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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby franklyscarlet » Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:14 pm

hey upperclassmen- any help in interpreting these? I realized I have no idea how to even determine what an approximate median might be.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby eliekedourie » Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:16 pm

Anyone else still missing some non-1L classes?

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby bk1 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:17 pm

franklyscarlet wrote:hey upperclassmen- any help in interpreting these? I realized I have no idea how to even determine what an approximate median might be.


rayiner wrote:Handy-dandy GPA/class-rank break down, for after 1L:

4.00+ - top 3-5 people
3.85+ - top 10%
3.75+ - top 15%
3.65+ - top 25%
3.50+ - top 35%
3.30-3.40 - median
3.20 - 3.30 - slightly below median
3.00 - 3.20 - quite below median

This is very approximate, but it doesn't really matter because firms don't try to divine your exact class rank.

Nobody really knows what the bottom half of the curve looks like, because the curve is not symmetric.


viewtopic.php?f=4&t=142200&start=2475#p5567109

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby franklyscarlet » Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:18 pm

bk1 wrote:
franklyscarlet wrote:hey upperclassmen- any help in interpreting these? I realized I have no idea how to even determine what an approximate median might be.


rayiner wrote:Handy-dandy GPA/class-rank break down, for after 1L:

4.00+ - top 3-5 people
3.85+ - top 10%
3.75+ - top 15%
3.65+ - top 25%
3.50+ - top 35%
3.30-3.40 - median
3.20 - 3.30 - slightly below median
3.00 - 3.20 - quite below median

This is very approximate, but it doesn't really matter because firms don't try to divine your exact class rank.

Nobody really knows what the bottom half of the curve looks like, because the curve is not symmetric.


viewtopic.php?f=4&t=142200&start=2475#p5567109


you're awesome. (you too, Rayiner). Thanks!

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Georgia Avenue » Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:27 pm

all grades are out, except for one of my classes. which i'm assured i will know by the end of tomorrow. wunderbar.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Georgia Avenue » Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:33 pm

And just a reminder to 1Ls: if you did well, congratulations. The curve means that a lot of people did not, however. So please, be considerate and don't talk about your grades, or grades at all really, in public.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby purpletiger » Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:48 pm

Georgia Avenue wrote:And just a reminder to 1Ls: if you did well, congratulations. The curve means that a lot of people did not, however. So please, be considerate and don't talk about your grades, or grades at all really, in public.


Co-sign.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Blumpbeef » Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:49 pm

franklyscarlet wrote:
bk1 wrote:
franklyscarlet wrote:hey upperclassmen- any help in interpreting these? I realized I have no idea how to even determine what an approximate median might be.


rayiner wrote:Handy-dandy GPA/class-rank break down, for after 1L:

4.00+ - top 3-5 people
3.85+ - top 10%
3.75+ - top 15%
3.65+ - top 25%
3.50+ - top 35%
3.30-3.40 - median
3.20 - 3.30 - slightly below median
3.00 - 3.20 - quite below median

This is very approximate, but it doesn't really matter because firms don't try to divine your exact class rank.

Nobody really knows what the bottom half of the curve looks like, because the curve is not symmetric.


http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/v ... 5#p5567109


you're awesome. (you too, Rayiner). Thanks!


This.

And can I just say:

Fuck graded CLR in the ass

And Lawyer as a Problem Solver was actually kinda fun and helped take the edge off of waiting for grades.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Kikero » Fri Jan 18, 2013 11:29 am

I've seen a couple things about reviewing your exams. Do most professors return exams, and do they normally send them back pretty soon now that grades are out?

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Icculus » Fri Jan 18, 2013 11:42 am

Kikero wrote:I've seen a couple things about reviewing your exams. Do most professors return exams, and do they normally send them back pretty soon now that grades are out?


None of my professors have returned exams, but if you make an appointment with them they will be happy to review your exam and show you how it was graded.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Kikero » Fri Jan 18, 2013 11:55 am

Icculus wrote:
Kikero wrote:I've seen a couple things about reviewing your exams. Do most professors return exams, and do they normally send them back pretty soon now that grades are out?


None of my professors have returned exams, but if you make an appointment with them they will be happy to review your exam and show you how it was graded.


Great, thank you.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Georgia Avenue » Fri Jan 18, 2013 6:28 pm

3L's are grandfathered out of this additional credit requirement, right? If not

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Icculus » Fri Jan 18, 2013 6:44 pm

So this is in another thread, but since it is written by our esteemed dear leader I thought I would post it here, too. Seems D-Rod actually supports some sensible ideas. Why the hell he would write this and at the same time defend our tuition increases I am not sure.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/18/opini ... html?_r=3&

Also...

