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

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

Postby hearsay77 » Wed May 06, 2015 2:47 pm

Holly Golightly wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:Parts of lakeview are pretty car friendly and will greatly shorten many of your commutes.

Yeah, if you live in not-Boystown Lakeview, keep the car. But I wouldn't want to deal with one in Lincoln Park or Gold Coast.


Sorry, what does this mean?

cookiejar1 wrote:For what it's worth you can pay for parking near school (look up the requirements . . . you might have to live "x" miles away from school) and it's extremely cheap for unlimited parking in streeterville (<$600 for the whole year?). If you don't mind paying a premium for a place that comes with a parking spot then taking a car isn't too horrible.

It's an added cost, yes, but sometimes it's nice to just drive to school instead of standing on public transportation. Especially during the dead of winter . . . you can drive to school's parking lot and walk through all the hospitals until you get to within 2 blocks of the school. Minimizes your outside time to <10 minutes!

Having a car in Chicago is nice. You don't need it but it's not as impracticable as having a car in NYC, for example.


Is that the school parking permit? I read on the site that you even if you live more than 2-3 miles away (their requirements), parking passes are not guaranteed. Anyone know what the likelihood of getting one if I apply is? And what/where is the unlimited Streeterville parking (or are you just talking about in the apartment buildings)?

Thanks again!

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

Postby Holly Golightly » Wed May 06, 2015 2:50 pm

hearsay77 wrote:
Holly Golightly wrote:Yeah, if you live in not-Boystown Lakeview, keep the car. But I wouldn't want to deal with one in Lincoln Park or Gold Coast.


Sorry, what does this mean?

The part of lakeview called Boystown (the neighborhood right by the lake around Belmont) is awful for street parking.

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

Postby FloridaCoastalorbust » Fri May 08, 2015 10:29 am

Do law students participate in intramural sports?

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

Postby kenwash » Fri May 08, 2015 2:21 pm

MT Cicero wrote:On a related note, I just checked my Ventra account and it looks like our U-Pass is good through 11:59pm on May 15th. It's nice having that extra week post-finals.

My card stopped working today

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Postby rinkrat19 » Fri May 08, 2015 2:24 pm

FloridaCoastalorbust wrote:Do law students participate in intramural sports?

There are usually soccer and basketball teams made of law students. If you want anything else, you may have to schlep up to the main campus. (Which is not impossible; I played on the university's women's club hockey team all three years, but it can a pain and a time suck).

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

Postby MT Cicero » Fri May 08, 2015 2:47 pm

kenwash wrote:
MT Cicero wrote:On a related note, I just checked my Ventra account and it looks like our U-Pass is good through 11:59pm on May 15th. It's nice having that extra week post-finals.

My card stopped working today


Hmmm, I wonder why the discrepancy. I guess I won't find out if mine is working for sure until I try it later. I just logged into Ventra again though and it says my status is active and I'm still good until May 15th.

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

Postby captainplanet » Fri May 08, 2015 11:24 pm

What do most people's families and friends dress like at convocation and the reception after? Suit? Business casual?

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

Postby VulcanVulcanVulcan » Sat May 09, 2015 10:31 am

Last year my parents wore business casual-ish. That seemed to be the norm, although there was a variety of course.

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

Postby captainplanet » Sat May 09, 2015 12:57 pm

VulcanVulcanVulcan wrote:Last year my parents wore business casual-ish. That seemed to be the norm, although there was a variety of course.


That's what I thought, thanks!

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

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

Postby bananasplit19 » Thu May 14, 2015 7:34 pm

chardeemacdennis wrote:Drop Contracts 2. Will Pay You.

How much are you willing to pay? 8)

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

Postby nemrac11 » Thu May 14, 2015 9:37 pm

Moving to Chicago in June. Any recommendations on what to do or explore before starting in the fall?

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

Postby Holly Golightly » Fri May 15, 2015 1:59 pm

nemrac11 wrote:Moving to Chicago in June. Any recommendations on what to do or explore before starting in the fall?

Hang out on the beach and drink. Check out rooftop bars downtown. Explore the museums and Lincoln Park Zoo. Get a divvy bike and ride around on the lake path. Explore the many drunk brunch options. Go to some Sox games and a rooftop at a Cubs game (but fuck the Cubs, go Sox). Check out Humboldt Park (the actual park). Find someone with a rooftop pool to hang out with. Hang out in Millennium and Grant Parks. Go up to Milwaukee during Summerfest (you can take a bus or train). While there, drink Spotted Cow and eat a bunch of cheese curds.



Ugh I'm so jealous.

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

Postby bjsesq » Fri May 15, 2015 2:01 pm

Holly Golightly wrote:
nemrac11 wrote:Moving to Chicago in June. Any recommendations on what to do or explore before starting in the fall?

