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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby IAFG » Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:43 am

roranoa wrote:Would you guys recommend law school or becoming a lawyer to your children? cousins? nephews?

I've seen a few people recommend law school and some people who were against it.
(all of whom are lawyers)

What about you guys here? You guys go to one of the best schools in the nation and I'm assuming you're all smart people knowing what you're doing with your life. Would you guys recommend someone very close to you to become a lawyer? I think this questions is like asking "Do you like being a lawyer (or the prospect of it)?"

It would depend totally on the person. I know someone I'm encouraging to go to law school; he's been working for 6 years, 2 of those in management, has a background to give him a good shot at firm work and generally I think he has the personality for it. But I would never suggest it to a college jr/sr.

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby homestyle28 » Sat Mar 24, 2012 12:00 pm

IAFG wrote: I would never suggest it to a college jr/sr.


I think b/c of the costs/time/risks involved it should be a decision made after earnestly pursuing a few other options first.

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby IAFG » Sat Mar 24, 2012 12:40 pm

homestyle28 wrote:
IAFG wrote: I would never suggest it to a college jr/sr.


I think b/c of the costs/time/risks involved it should be a decision made after earnestly pursuing a few other options first.

There are a million reasons why being a K-JD is a bad idea, but this is certainly one of them.

Now, there are some K-JDs who made the right call, but from the position of a college student, you really have no idea if you're that person.

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby roranoa » Sat Mar 24, 2012 1:33 pm

IAFG wrote:
homestyle28 wrote:
IAFG wrote: I would never suggest it to a college jr/sr.


I think b/c of the costs/time/risks involved it should be a decision made after earnestly pursuing a few other options first.

There are a million reasons why being a K-JD is a bad idea, but this is certainly one of them.

Now, there are some K-JDs who made the right call, but from the position of a college student, you really have no idea if you're that person.


What's a "K-JD"?

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Flips88 » Sat Mar 24, 2012 1:35 pm

roranoa wrote:
What's a "K-JD"?

The term for someone who went straight from undergrad to law school. They are few and far between at Northwestern.

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby roranoa » Sat Mar 24, 2012 1:40 pm

Flips88 wrote:
roranoa wrote:
What's a "K-JD"?

The term for someone who went straight from undergrad to law school. They are few and far between at Northwestern.

Right. Got it. Thanks.

Can I ask you the same question? Do you enjoy lawschool? or at least are you looking forward to becoming a lawyer?

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Flips88 » Sat Mar 24, 2012 1:52 pm

roranoa wrote:
Flips88 wrote:
roranoa wrote:
What's a "K-JD"?

The term for someone who went straight from undergrad to law school. They are few and far between at Northwestern.

Right. Got it. Thanks.

Can I ask you the same question? Do you enjoy lawschool? or at least are you looking forward to becoming a lawyer?

I'm a 1L so I haven't done any summer legal work and can't give you a solid answer on if I enjoy it or not yet. As for school, it's a toss up. Some of the material is pretty interesting (Crim law), while some classes bore the shit out of me (Con Law). Probably the best part of law school is my classmates.

I still look forward to being a lawyer. Maybe that'll change, I don't know.

I'd only advise people to go to law school if they believe strongly they want to be a lawyer and that they are willing to risk a butt load of money on that belief.

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Samara » Sat Mar 24, 2012 3:04 pm

Hey, thread regulars! I don't know what y'all are doing during ASW, but a few of us (me, crumps, rinkrat, scarlet so far) are going to the do the Beer and Bacon Tasting at Paddy Long's in Lincoln Park. I think it would be fun to meet some of the TLS Northwestern crew, especially since you all have been so helpful and friendly. But the best part is that you can get in on the action for half off through LivingSocial! $18 gets you five microbrew beers and five specially prepared bacons. I did this last fall and it was awesome.

We are looking at doing the one on Saturday, April 14, at 6pm because that it likely the best availability for everyone.

