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Re: Northwestern 1L/2L/3L/Grads Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby helpappreciated » Thu Sep 15, 2016 2:53 pm

Anyone happen to have a Criminal RICO Prosecutions outline?

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Re: Northwestern 1L/2L/3L/Grads Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Mothetgoo » Wed Sep 21, 2016 2:00 pm

Can any 2ls or 3ls tell us anything about the journal competition in the spring? How long does it last, what is the format? Do they like, release topics as soon as exams are over, and then you have a week to write an essay? Obviously I am sure that the exact dates and everything won't be decided until the spring, but how does it typically work, or how did it work last year? How long does it last for, and how exactly does it work. I am interested because I am trying to plan around a sibling's wedding in May and some accompanying family stuff that is going on, and having as much information now about school things that I might need to be worried about at that time would be super helpful.

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Re: Northwestern 1L/2L/3L/Grads Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Sourire » Thu Sep 22, 2016 12:24 am

Mothetgoo wrote:Can any 2ls or 3ls tell us anything about the journal competition in the spring? How long does it last, what is the format? Do they like, release topics as soon as exams are over, and then you have a week to write an essay? Obviously I am sure that the exact dates and everything won't be decided until the spring, but how does it typically work, or how did it work last year? How long does it last for, and how exactly does it work. I am interested because I am trying to plan around a sibling's wedding in May and some accompanying family stuff that is going on, and having as much information now about school things that I might need to be worried about at that time would be super helpful.


You'll get a lot of this information in the spring, but here was the schedule this year:

Thursday, May 5: exams end, write-on competition begins
Thursday, May 12: write-on competition ends

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Postby Chrstgtr » Thu Sep 22, 2016 12:26 am

Sourire wrote:
Mothetgoo wrote:Can any 2ls or 3ls tell us anything about the journal competition in the spring? How long does it last, what is the format? Do they like, release topics as soon as exams are over, and then you have a week to write an essay? Obviously I am sure that the exact dates and everything won't be decided until the spring, but how does it typically work, or how did it work last year? How long does it last for, and how exactly does it work. I am interested because I am trying to plan around a sibling's wedding in May and some accompanying family stuff that is going on, and having as much information now about school things that I might need to be worried about at that time would be super helpful.


You'll get a lot of this information in the spring, but here was the schedule this year:

Thursday, May 5: exams end, write-on competition begins
Thursday, May 12: write-on competition ends


Also, unless you're trying to get on LR, don't bother spending any real time on write-on because everyone gets their top non-LR choice.

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Re: Northwestern 1L/2L/3L/Grads Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby personofinterest » Thu Sep 22, 2016 12:35 am

Chrstgtr wrote:Also, unless you're trying to get on LR, don't bother spending any real time on write-on because everyone gets their top non-LR choice.

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Re: Northwestern 1L/2L/3L/Grads Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby itsme123 » Mon Oct 17, 2016 4:01 pm

For the recent grads, are there any courses tested on the bar exam you'd recommend taking? I am looking for one more 3-credit course in the spring. I heard Evidence is a must-take. Anything else?

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Postby Micdiddy » Tue Oct 18, 2016 11:27 am

itsme123 wrote:For the recent grads, are there any courses tested on the bar exam you'd recommend taking? I am looking for one more 3-credit course in the spring. I heard Evidence is a must-take. Anything else?


California Civil Procedure.

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Postby lemons » Fri Oct 28, 2016 5:43 pm

Looking for info on the best (read, easiest) perspective elective.

I was looking at these 3:

Law and Econ
Law and Rhetoric
Comparative Constitutional Law Seminar
Comparative Law

I heard Law and Econ was a good bet (short mini papers, no final) but it looks like its taught by someone new -- Sarath Sanga. Any insight is much appreciated!

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Re: Northwestern 1L/2L/3L/Grads Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby KunAgnis » Thu Nov 03, 2016 2:51 pm

Has anyone taken Intellectual Law Survey with Professor Pedraza Farina? I am having trouble keeping up with her lecture - she sometimes jumps around topics and her pacing throws me off. If anyone has an outline to share, I would be forever grateful.

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Re: Northwestern 1L/2L/3L/Grads Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby daisrt » Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:37 pm

1L here.

