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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby rinkrat19 » Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:17 pm

fruitoftheloom wrote:Sorry @Rink. Thanks for answering :) I was wigging out (apparently for no reason!). Probs cause I'm too excited to think/type.

AKSHUALLY...

I was answering according to my regular JD experience... apparently the AJDs don't fill out the supplemental app, only NA and FAFSA. (But twice each.)

http://www.law.northwestern.edu/admissi ... ctions.pdf

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby fruitoftheloom » Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:28 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:
fruitoftheloom wrote:Sorry @Rink. Thanks for answering :) I was wigging out (apparently for no reason!). Probs cause I'm too excited to think/type.

AKSHUALLY...

I was answering according to my regular JD experience... apparently the AJDs don't fill out the supplemental app, only NA and FAFSA. (But twice each.)

http://www.law.northwestern.edu/admissi ... ctions.pdf


After you said this I went and looked at the JD app. I didn't realize before that they were different. Do you think it's appropriate to write a mini-essay in the "additional information" blank form? Like 100-300 words maybe about my family situation.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby aaronbgavin » Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:57 pm

Any students who are in the Northwestern Law Scholars Program? Im a Phd student taking time off before dissertation writing and wanted to know how the program is??

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby MayBJack426 » Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:13 am

aaronbgavin wrote:Any students who are in the Northwestern Law Scholars Program? Im a Phd student taking time off before dissertation writing and wanted to know how the program is??


To piggy back, what's the deal with the concentrations in general? Do they dictate the classes you can take? Is it just something pretty for your transcript? Do you have to do extra stuff to fulfill one? In addition to law scholars, what's the word on law and society (or something like that)?

Thanks!

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby bk1 » Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:42 pm

MayBJack426 wrote:To piggy back, what's the deal with the concentrations in general? Do they dictate the classes you can take? Is it just something pretty for your transcript? Do you have to do extra stuff to fulfill one? In addition to law scholars, what's the word on law and society (or something like that)?

Thanks!

The concentrations are just useless marketing bs. You have to take certain classes and if you do you then got a notation on your transcript. I wouldn't bother with it since there is no real benefit.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby rinkrat19 » Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:46 pm

aaronbgavin wrote:Any students who are in the Northwestern Law Scholars Program? Im a Phd student taking time off before dissertation writing and wanted to know how the program is??

Is this the Law Preview-esque program that runs the week before school starts? If so, I heard it was basically like Law Preview: semi-useless but won't hurt and familiarizes you with reading/briefing cases so that bit of confusion is reduced the first few weeks of the term. PM franklyscarlet, she did it.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby bk1 » Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:47 pm

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aaronbgavin wrote:Any students who are in the Northwestern Law Scholars Program? Im a Phd student taking time off before dissertation writing and wanted to know how the program is??

Is this the Law Preview-esque program that runs the week before school starts?

That's not what it is.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby 09042014 » Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:50 pm

It's a program to create legal scholars. Which Northwestern in terrible at. Don't come here trying to be an academic. That shit doesn't work here. You need Yale, Stanford and Harvard for that.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby rinkrat19 » Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:51 pm

bk1 wrote:
rinkrat19 wrote:
aaronbgavin wrote:Any students who are in the Northwestern Law Scholars Program? Im a Phd student taking time off before dissertation writing and wanted to know how the program is??

Is this the Law Preview-esque program that runs the week before school starts?

That's not what it is.
All righty. Ignore me, then!

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Icculus » Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:18 pm

Desert Fox wrote:It's a program to create legal scholars. Which Northwestern in terrible at. Don't come here trying to be an academic. That shit doesn't work here. You need Yale, Stanford and Harvard for that.


Fuck that academic shit, we're all about the Benjamins.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby bk1 » Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:40 pm

Icculus wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:It's a program to create legal scholars. Which Northwestern in terrible at. Don't come here trying to be an academic. That shit doesn't work here. You need Yale, Stanford and Harvard for that.


Fuck that academic shit, we're all about the Benjamins.