Hang out on the beach and drink. Check out rooftop bars downtown. Explore the museums and Lincoln Park Zoo. Get a divvy bike and ride around on the lake path. Explore the many drunk brunch options. Go to some Sox games and a rooftop at a Cubs game (but fuck the Cubs, go Sox). Check out Humboldt Park (the actual park). Find someone with a rooftop pool to hang out with. Hang out in Millennium and Grant Parks. Go up to Milwaukee during Summerfest (you can take a bus or train). While there, drink Spotted Cow and eat a bunch of cheese curds.



Ugh I'm so jealous.

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

Postby Holly Golightly » Fri May 15, 2015 2:01 pm

bjsesq wrote:
Holly Golightly wrote:
nemrac11 wrote:Moving to Chicago in June. Any recommendations on what to do or explore before starting in the fall?

Hang out on the beach and drink. Check out rooftop bars downtown. Explore the museums and Lincoln Park Zoo. Get a divvy bike and ride around on the lake path. Explore the many drunk brunch options. Go to some Sox games and a rooftop at a Cubs game (but fuck the Cubs, go Sox). Check out Humboldt Park (the actual park). Find someone with a rooftop pool to hang out with. Hang out in Millennium and Grant Parks. Go up to Milwaukee during Summerfest (you can take a bus or train). While there, drink Spotted Cow and eat a bunch of cheese curds.



Ugh I'm so jealous.

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

Postby cookiejar1 » Fri May 15, 2015 4:47 pm

GO TO CUBS GAMES. BUY A KRIS BRYANT JERSEY. GET LOST IN HIS SPARKLY DEEP BLUE EYES. JUST WHATEVER YOU DO DON'T DO THAT WHITE SOX SHIT.

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Postby Dr. Filth » Fri May 15, 2015 7:16 pm

Enjoy a fascinating march to .500 in Wrigleyville that totally makes the years of planned irrelevance worth it.

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Postby rinkrat19 » Fri May 15, 2015 10:56 pm

Congrats to all my classmates!
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Postby cookiejar1 » Sat May 16, 2015 1:13 pm

Congrats, all.

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

Postby anon2233 » Sat May 23, 2015 1:03 pm

Hi guys, I'm currently deciding between NU and Michigan and wanted to pick your brains!

I'm a K-JD, and I am wondering if this will put me a bit out of place at NU, in terms of social scene and employment prospects. What do you think?

I'm also curious if there are any employment differences between the two schools- it looks like NU does better in big law placement, but is this more of a self-selection issue? Thanks!!!

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

Postby rinkrat19 » Sat May 23, 2015 1:08 pm

anon2233 wrote:Hi guys, I'm currently deciding between NU and Michigan and wanted to pick your brains!

I'm a K-JD, and I am wondering if this will put me a bit out of place at NU, in terms of social scene and employment prospects. What do you think?

I'm also curious if there are any employment differences between the two schools- it looks like NU does better in big law placement, but is this more of a self-selection issue? Thanks!!!

First question: No. There are more K-JDs than ever (since before the work experience thing started here). It might help if you've at least worked some kind of job in your life so you're not entirely clueless about the world, but socially you'll probably be fine. Most of the students are bewteen 23 and 28. Not exactly a different generation from you. I was far more out of place at age 33 as a 1L.

Second question: I think a common theory is that Mich's employment is hurt by not having a major home market. This may have the effect of making ties more important than ever (aside from getting jobs in NY), since the school doesn't provide any real ties anywhere. I don't know off the top of my head how the two schools place in NY relative to each other, but NU certainly places better in Chicago.

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

Postby anon2233 » Sat May 23, 2015 1:16 pm

Thanks :)

Would a K-JD be at a disadvantage in the Chicago market competing against NU students who have WE?

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Postby rinkrat19 » Sat May 23, 2015 1:29 pm

anon2233 wrote:Thanks :)

Would a K-JD be at a disadvantage in the Chicago market competing against NU students who have WE?

Against someone who worked for 7 years as an accountant, sure. Against someone who taught middle school english for a year, only minimally.

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

Postby cookiejar1 » Sat May 23, 2015 7:14 pm

Generally having work experience will help, especially when targeting competitive firms and markets. With that being said, the bump is largely negligible when compared to the relative weight given to your 1L GPA during the hiring process. In most cases, your GPA will trump all. So don't worry about coming to NU with little-to-no work experience.

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

Postby BlueLaw11 » Sun May 24, 2015 6:54 pm

Hey all thanks for answering our questions! Looked back a ways on the thread and couldn't find an answer to this, so what would you say are the best complexes to live in that are within walking distance of the school? I've been reading online reviews and they mostly all sound the same--was wondering what the inside scoop was




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