How are Koehler (Evidence) and DeSanto (First Amendment) as graders?

The CTECs for Redish (Civ Pro II) say the curve is brutal. Should I avoid?

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Postby onionz » Sat Nov 05, 2016 1:11 pm

daisrt wrote:1L here.

How are Koehler (Evidence) and DeSanto (First Amendment) as graders?

The CTECs for Redish (Civ Pro II) say the curve is brutal. Should I avoid?


Yes. Focus should be on getting jobs and thus good grades. Usually some 1Ls end up doing very well in that class, but no reason to assume you'll be that 1L, especially b/c you can't decide if you're on the same wave-length as him until it's too late.

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Postby FloridaCoastalorbust » Sat Nov 05, 2016 3:22 pm

onionz wrote:
daisrt wrote:1L here.

How are Koehler (Evidence) and DeSanto (First Amendment) as graders?

The CTECs for Redish (Civ Pro II) say the curve is brutal. Should I avoid?


Yes. Focus should be on getting jobs and thus good grades. Usually some 1Ls end up doing very well in that class, but no reason to assume you'll be that 1L, especially b/c you can't decide if you're on the same wave-length as him until it's too late.


This x1000. Take Law and Social Change. If you raise your hand/participate once a week, do the paper rather than the exam, and submit 3 drafts of your paper after feedback, you'll get an A or A+.

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Postby SweetTort » Sat Nov 05, 2016 3:36 pm

Any tips for KJDs hoping for an acceptance/scholarship? Already applied and did the video interview.

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Postby FloridaCoastalorbust » Sat Nov 05, 2016 3:49 pm

SweetTort wrote:Any tips for KJDs hoping for an acceptance/scholarship? Already applied and did the video interview.


I think the only thing at this point is to write a "Why Northwestern" if you haven't already. But even that may not do anything. Once you get your scholarship offer be sure to keep negotiating/asking for more money until they say "no" at least two times. That rule applies to all the schools you get accepted to, with or without a scholarship.

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Re: Northwestern 1L/2L/3L/Grads Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Mullens » Sat Nov 05, 2016 5:04 pm

daisrt wrote:1L here.

How are Koehler (Evidence) and DeSanto (First Amendment) as graders?

The CTECs for Redish (Civ Pro II) say the curve is brutal. Should I avoid?


If uncurved, Law and Social Change and Labor Law are both easy A/A+s. Contracts 2 with Kadens is a great class if you think you might want to do corporate law because it gives you a reasonable explanation of why in interviews. And I think Kadens is one of the best people to have in your corner because she really does care about students behind her hard exterior.

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Postby Pomeranian » Sat Nov 05, 2016 6:26 pm

What's up with Northwestern's first time IL bar passage rate this year? 84%-that's basically tied with Kent and below University of Illinois (91%) and UChicago (97%)

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Postby kcdc1 » Sun Nov 06, 2016 4:52 pm

Pomeranian wrote:What's up with Northwestern's first time IL bar passage rate this year? 84%-that's basically tied with Kent and below University of Illinois (91%) and UChicago (97%)

Teachers mailed it in last year, nobody learned.

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Postby daisrt » Sun Nov 06, 2016 7:42 pm

Mullens wrote:
daisrt wrote:1L here.

How are Koehler (Evidence) and DeSanto (First Amendment) as graders?

The CTECs for Redish (Civ Pro II) say the curve is brutal. Should I avoid?


If uncurved, Law and Social Change and Labor Law are both easy A/A+s. Contracts 2 with Kadens is a great class if you think you might want to do corporate law because it gives you a reasonable explanation of why in interviews. And I think Kadens is one of the best people to have in your corner because she really does care about students behind her hard exterior.


I have Kadens now, and I think she's great. I heard Contracts 2 had some weird group project grading thing. What was your experience with the class? Am definitely interested.

Also, thoughts on Lupo for Remedies vs. Estates and Trusts with Schanzenbach?

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Re: Northwestern 1L/2L/3L/Grads Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby daisrt » Sun Nov 06, 2016 7:44 pm

FloridaCoastalorbust wrote:
onionz wrote:
daisrt wrote:1L here.

How are Koehler (Evidence) and DeSanto (First Amendment) as graders?