Here's a link to the deal: http://www.livingsocial.com/deals/29455 ... i=15867892

If you are interested, just click the link to buy the deal and then PM me so I can arrange the reservations. It's up for just three more days, so don't dilly dally. Let me know if you have any questions. What better way to kick off studying for finals, am I right?

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby homestyle28 » Sat Mar 24, 2012 3:08 pm

Flips88 wrote:
roranoa wrote:
Flips88 wrote:
roranoa wrote:
What's a "K-JD"?

The term for someone who went straight from undergrad to law school. They are few and far between at Northwestern.

Right. Got it. Thanks.

Can I ask you the same question? Do you enjoy lawschool? or at least are you looking forward to becoming a lawyer?

I'm a 1L so I haven't done any summer legal work and can't give you a solid answer on if I enjoy it or not yet. As for school, it's a toss up. Some of the material is pretty interesting (Crim law), while some classes bore the shit out of me (Con Law). Probably the best part of law school is my classmates.

I still look forward to being a lawyer. Maybe that'll change, I don't know.

I'd only advise people to go to law school if they believe strongly they want to be a lawyer and that they are willing to risk a butt load of money on that belief.


I only advise it if you've already rolled nekkid in piles of cash so that you know if you're allergic to it or not

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby crumpetsandtea » Sat Mar 24, 2012 3:27 pm

Hey Holly, I never ended up following through with that challenge to see who could chug a beer the fastest last time I visited...let's make it happen at ASW, yes? :D

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby gatorapplicant » Sat Mar 24, 2012 8:33 pm

Flips88 wrote:
roranoa wrote:
What's a "K-JD"?

The term for someone who went straight from undergrad to law school. They are few and far between at Northwestern.


how do these students usually do? i'll be in this situation if i attend northwestern next year.

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby igo2northwestern » Sat Mar 24, 2012 8:55 pm

gatorapplicant wrote:
Flips88 wrote:
roranoa wrote:
What's a "K-JD"?

The term for someone who went straight from undergrad to law school. They are few and far between at Northwestern.


how do these students usually do? i'll be in this situation if i attend northwestern next year.

Two of my good friends were straight from undergrad, and they did extremely well.

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Flips88 » Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:12 pm

gatorapplicant wrote:
Flips88 wrote:
roranoa wrote:
What's a "K-JD"?

The term for someone who went straight from undergrad to law school. They are few and far between at Northwestern.


how do these students usually do? i'll be in this situation if i attend northwestern next year.

I don't think it affects how well you'll do. Work experience isn't going to make you better at law school exams. The work experience at Northwestern just makes the class more experienced and mature.

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby gatorapplicant » Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:17 pm

Flips88 wrote:
gatorapplicant wrote:
Flips88 wrote:
roranoa wrote:
What's a "K-JD"?

The term for someone who went straight from undergrad to law school. They are few and far between at Northwestern.


how do these students usually do? i'll be in this situation if i attend northwestern next year.

I don't think it affects how well you'll do. Work experience isn't going to make you better at law school exams. The work experience at Northwestern just makes the class more experienced and mature.


thanks for your input... also, how do they do in terms of fitting in with the rest of the class? frankly, i'm a little intimidated.

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby bk1 » Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:24 pm

gatorapplicant wrote:thanks for your input... also, how do they do in terms of fitting in with the rest of the class? frankly, i'm a little intimidated.


The few I know fit in just fine. There's plenty of people at NU who were just paper pushers/desk jockeys (myself included), I don't think that's impressive in the slightest. Even the people who had good careers prior, they're in the same position that you are now so no reason to be intimidated.

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby IAFG » Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:42 pm

igo2northwestern wrote:
gatorapplicant wrote:
Flips88 wrote:
roranoa wrote:
What's a "K-JD"?

The term for someone who went straight from undergrad to law school. They are few and far between at Northwestern.


how do these students usually do? i'll be in this situation if i attend northwestern next year.

Two of my good friends were straight from undergrad, and they did extremely well.

People who do well are likely to talk about it. I would be surprised if they do any better or worse than the rest of the class. They don't appear to be any more or less likely to get LR, land top firms, any of that.