Georgia Avenue wrote:3L's are grandfathered out of this additional credit requirement, right? If not

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ABA what the shit? Law school is already too long...WTF?

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby rinkrat19 » Fri Jan 18, 2013 8:47 pm

What's a normal credit load for 2L and 3L year, once 2-credit CLR is out of the way?

And how many of the elective classes are 4 credits vs. 3?

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Icculus » Fri Jan 18, 2013 8:49 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:What's a normal credit load for 2L and 3L year, once 2-credit CLR is out of the way?

And how many of the elective classes are 4 credits vs. 3?


Usually between 14 and 17 depending on classes and previous credits. I would say most people I know are around 14 or 15.

If you take summer classes you can get that down. I took 8 credits over the summer so only need to average 12 until graduation.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Georgia Avenue » Fri Jan 18, 2013 8:56 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:What's a normal credit load for 2L and 3L year, once 2-credit CLR is out of the way?

And how many of the elective classes are 4 credits vs. 3?


nota bene, if you're doing a govt job or working for a judge this summer, you can take a practicum and bank 4 credits. This is really useful if you're planning to do ITA next fall, that way you can focus on those 3 classes and take a 2-credit class and still be ahead.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Icculus » Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:12 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:What's a normal credit load for 2L and 3L year, once 2-credit CLR is out of the way?

And how many of the elective classes are 4 credits vs. 3?


Very few classes are 4. Sec Reg, secured transactions, and a couple of others. Most are 2 or 3.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby rinkrat19 » Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:13 pm

Georgia Avenue wrote:
rinkrat19 wrote:What's a normal credit load for 2L and 3L year, once 2-credit CLR is out of the way?

And how many of the elective classes are 4 credits vs. 3?


nota bene, if you're doing a govt job or working for a judge this summer, you can take a practicum and bank 4 credits. This is really useful if you're planning to do ITA next fall, that way you can focus on those 3 classes and take a 2-credit class and still be ahead.

1. I'm blanking, what's ITA?
2. If we do a practicum for credit, we can take out loans but can't get SFPIF funding, right?
3. I heard at one point that there's a remote/online practicum for if your gov't job is out of state. True?

4. Is CAESAR down right now or is it just my computer?

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Flips88 » Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:31 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:
Georgia Avenue wrote:
rinkrat19 wrote:What's a normal credit load for 2L and 3L year, once 2-credit CLR is out of the way?

And how many of the elective classes are 4 credits vs. 3?


nota bene, if you're doing a govt job or working for a judge this summer, you can take a practicum and bank 4 credits. This is really useful if you're planning to do ITA next fall, that way you can focus on those 3 classes and take a 2-credit class and still be ahead.

1. I'm blanking, what's ITA?
2. If we do a practicum for credit, we can take out loans but can't get SFPIF funding, right?
3. I heard at one point that there's a remote/online practicum for if your gov't job is out of state. True?

4. Is CAESAR down right now or is it just my computer?

1. Intro to Trial Ad. There's a "trilogy" package with Evidence and Ethics where it's 8 hours of class, but you get 10 credits.
2. Yes. As someone who took SFPIF, I semi-regret not getting the 4 hours of credit for padding hours, especially with journal shit for 2L and in light of the new bullshit 1 more credit hour req.
3. Yes as far as I know there's a practicum program for out-of-state jobs where you skype in or something and post to a blackboard message board or something.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Pokemon » Fri Jan 18, 2013 11:50 pm

Still waiting for my Kellogg grade! Does anyone know when they post.... ughhh....

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby bdubs » Sat Jan 19, 2013 12:47 am

Pokemon wrote:Still waiting for my Kellogg grade! Does anyone know when they post.... ughhh....


Should have posted already. E-mail your prof.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby hrcycle » Sat Jan 19, 2013 8:31 am

can someone elaborate on this new additional credit hour requirement?

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Flips88 » Sat Jan 19, 2013 12:03 pm

hrcycle wrote:can someone elaborate on this new additional credit hour requirement?

You have to take 85 credit hours to graduate now instead of 84. So used to be that you could take 14/semester and graduate just fine. Now you have to make up 1 extra some other semester.

Part of me hopes they just make CLR 2.5 credits/semester to deal with this bs.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby IAFG » Sat Jan 19, 2013 12:57 pm

Georgia Avenue wrote:3L's are grandfathered out of this additional credit requirement, right? If not

we must be.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Kikero » Sat Jan 19, 2013 1:46 pm

IAFG wrote:
Georgia Avenue wrote:3L's are grandfathered out of this additional credit requirement, right? If not

we must be.


Yeah, the email was only addressed to Class of 2014 and Class of 2015, so you guys are good.




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