The CTECs for Redish (Civ Pro II) say the curve is brutal. Should I avoid?


Yes. Focus should be on getting jobs and thus good grades. Usually some 1Ls end up doing very well in that class, but no reason to assume you'll be that 1L, especially b/c you can't decide if you're on the same wave-length as him until it's too late.


This x1000. Take Law and Social Change. If you raise your hand/participate once a week, do the paper rather than the exam, and submit 3 drafts of your paper after feedback, you'll get an A or A+.


Thank you. Will change my bids now.

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Re: Northwestern 1L/2L/3L/Grads Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Mullens » Mon Nov 07, 2016 1:57 am

daisrt wrote:
Mullens wrote:
daisrt wrote:1L here.

How are Koehler (Evidence) and DeSanto (First Amendment) as graders?

The CTECs for Redish (Civ Pro II) say the curve is brutal. Should I avoid?


If uncurved, Law and Social Change and Labor Law are both easy A/A+s. Contracts 2 with Kadens is a great class if you think you might want to do corporate law because it gives you a reasonable explanation of why in interviews. And I think Kadens is one of the best people to have in your corner because she really does care about students behind her hard exterior.


I have Kadens now, and I think she's great. I heard Contracts 2 had some weird group project grading thing. What was your experience with the class? Am definitely interested.

Also, thoughts on Lupo for Remedies vs. Estates and Trusts with Schanzenbach?


I really liked the class. Found it very interesting and enjoyed the group work. The grading is a little funky but it works out if you work hard and the class is uncurved so Kadens can really do whatever she wants with grades in the end.

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Re: Northwestern 1L/2L/3L/Grads Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby milkisforbabies » Mon Nov 07, 2016 10:31 pm

daisrt wrote:
Mullens wrote:
daisrt wrote:1L here.

How are Koehler (Evidence) and DeSanto (First Amendment) as graders?

The CTECs for Redish (Civ Pro II) say the curve is brutal. Should I avoid?


If uncurved, Law and Social Change and Labor Law are both easy A/A+s. Contracts 2 with Kadens is a great class if you think you might want to do corporate law because it gives you a reasonable explanation of why in interviews. And I think Kadens is one of the best people to have in your corner because she really does care about students behind her hard exterior.


I have Kadens now, and I think she's great. I heard Contracts 2 had some weird group project grading thing. What was your experience with the class? Am definitely interested.

Also, thoughts on Lupo for Remedies vs. Estates and Trusts with Schanzenbach?


Good call on Law and Social Change. But I think Schanzenbach is one of the best teachers I had at Northwestern. Definitely worth it to take a class with him at some point, even if it's not as a 1L.

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Re: Northwestern 1L/2L/3L/Grads Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby ntop38 » Sat Nov 12, 2016 3:43 pm

If a class is at 40, do not add it. Don't be the person that causes the class to become curved.

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Re: Northwestern 1L/2L/3L/Grads Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Kenga » Sun Nov 13, 2016 12:32 am

Thinking of switching into Legislation (and out of a curved class) since there's only 20 people currently in it. Do you guys think 20 other people are going to have the same idea and I'll just end up screwing myself over, or should I go for it?

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Re: Northwestern 1L/2L/3L/Grads Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Chrstgtr » Sun Nov 13, 2016 3:56 am

Kenga wrote:Thinking of switching into Legislation (and out of a curved class) since there's only 20 people currently in it. Do you guys think 20 other people are going to have the same idea and I'll just end up screwing myself over, or should I go for it?


Do it. You probably don't have anything worry about. But, If it does goes over 40, then the last few over the top will switch out into something that is uncurved.

Also Jacobi is great.

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Re: Northwestern 1L/2L/3L/Grads Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby FloridaCoastalorbust » Sun Nov 13, 2016 10:21 am

Chrstgtr wrote:
Kenga wrote:Thinking of switching into Legislation (and out of a curved class) since there's only 20 people currently in it. Do you guys think 20 other people are going to have the same idea and I'll just end up screwing myself over, or should I go for it?


Do it. You probably don't have anything worry about. But, If it does goes over 40, then the last few over the top will switch out into something that is uncurved.

Also Jacobi is great.


Agreed. Also, Legislation is awesome, and A-s to As will flow.




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