Legal academics rake in the dough though.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Icculus » Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:49 pm

bk1 wrote:
Icculus wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:It's a program to create legal scholars. Which Northwestern in terrible at. Don't come here trying to be an academic. That shit doesn't work here. You need Yale, Stanford and Harvard for that.


Fuck that academic shit, we're all about the Benjamins.

Legal academics rake in the dough though.


This is true, especially considering they work like 3-6 hours/week? Though they need to write those academic papers. However, being on a journal has made me realize most of them write on the same level as an 0L and it is my job to fix that shit. There was a fn in a paper I was citing that just said Myspace at __ . Oh, thanks asshole, I'll go ahead and find that information that you seemed to think was so important you footnoted it.

you're right, I should be an academic. Fuck partnership prospects, profs know where it's at.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby bdubs » Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:25 pm

aaronbgavin wrote:Any students who are in the Northwestern Law Scholars Program? Im a Phd student taking time off before dissertation writing and wanted to know how the program is??


Looking at the student directory, there are very few students in the program and I don't know who most of them are. I don't think it's a very well developed thing that many people on here will be able to comment on.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Holly Golightly » Thu Jan 31, 2013 7:58 pm

Agreed that the concentrations are dumb. I'm only 1 or 2 classes away from completing them in 2 different categories but couldn't possibly care less.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby bobloblawstudent » Mon Feb 04, 2013 4:31 pm

Recent admit here & I have a few questions -

1. I've browsed the thread and I know we've touched on the issue a few times but what's the deal with roommates? do most people just live on their own? for people who do have roommates, are they other law students? I'm coming from los angeles and don't know a single soul in chicago so I'm a little apprehensive about jumping on craigslist to meet someone.

2. has anyone done the summer abroad programs through NU or another aba accreddited institution? it seems pretty rewarding on paper but i'm wondering if it's worth it in the long run to go study abroad or should we start focusing all our efforts on finding a job our 1L summer?

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby franklyscarlet » Mon Feb 04, 2013 5:02 pm

bobloblawstudent wrote:Recent admit here & I have a few questions -

1. I've browsed the thread and I know we've touched on the issue a few times but what's the deal with roommates? do most people just live on their own? for people who do have roommates, are they other law students? I'm coming from los angeles and don't know a single soul in chicago so I'm a little apprehensive about jumping on craigslist to meet someone.



1L here. most of my friends and I live alone, but it's definitely possible to find a roommate. Some people I know used craigslist to find random roommates, but many live with law students. Go to ASW, meet people, and odds are high you'll find someone that way. Otherwise, my class had a very active facebook group, so that's a good resource too.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby cookiejar1 » Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:36 am

Are international team projects an exciting thing or a "meh" thing?

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby bjsesq » Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:40 am

cookiejar1 wrote:Are international team projects an exciting thing or a "meh" thing?


The people who have done them rave about them.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby rinkrat19 » Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:45 am

bobloblawstudent wrote:Recent admit here & I have a few questions -

1. I've browsed the thread and I know we've touched on the issue a few times but what's the deal with roommates? do most people just live on their own? for people who do have roommates, are they other law students? I'm coming from los angeles and don't know a single soul in chicago so I'm a little apprehensive about jumping on craigslist to meet someone.

2. has anyone done the summer abroad programs through NU or another aba accreddited institution? it seems pretty rewarding on paper but i'm wondering if it's worth it in the long run to go study abroad or should we start focusing all our efforts on finding a job our 1L summer?

Summer abroad seems like a terrible idea when you consider that after grades, summer legal work experience is the most important thing. I imagine there are people in very unique circumstances for whom a summer abroad makes perfect sense, but the rest of us are just tryin' to get jerbs.

ITP, OTOH, sounds bitchin'.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Flips88 » Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:23 am

cookiejar1 wrote:Are international team projects an exciting thing or a "meh" thing?

Supposed to be awesome and it's 4 credits of typically easy A. Only draw back is it's an extra $5k or so.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby cookiejar1 » Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:23 am

bjsesq wrote:
cookiejar1 wrote:Are international team projects an exciting thing or a "meh" thing?


