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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby bjsesq » Thu May 09, 2013 1:43 am

crumpetsandtea wrote:Should I have signed up for this even though I have literally no IP related background and interest? Shit.


No.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Cobretti » Thu May 09, 2013 1:46 am

crumpetsandtea wrote:Should I have signed up for this even though I have literally no IP related background and interest? Shit.


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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Icculus » Thu May 09, 2013 1:46 am

bjsesq wrote:
crumpetsandtea wrote:Should I have signed up for this even though I have literally no IP related background and interest? Shit.


No.


I don't think you can anyway with no background.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby bk1 » Thu May 09, 2013 1:48 am

bjsesq wrote:
crumpetsandtea wrote:Should I have signed up for this even though I have literally no IP related background and interest? Shit.


No.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby crumpetsandtea » Thu May 09, 2013 1:52 am

Oh okay splendid. I didnt think I had to but all this talk made me nervous.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby lgleye » Thu May 09, 2013 8:05 am

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Blumpbeef » Thu May 09, 2013 8:17 am

lgleye wrote:Are you'all recommending that everyone should register for PLIP regardless of interest/background/education/WE just to get the "extra bite"? Jeez.....wonder how many of the 1500 registrants are of that group........ now I understand why half of the registrants in past years didn't get a single pre-select.


No

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby bk1 » Thu May 09, 2013 9:38 am

lgleye wrote:Are you'all recommending that everyone should register for PLIP regardless of interest/background/education/WE just to get the "extra bite"? Jeez.....wonder how many of the 1500 registrants are of that group........ now I understand why half of the registrants in past years didn't get a single pre-select.

People with hard science backgrounds should register for PLIP if they want biglaw (even if they don't want to do IP), imo.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Icculus » Thu May 09, 2013 10:00 am

bk1 wrote:
lgleye wrote:Are you'all recommending that everyone should register for PLIP regardless of interest/background/education/WE just to get the "extra bite"? Jeez.....wonder how many of the 1500 registrants are of that group........ now I understand why half of the registrants in past years didn't get a single pre-select.

People with hard science backgrounds should register for PLIP if they want biglaw (even if they don't want to do IP), imo.


+1

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby bjsesq » Thu May 09, 2013 10:05 am

bjsesq wrote:
crumpetsandtea wrote:Should I have signed up for this even though I have literally no IP related background and interest? Shit.


No.



lgleye wrote:Are you'all recommending that everyone should register for PLIP regardless of interest/background/education/WE just to get the "extra bite"? Jeez.....wonder how many of the 1500 registrants are of that group........ now I understand why half of the registrants in past years didn't get a single pre-select.


Wat?

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Georgia Avenue » Thu May 09, 2013 2:27 pm

Since we're on the "future generations" kick: does anyone have a time machine so I can go back to when I thought it would be OK to take Admin and kick myself in the balls? For fuck's sake.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby IAFG » Thu May 09, 2013 2:33 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:1. I don't want to be just an IP lawyer.
2. I don't have one of the desirable degrees like EE/CS/PhD in a science.
3. I don't want to work in Chicago or NY.
4. PLIP is during the 9th week of my 10-week summer gig and even though it's unpaid govt work and won't lead to a 2L or post-grad job, I don't feel like I can bail out on it that particular week to fly to Chicago.
5. Pretty sure it's too late to get back into it in any way.

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby lgleye » Thu May 09, 2013 2:35 pm

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Cobretti » Thu May 09, 2013 2:51 pm

Georgia Avenue wrote:Since we're on the "future generations" kick: does anyone have a time machine so I can go back to when I thought it would be OK to take Admin and kick myself in the balls? For fuck's sake.

what electives can i take that don't come with a kick in the balls?

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby bk1 » Thu May 09, 2013 2:53 pm

Cobretti wrote:
Georgia Avenue wrote:Since we're on the "future generations" kick: does anyone have a time machine so I can go back to when I thought it would be OK to take Admin and kick myself in the balls? For fuck's sake.

what electives can i take that don't come with a kick in the balls?

Uncurved with profs that give gentleman's A-'s. There's a lot of core gunner classes (e.g. FedJur, Admin, etc) but nothing says you have to take those, especially not curved.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Cobretti » Thu May 09, 2013 3:00 pm

bk1 wrote:
Cobretti wrote:
Georgia Avenue wrote:Since we're on the "future generations" kick: does anyone have a time machine so I can go back to when I thought it would be OK to take Admin and kick myself in the balls? For fuck's sake.

what electives can i take that don't come with a kick in the balls?

