Criteria for DWS Applicants

Criteria for Applicants

Selection process for Webster Scholars

Each year in June a committee composed of professors and graduated Daniel Webster Scholars selects the next class of Webster Scholars. The committee selects Scholars based upon a holistic assessment of each applicant. Because enrollment is limited, the committee seeks an overall balanced group from the pool of qualified applicants.

In addition to each individual's qualifications, the committee considers personal experiences including, but not limited to urban/rural background, education, culture, life/work experience, travel, extra- curricular activities before and during law school, hobbies, and goals for the applicant’s legal career. The committee also considers whether an applicant is likely to remain in New Hampshire in order to balance the class between prospective New Hampshire and non-New Hampshire practitioners.

Selection criteria for Webster Scholars

The committee seldom has information on any applicant that touches upon all of the characteristics identified below. The committee uses this list as an aide for holistically evaluating and then comparing each candidate. Information is gathered from the application materials, the interview, references and personal observation of committee members and others who have had contact with the applicants. The committee considers both positive and negative information and attempts to determine each student’s potential with respect to the following criteria:

Professional relationships

  • Have integrity and engage in honest discourse
  • Treat themselves and others with respect
  • Work well with others, acknowledging their own and others' strengths and weaknesses
  • Show empathy and kindness to others
  • Listen attentively – know when to listen and when to contribute
  • Have humility – admit to mistakes and make apologies

Professional development

  • Are committed to working as part of a learning team
  • Are motivated to improve – engage in a continuous process to improve their own and their classmates’ performance
  • Eagerness to learn new skills
  • Learn from mistakes and are willing to take risks
  • Seek – and learn from – feedback
  • Are open to new ideas, seeing things from others’ perspectives, and sharing their views
  • Are committed to developing strong written and oral skills

Personal responsibility

  • Have a strong work ethic – maintaining positive relationships, staying productive, and managing stress when faced with a demanding workload and multiple deadlines 
  • Seek to serve and help others, through volunteer projects or extracurricular activities
  • Are committed to continual professional and personal development and a healthy life balance

Academic competency

  • Demonstrate academic skills sufficient to maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 upon graduation and to obtain at least a B- in any Daniel Webster Scholar course.