The people who have done them rave about them.


Flips88 wrote:
cookiejar1 wrote:Are international team projects an exciting thing or a "meh" thing?

Supposed to be awesome and it's 4 credits of typically easy A. Only draw back is it's an extra $5k or so.


I'm glad that people really enjoyed them. This sounds like the kind of thing that I would get almost obnoxiously excited about. It says on the website that the program is pretty much student-run. How hard is it to volunteer to become a team leader? I've done a lot of non-profit work abroad so if I did go to NU I'd be all over this.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Flips88 » Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:51 am

cookiejar1 wrote:
I'm glad that people really enjoyed them. This sounds like the kind of thing that I would get almost obnoxiously excited about. It says on the website that the program is pretty much student-run. How hard is it to volunteer to become a team leader? I've done a lot of non-profit work abroad so if I did go to NU I'd be all over this.

I don't think it's terribly difficult. You just have to find a professor to work with you. And if you're one of the leaders you get 5 credits for ITP.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Icculus » Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:21 am

Flips88 wrote:
cookiejar1 wrote:
I'm glad that people really enjoyed them. This sounds like the kind of thing that I would get almost obnoxiously excited about. It says on the website that the program is pretty much student-run. How hard is it to volunteer to become a team leader? I've done a lot of non-profit work abroad so if I did go to NU I'd be all over this.

I don't think it's terribly difficult. You just have to find a professor to work with you. And if you're one of the leaders you get 5 credits for ITP.


Really you need to find 3 people to run it with you. There is actually a list of profs who are willing to go. Finding a prof is pretty easy since they get a free trip. I'm in the clas now and I can say we are all super excited and it looks to be a good time. I think I may try and run one next year. Though the price is a bit steep, but hey, it's like Monopoly money, right?

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby rinkrat19 » Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:23 am

Icculus wrote:
Flips88 wrote:
cookiejar1 wrote:
I'm glad that people really enjoyed them. This sounds like the kind of thing that I would get almost obnoxiously excited about. It says on the website that the program is pretty much student-run. How hard is it to volunteer to become a team leader? I've done a lot of non-profit work abroad so if I did go to NU I'd be all over this.

I don't think it's terribly difficult. You just have to find a professor to work with you. And if you're one of the leaders you get 5 credits for ITP.


Really you need to find 3 people to run it with you. There is actually a list of profs who are willing to go. Finding a prof is pretty easy since they get a free trip. I'm in the clas now and I can say we are all super excited and it looks to be a good time. I think I may try and run one next year. Though the price is a bit steep, but hey, it's like Monopoly money, right?
I really want to do it, maybe 3L year. I don't see how I could leave my cat (older and takes daily medications) for that long, so it may hinge on whether she lives another 2 years. :?

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Icculus » Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:27 am

rinkrat19 wrote:
Icculus wrote:
Flips88 wrote:
cookiejar1 wrote:
I'm glad that people really enjoyed them. This sounds like the kind of thing that I would get almost obnoxiously excited about. It says on the website that the program is pretty much student-run. How hard is it to volunteer to become a team leader? I've done a lot of non-profit work abroad so if I did go to NU I'd be all over this.

I don't think it's terribly difficult. You just have to find a professor to work with you. And if you're one of the leaders you get 5 credits for ITP.


Really you need to find 3 people to run it with you. There is actually a list of profs who are willing to go. Finding a prof is pretty easy since they get a free trip. I'm in the clas now and I can say we are all super excited and it looks to be a good time. I think I may try and run one next year. Though the price is a bit steep, but hey, it's like Monopoly money, right?
I really want to do it, maybe 3L year. I don't see how I could leave my cat (older and takes daily medications) for that long, so it may hinge on whether she lives another 2 years. :?


I have a cat and a dog, luckily I have some friends who are willing to watch them when I take off for breaks, but I can totally understand. You could always ask the listserv, but if mine were old and medicated I would probably be a bit leery of leaving them as well. But if you get a chance I would go. Just being in the class has made me realize it's going to be pretty exciting.




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