Uncurved with profs that give gentleman's A-'s. There's a lot of core gunner classes (e.g. FedJur, Admin, etc) but nothing says you have to take those, especially not curved.

What do you mean by core gunner classes?

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby M458 » Thu May 09, 2013 3:10 pm

Cobretti wrote:
bk1 wrote:
Cobretti wrote:
Georgia Avenue wrote:Since we're on the "future generations" kick: does anyone have a time machine so I can go back to when I thought it would be OK to take Admin and kick myself in the balls? For fuck's sake.

what electives can i take that don't come with a kick in the balls?

Uncurved with profs that give gentleman's A-'s. There's a lot of core gunner classes (e.g. FedJur, Admin, etc) but nothing says you have to take those, especially not curved.

What do you mean by core gunner classes?


Think bk1 is referring to classes where you're going to be curved with people who are gunning for federal clerkships (in addition to the two he mentioned, CivPro 2, Evidence, Federal Courts, etc.). Are these also sometimes referred to as "bar" classes?

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby bk1 » Thu May 09, 2013 3:17 pm

M458 wrote:Think bk1 is referring to classes where you're going to be curved with people who are gunning for federal clerkships (in addition to the two he mentioned, CivPro 2, Evidence, Federal Courts, etc.). Are these also sometimes referred to as "bar" classes?

This. People gunning for clerkships tend to take more difficult classes (as well as already be towards the top of the curve). They are less likely to take fluff classes. That said, you can get almost any class uncurved if you really want (even the aforementioned ones like FedJur/Admin/etc). You might have to take it with the crappy prof, but that's the tradeoff you make.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby bk1 » Thu May 09, 2013 4:53 pm

lgleye wrote:
bk1 wrote:
M458 wrote:Think bk1 is referring to classes where you're going to be curved with people who are gunning for federal clerkships (in addition to the two he mentioned, CivPro 2, Evidence, Federal Courts, etc.). Are these also sometimes referred to as "bar" classes?

This. People gunning for clerkships tend to take more difficult classes (as well as already be towards the top of the curve). They are less likely to take fluff classes. That said, you can get almost any class uncurved if you really want (even the aforementioned ones like FedJur/Admin/etc). You might have to take it with the crappy prof, but that's the tradeoff you make.



Can you recommend some "fluff" classes or "fluff" prof's? Thanks.

There's a bunch of discussion on easy profs/classes in this thread. Search through it. IIRC, DF was trying to keep a running list.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby IAFG » Thu May 09, 2013 5:04 pm

bk1 wrote:
lgleye wrote:
bk1 wrote:
M458 wrote:Think bk1 is referring to classes where you're going to be curved with people who are gunning for federal clerkships (in addition to the two he mentioned, CivPro 2, Evidence, Federal Courts, etc.). Are these also sometimes referred to as "bar" classes?

This. People gunning for clerkships tend to take more difficult classes (as well as already be towards the top of the curve). They are less likely to take fluff classes. That said, you can get almost any class uncurved if you really want (even the aforementioned ones like FedJur/Admin/etc). You might have to take it with the crappy prof, but that's the tradeoff you make.



Can you recommend some "fluff" classes or "fluff" prof's? Thanks.

There's a bunch of discussion on easy profs/classes in this thread. Search through it. IIRC, DF was trying to keep a running list.

DF's list is his transcript.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby homestyle28 » Thu May 09, 2013 5:10 pm

What is this boat cruise thing, and how come I'm only hearing about it now?

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby Cobretti » Thu May 09, 2013 5:43 pm

It sounds like fluff classes may be viewed negatively in clerkship apps, but what about at firms? Can I just take fluff BS and maximize my GPA?

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby bdubs » Thu May 09, 2013 6:09 pm

Cobretti wrote:It sounds like fluff classes may be viewed negatively in clerkship apps, but what about at firms? Can I just take fluff BS and maximize my GPA?


You only get two electives before your GPA becomes irrelevant to firms. AFAIK firms don't really care what electives you take during 1L; 2L and 3L are a cruel joke.

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Re: Northwestern 3Ls Taking Questions and Challenges

Postby IAFG » Thu May 09, 2013 8:08 pm

bdubs wrote:
Cobretti wrote:It sounds like fluff classes may be viewed negatively in clerkship apps, but what about at firms? Can I just take fluff BS and maximize my GPA?


You only get two electives before your GPA becomes irrelevant to firms. AFAIK firms don't really care what electives you take during 1L; 2L and 3L are a cruel joke.

The only cruel part is the price tag. Otherwise it's a lot of fun.




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