paglababa wrote:^Thanks for providing insight.
How's curving work since your entire semester of 1L grades is based on being in class with like 30 people? and is the atmosphere competitive? Are your grades seen in comparison to the entire NU class or just the AJD class?
Also what's your opinion on turning down t6 for AJD at NU?
I turned down T6 for AJD at NU. My thought on that is that it depends a LOT on what you want to do. If I were to do it over again, I don't think I would do the AJD program. I'm not sure that I would have gone to T6, though, because cost is really important to me. If you want to do a clerkship after law school, I don't recommend the AJD program. If you want to do something besides big law, don't do the AJD program. If your goal is to graduate and do big law for a few years, go for it. That's even more true if you can do IP law. As I said above, I also think if your target market isn't Chicago/SF/NY, the AJD program can be a big set-back.
There are some disadvantages to the AJD program. It's more difficult to get onto law review. You're bidding blind, and because there are literally no other students around campus, it's more difficult to get advice from other students. It's a huge pain in the ass to reach out to the class above you, but MAKE SURE YOU DO IT. You need to be self motivated to get your shit done.
There also is a perception among the professors and the other students that AJD students are stupider than the typical JD student, but that we also work harder. This year was the first year the AJD LSATs stood up to the regular JD LSATs. I think because of this, some employers have the perception that we are dumber than the regular class. Also, the dean isn't particularly supportive of our program and if you want to get involved in things, you will need to go out of your way to learn about them and get involved.
Feel free to PM me if you want. I, obviously, am not as rosy on the program as some of the other students. I don't think you should run the other way, but I also feel strongly that this program isn't for everyone.