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby rayiner » Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:10 pm

The few K-JD's I know fit in just fine, though I will say it was noticeable that they grew/matured more than others over three years.

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby bk1 » Sat Mar 24, 2012 11:16 pm

IAFG wrote:They don't appear to be any more or less likely to get LR, land top firms, any of that.


You mention firms... any idea how much their lack of work exp hurt them compared to others during OCI? I know this is one of the bigger worries that K-JD's have with coming to NU.

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Samara » Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:03 pm

Hey everybody, today is the last day for the Beer and Bacon Tasting deal from LivingSocial: http://www.livingsocial.com/deals/29455 ... i=15867892 We have a great group building, but bigger is of course better!

Looks like Saturday, April 14, from 6-8p is going to work the best for everybody. If you are coming, please PM me or post in this thread if you haven't done so already so I can secure the appropriate reservation.

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby rinkrat19 » Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:11 pm

Samara wrote:Hey everybody, today is the last day for the Beer and Bacon Tasting deal from LivingSocial: http://www.livingsocial.com/deals/29455 ... i=15867892 We have a great group building, but bigger is of course better!

Looks like Saturday, April 14, from 6-8p is going to work the best for everybody. If you are coming, please PM me or post in this thread if you haven't done so already so I can secure the appropriate reservation.

mmmm, bacon.

How many of us are there, Samara?

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby franklyscarlet » Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:11 pm

Samara wrote:Hey everybody, today is the last day for the Beer and Bacon Tasting deal from LivingSocial: http://www.livingsocial.com/deals/29455 ... i=15867892 We have a great group building, but bigger is of course better!

Looks like Saturday, April 14, from 6-8p is going to work the best for everybody. If you are coming, please PM me or post in this thread if you haven't done so already so I can secure the appropriate reservation.


Count me in!

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Samara » Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:17 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:
Samara wrote:Hey everybody, today is the last day for the Beer and Bacon Tasting deal from LivingSocial: http://www.livingsocial.com/deals/29455 ... i=15867892 We have a great group building, but bigger is of course better!

Looks like Saturday, April 14, from 6-8p is going to work the best for everybody. If you are coming, please PM me or post in this thread if you haven't done so already so I can secure the appropriate reservation.

mmmm, bacon.

How many of us are there, Samara?

I don't have official confirmation from crumps yet, but assuming she's in, we have seven so far, including myself.

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby crumpetsandtea » Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:29 pm

Samara wrote:
rinkrat19 wrote:
Samara wrote:Hey everybody, today is the last day for the Beer and Bacon Tasting deal from LivingSocial: http://www.livingsocial.com/deals/29455 ... i=15867892 We have a great group building, but bigger is of course better!

Looks like Saturday, April 14, from 6-8p is going to work the best for everybody. If you are coming, please PM me or post in this thread if you haven't done so already so I can secure the appropriate reservation.

mmmm, bacon.

How many of us are there, Samara?

I don't have official confirmation from crumps yet, but assuming she's in, we have seven so far, including myself.

Consider this my official confirmation! (:

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby rinkrat19 » Wed Mar 28, 2012 12:13 pm

Anyone have any experience with/know anyone who's done the International Team Project thing? I have no intention of studying abroad for a term or a summer in law school (everything I've read makes it sound like a bad idea, job search-wise, no matter how fun it might be), but how about ITP's comparative law class+spring break trip+research paper?

http://www.law.northwestern.edu/itp/

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Re: Northwestern Students Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Eugenie Danglars » Thu Mar 29, 2012 8:44 am

rinkrat19 wrote:Anyone have any experience with/know anyone who's done the International Team Project thing? I have no intention of studying abroad for a term or a summer in law school (everything I've read makes it sound like a bad idea, job search-wise, no matter how fun it might be), but how about ITP's comparative law class+spring break trip+research paper?

http://www.law.northwestern.edu/itp/


People I know have liked it variously depending on which trip. You can't do it as a 1L, so you have some time, but I'd recommend doing it with professors/places you are motivated to work with cause it can be intense. (and apparently intensely bad if you hate the prof)




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