program Overview
As the first law school established in Chicago, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law stands out for its emphasis on innovation. A strategic planning committee works to ensure that the school’s pedagogical approach adapts “to changing education and economic conditions.” Among the new admissions procedures is a plan to recruit students with STEM backgrounds. Northwestern wants “the scientists, the inventors, the entrepreneurs” looking for a career in law.
To create this progressive environment, Northwestern also takes a “market-focused” approach to designing their learning infrastructure. Foundational skill-building is important and based in part on talking to potential employers about what abilities and characteristics they want to see from law school graduates. Students benefit from a small student-faculty ratio, interdisciplinary study, integration of technology, and peers carefully selected during the admissions process for the interpersonal skills and quality work experience that allows them to contribute to the learning model.
Since 1997, the admissions office has established an interview program and preference for applicants with previous work experience. Northwestern prides itself as “the only major law school to strongly encourage all applicants to interview,” which demonstrates a unique commitment to evaluate applicants as individuals. Maturity, leadership, and teamwork are thus emphasized as Northwestern seeks to build a diverse and collegial campus environment.
Notable graduates include Ada Kepley, the first American woman to earn a law degree, and Robert McCormick, founder of one of the most elite law firms in the world Kirkland and Ellis, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, and Harold Washington, the first African-American mayor of Chicago.
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